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The Holy Spirit

Characteristics of the Holy Spirit

Application:

The Holy Spirit is a special Person who wants to live in our hearts and guide and strengthen us.

Materials:

A white cotton glove with the words: "Comforter", "Guide", "Helper", "Teacher" and "Sealer" written on the thumb and fingers with a fabric pen.

Text:

John 14:15-18,26 and 16:5-11.


 

Introduction:
Before Jesus ascended up into Heaven, He promised His disciples that He was not leaving them alone, but that He was going to send to them a Comforter.  This was the third Person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit.  In John 14:15-16, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, and this happened on the day of Pentecost:

"If you love me, you will obey what I command.
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counsellor (Comforter)
to be with you forever, even the Spirit of Truth.
The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.
But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you."

Comforter:
The Holy Spirit is still the same today.  He is a special Person who wants to live in our lives to guide and strengthen us.   I'm going to use this glove to show what the Holy Spirit wants to do in our lives and what He should mean to us everyday.

My thumb tells us that the Holy Spirit is our Comforter.  When we are down, discouraged or lonely, He comforts us and fills our hearts with joy, peace and hope.  He brings the love of Jesus into our hearts and reminds us that Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us.

Guide:
My first finger teaches us that the Holy Spirit is our Guide.   He speaks to our hearts and helps us make the right decisions.  In John 16:13, Jesus said:

"But when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all 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."

Helper:
My middle finger tells us that the Holy Spirit is our Helper.  He tells us that we can only serve and please God with the help and strength of Jesus.  He helps us not to do wrong things and strengthens us so that we can please God in all we do and say.   In John 15:26, Jesus said:

"When the Counsellor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father,
He will testify (tell) about Me."

Teacher:
My ring finger shows us that the Holy Spirit is our Teacher.  He teaches us to do what the Bible says, helps us to understand it, and to obey God.  In John 14:26, Jesus said:

"But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name,
will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."

Sealer:

Lastly, my little finger tells us that the Holy Spirit is our Sealer.  This means He seals us to show that we belong to God and convinces us that we are saved.  It's like placing us into an envelope so that God could lick the flap and seal it closed and say, "Now you belong only to Me!"

And we do belong to God, because each of us who love Him are one of God's children!  In Ephesians 4:30, Paul said:

"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
with Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."

Open your life to the Holy Spirit, and ask Him to fill you.  You can be sure that He will be with you always, until the day you see Jesus!

God Bless.
 

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