Holy Spirit 11 – The Promised Spirit

The aim of this devotional study is to consider the significance of the Indwelling Spirit ina believer.

Scripture

Galatians 3:1-14

1  O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.  2  Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3  Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4  Did you suffer so many things in vain–if indeed it was in vain? 5  Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith– 6  just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”? 7  Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. 8  And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” 9  So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

10  For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11  Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12  But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”– 14  so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

Observation and reflection

Context: Paul’s letter to the Galatians was written to correct false teachings (by a sect known as the Judaizers) that believers ought to uphold the Old Testament sacramental or ceremonial law (including male circumcision and observing Sabbath) to be righteous before God.

  1. What is Paul’s main argument that the believers in Galatia did not have to observe any sacramental or ceremonial Law to be right in God’s eyes?
  2. How and when did the Galatian church members “receive the Spirit”? (verse 2-3)
  3. What was a sign that these believers received the Holy Spirit? (verse 5)
  4. Abraham is known as the “father of faith”. Why would Paul use him as example in his argument against the need for observing the Jewish sacramental or ceremonial laws?
  5. Paul refers to “the Promised Holy Spirit” For the Old Testament Jew, what would the promised indwelling Spirit be a sign of? (You might want to refer to Jeremiah 31:33-34)

Personal reflection and Application

Paul argued that believers received the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus’ substitutionary suffering and death on the cross as a sign of the New Covenant, and therefore believers need not need to fulfill any Old Testament ceremonial or sacramental law to please God.

  1. When did you come to faith in Christ? Or when were you born again?
  2. How do you know you are born again?
  3. How do you experience the work of the Holy Spirit in your life?
  4. What is the proof in your life that you have received the Holy Spirit of God?

Prayer

Thank God for the gift of freedom and acceptance in the Holy Spirit.  Then pray as your heart leads you in response to the Scripture today.

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Holy Spirit 10

The aim of this devotional study if to review our relation to the Holy Spirit and the church with regards to spiritual gifts and ministry.

Scripture

1 Corinthians 12:1-31

1  Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed.  2  You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led.  3  Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

4  Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5  and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6  and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

7  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  8  For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,  9  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10  to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11  All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

12  For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13  For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and all were made to drink of one Spirit. …

29  Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30  Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31  But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

Observation

  1. What does Paul try to convey to the Corinthians in this portion? (v1)
  2. What main things do we learn from the Holy Spirit in the life of the congregation? (Hint: Verse 3 / Verses 4-11 / Verses 12-13)
  3. Why does Paul say the gifts of the Spirit is distributed in the congregation? (v7)
  4. List the gifts Paul mentions. (v7-11)
  5. Related to spiritual gifts among the congregation, what is Paul’s point regarding “one body, many parts”? (v4, 11-13, 29-30)
  6. What is the one key Paul gives for the manifestation of these gifts in an individual’s life? (hint: v 31)

Reflection

  1. In reading this portion of the letter to the Corinthians, would you say that the operations of spiritual gifts was normal to the Corinthian church assembly? Why/ why not?
  2. Look at the list of spiritual gifts Paul mentions
    1. Which of these have you practiced? How and where?
    2. Which of these have you experienced as someone ministered to you? How and where?
    3. Which of these have you witnessed in person as someone ministered to another in your presence?
  3. When did you experience the operation of the Spirit most in your life? Why do you think that the Holy Spirit operated through your life the most during that time?
  4. Which gifts do you desire most to minister to others? Why?

Prayer and Application

Express your earnest desire to God to bless others with ministry through the gifts of His Holy Spirit, and tell him what you felt like as you partnered with Him in serving His people.

Now pray for a word of encouragement and/or direction for someone specifically – wait on God, write it down and send it to that person as soon as you feel you have the message right.

Then thank God for the privilege of hearing his voice and working with him

Remember to expect God to speak and minister to his people though the gifts of the Spirit every time you gather.

Holy Spirit 9

The aim of this devotional study is to reflect on the power and consequence of the indwelling Spirit of God.

Scripture

Romans 8:9-17

9  You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

10  But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  11  If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

12  So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.  13  For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

14  For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  15  For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”  16  The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,  17  and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Observation

  1. Slowly read this portion of Paul’s argument of “life in the Spirit” again and summarize what Paul teaches about our life because of indwelling Holy Spirit in the following sections
    1. Verse 9
    2. Verses 10-11
    3. Verses 12-13
    4. Verses 14-17
  2. Consider the titles Paul attributes to the Holy Spirit in this section; what do we learn about the Holy Spirit in each of these titles?
    1. The Spirit of God (v9, 14)
    2. The Spirit of Christ (v9)
    3. The Spirit of Him Who raised Jesus from the dead (v11)
    4. The Spirit who dwells in you (v11)
    5. The Spirit of adoption (v14)

Reflection

This short passage contain rich truths with great promises of the believers blessed life through the indwelling Spirit.  How do each of these following truths impact your life today?

