Holy Spirit

  1. It is never a question of how much you and I have of the Spirit, but how much He has of us. - from page 179 of Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney. 
  2. The Holy Spirit invisibly, yet indispensably, serves as a rudder for the ship of your soul, keeping you afloat and on track. - From the Lucado Life Lesson Study Bible Notes commentary on Judges 1:1
  3. God himself instructs, guides, urges.  "God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us" (Rom. 5:5).  We then pour this love to one another.   It is a direct work of God.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 4  pg. 55. 
  4. Every believer has the Holy Spirit within him. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 1:18-23 - pg. 95.
  5. God lives in you through the Holy Spirit. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 2:22 - pg. 117.
  6. God himself instructs, guides, urges.  "God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us" (Rom. 5:5).  We then pour this love to one another.   It is a direct work of God.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 4  pg. 55. 
  7. God the Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit  indwells the believer because of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38-39; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:19).  In 2 Thessalonians we learn that the Spirit carries out a "sanctifying work" (2:13) in believers.  Through enlightening the Scriptures, awakening our consciences, convicting us of sin, and enabling us to act righteously, he makes us holy and useful for sacred work.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 2 Deeper Discoveries, The Trinity, Pg 117.
  8. For the world in general, the Spirit's work is to "convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment" (John 16:8).  In addition, the Holy Spirit restrains evil, keeping it within the sovereign parameters which the Father has established (2 Thess. 2:6-7).
  9. Our Advocates: Jesus and the Holy Spirit - These two are working together for us. Moreover, they are praying for us. We know that the Lord Jesus Christ is praying for us, because in Hebrews 7:25 it says, “Therefore, he [that is, Christ] is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” He is praying for us in heaven. We know that the Holy Spirit is praying for us and helping us to pray, because in Romans 8:26 we are told, “In the same way, the Spirit helps in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” - From the commentary on John 14:16-17 from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  10. Once we accept Christ as our Savior, the Spirit of God comes and lives within our lives. Listen to some of the amazing things the Spirit of God does for us:
    (1) He bears witness that we are the adopted children of Israel.
         “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Ro. 8:16).

    (2) He guides us as we walk day by day.
         “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (Jn. 16:13).     “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left” (Is. 30:21).
    (3)  He teaches us both the Word of God and how to walk through life.
         “For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say” (Lu. 12:12).
         “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (Jn. 14:26).

    (4)  The Spirit of God gives life to our mortal bodies.
         “For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world” (Jn. 6:33).
         “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Ro. 8:11).

    (5)  The Spirit of God comforts us as He dwells within us.
         “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” (Jn. 14:16).
         “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (Jn. 14:17).
         “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (Jn. 14:26).

    (6)  The Savior convicts us of sin.
         “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (Jn. 16:7-8). 
    - From the “Thought 2” reading about Isaiah 11:2 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  11. Every time you choose to do good instead of sin, you are growing in the character of Christ.  To understand this, you must first identify the character qualities of Jesus. One of the most concise descriptions of his character is the fruit of the Spirit: “When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” - From the Day 26: Growing through Temptation devotional reading from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  12. Though there is containment of evil now, there will come a day when the present restraint will be removed:  but the one who now holds it back.... is taken out of the way.  There are many candidates set forth by scholars as to who the "one" is who restrains Satan and his forces. The most reasonable explanation as to who holds back the boiling powers of evil is the Holy Spirit.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 2:7 pg. 107. 
  13. The Holy Spirit illuminates the minds of people, makes us yearn for God, and takes spiritual truth and makes it understandable to us. - from page 177 of Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney. 
  14. God’s Elect - The Holy Spirit enlightens every person born on this planet (John 1:9). Some respond. Some do not respond. God knows just who will respond to the convicting, quickening work of the Holy Spirit, and He knows who will not. As each one accepts or rejects God's offer, according to the degree of light they have and the activity of their own wills, each creates facts that can be known. God is able to foreknow them. It is this unerring, omniscient foreknowledge of God that enables Him to elect people to be partakers of all of the wonderful plans He has in mind for His own. - From commentary on 1:1 of 1 Peter from Phillips Commentaries by John Phillips.
  15. Judges 3:10 - The Spirit of the Lord was upon him, and he judged Israel.  There is no substitute for the Spirit of God. Jesus said, “You shall receive power when the Holy Ghost comes upon you and you shall be My witnesses:(Acts 1:8). We must be those who seek the fullness, the power, the anointing of the Spirit if we are to be used effectively for the kingdom, for while the Spirit indwells every believer at the moment of conversion, His “coming upon” ministry uniquely empowers every believer for service. Every believer has the Holy Spirit. The question is, Does the Holy Spirit have every believer? 
