Most of us seldom give much thought to the Holy Spirit’s behind-the-scenes ministries. We open our Bibles to read and study God’s truth and rarely think of how He illumines our minds with an understanding of spiritual things. We pray, yet hardly ever consider the vital role He plays in that discipline.
As we read the Bible, we can be tempted just to focus on the parts we understand well and skip over those subjects that are mysterious and confusing. The third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, is surely one of those subjects! But how is the Church affected if the person and work of the Holy Spirit are not studied? More important, how is our own spiritual growth stunted if we don't understand the Spirit's transforming power within us?
Did you know that the Holy Spirit helps you understand the Bible better and assures you of your eternal salvation? After you learn more about the Holy Spirit, you'll understand why Jesus told His disciples that they would be better served by Jesus leaving them and sending them the Holy Spirit than by staying with them (John 16:7).
The sudden presence of the Holy Spirit. Think of it! At salvation, God took up His residence in our lives. Not only that, He has come to this intimate place within for one major purpose: to “fill” us. He permanently indwells us that He might ignite us with a supernatural “dynamic” that cannot be duplicated.
Paul, in his magnificent treatment of the believer’s struggle with sin in Romans 7, opens a window of light in Romans 8 as he introduces the importance of setting our minds on “the things of the Spirit.” Could this be one of the secrets to the missing dynamic in our lives?
If the dynamic power of God brought about such a transformation in the first century, who can justify its absence today? With an open mind, let’s allow Scripture to answer these questions…then face the truth of those answers today.
God wants His people to do more than theologically interact with the One sent to indwell and empower and guide and comfort us.
We want mysteries to be solved. But God is sovereign—and He has His own answers and purposes. The proper perspective on mysteries allows us to place our trust and hope in God, regardless of whether or not He reveals the answer to us.
God gives us wisdom so we can view life with objectivity and handle it with stability. When we place our faith in Christ we have access to wisdom through the Holy Spirit.
All believers have spiritual gifts, whether you are gifted in serving, encouraging, or teaching others. God has given you talents and abilities to use your spiritual gift, which is different from another’s, making up the Body of Christ.
Mistakes keep us humble and humility is a good thing. Whether you’re a pastor, parent, or boss. When you lead with humility, you lead with the heart of the Great Shepherd.
The Bible says we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. That’s why we need a Saviour.