  1. If you have the Spirit of Christ you belong to Him. (v9)
  2. The resurrection Spirit dwells in you. (v11)
  3. The Holy Spirit lives inside of you. (v13)
  4. The Spirit of adoption testifies that you are a child of God. (v16)

Prayer

Thank God for the indwelling Spirit – and the blessing he is to me (elaborate from previous point).  Then take any one of the following truths from this text and prayerfully meditate in it (through repetition and prayerful contemplation) so that you receive revelation from the Holy Spirit about it.

  1. I belong to Christ. (v9)
  2. The Spirit of Him who raised Christ from the dead dwells in me. (v11)
  3. I am a debtor to (live according to) the Spirit. (v13)
  4. The Spirit bears witness that I am a child of God. (v16)

Holy Spirit 8

The aim of this devotional study is to reflect on God’s intent of infilling with the Holy Spirit.

Scripture

Exodus 31:1-11

1  The LORD said to Moses, 2  “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3  and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, 4  to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, 5  in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.

6  And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you: 7  the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, 8  the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, 9  and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin and its stand, 10  and the finely worked garments, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests, 11  and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the Holy Place. According to all that I have commanded you, they shall do.”

Observations

Note: the context of this instruction of the Lord happened when Moses was called to the top of the mountain, just after the Exodus, to receive the Law of God by which God covenanted with the nation of Israel.

  1. When you think of someone being filled with the Holy Spirit, what comes to mind?
  2. Why did God choose Bazalel and fill him with His Spirit?
  3. When did God fill him with the Spirit? (What is the context of this person being filled – what do we know of him/ these people?)
  4. Why was it necessary for God to fill Bazalel with his Spirit to do these tasks? (Think of what this man did until that point in time…).  And what was the (intended) result of the Spirit’s infilling with in his life?
  5. If you were to give one descriptive word for the “supernatural ability” that came through the infilling of the Spirit of God to this man – what would that attribute be? [hint: v4]
  6. After God filled Bazalel with his Spirit to be able to do the things, who did the work?

Reflection

  1. Do you think it foreign/ strange that God would fill someone with his Holy Spirit to do woodwork and metalwork and mix oils etc? Why/ why not?
  2. What other character(s) can you think of in the Bible who were filled with the Holy Spirit to do things outside of preaching and ministry?
  3. We are used to think that God empowers people to work in “church life”. Why would God want to fill someone with his Spirit for something beyond preaching and ministry?
  4. Do you think God would want to empower you through his Spirit to do “everyday” work for his glory? Why/ why not?

Application and prayer

Spend some time to pray to God to empower you for your everyday life that he may be glorified and that the world may be blessed by God through your exceptional service.  And pray to God for the gift of creativity – to access his thoughts through to solve problems in a way we could not think of through the enablement of his Spirit!  Lastly, ask God for help with specific things you ought to do – through his Holy Spirit!

Holy Spirit 7

The aim of this devotional study is to learn from the Lord’s generous heart regarding empowerment through his Holy Spirit.

Scripture

Numbers 11:11-29

11  Moses said to the LORD, “Why have you dealt ill with your servant? And why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me?… 14  I am not able to carry all this people alone; the burden is too heavy for me.  15  If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.”

16  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you.  17  And I will come down and talk with you there. And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone…

24  So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent.  25  Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.

26  Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp.  27  And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp!”  28  And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them!”

29  But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD’s people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!”

Observations and Reflection

Moses lead the Hebrews from Egypt towards the Promised Land and was overburdened to the point of despair, and he cried out to God to take his life in the hope of escaping the burden, but God had another plan.

  1. What do you learn of the Holy Spirit with regards to the following topics from this text?(a) Leadership and appointment from God. (b) Prophesy and revealing the will of God.
  2. What do learn from the heart of God regarding the Holy Spirit and God’s people from verse 29?
  3. Why would God want to put his Spirit on all of his people?
  4. Why would God want all his people to be prophets/ to prophesy?

Application and prayer

  1. When last did you feel God prompt your heart to give a message to someone else (i.e. prophesy). How often does that happen to you?  When does that happen – i.e. what prompts the gift of prophesy in your heart?
  2. Pray and make yourself available to the Lord to give someone a message from him. The pray until the Lord puts someone and a message from the Lord on your heart.  Write it down (or record it) then pray and refine the message until you are happy with the message.  Prayerfully send the message to the person, and ask for honest feedback.

