Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Oh, Taste and See

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38)

The word of God tells us that God has not given us the spirit of fear, he has given us the spirit of power, love and a sound mind.  This power comes the Holy spirit dwelling within us.  

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7

It is no wonder that Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they were filled with power from on high before they began the ministry he had prepared them for.   

And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.  Luke 24:49

The Holy Spirit ministers in many powerful ways in the lives of believers.  The Holy Spirit:

→   Dwells in us: We are actually the temple or dwelling place of the Holy Ghost.       

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  I Corinthians 6:19  

→   Unites us in one spirit with God and other believers: There is great power in unity as demonstrated in the story of the tower of Babel (See Genesis 11; especially note verse 6).  

But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.  I Corinthians 6:17 
→   Intercedes for us: This powerful intercessor prays for us according to God's will.  

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  Romans 8:26
→   Guides us:  The Holy Spirit enables us to walk in power and not confusion. He guides us to the place of power, the perfect will of God.  

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  John 16:13

→   Imparts the love of Christ to us and through us:  

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  Romans 5:5
→   Reveals Biblical truth to us:  Powerful spiritual revelation comes through the Holy Spirit.  

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  I Corinthians 2:10
→    Comforts us: He comforts us in times of grief.  

Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. Acts 9:31 

→   Conforms us to the image of Christ:  We are powerless to change ourselves into the image of Christ. Self-improvement plans are doomed to failure. But through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be transformed to the image of Jesus.

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.  II Corinthians 3:18
→   Teaches us:  The greatest teacher takes up residence within us when we are endued with the power of the Holy Spirit. Knowledge is powerful, and the Holy Spirit imparts spiritual knowledge.  

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance , whatsoever I have said unto you.  John 14:26
→   Inspires us to true worship: Praise and worship are powerful spiritual strategies. In some Old Testament battles they were the main methods used against the enemies of God.  

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  John 4:24
→   Quickens us: The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in us to quicken us. This means we are endued with resurrection-like power while yet in these mortal bodies.  

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.  Romans 8:11

→   Sanctifies us: We do not have to try to live a holy life through self effort. The power of the Holy Spirit sanctifies our thoughts and actions. He enables holy living.  

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:  Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  II Thessalonians 2:13-14
→   Changes us: Power is necessary to effect change and the Holy Spirit gives power for positive change.  

Not by works of righteousness which we have done , but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  Titus 3:5
→   Convicts us of wrong:  Sin results in spiritual power failure. The Holy Spirit convicts of wrong and leads us to repentance. This enables the continued flow of God's power.   

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. John 16:8-11 
→   Gives assurance of salvation: Knowing your position gives you power. The Holy Spirit assures your position in God.  

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  Romans 8:16
→   Gives him liberty:  Liberty provides the greatest opportunity for power. The Holy Spirit gives liberty through Jesus Christ.  

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2 
→   Speaks through us: We are not limited by our own speaking ability. The Holy Spirit speaks God's Words of power and authority through us.

But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.  Mark 13:11

→   Demonstrates God's power: The Holy Spirit enables the demonstration of God's power in every area of life.  

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  I Corinthians 2:4
→   Strengthens him: When you are weak, God’s strength is manifested.  

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;  Ephesians 3:16

These are all important and wonderful purposes, but there is one main purpose for the power of the Holy Spirit. All the purposes of the Holy Spirit are targeted to accomplish this greater purpose. The greatest purpose of the Holy Spirit is revealed in the promise by Jesus:

But yet shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and YE SHALL BE WITNESSES UNTO ME both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 
Acts 1:8

The power to become witnesses for Jesus is the true evidence of the Holy Spirit. It was present immediately in the life of the Apostle Peter. Before the Holy Spirit experience Peter fearfully denied he knew Jesus. After receiving the enduement of power of the Holy Spirit, Peter stood and gave a powerful witness to the Gospel that resulted in the salvation of 3,000 people.

It was the power of the Holy Spirit in the early church that resulted in the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. The book of Acts is a record of the powerful witness which was evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit.

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1 comment:

  1. Great post. He does all that for us. I am amazed when I meditate on the Greater One who lives inside me. He is in me for me and upon me for others. Thank you Holy Spirit.


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