2018 Grace Life Conference (Session 25)

by Creflo Dollar | 13 Jul 2018

Summary

Each one of us has a call on our lives and a mission that God has assigned to us. To be successful in our respective missions, we need the Holy Spirit to help us. The Holy Spirit is widely misunderstood, but He is the one who administers the covenant of grace under which we are now living. Specifically, He teaches, guides, and directs us in what we need to know to experience success in life and fulfill God’s plan for us. We need to develop a relationship with the Spirit and allow Him to lead us, so that we will not fall from grace back into the law, by trying to fulfill our assignment through our own abilities. The Holy Spirit is our helper and our unseen partner. Now is the time to get to know Him and understand why He was sent. He is the one who causes things to happen in our lives that we cannot take credit for, and that’s why we cannot succeed without Him.
  1. The Holy Spirit fills many roles while teaching us to live under the covenant of grace.
    1. The Holy Spirit is the director of the new covenant; He is the one who administers it. It is vital that we live life led by the Spirit.
      1. 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 (John 14:26).
      2. But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you (John 14:26, AMPC).
    2. Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works(John 14:10).
      1. Jesus referred to the Father not as being in heaven, but being in Him.
      2. It is understandable that Jesus would refer to the Father within Him, because Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
      3. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 1:20).
    3. Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise (John 5:19).
      1. Jesus valued His relationship with the Holy Spirit. He knew the importance of the Spirit’s involvement, yet sometimes we forget this and try to do things without the Spirit’s input.
      2. If Jesus needed the Holy Spirit to be successful in His mission, then we certainly need the Spirit in our mission.
      3. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).
      4. The Holy Spirit was present in the very beginning; He administered what God spoke into being when the world was created.
      5. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light (Genesis 1:2, 3).
  1. The Spirit gives us direction in life. We need His presence as much as the disciples did.
    1. And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence (Acts 1:4, 5).
      1. Jesus told the believers to wait for the Holy Spirit before starting anything or going anywhere. We can receive a powerful anointing by pausing.
    2. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:16, 17).
      1. This marked the introduction of Jesus’ unseen partner.
    3. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil (Matthew 4:1).
      1. No one knows better than the Holy Spirit the necessary things we will need to go through, to prepare us for our mission.
      2. Regardless of what we are going through now, God has good plans for us.
      3.   For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).
      4. The Holy Spirit has come to tell us everything we need to know to walk in the fullness of God’s plan for our lives. 
  1. The Holy Spirit gives us a new language. He reveals things our intellect cannot grasp.
    1. We speak the mysteries of God by praying in the Holy Spirit. Speaking in tongues is a grace gift; this way, we build up our faith and draw on the knowledge of God.
      1. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries (1 Corinthians 14:2).
      2. For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands  or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths  and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding](1 Corinthians 14:2, AMPC).
    2. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.  Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (1 Corinthians 2:4-9).
      1. When we speak in tongues, we speak hidden truths that are beyond our human intellectual capacity to understand.
      2. God has things hidden for us concerning our mission that we do not know about yet. We must not give up before discovering them.
    3. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them(2 Corinthians 4:3, 4).
      1. We must not blame God for the bad things that happen; there is a devil loose bent on stealing, killing, and destroying.
      2. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
      3. The devil wants to keep us blind to God’s grace. The enemy’s goal is to cover our spiritual eyes with the veil of the law, which tells us we deserve to be punished for failing to measure up to the standard. However, the Holy Spirit was sent to remove the veil.
  1. To truly know Jesus, we must rely on the Spirit of grace. He brings us to new levels.
    1. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11, 12).
      1. The Holy Spirit was sent to give us a revelation of Jesus.
    2. When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:13-18).
      1. Simon Peter had a revelation of Jesus’ true identity. Jesus was all human, but also all God.
      2. Simon Peter did not make his declaration through intellectual head knowledge; this was revealed by the Holy Spirit.
      3. The gates of hell will not prevail against people who have a revelation of Christ.
      4. Grace sets us free.
      5. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8:36).
      6. Grace does not cause us to sin more, but to sin less; it motivates us to want to do right by God and do things that please Him, out of love.
    3. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law(Galatians 5:18).
      1. If we focus on a relationship led by the Holy Spirit, we will not be under the law. His mission is to convince and convict the world of the sin of not believing in Him.
      2. The Spirit wants to show us how to believe in Him, and convince us of our righteousness.
      3. The prince of this world has been defeated and stripped of his authority; we have been given the authority to cast out devils, heal the sick, and raise the dead. The Holy Spirit wants to convince us of this, too.
      4. Under grace, it is technically true that we can do what we want; however, what we will want is to please God, not ourselves.
      5. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him (Philippians 2:13, NLT).
      6. Delight is what shapes our desires.
      7. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (Psalm 37:4).
      8. Abiding in God shapes our asking; we will want to ask for what pleases Him.
      9. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you (John 15:7).

Scripture References

John 14:10, 26

John 14:26, AMPC

Matthew 1:20

John 5:19

James 1:17

Genesis 1:2, 3

Acts 1:4, 5

Matthew 3:16, 17

Matthew 4:1

Jeremiah 29:11, NIV

1 Corinthians 14:2

1 Corinthians 14:2 , AMPC

1 Corinthians 2:4-9

2 Corinthians 4:3, 4

John 10:10

Galatians 1:11, 12

Matthew 16:13-18

John 8:36

Galatians 5:18

Philippians 2:13, NLT

Psalm 37:4

John 15:7