    How does the Spirit come upon us? When, like the Israelites, we cry out and say, “Father I need the power of the Spirit. I’m tired of being in bondage. I’m tired of the drought within. I want to be filled with You and used by You for Your glory. Jesus said, “If you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Heavenly Father give the Holy Ghost to them that ask” (Luke 11:13) - From commentary on Judges 3:10 from Courson’s Commentary by Jon Courson.
  16. John 15:26 - But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.  How does the Holy Spirit bear his witness? Or, to put it in slightly different words, in what does the testimony of the Holy Spirit consist? There are two answers. One is the work of the Holy Spirit in directing the writing of the books of our Bible. The other is the Spirit’s work in bringing those objective truths home to the subjective experience of the individual Christian.  From the commentary on John 15:26 from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  17. The Holy Spirit is now in the world in special ministry: to "convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: (John 16:8).  This is a work which he does on his own.  In addition, the Spirit dwells in the spirit of every believer.  As such, the church and those individuals in it are also a restraining force of God in the world.  The Holy Spirit works on his own, but he also works through the believer and the church to hold back Satan until his proper time. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 2:7 pg. 108. 
  18. The third promise is a particularly important one, for it concerns Christ’s continuing revelation of himself to those who have believed on him. He says, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him” (v.21).
    This is a step beyond the promise of sure knowledge of who he is, as a careful reading will show. The fact of his historical resurrection and of his gift of the Holy Spirit to us so that we can understand the gospel and believe on him is first in order and is important. But, having come to know who Jesus is and having believed on him, the Christian will then want to know him more fully. In this case, the knowledge will be not so much a knowledge about him, leading to faith, but rather a deep knowledge of him in which the disciple comes to experience the Lord in the fullest and most personal way. How would this be possible if it were not that Christ himself provides it? There would be no way in which we could know him fully as a living person and close friend. He is not here for us thus to know him. We cannot know him unless he reveals himself. But reveal himself is precisely what he does. The verses that come at the end of this section even go on to say that in the future period of the Spirit’s full activity the disciples would come to know Jesus better even than in the days of his physical presence among them.  - From the commentary on John 14:21 “Further Revelation” from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  19. The Holy Spirit acts through the revealed truth God has given through God's word in the Bible. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4:13 pg. 208.
  20. A life touched by the Holy Spirit will tolerate sin no longer.  - from page 177 of Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney. 
  21. The fourth way in which the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ is by directing Christ’s followers into Christian service and sustaining them in it. This was to be true of the disciples, as most of the verses about the Holy Spirit in the last discourses indicate; he was to direct them in the future in precisely the way Jesus had directed them in the past. This is also true for those who have come after these early followers of our Lord. ……  Has he led you in such service? Is he leading? If not, you need to begin by wanting that leading and then by seeking it, expecting the Holy Spirit to give guidance. - From the commentary on John 14:16-18 from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  22. Through God's Spirit we should find the liberty that sets us free from all the roles that we think earn us a righteous standing before God.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 4 pg. 211.
  23. The Holy Spirit helps us to be wise and strong.  God honors our confident testimony even when we suffer.  To get over our fear of what people might say or do, we must take our eyes off people and look only to God. - From the NIV Life Application Bible 2 Timothy pg 2198. 
  24. We must endeavor to have this sanctifying Spirit in ourselves and pray much for it, for his promise to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask (see Luke 11:13) applies to us. Shall we be so foolish as to lack this because we do not ask? When we find our souls weighed down, then let us pray, "Draw me."  - From commentary on 1 Peter 1:2 from Crossway Classic Commentary 1 & 2 Peter. 
  25. 2 Peter 1:21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.  2 Peter 1:21 teaches that the Holy Spirit directed the human writers of the Bible so that the work they produced, while still in one sense the work of men, was nevertheless precisely what God himself desired. The verse says, “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”  - From the commentary on John 15:26 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  26. Paul reminded Timothy to fan into flame the gift of God which is in you. The gift of God, which is in you was probably the Holy Spirit.  Every genuine believer receives this gift from God.  The Spirit only works in cooperation with those who desire his enablement.  We keep fanning the flame by keeping "in step with the Spirit" (Gal. 5:25), by disciplining ourselves in godliness to produce the fruit which is his nature (Gal. 5:22).  Paul having confirmed this great gift of God's grace, his own Spirit, Paul points towards the boldness that should belong to every believer:  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self discipline. Paul counters our natural tendencies and excuses by directing us to consider this great gift which we all possess - the Spirit of God.  Power is simply enablement to do what God requires.  We are never asked to do anything beyond what God gives strength and ability to accomplish. Love is expressed first to God, then to others.  It is the distinguishing quality of Christians, this unnatural love, and it comes only as we allow the life of God's Spirit to live through us.  Self-discipline denotes careful, sensible thinking.  It is the ability to think clearly with the wisdom and understanding that God imparts.  It helps us to overcome the thoughts of fear that seems to be the driving force in society today, which causes thoughts and speculations to swirl in our mind, as fear enters.  This is why Christ calls us to healthy orderly thought processes.  Perhaps we can look at our life and realize the need for God's power (dunamis).  We need the "dynamite" of God's strength in our daily living, to endure and make wise choices, to live in patience, producing goodness. (Col. 1:9-14). - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 1:6-7  pg. 266.
