It is hard to think of anything that gives more joy and confidence as a Christian than knowing that God has given me His Spirit to live in this frail human body and in an evil world. He is the presence of Jesus and the Father because through the Spirit, they have made their home with us (John 14:23). This is a great comfort in a world that hates Jesus and works against God’s plan.
That is not all. Just moments before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave an amazing promise; “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”” (Acts 1:8). The power God gave us in the Holy Spirit is not to be used as we wish, but to fulfill God’s plan for the world as witnesses to a risen Savior, a salvation in the name of Jesus (4:10-12, 33; 1 Corinthians 1:18). It was clearly manifested in the apostles; they “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6).
The Book of Acts is replete with examples of the Holy Spirit’s power through the apostles and the Church, such that unbelievers were convicted of sin as well as those in the Church. How could this be? They wanted to be under the Spirit’s leadership and control. So many deviant doctrines and misuses of Scripture have ruined the witness of believers and the Church because some want to use the Spirit’s power their way rather than in complete submission to His will. Acts 13:2-4; 16:6-10 are beautiful examples of true submission to the Spirit. Paul say, “if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” (Galatians 5:18).
There are other ways we can experience the power of the Spirit working in us, but I will address those tomorrow. I ask you to bend your knee to Him as we are on the threshold of a new year. Will your submission to the Holy Spirit be different in 2018?
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