The Holy Spirit has been sent to us as a gift and a blessing, and He is the Helper we need in all areas of our life. He teaches us to pray in the spirit in a language we do not even know about. We did not do anything to deserve this gift, but God gave it to us out of His grace and love for us. When we have His Spirit inside us, we can produce the fruit of the spirit. The manifestations of that fruit include love, joy, and peace.
Foundational text: Acts 19:1-8
A. The manifestations of the Spirit are unmistakable.
- Baptism with water is different than the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4, 5).
- The Holy Spirit descended suddenly on the day of Pentecost, and He gave the people utterance (Acts 2:1-4).
- When the Spirit helps us pray about things we do not know about, the manifestations will show up in our lives.
- When we speak in tongues, we speak mysteries unknown to us but fully known to God (1 Corinthians 14:2).
- We speak secret truths.
- Peter and John prayed that the Samaritans would receive the Holy Spirit. The laying on of hands brought it to pass (Acts 8:14-17).
- When Peter spoke to the people, the Spirit fell on those who heard the Word (Acts 10:44-46).
B. The Holy Spirit speaks directly to each person. The message differs according to what that individual needs.
- Paul (aka Saul) learned that the Believers in Ephesus had not heard of the Holy Spirit. When he laid hands on them, they received the Holy Spirit and began speaking in tongues and prophesying (Acts 19:1-3, 6).
- Prophesying in tongues should always be followed up with interpretations in English, to edify and build up others.
- God gave Ananias specific instructions about where he would find Saul to lay hands on him (Acts 9:10-12, 17, 18).
- When God gives us directions and instructions, He is specific. Ananias obeyed God's instructions, received His word of knowledge, went to Saul, and laid hands on him.
- When Saul received his sight back, he was filled with the Holy Spirit.
- Paul admitted he spoke in tongues more than anyone (1 Corinthians 14:18).
- Jesus Himself promised that if anyone should believe Him, they would receive the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39).
- The Spirit is like a flood of living water, given to those who thirst for truth.
Acts 1:4, 5
1 Cor 14:2, 18
Acts 19:1-3, 6
Acts 9:10-12, 17, 18