Holy Spirit 6

The aim of this devotional study is to appreciate the work of the Holy Spirit on earth.

Scripture

John 16:7-14

7  Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

8  And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9  concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10  concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11  concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

12  “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13  When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

14  He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Observations and reflection

Note: This is part of the last conversation that Jesus had with his disciples on the evening of his arrest, and referred to the sending of the Spirit as teacher and helper in order to comfort his disciples.

  1. What names are attributed to the Holy Spirit in this teaching of Jesus?
  2. Jesus said it is better for his disciples that he leaves so that the Spirit would come to them. What is the advantage that the Spirit has over Jesus (for his disciples)? (v7)
  3. What activities/ helps are attributed to the Spirit in v8-11?
    1. Who gets “convicted of sin” – and how? (v8-9)
    2. Who gets convicted “righteousness” – and how? (v8, 10) [think and look carefully oat these verses…]
    3. Who gets convicted of pending judgment? (v8,11)
  4. What activities/ helps are attributed to the Spirit in v12-14?
  5. How does the Spirit relate to us? What can we expect as normative? (

Application and Prayer

Consider “The Spirit will convict [the believer] of righteousness”

  • What “righteousness” did Jesus refer to?
  • Have you experienced the Holy Spirit convicting you of righteousness before? How and where?
  • Thank God for the Spirit’s leading into Truth and leading into understanding of our righteousness in Christ.  Read through the list of your identity in Christ, and see what the Holy Spirit leads you to focus on, and mediate on that.

[With whom can your share this truth to encourage them today?]

Holy Spirit 5

The aim of this devotional study is to understand a life of holiness being made possible by the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Observations

Galatians 5:16-26

16  But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

17  For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19  Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20  idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21  envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

24  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  25  If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.  26  Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Observations, comparisons and reflections

The text describes the earthly struggle of the Christian life, naming the sources and their resulting fruits and eternal destination, concluding with the choice we need to make.

  1. What does it mean to “walk by (or in the way of) the Spirit” vs “to walk by (or in the way of) the flesh” – in other words, how do you do it? (v16)
  2. What is “the desires of the Spirit” vs “the desires of the flesh”? (v17)
  3. How is one “lead by the Spirit” vs “lead by the flesh”? (v18)
  4. What is a good one-word summary for “fruit of the Spirit” and a good one-word summary for “fruit of the flesh”? [hint: think character] (v19-22)
  5. What does it mean to “live by the Spirit”? (v25)
  6. What practical advice does Paul hint at when he says “keep in step with the Spirit”? (v25)

Application and Prayer

Pray verses 22-23 repeatedly while reflecting on your character, until one of the characteristics of a Spirit-directed life stands out for you, then sincerely pray to God for that aspect of Christ’s loving, holy character to manifest more fully in your life.

Take this text with you through the day and seek the next opportunity to manifest the holy love of Christ as you “keep in step with the Spirit”.

Holy Spirit 4

The aim of this devotional study is to grow in appreciation for the role of the Spirit in our eternal salvation.

Scripture

Ephesians 1:13-14

13  In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

14  who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

Observation

In today’s study we will appreciate the rich truth by reflecting on each of the key phrases in the text.

  1. In your own words write what you understand Paul means when he writes:
    1. “you also trusted”
    2. “you heard the word of truth”
    3. “you were sealed”
    4. “the Holy Spirit of promise”
    5. “the guarantee of our inheritance”
    6. “until the redemption of the purchased possession”
  2. In your own words explain what Paul taught the Ephesians about the Holy Spirit’s role in their life in these two lines.
  3. From this text, would you say Paul believed that every believer has the Holy Spirit in them?

Application

  1. Paul write to the Ephesians about the Holy Spirit as “seal / mark of God” and “guarantee / deposit of their inheritance” of all believers. What truth and emotions SHOULD that evoke in you?  What DO you feel when you read that?
  2. Both a seal / mark and a guarantee / deposit are passive entities that function independently of the item secured. The seal functions as recognition, the guarantee as security.  Knowing this – how SHOULD a Christian relate to God and his eternal inheritance?  How DO you feel about your relationship with God and your eternal inheritance?

Note: If in reflecting on these two verses above you notice feelings or thoughts that you do not do enough or know enough, flag it to yourself and pray about it – because Paul’s whole point in the text is that EVERY BELIEVER WHO TRUSTS IN CHRIST FOR HIS SALVATION HAS THE INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT who identifies him as God’s property (“son” in Rom 8 and Gal 4) and has an inheritance secure – his eternal salvation.  [As long as you hold faith in Christ].  These two things are not related to your effort.  Your salvation and inheritance are gifts from God.

