Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Ephesians 1:13–1:14, 2 Corinthians 1:21–1:22, Romans 8:14–8:18
Week four in a series about the Holy Spirit—what the Bible teaches about Him and who He wants to be for us.
My Election Day Mood survey
Heading into this Tuesday, I am feeling...
PUMPED UP – “I can’t wait!” (excited)
WORKED UP – “I can’t handle it!” (anxious)
FED UP – “I can’t even…!” (cynical)
Whatever you might be feeling, there are certainly many people who are worried about what the future holds.
The Holy Spirit: A Ministry of Peace
We are never alone. The Holy Spirit (God in me) is bigger, and stronger, and smarter than any fear we’ll face. Even in the most overwhelming of circumstances, the Holy Spirit can give us an abiding peace within that is unmatched and unrivaled by anything else that someone or something out there could ever possibly give us.
Two Questions at the Root of our Worry
(1) Who am I? (my identity)
(2) Where am I going? (my destiny)
Uncertainty or forgetfulness about these two questions lead to worry and anxiety. More than just worry-triggers like money problems or relational conflict, we need to address worry at these two root causes.
Ephesians 1:13-14 NIV
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are Godʼs possession—to the praise of his glory.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 NIV
21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Worrying about Politics
We need to be careful of politics because they can feel so urgent, even though in light of eternity they’re not most important.
Now the issue of politics matters. Laws matter. Freedom matters. Morality matters. Compassion matters. Respect for all people matters. The issue of politics speaks to all these things. So just because we might be turned-off by politics, it doesn’t give us the pass to tune-out from politics. Christians should be engaged in the political process and certainly should exercise their right to vote. But there is a difference between being "engaged in" versus being "consumed by." Politics matter, but only to a point. In the end politics and politicians don't have adequate answers to life’s biggest questions. A right perspective and reliance on the Holy Spirit can keep up from getting swept up in the urgency of the moment.
Romans 8:14-18 NIV
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are Godʼs children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Two Answers at the Root of our Peace
(1) “Who am I?” I am a child of God.
(2) “Where am I going?” I am an heir to His eternal Kingdom.
God has answered these questions for us through His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. So let the Holy Spirit keep on reminding you of “who you are” and “where you’re going.” Listen to His voice of truth. Look to Him in the storms of life, so that you might know His peace, always and forever.
The Holy Spirit can give us peace and comfort when fear or grief threaten to overwhelm us.
1. How would you rate your level of stress this week? Pick one and explain.
* No worries. I’m pretty relaxed this week!
* Some stress. This is typical for my week.
* On the edge. I’m really stressed this week!
2. What’s the difference between our “daily stresses” and our “deeper anxieties”—what they are and how they affect us? In what way could the two be connected in our lives?
3. Anxiety relates to fear of what we could lose. Grief is our response to what we have lost or believe we have lost. What anxieties or griefs did you think about several times over the last few weeks?
4. Romans 8:16 says that the Holy Spirit assures our spirit that we are God’s children. Read this verse in context—Romans 8:15-18, 26-28. How does knowing we belong to God and are going to Heaven help us with our worries right now?
5. What is our part and what is the Spirit’s part in bringing us peace or comfort according to these verses? Which Scripture especially speaks to you this week?
· Philippians 4:6-9
· John 14:1-3, 26-27
· Proverbs 12:25
· Psalm 56:3-4