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Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Seek The Spirit

Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Seek The Spirit

Eph. 5:15-21

For this sermon to make sense, we’ve GOT to understand that the Holy Spirit isn’t a “force” or a “substance”. He’s a PERSON – the Third Person of the Triune God.

Step Three In The Spirit

* Care For Your Conduct ~ Eph. 5:15-18

  • 15 “watch how you walk” what wisdom do you use to make your choices?
  • 16 “to go to market” carefully choose your moment!
  • 17 through THIS don’t become unable to comprehend; “put it together”
  • 18 don’t BLUNT yourself in dumb choices; let yourself be CRAMMED full BY the Spirit

=> problem: when we read verse 18, we see the metaphor of being filled with wine (a substance), and often equate the spirit with that idea. We are not to be filled with the substance of spirit – we are being filled by a person: the holy spirit. Think less of a colander, and more of a manager of a warehouse. The manager notices when the warehouse gets empty, and makes arrangements for fresh goods to be brought in to replenish it

* Keep Being Filled ~ Eph. 5:19-21

  • 19 (power of the participle!) BE speaking the music of the Spirit to each other! (emphasize the positive- pour the goodness of God into people)
  • 20 BE “giving thanks at all times for all things”
  • 21 BE arranging yourselves as if Christ were right here: BECAUSE HE IS!

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. (Isa. 26:3, 9)

Do you want peace, REAL peace? Long for the Leading of the Spirit!

Hovering of the Holy Spirit

Shaped By A Savior ~ Hovering of the Holy Spirit Sermon Audio Here


Genesis 1:1-5/Acts 19:1-7
This Sunday is often referred to as the Baptism of Christ Sunday. The Gospel of Mark describes the scene in chapter 1, verses 4 through 11. Notice the Descent of the Holy Spirit as a dove. How did those viewing the scene recognize the Spirit, and not just a random bird? Perhaps these Scriptures will help answer the question.

Can You Recognize the Holy Spirit? Look for

The Presence of the Holy Spirit in Creation
Gen.1:1-5 How does the Holy Spirit participate?

  • v1 God is FIRST
  • v2 Spirit is present even in chaos
  • v3/4 God has the idea before the reality
  • v4 God’s ideas are good

The Preparation of the Holy Spirit in Christians
Acts 19:1-7 How does the Holy Spirit make a difference?

  • v1/2 Ask yourself: do you know the Holy Spirit?
    (Greek new believers wouldn’t know about Gen. 1:2)
  • v3/4 Ask yourself: being good, or belonging to God?
  • v5 ask yourself: sign of surrender, or act of identification?
  • v6/7 Holy Spirit effected them: change was present

Can you recognize the Holy Spirit at work in you? Ask yourself: have YOU changed? Are you struggling with old sin? God wants more than to just hover; He wants to change you from within!


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