  27. In what way does the Lord promise to manifest himself to the disciples and to those who follow them? Not bodily, obviously, for the entire point of the discourse is to prepare them for his physical departure. He is not going to manifest himself to them through visions either, for nothing in the Gospel would suggest this. How, then, would he be seen? The answer is that he would be seen in a spiritual sense, as through the revelation of himself in the Bible and through the Holy Spirit’s witness to that revelation within the hearts of the disciples and of those who follow them, he is made vividly real. This sounds like fantasy to those who are not born again. But to those who have been made alive by God’s Spirit the presence of Christ is more real than anything they can see physically, more real even than their own hands or feet. - From the commentary on John 14:21 “Further Revelation” from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  28. It is the Holy Spirit who has wrought it. We shall be eternally indebted to the witness of the Spirit that opens our eyes to our lost condition and then opens them to see beauty in the Son of God's love. The Holy Spirit has given us the Word of God that tells us about the Son of God, leads us into the salvation of God, and reveals to us the plans and purposes of God. These plans are so vast and awesome that all we can do is exclaim with Paul, "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor... for of him, and through him, and to him, are all things:to whom be glory for ever. Amen" (Rom. 11:33- 36). The Holy Spirit implants in us the divine nature, nurtures us and nourishes us, teaches us the potential of our life in Christ, and gives us the power to live that life. The Holy Spirit, from start to finish, patiently brings us along the way until at last He ushers us in through the gates of glory, there to be with Christ and to be like Christ fully and forever! No wonder Peter talks about "sanctification of the Spirit”! - From commentary on 1:2b of 1 Peter from Phillips Commentaries by John Phillips.
  29. We on this side of the cross have something far greater that Elisha ever had.  Thre is that which transcends sighted vision of invisible things.  The Lord told His own disciples that the Holy Spirit dwelt with them, but that the day would come when He would dwell in them (john14:17).  Having a member of the Godhead come to take up His abode within us puts us on a spiritual plane above which was known to men of the Old Testament….And we have the word of our Lord that the least and lowliest from the time of the coming of the Holy Spirit to dwell within, would be considered in God’s sight, greater than John the Baptist because of the presence of the Holy Spirit within.It is in the light of this great fact that the New Testament writer lines up the invisible forces to show us the fullness of the supply that is available to us.  “Ye are of God, little children,” the believers are told, “and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4).  Let us remember this when we face difficulty or feel that the forces that are against us are more than we can meet…
    Still 
    more it is our privilege to fly the flag of joy in or lives every day, as the flag is displayed in a kingdom on whatever castle or alace the king is using at the moment, for we have not merely angels with us, but the King of kings, Himself, is in residence. -  from pages 135 & 136 of the book Invisible War by Donald Grey Barnhouse.
  30. So the first and most distinguishing mark of a filling with the Holy Spirit is that the person thus filled will be speaking of Jesus. He will not speak of his experience. He will not speak of the need for others to have his experience. He will speak of Jesus. At this point we inevitably come back to Jesus’ own words in John 16:12–14: “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He shall glorify me; for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.” - From the commentary on John 14:16-18 from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  31. When Christ comes into our lives, we are inhabited by the Holy Spirit.  He can free us from our fears and fill us with boldness and love. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 1,  pg. 273. 
  32. The Father is the source of all blessing, and the Son is the channel of all blessing, [and] it is through the Holy Spirit at work in us that all truth becomes living and operative in our lives. - from page 178 of Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney. 
  33. As the Holy Spirit awakens in you a new awareness of Christ, he floods your life with transcendent meaning. You see your life as a meaningful subplot in the divine drama. You see the cross as God coming down in love to take upon himself the guilt of human rebels bent on ignoring him. And now he is wooing out of the nations a people for himself, because he longs for multitudes to be drawn up into his own mega-joy. God is glorifying himself by communicating to us the wonders of his redemptive love. This outpouring of divine fullness through Christ — that is the meaning of human history. And you can be a part of it. Therefore, your first step toward God might be to look again at your life and stop asking what? and start asking who? You’ll see things in a new way. - From commentary on Isaiah 41 from Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 Vols.) by R. Kent Hughes et al, Crossway Publishers.
