I Can Do What Makes Me Happy
Lie # 3, ”I can do what makes me happy and there are no consequences. I will follow my heart.” Many people justify their sins by what others do, but God makes it clear that the heart is deceitful and not to be trusted. The heart can be trained by the Word of God. The Holy Spirit lives in followers of Jesus and helps them move from wanting to be happy to be holy.
- The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, John 14-16.
- No HOLINESS without the “HOLY SPIRIT.”
The Holy Spirit COUNSELS us in life.
- He is the Paraclete, a constant companion, never leaves us.
The Holy Spirit COMFORTS us in our trials.
The Holy Spirit CONVICTS us of all our sins.
- The acts of the sinful nature and the fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5. Holy Spirt brings these sins to our attention.
- We choose to respond (repent) or disregard?
The Holy Spirit CHALLENGES and ENABLES us to live holy lives.
- What can we do to live holy lives? Take serious the Word of Truth, James 1:19, Isaiah 30:21, Ephesians 4:29.
Personal and Group Study
1. What brings you the most happiness? Discuss the sermon comment “What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy.” Refer to Ephesians 5:22-33.
2. What new things have you learned about the Holy Spirit this weekend? Why are people afraid of the Spirit? Have you experienced or observed any misunderstandings regarding the Holy Spirit? Explain. How do you know the Holy Spirit is active in your life?
Going Deeper in the Word
3. The Holy Spirit descended on the people during Pentecost, a Jewish festival. Read and study Acts 2:1-12. Why were there tongues of fire? Refer to comments in an Application Bible. Fire from heaven, Exodus 19:16-19.
4. Read Galatians 5:16-26. Verse 25, ”Keep in step” with the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the source of new life, so walk with him. Discuss what areas of life that might include. What conversations do you have with God’s Spirit throughout the day?
Applying the Word
5. Set aside time to sit in silence and think about the Holy Spirit who resides in you. Write out the thoughts that come to you.
6. Spend time in personal worship and allow the Spirit to lead you. Listen to some favorite Christian songs and journal your thoughts about God’s call to be holy, set apart for Him. Prayerfully invite the Spirit’s presence to fill you.