AMPLIFY: Holy Spirit
Lesson 4: Living a Spirit-Infused Life
Lesson 4, Devotion 1
Today’s devotion is another simple one (just like last week’s first devotion). Your Bible study leader may have asked you to choose one of the fruits of the Spirit and write in on a card or some other way of recording it. Grab the card, or whatever you used, look at the “fruit” you chose, and remember why you chose that particular fruit. (Again, if you didn't have the chance in Bible study to select one of the fruits of the Spirit, take a second and read Galatians 5:16-25. Choose one of the fruits the Spirit that you would like to focus on in your life this week.)
Have you had an opportunity to “practice” that fruit? How’s it going? Have you noticed that it’s easier or harder than you thought it might be?
As you go through this week, ask the Holy Spirit to grow that fruit in your life. Pray that God would lead you to grow to be more and more like Him.
Oh, and if you want to mess with your Bible study leader, text him or her to let them know that you remembered to look at your card and that you’re praying the Holy Spirit will work to grow this fruit in your life. You’ll make his or her day!
Lesson 4, Devotion 2
“But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” - 1 John 2:5-6
One of the hardest things about being a follower of Jesus is the fact that if we have a relationship with Jesus, we’ll be more like Him, but we also still struggle with sin. We know that Holy Spirit is working inside of us to make us more Christ-like, but there are some days where it feels like because of our sin, we are far less like Jesus today than we were yesterday. If that’s how you feel, you’re not alone.
Read 1 John 2:1-6.
Grab your journal or a note-taking app and answer the following prompts:
John gives a warning not to sin. But do you think John expect his readers to be perfect? Why or why not?
Take a minute to pause and thank Jesus for forgiving you, for taking your place on the cross. One of the cool things about a relationship with Jesus is that it’s because we are forgiven that we are set free to be molded by the Holy Spirit.
In what ways do you feel like the Holy Spirit is asking you to live more like Jesus?
What are some areas in your life where you struggle? Write a prayer asking the Spirit to help you with these areas.
Close this time of devotion knowing that God is for you! He desires for you to be like Him. And the Holy Spirit is continually working behind the scenes to make you more like Jesus. Now that’s pretty awesome!
Lesson 4, Devotion 3
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.” -- Galatians 5:22-23
You probably recognize the list of the “fruit of the Spirit” from the lesson this week. Make it a point to memorize this verse today, or at least memorize the actual “fruits.”
To help you with this, get creative! Find a sketchbook or a sketching app and write each word down in a creative way. Or, use the camera on your phone to take pictures of things today that represent each of the fruits. Whatever you do, try and attach a visual image to each of the fruits. It will help you remember them.
Keeping these fruits in your mind and heart is an incredible way of staying focused on them as you go through your day. And the more aware you are of them, the more aware you’ll be of living them out. With the Spirit’s help, of course!