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Another work of empowerment by the Holy Spirit is recorded in Acts 13:6-13. Here we see how the Holy Spirit can empower us to fight the forces of darkness. Paul and Barnabas had just been commissioned as Missionaries (v 4) and they went about preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Synagogues of the Jews (v 5). Immediately they set out to do the work of God, they had an encounter in Paphos with a man called Bar-jesus who was a sorcerer or false prophet. Bar-Jesus also known as Elymas the sorcerer had established himself as a person of influence in the Island of Paphos and he was a confidant or an adviser of the proconsul (governor) of the Island.  
Lesson 1: There are principalities and powers that govern and influence the decisions in every territory. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12 that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers. We need to be conscious of our environment and pay attention to the spiritual climate of the place. Many of us are on the Eastern Shore for the first time or have been here for a while for studying or living. Regardless of what brought us here, we must be conscious of our spiritual environment. There are principalities and powers that govern this territory and we cannot afford to be careless. Be watchful about the associations you keep, be watchful of the places you go. Be sober and be vigilant (I Peter 5:8).  

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As we continue to discuss the Holy Spirit, it is expedient for us to understand the reason why the Holy Spirit came into the world. Some of the reasons are as follows

1. The Constant Presence of the Holy Spirit:

2. Empowerment: Another purpose of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to empower us to do the supernatural and the extraordinary. The Holy Spirit empowers for service
We had discussed the example of Saul and David.
In Num. 11:25, the Holy spirit of God came upon seventy elders of Israel and they prophesied.
In Num. 24:2 the Holy Spirit came upon Balaam and he blessed the children of Israel instead of cursing them.

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As we continue to discuss the Holy Spirit, it is expedient for us to understand the reason why the Holy Spirit came into the world. The Bible says in John 14:16 - 17, that "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (John 14:16, 17 KJV).   
1. The Constant Presence of the Holy Spirit: From scripture above, the primary purpose of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to abide with us for ever. The best thing that can happen to anyone is to have the abiding presence of God the Holy Spirit in their life. Not only so, but to have Him continually forever. This is a heritage of all God's children living in this dispensation. Before the Holy Spirit came into the world to live with us as it is today, He used to dwell temporarily with people for specific assignments. 

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This series will focus on the Holy Spirit. The more we know about the Holy Spirit, the better our Christian experience will be.

A. Who is the Holy Spirit                              
1. The Holy Spirit is a person: In Genesis 1:26, the Bible says "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26 KJV)  
The verse of scripture tells us that there are more than one person in the conversation. These are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These are one God but different personalities. In the Old Testament, God revealed Himself as God the Father. 

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