AMPLIFY: Holy Spirit
Lesson 2: The Spirit’s Promise
Lesson 2, Devotion 1
“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him, we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” – Romans 8:15
Have you ever had someone make a promise to you that they didn’t keep? Maybe it was a boyfriend or a girlfriend that said, "We will always be together.” Or perhaps it was a friend who turned their back on you or a parent who didn’t follow through on something. It hurts, right? And when we are hurt, it makes us not want to trust again. Will this person love me, or will they just hurt me?
When people hurt us, it can also make it difficult for us to trust God, too. One of the greatest things about the Holy Spirit, whom God has sent to those who accept His Son, is that He’s a sign, a guarantee that we’re His forever. Paul says in Roman’s 8:15 that when we became followers of Jesus (and received the Holy Spirit), we were adopted by God as His child! And that adoption isn’t just for the here and now. It’s forever.
If you are in Jesus, you are God’s forever.
Think about this:
Read Romans 8:13-17 a couple of times slowly. Why is it hard sometimes to believe that we are God’s forever? What are some things we experience in this life that might make us doubt that we’re truly God’s treasured possessions?
Paul uses the word Abba, which is a reverent yet tender word, similar to “Daddy.” Have you ever let yourself get close enough to God that you feel like you can call Him Daddy? If not, what’s kept you from that?
What’s the hardest thing you’re facing right now? How can the fact that you’re God's, forever, help you face that issue?
Lesson 2, Devotion 2
Today’s devotion is pretty simple, but you have to agree to do it several times today. Ready?
Set the alarm on your phone or watch to go off every hour, or every few hours, all day long. (Make sure it's on vibrate if you’re in school!)
Every time you hear or feel the alarm go off, pray this:
God, please make your presence known in my life. I know your Holy Spirit lives inside of me, and I pray that you would help me be more aware of You in every part of my life.
At the end of the day, take five minutes as ask yourself if it made any difference in your day today.
Lesson 2, Devotion 3
“God is not just one thing we add to the mix called life. He wants an invitation from us to permeate everything and every part of us.” –Francis Chan, Forgotten God
Sometimes, we view God as just one part of our life. We go to school, go to soccer practice or a violin lesson, hang out with friends, and maybe God is sprinkled in there somewhere. But God gave us the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of us, not so that God could be just one part of our lives, but so that He could be in every part of our life.
If you are a follower of Jesus, there is not a moment in your day when God is not with you.
Think about this:
When you read that God wants an invitation from us to permeate everything and every part of us, is there a part of your life that comes to mind that you haven’t allowed God to be a part of?
What would your life look like if you allowed God to be in charge of all aspects of your life, not just one or two parts of it?
Take some time to think about parts of your life that you have tried to keep God out of.