Our Power

See Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5. The Holy Spirit gives us the power we need to obey Christ and carry out His mission.
See 2 Peter 1:3. The Holy Spirit is a person, not a force. The Holy Spirit is God. Because the Holy Spirit is God in our lives, then our lives ought to be different, right? God’s power in our life should transform us. The indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit and the accompanying power was considered absolutely essential by the Apostles.
Read: Acts 8:9-19. The apostles wanted to make sure these new believes had received the Holy Spirit. Why? Because the indwelling power of the Spirit would bring into effect their faith in Christ and allow them to live it out. (See also Acts 19:1–7.)
In these examples from the Book of Acts, we can see that the Apostles never for a minute believed that living a Christian life would be possible without the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

A life fully devoted to Christ is not possible without the power of the Holy Spirit.


The Holy Spirit’s power brought about your conviction of sin.

See John 16:8-11. The convicting work of the Spirit is the first element in being born again. God the Holy Spirit must awaken us to our selfishness and sin.


The Holy Spirit’s power brought about your conversion to Christ.

See John 3:3–7. Conversion is accomplished in us by the Holy Spirit. Jesus could not be any clearer: there is no Christian life without the converting, rebirthing, and renewing work of the Spirit. See Titus 3:5.


The Holy Spirit gives us power to live a sanctified life.

See 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:13. The Holy Spirit sanctifies in two ways. First, he sets us apart in Christ that we might be forgiven and made clean by his death. Second, he works in us so we can be obedient to Jesus Christ. See Philippians 2:12-13 We have already been changed. We are already new creations in Christ and have a new strength at work in our inner being. See Ephesians 3:16.
The Bible expects that because God dwells in us by the Spirit, we can, by that same Spirit, become more Christlike. Of course there is still a fight within us. But with the Spirit there can be genuine progress and victory.

The Holy Spirit gives us power to overcome temptation and sin.

It is the Holy Spirit who enables us to put to death the flesh, and live victorious over sin in the Spirit. See Romans 8:9; 6:6-7; 6:11-12; 6:14. We put to death the works of the flesh by believing that our old self was crucified with Christ, and then by choosing to walk under the guidance and power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit gives us power to pray.

Our greatest power in prayer occurs when our prayers are prompted by the Word of God and the Spirit of God. Paul promised the Spirit would help us as we prayed, and he often talked himself about praying “in the Spirit.”
See Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 6:18. Praying “in the Spirit” means praying under the guidance and with the help and power of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit will also direct you as you pray. People, situations, or needs may come to mind through the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit gives us power to serve the Church.

The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in your life will not lead you to spiritual inactivity. The power of the Holy Spirit in your life will compel you into spiritual service. See 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 11.

The Holy Spirit gives us power to witness for Christ.

See Acts 1:8. If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit has come upon you to empower you for that mission. You are filled with the Spirit to be a witness. See 2 Timothy 1:7. The dynamic power of the Holy Spirit will be given in constant flow as long as we are engaged in witnessing. We are to be conduits or channels, not reservoirs or holding tanks.
Devotion to the mission of Jesus and power of the Spirit of God always go hand in hand. If you are going to walk with the Spirit, you have to be going where he is going! And from the moment he came to earth he has been going to the unbelieving world.

The Holy Spirit gives us the power we need to obey Christ and carry out His mission.



Our Guide


The Holy Spirit is our Guide who will lead us into God’s will and purposes for us.

Jesus is our example of what life in the Spirit looks like. He was led and empowered by the Holy Spirit. See Matthew 4:1. That is why he could assure His followers that the Holy Spirit would help them in the same manner. See John 16:13-15.

Jesus doesn’t promise that the Holy Spirit will control us. He says He will guide us.

