When are we filled with the Holy Spirit? – Galatians 5:22-26 – Pastor Lerum
The Holy Spirit gives love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
We are the only barrier that prevents us from receiving these gifts.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 2:39
We receive the Holy Spirit in baptism.
We are filled to the extent that we invite the Holy Spirit into us.
[Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount] “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…” Matthew 7:7
To the extent that we receive a gift or gifts, we must exercise those gifts.
Being filled with the Spirit is not a one-time experience.
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25
1. “In an ideal world, every Christian would be filled with the Holy Spirit from the moment of conversion.” (Questions of Life by Nicky Gumbel, P. 149) Why do you think this doesn’t always happen?
2. What, to you, is important about the experiences of the Holy Spirit? What are they?
3. How does the devil’s activity play into this process? Name some everyday instances.
4. Using the gifts of the Spirit strengthens them AND deters the devil. When do opportunities to exercise those gifts (strengthen them) occur?