Prayer Partners Around The World (PPATW)
THE POWER OF PRAISE AND PRAYER
5/1 THRU 5/31
"WALKING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT"
POSSESSING, BEING FILLED, AND BEING LED BY GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT
LUKE 4:1 (NLT)
"And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was
led by the Spirit into the wilderness…"
7 QUESTIONS THAT THIS STUDY WILL ANSWER
1. DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT
HELP US TO UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD?
- 1 CORINTHIANS 2:11,12 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that
person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own
Spirit. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we
can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
2. DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT
TEACH US WHAT TO SAY IN WITNESSING FOR THE LORD?
- 1 CORINTHIANS 2:13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words
that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the
Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.
3. HOW DO WE LEARN
THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD, THE MEAT OF THE WORD?
- 1 CORINTHIANS 2:10 But it was to us that God revealed these things
by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.
4. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO
GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT?
- EPHESIANS 4:30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way
you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own,guaranteeing that you
will be saved on the day of redemption.
5. CAN THE HOLY SPIRIT
GIVE US PHYSICAL MIGHT TO ACCOMPLISH GOD’S WILL?
- JUDGES 15:14,15 As Samson arrived at Lehi, the Philistines came
shouting in triumph. But the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon
Samson, and he snapped the ropes on his arms as if they were burnt strands
of flax, and they fell from his wrists. Then he found the jawbone of a
recently killed donkey. He picked it up and killed 1,000 Philistines with
6. DO YOU HAVE TO SPEAK
IN TONGUES TO HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT?
- 1 CORINTHIANS 12:4-11 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the
same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of
service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it
is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given
to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives
the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a
message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to
another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He
gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to
prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message
is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is
given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given
the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit
who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person
7. WHAT IS THE WAR
BETWEEN THE FLESH AND THE SPIRIT?
- ROMANS 8:4-8 He did this so that the just requirement of the law
would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature
but instead follow the Spirit. Those who are dominated by the sinful
nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy
Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful
nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control
your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile
to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those
who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please
POSSESSING THE HOLY SPIRIT
1. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A
FREE GIFT WITH SALVATION
Discuss how we
are given, by God's grace and mercy, salvation through Christ and the Holy
Spirit. This is a free gift and there's nothing we can do to earn
it. But to walk in the Spirit is about having a relationship with God
where we put in our love, time, and dedication to grow spiritually in
Him by surrendering to Christ, to be like Him, and to be filled and led by
- 1 CORINTHIANS 3:16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the
temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?
- ACTS 2:38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins
and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy
2. YOU CAN TELL WHEN
SOMEONE POSSESSES THE HOLY SPIRIT
In Galatians 5, it discusses the works of the flesh and the
fruits of the Holy Spirit. There is no in between. Either you are doing daily
to self and the flesh and allowing Christ to not only be your Savior but to be
the Lord of your life which requires us to surrender to Him. By then you will
see the fruits of the Holy Spirit being exhibited in your life. YOU CANNOT
TRULY ACCEPT CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR, WHICH REQUIRES NOT ONLY A CONFESSION OF
YOUR MOUTH BUT A CONVICTION OF YOUR HEART, AND STILL LIVE A LIFE THE SAME AS
- GALATIANS 5:22-25 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our
lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who
belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their
sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living
by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our
3.YOU CAN KNOW YOU ARE
HIS THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT
There is the
blessed assurance which is the Holy Spirit telling you and assuring you that
you belong to Him. This is the peace that the Bible speaks of for the joy of
the Lord is our strength!
- ROMANS 8:16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we
are God’s children.
BEING FILLED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
1. WHEN FILLED WITH THE
HOLY SPIRIT WE SHOW THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD
Just as the fruits are
examples of the Holy Spirit, you will notice a change within yourself as you
practice the Bible truths of dying daily (GALATIANS 2:20) and crucifying the flesh (GALATIANS 5:24). Although walking in the Holy Spirit is about a relationship
with our loving Father which takes time, love, and dedication, there will be no
doubt of its presence in your life as you become more Christ-like every day!
- ISAIAH 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the
spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the
spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
2. WHEN WE ARE FILLED
WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT WE RECEIVE ITS POWER AND HAPPINESS.
Although we are to walk
in faith according to God's Word and not by sight or feelings, there are times
when God will allow you to FEEL the filling of the Holy Spirit and there is nothing
on this Earth that can compare to it.
- EPHESIANS 5:18,19 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your
life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your
3. EVERY DAY WE CAN
RECEIVE A FRESH ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
As we die and crucify
that flesh daily according to His Word, we can also ask the Lord for a filling
and leading of the Holy Spirit and also for a fresh anointing of it whenever
you feel spiritually DRY!
- 2 CORINTHIANS 4:16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are
dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
BEING LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
1. YOU WILL LIVE YOUR
LIFE PLEASING TO GOD
As you are being led by
His Spirit, you will have spiritual discernment about many matters. This
will prevent the devices of the devil, the confusion of this world, and the
lust of this flesh from getting a hold of you and separating you from our
loving Father. By doing so, this will lead you to a
pleasing life for the Lord as He continues that work in you to mold you into
that vessel of honor for His glory
- COLOSSIANS 1:9,10 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first
heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and
to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will
always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind
of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God
better and better.
2. HIS WORDS WILL BE OUR
WORDS AND HIS THOUGHTS WILL BE OUR THOUGHTS
The Holy Spirit will
guide you as to your thoughts and your words especially in those times when you
are being used by God as a witness or a minister of reconciliation leading
mankind back to Jehovah through Jesus Christ.
- LUKE 12:12 “…for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what
needs to be said.”
- JOHN 14:26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my
representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and
will remind you of everything I have told you.
3. WE WILL HAVE A BETTER
UNDERSTANDING OF GOD’S TRUTH
When we first start
reading and hearing the Word of God, we could not understand much for we
are still babes in Christ which require milk and not meat. But in time with
your walk and as you surrender your life more and more to the Lord, and the
Holy Spirit filling and leading you, gradually you will start to understand the
deeper things of God which will promote growth in Him and a passionate love for
- JOHN 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into
all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has
heard. He will tell you about the future.
Walking in the Spirit is
a relationship with God which is an understanding that we cannot please God the
way that we are. We can only please a spiritual God in the Spirit for the flesh
is at war with the Spirit. We must, according to the Word of God, crucify
ourselves (GALATIANS 2:20) and our flesh (GALATIANS 5:24) and invite Christ as not only our Savior, but
to be the Lord of our life. He will teach us how to live for the Father and to
love the Father along with the filling and leading of the Holy Spirit to be
that mighty man and woman of God. It is a process and it will not happen
overnight but it will happen if you continue to daily walk in faith and
diligently seek Him.
Just to say we
know Him or love Him is not enough. It is about how we express that love for
Him through our daily actions and you cannot please Him through the flesh.
We must not only read the Word daily but to surrender to Christ and to surround
ourselves with things and people of God. Although we are in the world we are
not to be of it. Living without the filling and leading of the Holy Spirit will
not please God even though you love Him because you will not grow spiritually!
God gives us the Holy Spirit when we receive Him in our lives. This is not
something that we earn but just like salvation, we must invest our life, love,
and time into this walk of the Spirit for us to grow into those vessels of
honor to be used for God’s glory.
God has equipped
us with everything that we need to live successful and productive Christian
lives. All we need is to daily possess the passion for His presence, the thirst
for His Word, the hunger for His love, the drive to please Him and love
Him the way He wants to be pleased and loved, and the desire to be Christ-like
and Holy Spirit filled!
*All Scriptures cited above are taken from the New Living Translation
I NEED YOU LORD!