But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. - Acts 1:8
The Holy Spirit is within each of us as followers of Christ. In Scripture, the Holy Spirit is described most often as the power of God at work in our lives. This power comes from God, allowing us to be led by the Spirit of God. (For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. - Romans 8:14) When we receive the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, it changes who we are drastically. But how? The Spirit is limitless in the ways He works in our lives: to comfort us, lead us, works directly with our conscience, and produces Godly fruits within us.
1. With His Spirit - we receive comfort & hope.
And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. - Romans 12:2
Daughter of God, with our Savior - ALL things are possible. Jesus promises us this in Matthew 19:26. When we receive the Spirit and allow Him to work within us and transform our minds, we become more like Jesus. The Holy Spirit brings us comfort and hope in times of trouble and brings us peace in the midst of this evil world we live in. Have you taken the time today to sit back and let God’s Spirit fill your anxious, worried mind with His peace today? Know that His Spirit will bring you power and peace when you allow Him to renew your mind.
2. With His Spirit - we become aware of our sins.
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. - John 16:13
God’s Spirit also works directly with our conscience and helps us to recognize and avoid sin. The guilt we feel is real when prompted by recognition of sins. I watched a sermon recently about the Holy Spirit and he worded it really interesting: Our conscience is something we are all born with. It helps us determine right or wrong. But, we can’t confuse our conscience for the Spirit. The conscience is still human, but the Spirit is God. The conscience is our microphone from God’s Spirit. God works directly with the conscience to point us into the direction we are supposed to go. Have you ever committed a sin that you immediately felt guilty about after? That’s the Spirit! Satan can easily get our conscience confused if we do not dive into God’s Word and engage in an intimate relationship with Him. God will never lead us down a path that doesn’t go hand-in-hand with His word.
3. With His Spirit - we produce Godly fruits.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. - Galatians 5:22-23
The Holy Spirit is all of these things and when we gain the Spirit in us - we receive these fruits as well. The Spirit will never tell us to be hateful towards another, or tell us to commit sinful things. The Spirit will always be the one to lead us back to God and help us look more like Him every day.
4. With His Spirit - we are never abandoned or forsaken.
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. - Romans 8:6
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. - Romans 8:26
Not only do we receive the gifts from the Spirit, but we also become led by His Spirit. The apostle John describes it this way: “Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit [which] He has given us” (1 John 3:24). Through God’s Spirit, which He gives us, we can be influenced by Him to do good and use the fruits of love, joy, kindness, etc. This is a very different contrast to the world around us and our own nature, which wants us to do worldly and fleshly things such as gossiping or lying. The world wants to tear us down and try to convince us that we alone and damaged in this world, but the Spirit reminds us that we are loved and gives us unconditional grace and mercy.
1. Where in your life have you seen the Holy Spirit move?
2. Is there a part of your life you aren’t allowing the Holy Spirit to move?
Heavenly Father, You are such a good Father. Your grace and mercies are new every day and we thank You for gifting us with Your Spirit and fruits. We repent of all our sins today, in Your name, and ask that Your Holy Spirit renew and transform every part of our minds today and we ask that Your Spirit brings us peace and hope in whatever situation we may be going through today. We love and praise You. Amen.
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