Prayer

Thank God for his Holy Spirit indwelling you, identifying you as his property & child, and being a payment guarantee of your eternal inheritance!  Bring all your uncertainties and fears to him in prayer, and pray that he may fill you with hope and faith.

Holy Spirit 3

The aim of this devotional Bible Study is to learn about the life-giving Holy Spirit Jesus promised about.

Scripture

John 7:37-39

37  On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.

38  He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

39  But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Observations

Note: “The feast” refer to the Feast of Tabernacles (7:2). For the first 7 days of the feast the priests would bring water from the Pool of Siloam and pour it in a silver basin by the altar (pointing to the water the Lord made appear from the rock to miraculously to sustain the Jews during their desert dwelling in tents for the 40 years).  “On the last day” the priests brought no water, which is when Jesus stood there and cried out “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink…” just before the feast finished an all left for home.

  1. Considering this setting, what is the message Jesus tried to convey to the religiously devout people of his day who attended this feast? What would you have understood if you were there?
  2. Reflect through comparison:
    1. Only Jews could celebrate the feasts and approach God – but to whom did Jesus extend this invitation?
    2. Jews were invited to come to God via the temple and be satisfied – but to where did Jesus invite them to be satisfied?
    3. The Jews in the wilderness drank but had to drink again – what did Jesus promise those who “drink from him”?
    4. The water usually poured into basins during the feast came from a still pool – what did Jesus promise would come via him?
    5. Summaries the invitation of Jesus in your own words from your answers above.
  3. What did Jesus means when he said ‘streams of living water will flow from those who believe?”

Application

  1. Moving beyond the metaphor of “water” – what does Jesus promise you and me in this text through the indwelling Holy Spirit?
  2. Evaluate yourself honestly

a. Are you fully satisfied through the indwelling Holy Spirit? Or do you still long for something? Elaborate.

b. Do streams of living water overflow from you? When and how?

Prayer

Honestly talk to God about this promise of Jesus – thanking him for the gift his indwelling Sprit.  Then pray that today you be attentive to “overflow” and share this abundant life with others who cross your path.  Is there anyone you know who needs it?  Pray for something to share with them!

Holy Spirit 2

The aim of this devotional Bible Study is to discover the believer’s responsibility towards his body because of the indwelling Spirit of God.

Scripture

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

12 ‘All things are lawful for me’ [you say], but all things are not beneficial. ‘All things are lawful for me’, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

13 ‘Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods’ [your saying goes], but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.  14  And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.

15  Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! 16  Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “THE TWO,” He says, “SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.”  17  But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

18  Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.  19  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  20  For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Observations

Note: It appears as though the congregation in Corinth (at the time Paul wrote this letter) were struggling with all types of fleshly cravings, which lead to debauchery various immoralities.  But they held to Greek dualistic views, thinking that the body will be destroyed when the Lord comes, and that what they do with their bodies will have no effect on their spirits (and eternal life).  In this section Paul teaches them why they ought to overcome their fleshly cravings – why what you do with your body matters.

  1. Slowly read verse by verse and see if you can discover the motives why believers should master their fleshly cravings.

See how it compares with this list, and write the verses where these motives are stated.

“What you do with your body matters because…”

  1. …not all things build you up [v___]
  2. …your body should not be enslaved bay any addiction [v___]
  3. …your body is for the Lord’s service, not self-gratification [v___]
  4. …your body will be resurrected when Jesus return [v___]
  5. …your body is a member of Christ’s body [v___]
  6. …you are one in Spirit with the Lord (and your spirit lives in your body) [v___]
  7. …you should not sin against your own body [v___]
  8. …your body is a holy dwelling place of God’s Spirit [v___]
  9. …your body does not belong to you since you were purchased by God (through Christ’s blood) [v___]
  10. …your body exists to glorify God [v___]

Reflection and application

  1. Which one of the motives for practical holy living listed by Paul in this text speaks to you most? Why?
  2. Considering this text, which normal or habitual behavior you do should be stopped or reviewed because of what you have learned?
  3. Consider Dallas Willard’s statement “every spiritual discipline is a bodily activity”. In this section Paul does not mention what believers ought to do because the Holy Spirit dwells in them.  From your knowledge of Scripture and Godly wisdom list ten activities you can do (with your body) that glorifies God and is edifying, etc.

Note: when you read or pray, you also use your body… there you have two already!

Prayer

Thank God for your body and its health, and thank Him for the gift of the Holy Spirit living in you!  Then take some time and consecrate your body anew to God – to glorify him and serve his purpose.  And whatever behavior the Holy Spirit convicts you of, confess and repent of.

(If you have never been baptized publically – consider doing this, because this in essence is the vow a believer makes when being baptized; talk to a leader in your fellowship about that).