Hello, I’m Randy Gaudet, founder and director of All Thailand Experiences and Bible Truths. Those who have read my profile know how I first came to Thailand and my association with missions and churches since 1989.
Bible Truths is a tool to explain in both English and Thai ( in video) Languages the Truth in what is available to the believer in Christ Jesus, The Holy Spirit and God the Father. We will talk about real daily situations we all face that can lead to bondage in our lives and how to escape and enjoy true Freedom..
The video lessons are in English and Thai by Abundant Grace Church in Chiang Mai Thailand. Pastor Nathan Gonmei will speak a sentence in English then his wife Pastor Salila will say the sentence in Thai. Now this is a spirit filled church. This is the church I belong to today.
Today we are going to talk about knowing the Holy Spirit.
We live in a world where lies are spoken, taught and accepted The world is confused because they don’t know the truth. We believers in Christ have the “Spirit of Truth” which is the Holy Spirit that guides us into the truth. When we open our hearts and commune with the Holy Spirit there is no way we can live in bondage, confusion or fear. Jesus said “you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
John 14:16,NIV “and I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever–“
“Helper,” here, is translated from the root term paraklētos. This can also be translated as a “comforter,” or “advocate.” This is the same term John will use later to describe Jesus in 1 John 2:1. That connection has meaning—Jesus will later point out that He is leaving behind His earthly ministry specifically so the Holy Spirit can act (John 16:7). The Holy Spirit, in a sense, does from the inside what Christ would do from the outside: teach, convict, remind, and guide. In the following verse, Jesus will clarify that this Helper is the Holy Spirit, who is available only to those who believe (John 14:17).
Jesus also predicts the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This is only available to believers, and this Helper acts to guide, teach, and remind us. Both for the disciples, and for future Christians, these words are meant to be comforting during hard times. Since Christ knew, in advance, what would happen, we can be even more confident to trust Him.
Romans 5:5,NIV: “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Why can believers be so confident about our ultimate destination? Paul’s answer reveals the very emotion of God toward us. His love has been poured in our hearts. In other words, God will always, always keep His promises to us because He loves us. It is not just that God is powerfully able to do what He has promised. It is not just that God is good. It is because He cares about us, loves us, so deeply that each of us actually carries His love inside of us, through the Holy Spirit. That makes God’s promises powerful indeed.
Finally, Paul adds as almost an afterthought that each person who trusts in Christ has been given God’s own Holy Spirit to live in our hearts—in our inner being. That may be the most powerful benefit Paul has mentioned, and he will talk more about it later in Romans.
John 16:13,NIV “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the 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.”
Here, again, Jesus refers to the Helper, the Holy Spirit, as the “Spirit of truth” (John 14:16; 15:26). Many aspects of Christ’s earthly ministry were misunderstood prior to His resurrection (John 2:22). The work of the Holy Spirit, especially in the lives of the apostles, was to clarify those events (1 Corinthians 2:10). In the lives of all Christian believers, the Holy Spirit provides insight that can’t be expected of those without His influence (1 Corinthians 2:14).
However, this influence of the Spirit does not impart instant or automatic wisdom. Christ does not say that the Spirit will immediately place the minds of believers into a state of spiritual perfection. Nor does it say the Spirit will totally replace a person’s thoughts or opinions. Rather, the Spirit “will speak,” “guides,” and “declares.” That influence can be resisted or even ignored: saved believers, even men like the apostles, can be wrong about spiritual matters (Galatians 2:11–14). Discipleship from other Christians (Matthew 28:19) and the use of the written Word (1 Corinthians 4:6) are crucial in all doctrinal discussions (Acts 8:31).
Jesus’ comments here also speak to the mutual relationship between God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, The Holy Trinity.
Christian commune with the world everyday but neglect the Holy Spirit. We should communicate with the Holy Spirit as a person everyday. Talk with Him and ask Him , the Spirit of Truth, to lead you, guide you and show you the truth before making any decisions in your life. Having trouble understanding scripture in the Bible? Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and knowledge before reading scripture and then you will know the truth and be set free.
The Holy Spirit is waiting for you to speak with him now and every second of every day..
Acts 4:31,NIV: “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”
Peter, John, and other leaders of the church are in a room in Jerusalem, praying for the strength to continue preaching the word of God (Acts 4:23–30). “Word” is from the Greek root word logos which means an idea, a doctrine, and/or a message. John 1:1 identifies Jesus as the Word of God. Here, before the New Testament books have been widely spread, the “word of God” does not yet have the commonly-understood meaning of “Scripture.” It does mean the total message God means to give mankind. This includes that Jesus is the Son of God, that He is the Savior, that He rose from the dead, and that He is the core of salvation.
Sometimes, the Bible shows us people who are praying for things they already know God wants. Daniel counted the years until it was time for God to restore Jerusalem and then prayed that God would make it happen (Daniel 9:2, 16–19). In Jesus’ “High Priestly Prayer,” Jesus asks God to guard the testimony of His followers—which was God’s plan all along (John 17:15). In the same way, the leaders of the church in Jerusalem pray for the boldness to speak God’s word and the signs to validate that teaching (Acts 4:29–30).
If they know this is God’s will, why do they pray for it? Praying for God’s will shows that we are ready to submit to His plan. It prepares our hearts for the changes about to happen. It is a way of stepping forward to volunteer for His work. It is good to have a demeanor that is properly submissive to God. To state that willingness in words for a specific goal at a specific time is powerful.
