Proceed to Checkout. Overview Do you feel defeated by life? Are you struggling with temptations? God has an exciting and victorious plan for those who accept his forgiveness from sin and obey his command to be controlled daily, moment by moment, by the Holy Spirit. But how can the average Christian tap into this? Bill Bright shows how you can receive the depths of God's love through experiencing the complete, daily forgiveness that God offers every Christian.
Through the principle of spiritual breathing, learn how to take the simple steps of exhaling spiritually by confessing sins to God and inhaling spiritually by accepting God's cleansing and the Holy Spirit's infilling by faith.
You will also learn how you can have the greatest relationship you will ever experience, how you can be free to live as a spiritual person, and how spiritual breathing can dramatically change your life into one of power and spiritual accomplishment. This practical study will help you go beyond a routine prayer life to confidence in prayer by tapping into the source of the power: the Holy Spirit. Then teach Spirit-filled prayer to other believers in your church, neighborhood, or at work.
Format: Booklet Page Count: 48 page. As we practice spiritual breathing, it becomes a natural habit.
But if we are to surrender our lives to Him, we must begin with an understanding of the nature and person of the Holy Spirit. He is not some ethereal influence or fleecy white spiritual concept. He is God. He possesses all the attributes that are ascribed to God the Father. There is only one God, but He manifests Himself in three persons. Defining the Trinity is a human impossibility. The person who tries to understand the trinity will lose his mind.
It was the Holy Spirit who inspired men to write the Scriptures. As we read the Bible, He is the one who reveals its truth to us and helps us understand how to apply it to our lives.
He makes our prayers heard by God, and it is He who reaps the harvest of our faithful witness. His sole purpose is to exalt and glorify Christ John The evidence of the working of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers is all around us. He has come to us, the Comforter that Jesus promised as He prepared to leave this earth.
But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth… and He will disclose to you what is to come. He walks this earth in our bodies, living His resurrection life in and through us. We can live the victorious, power-filled lives that Jesus offers if we open our hearts to the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
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The choice is ours. But a question arises: How? How do we trust the Spirit to direct us? Suppose you have a bank account of several thousand dollars, and you need to cash a check.
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Would you walk into the bank, drop to your knees before a teller, and begin begging and pleading for the money you need? Like salvation, the filling of the Holy Spirit is an act of faith. We need not beg or barter with God for His favor. Fasting, weeping, prostrating ourselves before Him will never cause Him to fill us with His Spirit. It is only ours through faith and it has been ours since the moment we became Christians.
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The Holy Spirit is ours. What we must learn to do now is appropriate His power. There are several factors that will help prepare our hearts as we seek to have lives filled with the Holy Spirit. We must be hungry for the Spirit and desire His indwelling. We must be willing to surrender our lives to Christ. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy—the kind he can accept. When you think of what He has done for you, is this too much to ask?
Confess every sin. We need to let the Holy Spirit bring to mind everything that needs to be dealt with, then confess it all to God. Not to be filled, controlled and empowered is disobedience.
There is but one indwelling, one rebirth, and one baptism of the Holy Spirit—all of which occur at the moment of salvation. There are many fillings made clear in Ephesians In the original text, the meaning is more explicit than most English translations. This command means to be constantly and continually filled, controlled and empowered by the Holy Spirit as a way of life! Technically, we do not even need to pray for the filling of the Holy Spirit as no Scripture tells us to do this.
We are filled by faith. We are not filled because we pray but because we trust in God who responds to our faith.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John If God promised that we will escape His wrath, receive a new heavenly body and live with Him forever, then why do some Christians struggle with doubts? In the previous Pocket PrincipleTM we answered two sources of doubt. Here are some more. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners— of whom I am the worst.
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.
How You Can Experience God's Love and Forgiveness by Bill Bright
Do you know who wrote that? Do you know what he was like before he became a Christian? He rejected Jesus as the Messiah. He was such a violent man and so furiously enraged at Christians that he persecuted the church, imprisoning Christians and having them beaten and killed I Timothy ; Acts , , ,2,4,5, ,5,7,19,20, But Paul wants you to know that if God can still have mercy on him, then nobody is too bad for God to save.
From how much sin? In fact, his life is really no different from the non-Christians he works with every day. Harry needs to read some verses that comfort the disturbed, but disturb the comforted. Harry needs to be disturbed. Do you remember the verse we mentioned earlier in this study? Look at the characteristics of each life:. We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves His child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out His commands.
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. Some of us sensitive types may look at this list and get discouraged. When John wrote the book of I John, he often used a tense that in the original Greek indicates a habitual lifestyle.
Some people get so sensitive that when they miss a personal time with God they question whether they are saved or not. When we accepted Christ, a big about face occurred in our lives. According to I John, my assurance is based, not on how emotional I got at a religious service, but on the general direction of my heart and life, here and now. Do you believe in Jesus now?