We never lose our ability to choose to follow His leading. As a result, we are always responsible for our words and actions. But the Spirit will help us and guide us.
Read: Ephesians 5:18; 15-17. In ancient greek religions high value was placed on ecstatic mood. It was thought that people could approach God only as they were drawn out of themselves in a state of ecstasy. Exciting music, dancing, and intoxication were employed to produce their ecstasy. But God is a God of order, not a God of ecstatic frenzy. We don’t determine God’s will through indulgences in the flesh or from anything this world has to offer.
To be “filled with the Spirit” means to be constantly influenced by the Spirit in our mind, emotions, and will. Paul’s point is that the Holy Spirit is the influence motivating and directing the lives of believers. See Romans 8:5-6, 9, 14-16.
Parents, you want your children to know right from wrong, correct? You want them to know your will and to follow it, right? Yes! So what do we do? We lead and guide them into right living through instruction, discipline, and example. The same principle applies to our spiritual life — a life in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our Guide who will lead us into God’s will and purposes for us.
The guiding of the Holy Spirit is a prevalent theme in the book of Acts. The Holy Spirit guides, speaks, or directs at least 30 times throughout Acts (Acts 5; 6; 8:29; 10:19-20; 11:12; 13:2-4; 15:28-29; 16:8-10; 16:13-15; 20:22-23; 21:10-14).
In the examples given above, we see the Holy Spirit guides through…
  • Discernment and insight
  • Giving wisdom and persuasive words
  • An inward compelling-voice to act
  • A courageous and bold witness for Christ
  • A spoken word in a worship gathering
  • An inner peace and assurance
  • Dreams and visions
  • Open doors and circumstances
  • Closed doors and prohibition
  • Spiritual leaders
  • Spiritual disciplines
The Apostles thought of their whole ministry as led by the Spirit. Yet, even in this extreme dependence, they never reduced the Spirit’s activity in their lives to some formula. They grounded themselves in the Word, obeyed Jesus’ general commands, and looked to the Spirit to lead them.
Regarding the guidance of the Spirit, Scripture gives us a basic pattern, but not a detailed prescription; a general model, but not a precise formula. We know that the Spirit leads and guides and acts in line with the Scriptures that God has already inspired. Yet he also sometimes “influences” us in unexpected ways to give us specific guidance, strength, or insight at particular times.
The precise nature of this “influence” we can never script, demand, predict, or even anticipate. It is like the wind (as Jesus said in John 3). The most that we can say is that it will never contradict, violate, or diminish the Word he already has given to us. Reducing the Spirit’s activity to a formula will likely cause you to miss when he actually does move.
The Holy Spirit lives with me. He doesn’t need my ears. What He needs is a listening heart and a renewed mind.
The Christian life is something you do with God, not for God. He works through you, He guides you, He speaks to you. Jesus did not merely issue an assignment; he invites us into a relationship.
The Holy Spirit is our Guide who will lead us into God’s will and purposes for us. See 1 Corinthians 2:10-12.


Our Helper

God’s relationship with His people progressed from being with them (God) to being among them (Jesus) to finally being in them (Holy Spirit).
As followers of Christ, our helper is right in each of us — always. The prophets foretold the coming of the Holy Spirit and that the Holy Spirit would dwell within each believer (See Isaiah 44:3; Ezekiel 36:26-27).
This prophetic thread was continued by John the Baptist as we was preaching in the wilderness and preparing the way for Christ, the Messiah. See Mark 1:7-8.
Throughout Jesus’ public ministry, He spoke of the coming of our Helper, the Holy Spirit. See Luke 11:11-13; John 7:37-39.

Our Helper Within Us (John 14:15-17)

Jesus prepared his followers for his physical absence by telling them that they would experience his presence more fully and intimately because the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, would dwell in them.
The expression another advocate means “another advocate of the same kind as the first.” This implies that Jesus was the first Advocate, and that the Spirit would be the same kind of Advocate. See 1 John 2:1; Romans 8:26. The Son and the Spirit are both Advocates of our cause and Intercessors for us.
Right now, imagine what it would be like to have Christ standing beside you in the flesh, functioning as your personal Advocate. That sounds amazing and none of us could deny the benefit of having Jesus here physically, guiding and enabling us every step of the way. Jesus was basically saying: Our Helper within us would be better than Jesus beside us. See John 16:7.
When Jesus would no longer be with the disciples physically, the Holy Spirit would be their constant companion to guide, help, and empower them for the tasks ahead.

The Holy Spirit is our Helper within us helping us to live our lives according to God’s plan and purpose.

“And be with you forever”…The promised Helper was given in a permanent sense. He lives within the believer forever. His permanent residence within our live will enable us to live a righteous and holy life before God AND serve His kingdom mission here on this earth.
The Holy Spirit dwells in us always as a constant and permanent Helper.
See John 14:18-20. Our Heavenly Father has no orphans! You are not alone. If you are in Christ, you are united in the divine family with God the Father and God the Son through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.