  34. According to Paul, every Christian is indwelt with the Holy Spirit, and it is the witness of the Spirit that gives us assurance of being God’s children: “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of son-ship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Rom. 8:15-16). Elsewhere, Paul speaks of this assurance as “the full riches of complete understanding” (Col. 2:2) and as “deep conviction” (1 Thess. 1:5). Sometimes we call this experience “assurance of salvation.” Now, clearly, salvation entails that God exists, that Christ atoned for our sins, that He rose from the dead, and so forth, so that if you are assured of your salvation, then you must be assured of all these other truths as well. Hence, the witness of the Holy Spirit gives the believer an immediate assurance that his faith is true. - From the Kindle book - Hard Questions, Real Answers by William Lane Craig, location 501.
  35. "Elect... through sanctification of the Spirit." The work of the Holy Spirit in a human heart begins with conviction (John 16:7- 11), moves on to regeneration (John 3:3- 8), then to sanctification, and climaxes in our ultimate glorification (Rom. 8:26- 30). God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are all mentioned by Paul in Romans 8:26- 30 as being active in the redemptive process that puts us in the family of God. It is an event of such magnitude that each member of the Godhead is personally involved in it. - From commentary on 1:2 of 1 Peter from Phillips Commentaries by John Phillips.
  36. For it is the Holy Spirit who teaches us directly the truth of the gospel, and reason has no right to contradict Him. - From the Kindle book - Hard Questions, Real Answers by William Lane Craig, location 528.
  37. Work of the Holy Spirit is not automatic or "robotic." Rather, it is a relational matter. It is realized in our lives through humble dependence. It is possible to suppress the work of the Holy Spirit in us. "Do not quench the Spirit" (1 Thessalonians 5:19). It is when we depend upon the Holy Spirit to lead us in the path of obedience that we will truly live as obedient children of God. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God" (Romans 8:14). - From the DBD 2/6 message in the MacSword Program.
  38. The Lord desires that we mature and develop in this new life in Christ. Such growth in Christ is a spiritual matter. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh." The resources that we have all received from our earthly parents are of the flesh. These natural capabilities cannot develop us spiritually. The perfecting process (becoming increasingly like the Lord Jesus Christ) necessitates the Holy Spirit's working in us. Remember, the means God used to start us out with Him (to justify us) are the means He uses to grow us up in Him (to sanctify us).  - From the DBD 2/24 message in the MacSword Program.
    1. Liberty by the Holy Spirit - "Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)".  As we have seen, the old covenant of law produces spiritual bondage in those who attempt to live under it. The remedy for that bondage is the new covenant of grace, because it produces spiritual liberty. This liberty is a work of the Holy Spirit. "Now the Lord is the Spirit." The life-giving Lord of grace is the Spirit of God: "the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life" (2 Corinthians 3:6).
    2. Living by rules and regulations ("of the letter") has a deadening, binding spiritual effect on people. This is how the Pharisees "ministered." "For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders" (Matthew 23:4). Jesus came to liberate people, to set them free. This is why Jesus ministered by the Holy Spirit. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed" (Luke 4:18). As Jesus, the Son of God, humbly served the Father, the Holy Spirit empowered Him to rescue captives, to release the oppressed.
    3. Rescuing people from sin and unrighteousness is the fundamental, liberating work of Jesus. "And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness" (Romans 6:18). Now, we are free to grow in a life of righteousness. Our new-found freedom is not for personal indulgence. It is for service of the Lord. "As free, yet not using your liberty as a cloak for vice, but as servants of God" (1 Peter 2:16). Now that we are free, we can use our freedom to lovingly minister to others. "For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another" (Galatians 5:13).
    4. Another wonder of Christ's rescuing, liberating work is that He wants to save us from self-dependent striving to develop a life of godliness and loving service. He accomplishes this by the work of the Holy Spirit. "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:2). As we walk in humble dependence, the Holy Spirit imparts to us the life that is in Christ Jesus. This liberates us from the tendency to rely upon fleshly human resources, which are inadequate (due to sin and spiritual deadness).
  39. "Dear God of all spiritual liberation, I praise You for setting me free from sin and the service of self. Now I ask You to work in and through me by Your Holy Spirit, setting me free from self-striving in my service of You, in Jesus' name, Amen."   - From the DBD 5/12 message in the MacSword Program.
