How does the Holy Spirit relate to my mind? What did the apostles teach about the Spirit? If we want the life and peace the Holy Spirit promises we must take responsibility for submitting our thoughts to him.
How does the Holy Spirit relate to my will? Understanding what it means to "walk" as referred to in Galatians 5:16-26 is crucial. We must recognize that this is not a one-time event. I must choose to submit my will to him over and over every day. The focus is on individual steps. He makes a step, I make one as well. These steps are often small and I don't necessarily see where they are going. Walking int he Spirit is not complicated and brings much freedom. Our responsibility is just to keep in step with him - his responsibility is to change us and take us in the right direction. The fruit of the Spirit is a natural outgrowth of this way of living. If we don't see the fruit it is an indication that we are not walking with the Spirit. We need to solve the problem by addressing the cause, not just trying to change the symptoms.
How is a person filled with the Holy Spirit? I am filled with the Spirit when His presence, influence and control penetrate every corner of my life (John 12:3). How can I be more filled with the Spirit? Ask him to show you any areas of your life not yet yielded to him. Then give these to him. Seek his filling in prayer and dependence. Accept his filling in faith (John 7:37-39, Acts 1:14).
Dave Patty answers questions from the audience on how to apply this teaching in daily life.
What did Jesus teach about the Spirit? He promised a Counselor. John 14:15-17, John 14:25-27, John 15:6-15, Acts 1:4-8