Lesson 2 - ENCOUNTERING GOD
Ben shares safe, Biblically sound teaching, about how to Encounter God in order to #talk2God more effectively!
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD
John teaches, “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one” (1 Jn. 5:7). Therefore, God is inside of you; Jesus promised that God would not leave you an orphan, but He would give you the Holy Spirit (Jn. 14:18). In addition, God is Righteous, He is “Right” in all His ways, and you must seek and follow His will and ways.
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HOLY
The Holy Spirit is “Holy”—He is sacred and separateness—His Name and Character. You are called to be Holy like Him (1 Pt. 1:15). Paul taught, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Cor. 6:19). Your body is the temple for God inside you. Therefore, you cannot stay in your sin and you must pursue holiness; the Holy Spirit makes you a “new creation” and provides power over your past life of sin; sin no longer has power over your walk in holiness (Rom. 6:10-14). Paul teaches that your unholy actions can grieve the Holy Spirit, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30).
THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
- NEAR: The Holy Spirit is “near” you before your salvation to convict you of sin, righteousness and judgment. (John 16:8-11); He continues to convict you in your walk of holiness (1 Cor. 7:1)
- IN: The Holy Spirit is “in” you when you are born again. (Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor. 1:22)
- ON: The Holy Spirit comes “on” you as anointing to accomplish His will (Lu. 20:22; Acts 2:1-4)
BAPTISM OF HOLY SPIRIT
You are baptized in water for the remission of sin and baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire (Lu. 3:16). This may be simultaneously like Jesus’ baptism (Matt. 3:16), or it may be two separate events like at Cornelius’ house (Acts 10:44-48) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:6).
THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS IN OUR WEAKNESS (PRAYER LIFE)
Paul taught, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Rom. 8:26). Love God – Your prayer life to love God; fruit of the Spirit growing in your life (Gal. 5:22-23) (keep 1st comm. 1st place in your life; Matt. 22:34-40). Love neighbor – Your prayer life to love your neighbor as yourself (Matt. 22:34-40); the gifts of the Holy Spirit in you, while your hands are instruments of righteousness (1 Cor. 12:1-11).
ENCOUNTER GOD (practical steps; more at holyclubs.com )
FIRST, read the Bible content around the scripture; settle your heart before God; then read the meditation verse again; say the scriptures over slowly. You do this to give your heart permission to focus on Jesus in the Scripture; you want to set your heart on God, and distance yourselves from distractions.
SECOND, close your eyes; Go to God; PRAY for the Holy Spirit to teach you all things; PRAY Holy Spirit guide you to the Truth. You do this to set yourselves and come closer to the Holy Spirit; you do not want to be content with just sensing the Holy Spirit’s Presence. Instead, you want to go as close as you can to God. Pray for the Holy Spirit to teach you all things so that you are waiting upon Him and not your intellect.
THIRD, say the scripture slowly pausing FOR GOD TO REVEAL HIMSELF—to reveal TRUTH. It takes God, the Holy Spirit, to reveal God; wait for the Holy Spirit to highlight a word or phrase in the verse.
FOURTH, answer the questions accordingly. REMEMBER TALK TO GOD, NOT JUST ABOUT HIM.