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HOLY SPIRIT -JAKE HOLLMAN

HOLY SPIRIT

JAKE HOLLMAN

Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” Which means God with us.

Have you ever thought about how an all-loving and all-powerful God could allow his people to experience hardship, tragedy or pain? For that matter, what about being in the presence of someone else who is going through severe pain, tragedy or discomfort? Did you pray for healing, but to no avail? Maybe you thought there must have been some kind of mistake and you demanded to know what God was thinking and doing? Did you think, just maybe that God was on vacation, or that He just forgot about you?

Matthew 1:23 says “the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” Which means God with us.

Here’s the deal, we may not know all the answers as to the whys and hows that something happened, but what we do know and what we can rely upon is that God is with us. He is with us, and when we grieve, he grieves. When we are in pain, he is in pain! God loves us more than we can ever know (John 3:16) and he has promised that he will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

QUESTION 1. Has there been any hardship that you had to endure that made you wonder what God might have been thinking? Explain.
QUESTION 2. Looking at your hardship from question 1, could you honestly say that you have turned that hardship over to God, or do you still hold resentment?
CHALLENGE: God loves you more than you can ever understand, and while we may never know all the answers as to why one person is healed and another is not, one thing is certain; God is with us through it all. Better yet, He is ready to make good come out of a bad situation for all those who believe and turn their hardship over to Him (Romans 8:28). So, what are you waiting for? We challenge you to be free and turn your tragedy over to God today!

HOLY SPIRIT -CODY WESTON

HOLY SPIRIT

CYODY WESTON

John 4:13-14

 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

When I was in college I went crazy. I would drink and party 3 or 4 times a week, and sleep around. I thought that doing these things would fulfill me; and they honestly did for a very short time. But living that lifestyle of sin eventually left me feeling empty, depressed, and hopeless. I was drinking from a broken world and it left me so thirsty.

I thought that what I was doing would only affect me; sin feels private and personal most days, doesn’t it? But your sin branches into every area of your life. It darkens it all, and even affects those around you. But Jesus offers us something beautiful. He offers us living water that will make us never thirsty again.

Not only that, but when we drink from the living water, Jesus tells us that we will overflow into others. We need to identify what it is that we are drinking from in this world. Is it killing you slowly or giving you fresh life? If what you’re doing isn’t allowing you to overflow grace, truth, and love into your own life and others then destroy that area of your life and turn to Jesus, the one who provides living water.

QUESTION 1. Are you drinking from a broken world? Do you think your sin only affects you?
QUESTION 2. What are some areas in your life that may need to be broken? What is leaving you feeling empty and hopeless?
CHALLENGE: Identify what it is that is killing your soul, eradicate it, and then drink deeply from the living, fresh water of Jesus. Water filled with grace, truth, and love.

HOLY SPIRIT -MEGAN JASSO

HOLY SPIRIT

MEGAN JASSO

2 Corinthians 3:16-17

But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

 It is so easy to get discouraged when sharing the love of Christ with someone. Maybe you’ve been witnessing to someone for years now and they are still not taking any steps towards God. In fact, they may have downright rejected God; but then suddenly something clicks, the veil falls away and they turn to God. There is no explanation except that the Holy Spirit got hold of them and they are experiencing true freedom.

We don’t know God’s timing and we can’t see behind the scenes, but know that the Holy Spirit is always at work in people’s lives. We can’t judge others or know where they are in their spiritual journey by looking at them. We can’t say, “Man, that guy will never accept Christ. He’s just too far gone.” Keep in mind that serial killer Ted Bundy found Jesus while in prison. Before he was executed, God got hold of him and he spent his last few months telling others about Jesus and his grace and forgiveness. An ex-serial killer brought many inmates to Christ. You are never too far gone. Keep the faith, keep telling others about Jesus, and know that the Holy Spirit is always at work.

QUESTION 1. Have you gotten discouraged while witnessing to someone? Have you ever even tried to witness to someone?
QUESTION 2. If not, why haven’t you? Are you fearful that they’ll reject the gospel and you?
CHALLENGE: Have faith during those moments when you might doubt the Spirit, because you never know when he will move.
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