  40. Maybe you are going through a struggle in your life. A tragedy strikes you or someone close to you, and you are hurting. So you go to God in prayer, and you ask him to comfort you. Do you realize what God does? He doesn’t give you comfort. Instead he gives you the Holy Spirit, who is called the Comforter.11 The Holy Spirit literally comes to dwell in you and puts the very comfort of Christ inside you as you walk through your pain.   - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 819.
  41. The Holy Spirit not only convicts of sin but also convinces men that Jesus is the righteousness of God.  He shows sinners that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.  - from page 178 of Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney. 
  42. The fruit of the Spirit as that is detailed for us in the letter to the Galatians: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfullness, gentleness, self-control” (5:22–23).  - From the commentary on John 14:16-18 from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  43. Suppose another time you are making a big decision in your life, and you need help. You have a couple of different options before you, and you need guidance to decide which way is best. So you ask God for help. But he doesn’t answer with guidance. Instead he answers by sending the Holy Spirit, who is our Guide.12 God sends the Helper, who will live in you and not only tell you what decision to make but also enable you to make that decision.  - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 823.
  44. Yet another time you need discernment, and God gives you the Spirit of wisdom. At other times you need strength, and God gives you the Spirit of power. Still other times you ask God for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, or self-control, and he gives you the Spirit, who makes all these things a reality in your life.  - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 827.
  45. The normal way of knowing the will of God is by what God has revealed of his purposes and character in the Bible and by the work of his Holy Spirit who takes what is written there and brings its meaning and contemporary force home to our hearts and consciences. Paul speaks of this latter part of the Spirit’s ministry in prayer in its Godward aspect in Romans 8:26–27, saying, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know that we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” - From commentary on John 16:23 from the Boice Expositional Commentary (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  46. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter, the Helper, the Guide, the very presence of God living in you. This is the great promise of God in prayer. We ask God for gifts in prayer, and he gives us the Giver. We ask God for supply, and he gives us the Source. We ask God for money, and he doesn’t give us cash; instead, so to speak, he gives us the bank!  - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 831.
  47. The Holy Spirit convicts the world in two senses. First, like a prosecuting attorney he secures a verdict of “guilty” against the world. But then, second, the Holy Spirit also brings this guilt home to the human consciousness so that men and women are disturbed by sin and seek alleviation from it. - From the commentary from the section “ Conviction of Sin” from on John 16:8-10 from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  48. What Jesus is saying, though, is that God our Father delights in this. He delights in giving us himself. He puts his very power in us so we might have all we need to accomplish his purposes in this world. This is the heart of Jesus’ promise to his disciples in John 14, the promise that precedes his promises about the Holy Spirit: “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”  - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 838.
  49. Baptism with the Holy Spirit means that Jesus gave his followers the power and presence of God in their lives in the person of the Holy Spirit.  Every believer could call on the Spirit for direction and understanding.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary "Luke" by Max Anders and Trent C. Butler, IV. Deeper Discoveries, B. Baptism with the Holy Spirit and with Fire, (3:16), page 55.
  50. We no longer have to approach God through a priest who requires ritual sacrifices. We ourselves are God’s temple, the Spirit’s home. God lives inside us. And that is the decisive reason Jesus gave in explaining why he must depart: “Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” - From location 2016 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  51. Sometimes I feel so helpless and inadequate, and wonder if I have done enough to make the gospel clear.  But I also know that only the Holy Spirit can open others’ eyes to the truth. - From page 180 of Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney. 
  52. Those we pray for, Christ prays for. Paul said, “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ ” Even when we do not know what we ought to pray for, or how to pray, that Spirit intercedes for us: “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” - From location 2231 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  53. Christians, day by day, week by week, and month by month, are told to walk in the Spirit.  Walking in the Spirit means being led and directed by the Holy Spirit.  This comes as we progressively yield various areas of our lives to the Spirit’s control.  Now desire in itself is not wrong, it’s what we desire or lust for that is wrong - and when we yield. - from page 178 of Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney. 
  54. In the same Last Supper conversation in which Jesus bequeathed his peace, he also promised a far greater gift: the presence of God, who would live not in some faraway heaven but inside us, in our very souls. He promised us the Holy Spirit, and the title he chose, the Counselor (or Comforter), itself indicates one of the Spirit’s main roles. The sense of God’s presence may come and go. Yet the believer can have confidence that God is already present, living inside, and need not be summoned from afar. - From location 5598 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  55. The gift of the Holy Spirit in full measure and in richer experience, depends upon loving obedience: If ye love me, keep my commandments, is the master's word. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. - From location 693 in the Kindle book "Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer, The: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer" by E. M. Bounds.
