Helper: The Gift of the Holy Spirit
“How does the Holy Spirit help me?”
The Holy Spirit leads us into the truth:
1. Revealing to us our sin and our need for Christ.
Breathe out: “I surrender; forgive me.”
Breathe in: “Breathe into me forgiveness.”
2. Regenerating us when we surrender to Christ.
Breathe out: “I surrender; save me.”
Breathe in: “Breathe into me new life.”
3. Reproducing within us the character of Christ.
Breathe out: “I surrender; fill me. ”
Breathe in: “Breathe into me Your presence.”
LifeGroup Questions: Applying the Teaching to Our Lives
- Why do you think there is so much confusion about the Holy Spirit?
- Read John 3:1-16. Why did Nicodemus (a religious leader) have such a hard time understanding what Jesus was talking about?
- Compare John 3:6 with 2 Cor. 5:17. How do these 2 verses fit together?
- Pastor Jim referred to a “continuum of life” during the sermon. Where are you on that continuum? Explain.
- If you are willing, tell your group of a time you sensed the Holy Spirit revealing a sin in your life.
- As a LifeGroup spend some time compiling some questions for next week’s Facebook Live Q&A on the Holy Spirit. These may be questions you personally have or your LifeGroup has or perhaps some common questions others might have. (LifeGroup leader, please send these to Thank you.)
- Practice “breathing in” the Spirit this week, paying attention to His presence in your life.
- Try starting each day this week by saying: “Holy Spirit, lead me today. I surrender to your loving leadership in my life.” Report to your group next week how it went.
Core CHRISTlike Characteristic: Spirit-led Servant/Living Surrendered
“This is the mystery of Pentecost: The Holy Spirit illuminates the human spirit and, by revealing Christ Crucified and Risen, indicates the way to become more like him, that is, to be ‘the image and instrument of the love which flows from Christ.’” (Pope Benedict XVI, June 4, 2006)
Dear Father, in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, I ask you to stir up within me the fullness of Your Holy Spirit. Help me to grow in my relationship with the Third Person of Your Holy Trinity and to live in His power and use His gifts.
Lord Jesus, You promised, “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26). Help me to remember that I don’t know everything, and that this is okay, because the Holy Spirit understands it all. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and His understanding of everything that is happening in my life.
O Holy Spirit, Jesus asked the Father to give me the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17). Help me to recognize You in the scriptures. Open my mind to understand Your truths, and open my heart to accept Your truths in faith even before I gain right understanding.
O Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “The one who receives the seed that falls on good soil hears the word and understands it. He produces an abundant crop” (Matt. 13:23). Be the gardener of my life. Nourish the seeds of heaven that You have already placed within me and make it grow so that Your love, Your ways, and Your kingdom will always grow within me and produce much good fruit for others.
O Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “Do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you what you should say” (Luke 12:11-12). Help me to trust in You always. Help me to remember that with You, nothing is impossible, and that You work everything according to what is good and right and timely, even if it doesn’t seem so to me.
O Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and everything else you need will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:33). Help me to let go of all my earthly attachments. First help me to recognize what I am attached to that is not of You, and then hold my hand as I walk away from the things of the world. Give me the determination and the strength to let go so that I have no other gods before me. I want only You.
O Holy Spirit, You are the Comforter. Help me to let go of the losses in my life. Heal my heart. And help me to face my sinfulness and to feel genuine sorrow for the damage ~ both intentional and unintentional ~ that I have inflicted on others and in so doing have inflicted on Jesus. Comfort me as I mourn my need for forgiveness, and give me Your spirit of rejoicing over this new growth in me.
O Holy Spirit, Jesus freely chose to suffer and die for me because of His tremendous love for me. I have pains in my life ~ hurts, wounds, sufferings, trials, difficulties ~ and I want to run from them. Strengthen me to follow in Jesus’ footsteps so that I can walk my road to Calvary without fearing evil, and lead me into my new life of victory and resurrection.
O Holy Spirit, Jesus said that He would not leave us orphans, but would send You to us (John 14:18). How often I have wept or complained because it seemed like You were not with me in my sorrows and sufferings! Help me to recognize Your presence in ALL situations. Help me to turn to You and find You, for You never leave me nor abandon me. You care even more about me and my problems than I do. You are working a plan for my benefit, to make good come from everything that happens to me. Help me to discover Your presence in every moment of my life.
O Holy Spirit, by the cross of Jesus we are healed! By His resurrection we live in the new life of total, unconditional love. Help me to share that healing love with all those around me. Jesus commanded, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Help me to declare with power the Good News of Jesus Christ. Send me to where You can use my gifts and talents to make a difference.
O Holy Spirit, You gave Yourself to the Virgin Mary and she said “yes” to becoming the mother of the Messiah. Help me to say “yes!” to whatever it is You are calling me to do. I want to serve the Father and make Jesus’ love more evident in the world around me.
O Holy Spirit, I have my own expectations about what I should and should not do. I now surrender to You my ideas, my limitations, my preferences, and my goals. Fill me, Holy Spirit, with all Your supernatural gifts! Empower me to accept and grow in the supernatural life as much as the early disciples did. I want to be useful to You. I want to go where You lead me. Holy Spirit, send me forth gifted and empowered to make a difference spreading the Good News of God’s forgiving love.
Come, Holy Spirit; renew me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
© 2000 by Terry A. Modica
A Testimony from a reader of the Good News daily Good News Reflections:
Thanks for the beautiful reflection as well as for the link to the Prayers to the Holy Spirit. I saw this link about a year ago, printed it and use it very often during my prayers.
You mentioned about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit being a necessity in one’s spiritual life. Let me share a little on this subject. My wife and I were in quite a bad spiritual state (practically anti-God) when we were told that we could not have a child. The Lord in his mercy drew us to a prayer meeting where there were testimonies by people from various faiths including some priests and leaders from the local Charismatic Renewal. We listened in particular to two gentlemen, a father and son.
