The Challenging Concept
The Holy Spirit is a challenging concept. In no way to I claim to be a theologian. I’ve leaned by years of doubt, questioning, and my own stubborn ideas. But The Holy Spirit has worked on my heart. I still equate His presence similar to that of nitrous oxide at the dentist’s office: you have to be receptive to Him. Today, I’ll highlight 5 things I have learned over time.
The Holy Spirit: 5 Ways He Works In A Believer’s Life.
In John 16, Jesus explains to His disciples that he must leave them , that life is going to be very hard, and that people are going to hate Him. He encourages them and explains that by Him leaving, He will be sending an “Advocate” or “Helper” – The Holy Spirit. This is very puzzling to the disciples. How can leaving them be helping them? These 5 truths illustrate why He was telling the truth:
1) The Holy Spirit Works Through Prayer
Have you ever been so distraught that you don’t even know what to pray for? You need help! Perhaps it’s an illness for which you need healing or a situation from which you need to be removed. Comfort comes from prayer – even if you don’t know what to say, how to pray, or that a positive outcome could ever exist.
Roman’s 8: 26 reminds us that The Holy Spirit listens to our heart. Not every favor we ask for will be granted. Sometimes the answer is “no”, or “not right now”. This can be very hurtful – especially in our instant gratification modern society. The Holy Spirit, however, wants a close, intimate relationship with you. He knows your heart. He wants you to turn to Him consistently.
Romans 8: 26 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans”
2) The Holy Spirit Reveals God’s Purpose
When requesting answers or direction from Jesus, sometimes we don’t get the answers or guidance we seek. This can be hard! Sometimes our path is clear. Sometimes it takes a lot of prayer, patience, and seeing wisdom from others to help us figure out the next steps in life’s journey. Through prayer and a healthy relationship with The Holy Spirit, God’s purpose will be revealed.
James 1: 17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows”
3) The Holy Spirit Teaches Us
Through leading a Christian life, spending time in Scripture and surrounding yourself with those who are wise, The Holy Spirit teaches us important lessons for us to learn. You may read a passage of Scripture this week that will touch you and mean something different to you than that very same Scripture revealed to you a year ago. The lessons in the Bible are still relevant today!
John 14: 26 “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you”
4) The Holy Spirit Convicts Us Of Our Sin
Jesus lived the perfect example of sinless life. It has never been replicated. As a believer who accepts Jesus and has a relationship with The Holy Spirit, the closer you walk with Him, the more evident sin becomes. As your sin becomes more clear, you are able to repent, seek forgiveness, be redeemed, and live your life to glorify Jesus!
Galatians 5: 16-18 “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law”
5) The Holy Spirit Knows Us In Our Weakness
You have likely faced difficult times in life. There are times when you feel completely alone, barely able to lift your head, and wave upon wave of life keeps crashing down on you. The Holy Spirit helps us persevere with His strength when our strength alone is not sufficient. As a Jesus follower, we point our overcoming right back to Him. Glorifying and honoring Him gives us strength in our weakness.
Certainly, looking back at the first verse in #1: Romans 8: 26. Also, we look at 2 Corinthians:
2 Corinthians 12 – 9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me”
The Big Picture
Ultimately The Holy Spirit is sent to us by Jesus to be our helper. It is to our advantage that we allow Him into our heart, mind, and body – to love Him first, and also to love others. By doing so we live our lives to glorify Jesus.
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