As we continue through our sermon series in the New Testament, this past Sunday we talked about the Spirit of God.
I started off by asking you a question – do you feel desperate for the power of the Holy Spirit?
If we do not, we probably have a misunderstanding of who we are or who the Holy Spirit is – or perhaps both.
It is through the Spirit of God that we are able to understand the Scriptures, know God, overcome sin, and transform the world around us. Without Him, it is impossible to do any of these.
The Holy Spirit is vital to God’s plan of redemption.
25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.
The Spirit of God lives IN you. That is a fantastically, amazing and awesome fact. If you belong to God, you have Him living inside you.
We know that Jesus did amazing things while He was on earth, but even He stated that it will be better when He leaves as then the Spirit of God would come (John 16:7). The Holy Spirit that was given to the disciples, the Holy Spirit that moved through the early church, the Holy Spirit that has constantly transformed individuals and the world, is the EXACT same Spirit that lives inside us.
Not only do we have the privilege of the Holy Spirit but we actually NEED the Holy Spirit to even think about tackling the journey of Christianity, to even think about partaking in God’s mission.
This week, as you consider the Holy Spirit and His role in the Bible and in your life, read Acts 2 and Romans 7 and 8. This by no means will answer all your questions about the Holy Spirit, but I pray that it will guide you in a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit’s role in your life.
Spend some time in prayer. Thank God for the incredible gift of the Holy Spirit. Pray that you would be empowered to pursue and rely on the Spirit’s power in your life. Pray that God would work through the life of your church to bring healing, hope, and change to the world around you.