AMPLIFY: Holy Spirit
Lesson 3: The Roles of the Spirit
Lesson 3, Devotion 1
Today’s devotion is simple.
Your Bible study leader had the option of having you take a card (or some other way of recording your thoughts) and to write one of the roles of the Holy Spirit on it. Did you do it? If so, find your card. It's OK. You can have a minute to dig it out of your backpack or find it in your Bible. (If you didn't have the chance in Bible study to choose one of the roles of the Spirit, take a second and read John 14:25-26 and John 16:5-13. Choose one of the roles the Spirit plays in our lives that you would like to focus on this week.)
Got your card? Good. The only thing you're challenged to do today is to take a few minutes to pray that God would help you be aware of the Holy Spirit playing this role in your life. Tell God that even if it means some discomfort or a change in priorities, you want to be made aware of His presence in your life in this way. And make sure to thank Him that He chose to make His presence known in our lives.
Lesson 3, Devotion 2
“Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.” – Mark 13:11
For many Christ-followers, one of the most uncomfortable moments we face is when someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus begins to press us about our faith. (So, if you feel anxious on those occasions when God is brought up at the lunch table, don’t worry. You’re not alone.) Jesus knew that those kinds of situations would be difficult for us, and that’s one of the reasons He was so pumped about the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Read Mark 13:9-11.
Now, reread it. Grab your journal or a note-taking app and answer the following prompts:
Make a quick list of the problematic things Jesus said in this passage that the disciples would face as they told people about Him.
Now, make a quick list of the tricky things you face when you tell people about Jesus. Don’t worry if they seem minor compared to what Jesus warned about. Just write down the tough parts about telling people about Jesus.
When you face tough times, know that Mark 13:11 counts for you too. Hold on to this promise as you continue to be a messenger of the story of Jesus.
Lesson 3, Devotion 3
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” – Romans 8:26
Today’s devotional includes just one verse. Sometimes when we’re intentional about focusing on the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, or make a commitment to be more serious about our relationship with God, it’s easy to get discouraged if it doesn’t go quite how we pictured it should. Sometimes we ask the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin, only to fall into the same old patterns as before. Or maybe we pray for courage to help us talk to others about our life with Jesus, but we wimped out at the last minute.
Today’s verse is something that we need to remember on days like those.
Read Romans 8:26 out loud a few times. And if you feel tired spiritually, or just a little burned out, don't journal, don't listen to music, sit and let the Holy Spirit comfort you and intercede (a fancy word for pray) on your behalf. Finish by thanking God that you don't have to have it all together to have the Holy Spirit be a real presence in your life.