The Holy Spirit (Part two)

The mission and work of the Holy Spirit is to indwell Christians providing divine authority and energy so that Christians can live Godly lives.  He further enables us to produce fruit.

As the Spirit of God indwells the Christian,  He accomplishes His work in three ways.  He strengthens the resolve of Christians.  He provides wisdom and guidance for the mind, and inflames our spirit with a passion to serve the Lord.  The Spirit accomplishes this as He indwells believers.

When Christians miss the power of God’s Spirit they often depend on the power of their own strength rather than relying on God.   Man will never gain perfect understanding of Scripture.  Likewise we will never have perfect application of our understanding.  Sadly, in too many instances man has replaced his trust in Jesus promise of the indwelling of God’s Spirit with a trust in his knowledge of Scripture.  Our knowledge of Scripture is very important, but not for the reasons we often think.  Scripture is important because it shows us the way of reconciliation to God.  Scripture allows us an insight into God and His promises. The value of Scriptural knowledge can never be overstated.  Unfortunately knowledge of Scripture was never intended to be a substitute for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in believers.

Jesus promised the gift of the Holy Spirit for all believers.  How do we make the most of this promise?  It begins with a total surrender of my life to God.  I must reach the point in my life that I realize I am an ambassador of the Lord.  It isn’t about me anymore.  I surrender my will and  trust God totally.  From this point in my life I depend on God’s promises rather than my abilities. I  yearn for the relationship with God reconciliation brings.  I understand  God’s promise to indwell me and strive to grow in this fellowship.

The giving of and indwelling of God’s Spirit is a major segment in the life of the believer.  How do take advantage of this awesome gift?  It must begin by Christians realizing the need for God’s indwelling.    We must believe those things God has promised.    It is essential we realize that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is more than knowledge of Scripture.  The indwelling of the Spirit is God taking up residense within each of us as we follow Him.

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4 Responses to The Holy Spirit (Part two)

  1. Jan says:

    Thank you, Dell! This study is so badly needed in our brotherhood. It does my soul good to see you state it so simply.

  2. Don says:

    You have hit on the key as it relates to living “spiritually” as opposed to “legally.” Our capacity to be open to the Spirit’s leading is directly proportional to our spiritual health and growth.

  3. One of the cool things about God is that He immediately indwells you and puts you into His training program whether you understand it or not at the time. If you don’t, training simply takes longer, unless He decides to accelerate it. Many times we refer to this acceleration as “trials and tribulations”. In reality, He’s pruning old ways of thinking off of us so that our fruit will be spiritual fruit, not human-effort fruit.

  4. Thanks for the comments. One of the shortcomings in my life has always been my tendency to depend on my own abilities rather than God. As we get deeper into this study we will be looking at some specifics God does for us as He indwells each believer. Thanks for reading and for your input.

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