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Bible reference
““If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:15-18, 25-26‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Introduction/Game (played in groups of 3)
Set up: lots of candy scattered on the floor, teams standing on one end of the classroom. 
Goal: gather as much candy as possible.
Trick: person 1 is blindfolded, the only person actually able to grab anything. 
Person 2 is facing the classroom, can see where the candy is but can’t speak, must signal. 
Person 3 is facing person two, the person speaking out Person 2’s instructions to Person 1. 

What were the challenges that you faced in the game? 
  • Being blindfolded
  • Having to discern which voice is that of your teammate and not others’ 
Who is the Holy Spirit? 
  • Being human, we’re blindfolded in the sense that we can’t see, predict the future. We can’t even fully see our present. When we interact with people or we go through situations, our knowledge is limited to what we perceive through our senses, and what we can assume through past experiences.
  • Now we’re up for a challenge. We all have come forth from God. He created us. So we all have an urge and a call to look for our home aka Know God. 
  • If we are not even capable of knowing our fellow people, friends and family members, no matter how close we get. If I ask you who knows you 100%. Your answer may not even include yourself.
  • If we’re up for such a big task, then we need a lot of help. But since that task aligns perfectly with the will of God, He ultimately wants us all to get to know Him and His love for us because, in His initial design, this is how we would be happy, and he wants us happy, he provides us with ALL the help we need. And by that, He provides us with Himself. 
  • Remember how we said that the person who knows you most is likely yourself? Well God gave us His knowledge in our hearts, His own Spirit. 
  • So is the Holy Spirit any less God than the Father and the Son? No. 
  • It is actually the case that everything the Father or the Son have done were completed in harmony with the work of the Holy Spirit. Meaning, had the Father created the universe without the Spirit’s breath of life, it wouldn’t have been created. Had Christ established the church and the Spirit not work through it, Christianity could have died. 
  • When we say “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”, what does “name” mean? 
  • First, we only say in the “name” and not “names”, to refer to them being one. It doesn’t mean “name” like we know the word, as the word we use to refer to someone. But in the past, the word was used to refer to someone’s power. So basically what we’re saying is that we’re asking for God’s full power, help, support, company (to begin a work, prayer, studying, eating, anything...) 
What to remember: the Holy Spirit is know  as the Life giver, the Spirit of truth and the comforter and the Helper. 

What can He do?
  • Just that: 
  1. Life giver: He can breathe life into every aspect of our lives that needs revival. Aka a sin that we fall into, an addiction that we have, a behaviour that we’re struggling to change. 
  2. The Spirit of Truth: He can guide us to know the Truth. To know God. To reveal to us God’s purpose and plan for us. 
  3. The comforter: He’s a good listener. He feels what we’re going through and He is able and willing to give us so much peace and comfort, more than we can imagine.
  4. The Helper: He’s a good companion, He is able to help us in every situation whether good or bad. He’s our 911, we can call upon Him and be sure that He’ll deliver us.
We’ve all memorized the fruits of the Spirit ever since we were kids: 
Love - Joy - Peace - Patience - Kindness- Goodness - Faithfulness - Gentleness - Self Control. 

Can you come up with examples/times when you/someone else experienced this in practice? 

We can also simply compare how the disciples were before and after Pentecost. 
1/ They were frightened and met in secret. Then they went out and preached to the Nations. They gained so much courage. That’s peace, and faithfulness. 
2/ They were separated, each one went their own way, escaped, scattered. They became one church in the literal meaning of it, sharing every good: “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭4:32‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ This is love. 
3/ They were sorrowful and quite disappointed knowing that their idea of the kingdom Jesus had come to establish is no longer true. Then they became joyful and glad, preaching the news of the eternal kingdom - even when they were being killed. That is knowledge and joy. 

How to discern His voice from our own thoughts?

Test 1
Does it line up with God’s word? Or does it contradict it?
Test 2
Will acting on this thought glorify God? Will it bear fruit in our life? 
Test 3
What is the tone of the message? Does it reflect the character of God? Is it loving, supportive or encouraging? Or is it condemning, shaming, guilt-tripping? 
*** difference between when the Spirit convicts a sin we’ve done or we're about to do, and when the devil does so. One builds and one destructs. 
Test 4
Does it bring you peace? Or at least not disturb you? 
Test 5 
Have you asked for confirmation from a spiritual guide?

Prayer

At the beginning You hovered over the face of the waters!
And created a beautiful world for me,
You sufficed me with all things created,
and You made me in need of nothing!
Now You hover over the waters of Baptism,
to create out of my corruptible life, a new spiritual world!
God’s joyous Kingdom!
A lively icon of heaven itself!
You are the perpetual accomplisher, the essence of love!
If I have ruined what You gave me,
still You can sanctify me once more.
Work within me, O Spirit of God.
As Noah’s dove which declared reconciliation and peace through an olive leaf.
Rest in my heart, deep down,
For You can wholesomely sanctify me!
Be manifested in my eyes so that they become dove’s eyes.
Work in them, that they may be full of sanctified love or loving sanctity!
Spirit of God, You descended on the Incarnate Word, in the shape of a Dove!
You who are One with Him, Inseparable!
I beg You to abide in me,
granting me unity with my Redeeming Savior!
Spirit of God, create from me a holy and blessed
sanctuary, fit to be Your sacred abode.