Our Helper Teaches Us (John 14:25-26)

The Father will send the Holy Spirit to remind them of all that Jesus has said and help them understand the full meaning of his teaching. The Spirit would continue the ministry of teaching as Jesus had previously done.

The Holy Spirit will teach us all things, remind us of the things Jesus said, and help us apply them to our lives.


Our Helper Makes Jesus Known (John 15:26-27; John 16:12-15)

“And you must also testify”, which would be a work that is directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit. See Matthew 10:19-20.
This help from the Holy Spirit to testify about Jesus would also be critical in maintaining the authority, accuracy, and integrity of the gospel accounts of Jesus (the Gospels)

The Holy Spirit makes Jesus known to us and helps us make Him known to others.



Our Example

The Holy Spirit has been at work from the very beginning of time. He was at work in Creation. See Genesis 1:1–2; Genesis 2:7; Job 33:4.
The Spirit was at work throughout the Old Testament period through leaders, prophets, judges, priests and kings. However, His work in their lives was temporary. The Spirit would come upon people to carry out God’s will, to give a word from the Lord, to show God’s power among His people, to give wisdom and supernatural ability. The Spirit’s activity in the Old Testament is powerful but less than complete. It’s no surprise, then, that the Old Testament looks forward to a coming age of the Spirit. See Ezekiel 36:26–27; Joel 2:28–29.
The coming of Christ would usher in the new and lasting age of the Spirit. Notice the Holy Spirit’s direct involvement in the coming of Christ (Luke 1).
See Luke 3:15-16. The key to understanding the life of Christ is to recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in His life. Once you see the relationship between Jesus and the Holy Spirit, you’ll understand how the Spirit will also work in your life.

For the Spirit who gifted Jesus to serve His heavenly Father is the same Spirit who will also gift you for service.

Jesus is the example, the model, of how we can live in relation to God. Although He was God, He chose to set aside what was rightfully His and take on the limited abilities of humanity (Phil. 2). Being limited within His humanity, Jesus relied upon the Holy Spirit as His source of wisdom and power.
We see the presence of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ life in a clear and visible way beginning at the time of His baptism. See Luke 3:21-23; Luke 4:1-2; Luke 4:14-15; Luke 4:18-19.
So we see the pattern: the assignment was given by the Father, accepted by the Son, and fulfilled through the working power of the Spirit.
That pattern is exactly what will happen in our lives as children of God. Jesus fulfilled His assignment as a man filled with the Holy Spirit. He was a man in every sense of the word, but He lived beyond His human ability because He yielded His life to the work of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus’ life is an example of the way in which we can live a Spirit-filled life.

From beginning to end, the Holy Spirit was at work in the life of Jesus. While on earth, we human beings are always in need of the Holy Spirit in our lives. That was true of Jesus, and it’s true of us.
The Holy Spirit who came upon Jesus is exactly the same Holy Spirit given to you. See John 14:12.

See Acts 10:36-38. Jesus’ kingdom powers were at work in him because he was wide open to the Holy Spirit. The more we become like Jesus, the more dependent on and empowered by the Spirit we will be.
If Jesus could do his ministry only by the power of the Spirit, then you and I especially need to be more and more open to the Spirit. To be a follower of Jesus is to be open to the same Spirit to whom Jesus was wide open. The good news is that the Spirit at work in Jesus is available to us. The same gift He received from the Father is now the gift He gives to all who put their trust in Him. See Romans 8:9-11.
So come to Jesus, that He might show you the way to abundant life, Spirit-filled life.

Let’s follow Jesus, our example, and embrace the Spirit-filled life that He lived.



Open Your Heart

Pneuma is the Greek word most commonly used in the NT for the Spirit. The word pneuma means wind, breath, spirit.
The apex of Christ’s work was to send the Holy Spirit to dwell in the heart of everyone who believes. For the Spirit takes Christ’s work on the cross and through the Resurrection and brings that work to bear upon our lives. Thus He completes His work of salvation in our lives. See Titus 3:4-7.

Christianity is meant to be a life fully surrendered and dependent upon the Holy Spirit.

See Acts 1:3-5, 8. The testimony of early Christians was that God’s people proclaimed the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit and confirmed it with holy lives.
So dramatic was the coming of the Spirit upon the apostles that their enemies couldn’t deny the power and wisdom they displayed. See Acts 4:13. The Holy Spirit at work in the lives of the early Christians caused the watching world to be astonished.
Everything we read about the church in the New Testament centered on the power of the Holy Spirit working in the hearts of Christian believers. Sadly, for many of us, this has not been our experience. Take a moment and ask yourself this question: When was the last time I undeniably saw the Spirit at work in or around me?