  56. Pelagius put it like this. He said that the will of man is always free and that it can therefore always choose or reject anything offered to it. As to the gospel, grace makes the offer. But the ultimate criterion by which any individual is either saved or lost is his will. Pelagius did not understand that it is impossible for the individual either to become aware of his sin or to understand and respond to the gospel without the Holy Spirit’s previous and supernatural activity in his life. He has a will, but without the Spirit’s activity the will is always deflected from God to its own destruction.  - From the commentary from the section “ Conviction of Sin” from on John 16:8-10 from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  57. We shouldn’t refer to the Spirit as “it”; instead we should always refer to the Spirit as “He” - because the Holy Spirit is a Person.  He speaks to us, He commands us, He intercedes for us, He hears us, He guides us. - from page 180 of Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney.
  58. Since it is the Holy Spirit who gives us the ability rightly to understand Scripture, we need to realize that the proper thing to do, particularly when we are unable to understand some passage or some doctrine of Scripture, is to pray for God's help. Often what we need is not more data but more insight into the data we already have available. This insight is given only by the Holy Spirit (cf. 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 1:17- 19). - From the Book "Systematic Theology" by Wayne Grudem.
  59. Holy Spirit Within Us  - “When [the Holy Spirit] has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” JOHN 16:8 The Holy Spirit is God Himself, as He comes to live within us. But why has He come? First, the Holy Spirit comes to convict us of our sin. He makes us admit to ourselves that we are sinners. We cannot come to Christ unless the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin. He also convinces us of the truth about Christ as the Savior. In addition, the Holy Spirit gives us new life. When we give our lives to Jesus and trust Him as our Savior and Lord, the Spirit renews our souls and brings the life of God into us. We have joy and peace, and we have a new direction to our lives because the Spirit of God has imparted to us the very life of God. The Bible also teaches that the Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives. Our thoughts, words, actions, motives—all that we are and all that we do—begin to reflect the Spirit’s fruit of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22–23 NIV). This fruit comes as we yield ourselves to the Spirit. How yielded is your life today? - Graham, Billy (2012-06-12). Hope for Each Day Morning and Evening Devotions (p. 286). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. 
  60. How can we be filled with the Holy Spirit and have Him work in our lives?  I really like this section from James Montgomery Boice in his Boice Expositional Commentary commentary on John 14:16-18.  Personally, I try to talk to God throughout the day through a lot of small prayers as if he is someone there with me, being thankful and asking His guidance, blessing and protection. It may start by praying before my feet hit the floor that  "This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” It may be in walking in to work and admiring his creation and thanking Him for he giving me and my family good health and His giving me the physical facililities to enjoy all of his amazing creation.  If I am about to make a presentation, I ask that He be with me and help me.  To me, since I am His child, I need His guidance and protection and I want to make sure I thank Him.  Like any father, I think He likes to have ongoing conversations with us and He wants us to ask for help, to be dependent on Him and He likes to know we are thankful for what He has given us and that He cares about us.  Here’s what Mr. Boice says: - 
    How then may I be filled with the Spirit? What is my responsibility? What are the steps? If we turn to the Bible for the answers, as we are wise to do, we find that there are three conditions for filling. First, we must not “put out the Spirit’s fire” (1 Thess. 5:19). Second, we must not “grieve” the Spirit (Eph. 4:30). Third, we must “live by” the Spirit (Gal. 5:16). The first two are important, but negative. The third is the most important of the three. 
    No one can say how this will work out in every case, for God’s people are different and function differently. But it will at least mean that you will want to keep short accounts with God. Perhaps you will begin each day with a brief thanksgiving for a good night’s sleep and a request for guidance in the day’s activities. Following the rush of breakfast you may review the day with God as you ride to your job or work in your home. As problems come up throughout the day, you will take these to him, sometimes in brief prayers (for we do not always have a great deal of time to pray when we are working), and you will ask for his direction and the ability to live as the Lord Jesus Christ would do in that situation. At night you will read the Bible and pray. If you are part of a family, you will pray together, talking about the events of the day in the light of God’s Word. Finally, before you retire for the night, you will commit the day to God and confess known sin or shortcomings to him. Then you will rest, knowing that he will watch over you and your loved ones.
    This means that you will walk with God the Holy Spirit as surely as if he were a visible person accompanying you throughout your day, and you will draw on his strength and counsel. If you will do this—yield to him, confess known sin, and obey him moment by moment—then he will fill you and make you a faithful witness to the Lord. 
