We believe in the Holy Spirit. He’s a person, not an it. And He’s so much more than a feeling, He’s God-with-us.
The idea that the Spirit is just a feeling is not unusual among believers. Most of us have some ignorance when it comes to the Spirit. We talk about God the Father and Jesus the Son a lot. But, when it comes to the Holy Spirit—the third Person of the Trinity—we are in far less familiar territory.
Have you wondered why the Church seems to impact culture so mildly? Why the majority of churches are declining? Why believers lack vitality? Why worship experiences are stale? Why the Bible seems irrelevant? Why prayer lacks power? Why sin isn’t defeated and lives aren’t transformed?
Could it be that we’ve failed to tap into the very Source of power, strength, vitality, guidance, accountability, comfort, counsel, and help that God has provided? The answer is, “Yes!”
Before He was crucified, Jesus told His disciples, “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate [the Spirit] will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7, NIV). When Jesus returned to the Father, He didn’t leave His disciples alone. He sent the Spirit to live within them.
If you and I are in Christ, the same Spirit lives within us. We must not ignore Him.
We could spend hours talking about the ministry of the Spirit. So, here is a small sample of how the Spirit works in and through us.
- He helps us understand the Bible (John 16:13).
- He translates our prayers before God’s throne (Romans 8:26-27).
- He strengthens us and helps us understand God’s love in Christ (Ephesians 3:14-19).
- He empowers us as we minister to others (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).
- He helps us to live in freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17).
- He gives us joy (1 Thessalonians 1:6).
- He testifies that we are God’s children (Romans 8:14-16).
- He assures us of our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14).
There are many more ways in which the Holy Spirit ministers. My prayer is not only that we would know the ways he works. My prayer is that we would learn to hear His voice and obey and that He would do a mighty work through us.