God has given us his Holy Spirit to guide us. If we are listening, he will alert us when we get out of our lane. When our lives move outside the boundaries of the Word of God, the Holy Spirit is faithful to let us know.
I’ve heard people say, “I have Jesus. Why do I need the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit do in a believer’s life anyway?”
The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin
He guides us into all truth
He reveals Christ to us
He sanctifies us
He empowers us
He fills us
He teaches us to pray
He produces in us the fruit or evidence of his work and presence
He gives us spiritual gifts
He anoints us for ministry
He brings unity to the body of Christ
He reveals the deep things of God
He teaches us
He brings things to our remembrance
He comforts us
So, Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is not a mist, a cloud, or a strange feeling. He is the Spirit of God.
In John 16, Jesus was preparing his disciples for his departure. He wanted them to know they would not be alone, he would give them the Holy Spirit to be with them and to live in them.
“I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:7 NKJV)
So what is the Holy Spirit doing in our lives today?
The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin.
The Holy Spirit shows us who we really are rather than what we pretend to be. This happens before we come to Christ and after we come to Christ. It’s not until the Holy Spirit speaks to our heart and makes us aware of our sin and our need for Christ that any change happen.
“And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8 NKJV)
The Holy Spirit brings us freedom.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV)
It is through the power of the Holy Spirit we gain freedom in our lives. It’s through His strength we are able to resist temptation. It is through his power we are able to live Godly and Holy lives.
The Holy Spirit teaches us what we need to know and reminds us of what we need to remember.
“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.” (John 14:26 NIV)
Has this ever happened to you? You are talking with a friend when just the right verse of Scripture pops into your head. How did this happen? At just the right moment? It is the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit empowers us to witness for Jesus.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NIV)
Today’s Challenge: Ask God to fill your life with His Holy Spirit. Begin to seek God and ask him to lead and guide your life by His Spirit. Listen for his voice. Cooperate with his leadership. Ask the Lord to help you to walk daily in the power of the Holy Spirit.
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