    - From the commentary on John 14:16-18 from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  61. Since this member of the Trinity is called the Holy Spirit, it is not surprising to find that one of his primary activities is to cleanse us from sin and to "sanctify us" or make us more holy in actual conduct of life. Even in the lives of unbelievers there is some restraining influence of the Holy Spirit as he convicts the world of sin (John 16:8- 11; Acts 7:51). But when people become Christians the Holy Spirit does an initial cleansing work in them, making a decisive break with the patterns of sin that were in their lives before. Paul says of the Corinthians, "You were washed, you were sanctified you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God" (1 Cor. 6:11; see also Titus 3:5). This cleansing and purifying work of the Holy Spirit is apparently what is symbolized by the metaphor of fire when John the Baptist says that Jesus will baptize people "with the Holy Spirit and with fire" (Matt. 3:11; Luke 3:16). - From the Book "Systematic Theology" by Wayne Grudem.
  62. If Christians realized that God Himself in the person of the Holy Spirit really dwells within our bodies, we would be far more careful about what we eat, drink, look at, or read.  No wonder Paul said, “I beat my body and make it my slave” [1 Corinthians 9:27 NIV].  This should drive us to our knees in confession. - from page 179 of Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney.  
  63. After the initial break with sin that the Holy Spirit brings about in our lives at conversion, he also produces in us growth in holiness of life. He brings forth the "fruit of the Spirit" within us ("love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self- control," Gal. 5:22- 23), those qualities that reflect the character of God. As we continually "are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another," we should be reminded that "this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit" (2 Cor. 3:18). Sanctification comes by the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; cf. Rom. 8:4, 15- 16), so that it is "by the Spirit" that we are able to "put to death the deeds of the body" and grow in personal holiness (Rom. 8:13; see 7:6; Phil. 1:19). - From the Book "Systematic Theology" by Wayne Grudem.
  64. Personhood of the Spirit. A number of NT passages seem to treat the Holy Spirit impersonally, reflecting what Bultmann called “dynamistic thinking” (I, 555). Thus the Spirit is able to fill or endow a person (Lk. 4:1; Acts 2:4; etc.), or is granted as a gift (Lk. 11:13; Rom. 5:5; etc.), or is poured out like fluid (Acts 2:17f.; Tit. 3:6). Some such references are anarthrous:what is promised as a gift is not “the Holy Spirit” but “Holy Spirit” (Lk. 11:13). Partitive genitive constructions suggest that Spirit is available in shares (He. 6:4). One obscure passage appears to assert that God’s Spirit is to God as a human spirit is to a human being (1 Cor. 2:10f.).  
    On the other hand, the NT also contains a number of references to the Spirit or Paraclete that are undeniably personal. The Spirit speaks (Acts 21:11), searches (1 Cor. 2:10), bears witness and intercedes (Rom. 8:16, 26), teaches (Jn. 14:26), apportions gifts (1 Cor. 12:11), exercises will (Acts 16:6f.), can be grieved (Eph. 4:30), reflects (Acts 15:28), appoints (20:28), sends (13:4), and is lied to (5:3). The Johannine account of the Paraclete is especially rich in personal language. 
    - Excerpt from the definition of Trinity in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) by Geoffrey W. Bromiley.
  65. Divinity of the Spirit. Evidence for the divinity of the Spirit is thinner and hazier than symmetrical fifth- century trinitarian statements suggest (cf. Athanasian Creed, above). The Spirit is called “God” at most once (Acts 5:3). OT passages about Yahweh are not applied to the Spirit. No ontological statements of divinity appear, as they do with regard to Christ. And the Holy Spirit in the NT is never an object of worship or prayer.  
    Still, the Spirit performs some divine functions. He judges (Jn. 16:8- 11), pours out the love of God (Rom. 5:5), gives joy (14:17), hope (8:17- 25), peace (8:6), regeneration (Jn. 3:5), and faith (2 Cor. 12:9). Also, the Holy Spirit can be blasphemed (Mk. 3:29; Lk. 12:10), which in the NT is usually an act of verbally injuring someone divine.  
    Finally, the Spirit is intimately conjoined with Christ, and with God and Christ, in the many NT bipartite and tripartite formulas. Again, the implication is that the authors of these formulas regarded the Spirit as the same sort of being as God and Christ- particularly in those places where similar divine functions or attributes are predicated of them (2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Cor. 12:4- 6).
     - Excerpt from the definition of Trinity in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) by Geoffrey W. Bromiley.
