Lesson Eight

The Holy Spirit

What is the Result of the Holy Spirit in My Life?

A.     The Holy Spirit of God produces a set of character qualities as you give your life to Him and walk in His power. This set of character qualities is called the fruit (singular) of the Spirit. It is singular because all of these qualities are produced at the same time by a close relationship with the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
B.     The fruit of the Spirit consists of:
  1.   Love
  2.   Joy
  3.   Peace
  4.   Longsuffering
  5.   Gentleness
  6.   Goodness
  7.   Faith
  8.   Meekness
  9.   Temperance

What Is "Being Filled with the Spirit" and How Can I Accomplish This?

A.   Comparing Scripture with Scripture shows that by reading the Word of God and letting it dwell in your heart, you can produce the same results in your life as being filled with the Spirit. The more you saturate your mind with the Word of God, the closer your relationship to the Holy Spirit will be (Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16).
B.   Simply walk in the Spirit. Walking is a steady, consistent, natural process of growth (Galatians 5:16-18, 25; Romans 8:1).
C.   Allow God to control your life. The filling of the Holy Spirit is not you getting more of the Holy Spirit. You received all of Him at the time of Salvation. It is the Holy Spirit getting more of you.
D.   Be patient and consistent! Being controlled by the Holy Spirit does not happen overnight. It is a lifelong process of spiritual growth.

Key Memory Verses

    "What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify god in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
    "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16).
    "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law" (Galatians 5:22-23).

Additional Thoughts

In many churches today, some popular teachings are:

1.     A Christian does not get all of the Holy Spirit at salvation.
2.     The Holy Spirit can leave you if you sin.

From the Bible principles taught in this lesson, you should understand that these teachings are false, and why.