Their testimony was so powerful and it touched us so much that I went forward to be prayed over when the call was given and was prayed over by the older gentleman mentioned earlier. It was such a dramatic experience that it gives me shivers even when I think of it today, 30 years later. I was in tears, shaking and shivering, and I received the gift of tongues on the spot. My wife saw my experience, and she too went up and had a similar experience.
Life was completely different after that. We were able to tell the Lord that even if he wanted us to be childless, we would be happy, as his will was more important that our want. It is only after this acceptance that the Lord gifted us with a son ten years into our marriage.
The idea of this sharing is to inform those who have not had the privilege of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to go ahead and attend a “Life in the Spirit Seminar” and I can guarantee you that it will be an experience that will overhaul your life.
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6 June 2017 Year A
I need help when I pray. I have a hard time praying. That may sound strange coming from a pastor, but the fact is that it is true. I don’t always pray like I should. I get distracted. I get discouraged. I am weak when it comes to prayer.
However, I am thankful that God has given me the Holy Spirit to help me when I pray. Let me share with you five ways in which the Holy Spirit helps when when I pray:
5 WAYS THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS ME WHEN I PRAY
1. He prays with me – “joins” (Romans 8:26)
It is comforting to know that when I am praying about anyting, I am not alone. The Comforter Whom Jesus sent to me helps me when I pray. It is like having Jesus sit with me when I am praying. The Holy Spirit is literally my prayer partner.
2. He prays for me – “intercedes” (Romans 8:26)
Because the Holy Spirit is my prayer partner, He doesn’t just join me in prayer. The Spirit prays for me. He prays for me on my behalf before God. I think the reason He does this is because many times, I need help praying.
3. He interprets what I am feeling – “unspoken groaning” (Romans 8:26)
The reason I need help praying is because I have emotions that can get in the way. I don’t know about you, but there are many times I am praying and words don’t completely express what I am feeling. I have these emotions and the Spirit knows these emotions. Sometimes I am expressing emotions and I don’t know why.
When I am crying, the Spirit knows why. Sure, it could be a sign of depression, but it could also be the Spirit helping me.
When I am angry, the Spirit knows why. Sure, it could be a sign that I have a problem, but the Spirit knows why – even when I can’t admit it to myself.
The fact is that we have emotions. One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to help me pray through these emotions.
Now some people think that these “unspoken groans” are a specific prayer language. It is possible, but I think that because this language is with “groans” that no one can express.
4. He searches my feelings – “hearts” (Romans 8:27)
Obi-Wan and Anakin both told Luke Skywalker to search his feelings to know that something is true. The fact is that we can’t search our feelings very well. The Holy Spirit cuts through the cloud of confusion and searches our feelings and hearts to know what we really want to pray for.
5. He helps me pray “according to God’s will” (Romans 8:27)
I don’t always pray for God’s will. And even when I do, I don’t always do that very well. However, the Holy Spirit knows God’s will. It is part of the Holy Spirit’s mind-set or mentality to intercede according to God’s will. That means that the Holy Spirit takes my prayer, and even though I don’t know if I am praying God’s will, the Holy Spirit knows God’s will. He prays on my behalf and prays for me. The Holy Spirit helps to align my will with God’s will in prayer.
Now it may take many meetings in prayer for me to realize God’s will. The Holy Spirit may have to speak to me in various ways to show me God’s will. But the Holy Spirit objective is to get me to see God’s will in my prayer life every time.
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Bible Verses about The Holy Spirit Helping You, The Holy Spirit as a Helper, Help from the Holy Spirit; Help Me Holy Spirit Help Me!
Key Bible Verse ~ John 14:26, ESV
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
Holy Spirit Help Me to Pray
Romans 8:26, ESV Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Related: Bible Verses about the Power of Prayer
Holy Spirit Help Me to Walk Right
Galatians 5:22-23a, NLT But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Related: Bible Verses about Walking with God
Galatians 5:25, NASB If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
Romans 8:14, NLT For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
Holy Spirit Help Me to Talk Right
Holy Spirit help me to walk right talk right act right!Acts 1:8, NIV But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Psalm 49:3, NIV My mouth will speak words of wisdom…
Psalm 39:1, NLT I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say…
Ephesians 4:29b, NLT Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Related: Bible Verses about the Power of Words
Holy Spirit Help Me to Forgive
Colossians 3:13, NLT Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Ezekiel 36:26, NLT And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.
Related: Bible Verses about Forgiveness, Forgiving Others, Forgiving Yourself
Holy Spirit Guide Me! Help Me to Listen, Learn, & Remember
Holy Spirit, please help me to understand the Bible and apply it to my life!John 14:26, ESV But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
John 16:13a, ESV When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth,
Related: Bible Verses about Understanding the Bible
Holy Spirit Help Me to grow in Wisdom
Isaiah 11:2, ESV 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 the fear of the LORD.
Holy Spirit Help me maintain an Attitude of Gratitude
Psalm 103:2, NLT Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.
Psalm 100:4, ESV Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
Holy Spirit Help Me to Please God
Psalm 19:14, NLT May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
See also: Bible Verses about Honoring God ; Bible Verses about God’s Approval ; What Makes God Happy?
Holy Spirit Help Me to Trust God No matter What!
Bible Verses when you don’t understand ; Trusting God in the midst of the storm ; Confident Trust in God
Help us Holy Spirit, Amen. Final Scripture Reminders:
John 14:15-17, ESV If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
2 Corinthians 3:17, ESV Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
John 14:26-27, NIV But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. More On: God Helping Us ; Trusting God
Romans 15:13, NLT I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Amen)
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