  66. Spirit of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is not only the Spirit of God the Father (Ro 8:9, 14; 1Co 2:10–11, 14) but also the Spirit of Christ, the second person of the Trinity (Ac 16:7; Ro 8:9; Gal 4:6). He is sent by the Father (Jn 14:16–17, 26; Gal 4:6) and by the Son (Jn 15:26; 16:7). turn out for my deliverance.  - From note related to Philippians 1:19 from the NIV Study Bible Notes by Kenneth Barker and published by Zondervan. 
  67. Distinction of the Spirit from Christ. The pre- and post- Pentecost Spirit has relations coordinate to the pre- and post- ascended Christ. The pre- Pentecost Spirit is the conceiver (Mt. 1:18; Lk. 1:35), identifier (Mk. 1:10), compeller (Mk. 1:12), and inspirer (Lk. 10:21; 12:10) of Jesus (Berkhof, p. 24). On the other hand, the post- Pentecost Spirit is sent by God or the exalted Christ to highlight, reproduce, and apply the life and work of Christ. Thus the Spirit, like Christ, unites believers to “Abba” (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6; cf. Mk. 14:36), provides confession of Christ and articulate prayer (1 Cor. 12:3; Rom. 8:26), accompanies the baptism of Christians (Acts 2:38; 1 Cor. 12:13), imparts life (2 Cor. 3:6), freedom (3:17), glory (3:18), and other benefits of Christ, and, like Christ, directs and empowers the mission of the apostles (Rom. 15:19; 1 Cor. 2:4; etc.; cf. Moule, pp. 27. - Excerpt from the definition of Trinity in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) by Geoffrey W. Bromiley.
  68. There is one more thing about this convicting work of the Holy Spirit in relation to sin. It is that the sin of which the Holy Spirit convicts men is the sin of unbelief. “In regard to sin, because they do not believe in me,” Jesus says. Notice that it is not conviction of the sin of gambling, though that may come in time. It is not the sin of adultery, or drunkenness, or pride, or stealing primarily, but the sin of refusing to believe on Jesus. Why is this? It is not because the other sins are not sin or that they need not be repented of and renounced, for they must be. It is just that belief in Christ, the one thing God requires for salvation, is that which is hardest for the natural man even to acknowledge, let alone attain. Does the average unbeliever look on unbelief as sin? Not at all! If anything is true, it is the opposite. He generally looks upon unbelief as a mark of his supposed intellectual sophistication. “I am glad that you can believe those things,” he says with an air of condescending superiority (he really means, “that you can believe that nonsense”), “but I cannot.” He thinks it a matter for pride that he is an agnostic or an atheist. Or, if he does not take that tack, he looks to you for pity, saying, “I wish I could believe as you do, but I can’t. There must be something wrong with me.” - From the commentary from the section “ Conviction of Sin” from on John 16:8-10 from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  69. It is the Holy Spirit who brings about conviction [of sin] … repentance cannot take place unless first there is a movement of the Holy Spirit in the heart and mind. - From page 83 of "Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney..
  70. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  

    Romans 15:13  
    One illustration I like to use when describing the Spirit’s work in our lives is to set a glove on a table next to a Bible. Then I’ll tell the glove, “Go ahead and pick up that Bible.” Of course, the glove can’t do that because it has no life. It doesn’t matter how passionate I am about telling that glove to open the Bible, it won’t do it. It’s helpless.  

    But if I pick up that glove and put my hand it in, then the glove can do whatever my hand can do. The dexterity of my hand becomes the dexterity of that glove. The strength of my hand becomes the glove’s strength.  

    Apart from the Spirit of God in our lives, we’re just like that glove, spiritually speaking. We don’t have the ability on our own to obey God. But when the Spirit comes into our lives, He’s like a hand in a glove. His strength and power becomes our strength and power!

    Many people try to live spiritually like a glove without a hand. They follow the latest self-help trend to make themselves better, but they are always left unsatisfied. Let God’s Spirit fill you like a hand in a glove and you’ll discover renewed spiritual strength!  


    GIVE GOD CONTROL OVER YOUR LIFE AND YOU’LL DISCOVER A RENEWED SENSE OF SPIRITUAL STRENGTH. - Excerpt from January 30, 2015 PowerPoint Devotional reading from Jack Graham
  71. What Jesus is indicating in our text is that he is the source of the Spirit and that nothing can be done in the Christian life (indeed, one is not even a Christian) apart from the Spirit’s activity. - From the commentary from the section “ Conviction of Sin” from on John 20:22 from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  72. God often gives us an inner conviction or prompting to confirm which way He wants us to go.  The prompting comes from the Holy Spirit.  - From page 83 of "Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney..
  73. Satan will do everything he can to divide Christians and destroy our witness.  Only the Holy Spirit can subdue our old nature and overcome it with God’s love. - From page 105 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.