The degree to which believers have ignored the Holy Spirit is directly connected to the dissatisfaction they feel with their Christian life.

Are you experiencing the spiritual doldrums? Does it feel like there is no wind in your sails? You can prepare everything in your life to go forward with God, but without the wind of the Spirit, there’s no movement. Without the Spirit’s power, we can’t follow God and experience life to its fullest. Do you need some wind in your sails? Invite the Spirit to breathe new life into your soul. See Acts 2:1-2.

Open your heart and allow the wind of Spirit to breathe upon your stalled-out soul to set your spiritual life in motion.

Read John 7:37-39; Zechariah 14:8. Every day during this feast, except for the last day, a priest stood in front of the temple with a golden pitcher of water and poured the water on a rock. This commemorated the water flowing out of the rock that gave the Israelites water to drink. In this illustration, Jesus is comparing Himself to the rock from which the water came to quench the thirst of the wandering Israelite nation (Exodus 17). See 1 Corinthians 10:3-4.

Jesus is declaring to the nation of Israel that He can satisfy their spiritual thirst. That He will pour out the Holy Spirit upon their thirsty souls. Jesus was foretelling the outpouring of the Holy Spirit which would come on the day of Pentecost following his death and resurrection.
See Acts 2:17. Gift of the Spirit had been poured out…like water. Are you in a spiritual drought today? Do you need the living water to be poured out into your life?

For those living in a spiritual drought, open your hearts to the life-giving water of the Spirit.



Obey the Spirit

The last thing authentic, spirit-filled believers should be is bored in their faith. Are you tired of going through the motions? Tired of trying to work out your faith in your own strength?
See John 6:63. The Holy Spirit is not merely helpful. He is our only hope. Unfortunately for most Christians, there is a huge gap between what the Scriptures say about the Holy Spirit and how we actually live each and every day.
The degree to which you ignore the Spirit is directly related to the degree of dissatisfaction you feel with your Christian life. We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God. See Galatians 3:2-3.
Because our salvation was a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, so our spiritual living must also be a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. 
When I read Scripture, I see the truth and necessity of a living a life of obedience to the Holy Spirit and a dependence upon Him. We don’t live to ourselves. As born-again, followers of Christ, the Holy Spirit fills our lives. See 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; John 14:15-17; John 16:7.
Take a moment and ask yourself this question: When was the last time I undeniably saw the Spirit of God at work in and around me? God the Holy Spirit wants to be vitally present in and through His people — but obedience is the key!

Resolution #6: This year, I will obey the Spirit and allow His power to fill my life and fuel my faith.

Being a Christian does not necessarily guarantee that a person lives a life controlled by the Spirit. Read: Galatians 5:16–25.
The truth is that you have been, are now, and will obey something. Obedience to the flesh leads to self-defeating behaviors that destroy your faith. Obedience to the Holy Spirit produces something entirely different. Rather than behaviors and attitudes that defeat us, obedience to the Spirit produces characteristics and attitudes that improve our life, our faith and our interaction with others.
The fact that Paul commands us to “walk by the Spirit” implies that many believers are not. It is not that they don’t have the Holy Spirit, but rather they are not choosing to obey, to walk by the Spirit.
The Spirit’s transforming work in us is not done apart from human cooperation. Sadly, there are too many believers today who profess faith in Christ but who haven’t surrendered themselves to the control of the Spirit. So how do we obey the Spirit?
The irony of Spirit-filled living is that we have to give up power in order to gain a greater power.

To walk in the Spirit means obeying His initial promptings.

You do it by going through each day aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence with you. You submit to Him as you feel Him pulling you in a certain direction or tugging at your heart to take a particular course of action, even if you don’t quite understand why.
Begin each day with a prayer: “Father, I want You to guide me and lead me today by Your Spirit. Speak to my heart. Keep me sensitive to Your promptings and to what is happening around me in the lives of those I meet. Use me today for Your purposes. Today, I choose to obey the Spirit.”
If you yield to and obey the Holy Spirit and depend on His ability rather than your own, He will enable you not only to live a life that is pleasing to Christ but also to experience God in ways you never thought possible.