As we understand more about the strategic plan in God’s heart for sending the gift of the Holy Spirit, we won’t struggle with burn-out serving God or carry the weight of anxiety and stress.
God wants our life to be filled with peace, love, joy, peace and hope, even in the midst of the worst trials of our life.
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we discover that merely watching the activity of God from a distance can never compare with the thrill of being involved in the Holy Spirit’s active work.
That The World May Marvel
Hudson Taylor – one of the first missionaries to China – said this – “I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up asking Him to do His work through me.”
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit always was.
In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit was transient, in other words He came and went. David the psalmist prayed “Take not thy Holy Spirit from me“.
In the New Testament on the Day of Pentecost the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled.
The Bible tells us that every believer is sealed with the Holy Spirit.
“The manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”
1 Corinthians 12:7
“Jesus said, I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away. For if I do not go away, the Helper (Holy Spirit) will not come to you, but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”
What an amazing statement! Jesus told His Disciples that they would be better off if He left and the Holy Spirit came.
He said that it would be better to have the Holy Spirit within you than Jesus beside you. Every person who believes God’s good news of salvation and commits his life to Jesus Christ, will receive the same Holy Spirit who indwelt the Son of God.
“If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Jesus Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
God’s Make Over
This is what every Christians needs today in our life – Resurrection Power! The measure that we walk in the Spirits fullness and power is the measure in which our lives will impact the world around us.
“Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord.”
Never forget that the Holy Spirit is given to EVERY believer to equip us to do God’s will – not our own.
“Jesus said, I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in Him, bear much fruit; for without me you can do nothing.”
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such there is no law.”
God is saying that there is no limit to the amount of love, joy, peace, etc. that He wants to give us. We sometimes forget that God gave His Holy Spirit because “self” could never accomplish the assignments that He has for us. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit in our life are we equipped for service.
A Gift Released, A World Amazed
The Apostle Peter, before he was filled with the Holy Spirit was a self-pleasing, self-trusting and self-seeking kind of person. Peter was impulsive, brash and full of arrogance, constantly getting into trouble.
Peter’s life totally changed when he was filled with the Holy Spirit. He was mightily used by God.
We must learn to seek God’s Will and obey Him no how difficult and uncomfortable we think the assignment is and no matter how high the cost is. He will give us the strength and the power to do any task that He ask of us.
The Pattern In Jesus
Something spectacular happened at Jesus baptism
“When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus was also baptized; and while He prayed the heavens was opened and the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him and a voice from Heaven which said “You are my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
This moment represented the beginning of a new stage in Jesus life, a special anointing by the Father. From this moment Jesus began His public ministry – the work of the Holy Spirit enabled Him to do everything that the Father asked of Him.
The Scriptures make it clear. Immediately after Jesus baptism Luke tells us
“Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.”
The Holy Spirit desires full and complete control of our lives. There is one baptism of the Holy Spirit but we are to be filled daily.
Every ounce of our being must be fully surrendered to Him, so He can fully do the Fathers will through us. The smallest part of our life not yielded to Him may derail His work to accomplish the Fathers will in our life.
Grieving The Holy Spirit
When we fully understand that God through the Holy Spirit wants to work in and through us, we ought to respond with a Holy awe! There ought to come over us a trembling concern that we do not grieve or upset the Holy Spirit.
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”
Never forget that the Holy Spirits work of conforming us to the image of Jesus Christ is done from a deep sense of love for us.
Resisting The Holy Spirit
Stephen told the people, “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears. You always resist the Holy Spirit, as your fathers did – so do you.”
When our sin grieves the Holy Spirit, He immediately brings conviction. However we can resist the Holy Spirit. We excuse our anger by blaming our past; we justify unforgiveness; we refuse to heed the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Quenching The Holy Spirit
“Do not quench the Holy Spirit.”
1 Thessalonians 5:19
All 3 of these attitudes (Grieving, Resisting and Quenching) will keep the Holy Spirit from working in and through our lives.
Being filled with the Holy Spirit is a daily, moment by moment dying to self – daily seeking and bowing to His Lordship.
Anyone who yields his life to God will be mightily used by God to extend His great Kingdom.
Another characteristic of a person walking in the spirit – one that is especially obvious – is that they LOVE the people of God. They always seek to build up the body of Christ and are willing to lay down their life for them.
So the question comes to each of us: WHO is the Holy Spirit to me? WHAT have I done with Him? Or perhaps better said: What has He done with me?
Father, I now yield and surrender all of my life to the Holy Spirit and to His working of your will in me and through me. Amen.