June 18, 2017
5 Marks: The Sanctifying Work of the Holy Spirit
The second mark of our 5 Marks of a Healthy Disciple has to do with the filling of the Holy Spirit. In this message, pastor Andy talks about the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. Sanctification is the ongoing, life-long work of the Spirit to transform you into the image of Jesus. While it is not a step-by-step process, there are four discernible phases to sanctification.
The first phase of the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit is the conviction of sin, and our proper response to the Spirit’s conviction is repentance. The second phase of sanctification is inner transformation, and only the Spirit can transform our thoughts, attitudes, and desires. The third phase of sanctification is bearing spiritual fruit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – and this is not something that we can control. The fourth phase of sanctification is empowerment for mission, and the Spirit will give us power to do only what he directs us to do.
Below you’ll find the prayer of repentance that we were encouraged to pray whenever the Spirit convicts of sin, anxiety, or fear.
Holy Spirit, I confess that I am filled with __________________ (be specific). I long to be filled, instead, by you. I long to get in over my head. Take me from the place where the water is ankle-deep, and lead me into the depths of your wonder and beauty. I repent of __________________ (again, be specific). You have permission to remove it from me; and in its place, I invite your power and presence. Holy Spirit, fill the void left by the removal of __________________, and take me to the dead places, to the wastelands, where only you can bring new life. Refresh the wasteland of my heart, that I might be one who, in your power, can refresh the hearts of others.