The Holy Spirit honors their request by making Himself evident in their midst. They have chosen a path of hardships, persecution, and martyrdom. The Holy Spirit will never abandon them, and He will continue to strengthen them until their work is finished. Later, when faced with danger, they will be able to look back at this moment and remember both their willingness and the assurance that God approved of their prayer.
The Holy Spirit will give you the power to speak of Christ and His Grace with boldness. You will be more than happy to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others. You will also share the wonderful things God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit has transformed your life for the better by sharing your testimony
Luke 12:12,NIV: “for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.’”
Jesus told his disciples that the Holy Spirit lived in and worked through them, especially when they would face great opposition and when they would need to defend themselves before rulers and authorities. The Holy Spirit would be with them to help them know what to say. They would not be alone, no matter how it might feel to them. Their words would have power because of the Holy Spirit speaking through them. Those who ignored their words were ignoring the very Spirit of God speaking through them. Likewise, if we ignore the words they left for us, we are resisting the Spirit of God (Acts 7:51).
2 Corinthians 3:17, NIV: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
Paul declares that the Lord is a Spirit. He is talking about the Holy Spirit, one of the three members of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. In addition to being Christ, the Lord is also the Spirit. Paul has described in the previous verses the one and only way by which the veil of separation between human understanding and God’s glory is removed. It happens when a person “turns to the Lord” by trusting in Christ’s death in their place for the forgiveness of their sin. Sin is what holds the veil in place, and forgiveness of sin is what removes the veil.
The power to remove that veil and open human minds to God’s glory comes through the Holy Spirit. Paul adds that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom from the veil that keeps people from seeing God’s glory. Through faith in Christ and the power of the Spirit, the veil is removed and God’s glory is revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. That freedom from spiritual blindness or hardened minds is the difference between life and death.
Christians have spiritual liberty, meaning freedom from Mosaic law (as the Grace of Jesus is superior) (Acts 15:10-11), freedom from the fear of death (as we have everlasting life in Heaven) (Romans 8:2), freedom from the guilt and penalty of sin (as Jesus died for our sins) (Romans 6:18), freedom from fear (Isaiah 43:1) and freedom from corruption (Romans 8:21).
There is a deception that has traveled throughout the earth. No doubt this lie was perpetrated by our enemy. It is the lie that Christianity somehow puts people in bondage. It has been believed that it takes away our fleshly fun and chains us up with the belief there are too many restrictions. What not to do. This could not be further from the truth.
To be positioned in the Spirit of God is to be free. Totally free where one can take in the goodness of God and feel the power of His presence. It is a place where our wounds are healed and our broken hearts mended. It is our Lord who walked through the long dark tunnel of hell in order for us to walk in peace and hope. This is liberty.
He walks among us and is involved in our lives and though He never invades He is very much willing to walk through an open door if we open it. God, who created all things, dwells within and desires intimacy with us. It gives God pleasure to see us moving freely in His presence and singing praises to Him. He claps with joy when we believe with child-like faith that He is and wants to bless us.
He consumes our deepest fears and warns us of impending dangers. He delights in our existence and with the eyes of an accepting Father, He watches over us with great delight. When we are rebellious and defiant He waits longingly for our return and welcomes us with open and outstretched mercy.
Romans 8:26, NIV: “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”
This passage describes the difference between our future and our present, as Christians. Our future in Christ, as God’s children and heirs of His kingdom, is everything we long for. Our present, though, is a life of longing, patient waiting, living in the hope of reality that has not yet arrived. We continue to suffer along with the rest of creation, to groan for the life to come.
How do live in the meantime? A large part of the answer to that question has to do with the Holy Spirit, given to every Christian when he or she comes to faith in Christ. God gives us His own Spirit as a deposit or down payment on that future we are longing for (Ephesians 1:13–14; 2 Corinthians 1:22).
Through the Spirit, God provides for us in many different ways on this side of eternity. Generally, he helps us in our weakness. Paul is acknowledging here that, even as Christians, we remain weak in and of ourselves. Physically, we remain creatures in fragile bodies with sometimes baffling emotions. Spiritually, we can become weak in our faith and/or in our resistance to sinful desires. As Paul will begin to make clear, however, God’s Spirit with us makes all the difference. He continually helps us in and even through our weakness. He steps in. He helps with the burden.
More specifically, Paul writes that we are so weak that at times we do not know what to pray for! We have been given access, in prayer, to our Father God. We feel the need, the longing, for Him, but what do we ask for? The Spirit steps in and carries those unsaid “groanings”—those thoughts and feelings we simply cannot express in human words—to God. He both creates the connection from ourselves to God and provides the content of our communication.
Romans 8:27, NIV: “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”
Paul has revealed in Romans 8 that the life of a Christian on this side of eternity is one of waiting and longing to be with our God while enduring the suffering of this life. We live with a kind of endless groaning to be made whole by the redemption of our bodies. We are not alone, however. God gives His Spirit to everyone who trusts in Christ (Ephesians 1:13–14; 2 Corinthians 1:22). One way the Spirit helps us in our weakness is by taking our too-deep-for-words groanings, communicating them to the Father as prayers. The Spirit intercedes for us.
Now Paul explains how God receives those prayers. Paul uses a description for God which is both beautiful and perhaps intimidating. Here, he calls God the Father the “one who searches hearts” (Hebrews 4:12–13). The Father and the Spirit are eternally connected. The Father in heaven knows the mind of His Spirit in us. Their connection remains ever unbroken.
Created by Randy Gaudet with contribution from Abundant Grace Church, Chiang Mai Thailand