“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you forever” (John 14:16-17).
These words from the Lord Jesus raised the expectations of His discouraged disciples. Something new and wonderful was about to happen. In just a few days, when the Spirit would come, He would live inside them. Unlike their Master who was about to leave them, the Spirit’s presence would be permanent. This had never happened before. Note even with the greatest leaders of the Old Testament.
The Holy Spirit’s ministry in our lives can be confusing. The religious lingo seems so unfamiliar—indwelling, sealing, baptism, gifting, filling, walking. How do you know if any of these have happened? When should I expect it? How will I know?
Dividing the ministries of the Holy Spirit into three primary categories helps us appreciate their importance in our Christian experience:
¨ The Holy Spirit and eternal life—indwelling and sealing.
¨ The Holy Spirit and everyday life—filling by and walking in the Spirit.
¨ The Holy Spirit and body life—baptizing and gifting.
When it comes to everyday life, an understanding of the filling of the Spirit is absolutely critical to experiencing the joy and confidence of living by (walking in) the Spirit
The Spirit Filling: Trust and yield to be filled!
Here’s the link to the sermon, study notes, and discussion notes from my exposition of the Holy Spirit and Everyday Life: