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Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

(John 16:7--15)

The moment we trust Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we are adopted into God's family, and the Holy Spirit comes to live within us. His presence is a guarantee that we belong to our Heavenly Father.

The Holy Spirit ministry is essential to our ability to carry out God's work - and do it in a manner pleasing to Him. Transforming us from the inside out to be like Jesus and producing godly fruits in our lives are significant parts of His work. The Holy Spirit also convicts us of sin, provides us with understanding and wisdom and gives us the spiritual gifts we need to serve God. Only through the Holy Spirit's divine presence do we receive the equipping and empowerment necessary to accomplish God's plan. As we serve in a godly manner, we will testify to the truth of who Jesus is.

All truly saved people have God's supernatural power to accomplish the work He has for them to do. Yet not all Christians chose to operate out of the Holy Spirit's strength. Sometimes that's because we're confident in our own abilities and see no need to involve the Holy Spirit. A related reason is pride: we want to work things out ourselves and not depend on God. Human nature likes to be in control and have it's own way.

By attempting to live the Christian life in our our own strength, we achieve only what we ourselves are able to accomplish which isn't much. However, when you and I operate in the strength and power of the Holy Spirit, the result is what our Almighty God can do. The presence of the Holy Spirit is essential to our living a victorious life.


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