Holy Spirit Empowerment: Receiving and Walking by the Spirit
It is very important to understand who the Holy Spirit is as well as His work in our life and ministry. We can explore the personality and work of the Holy Spirit through;
Understanding who the Holy Spirit is and being empowered by the Holy Spirit are crucial to living a life of discipleship, witness, mission, and service. The balance between the gifts and the fruit of the Spirit as the Bible teaches us is very important.
The Bible teaches us that all the Old Testament ministers, Jesus, and the apostles were empowered by the Holy Spirit for effective ministry.
In the New Testament era, discipleship and ministry couldn’t happen without the work of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:16-18; Acts 1:4-8; Luke 24:49; 2 Corinthians 3:12-18). Jesus modeled the way for us by being empowered and ministered to by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus’ entire earthly ministry was empowered by the Holy Spirit, starting with His miracle birth (Luke 1:35). At His baptism, the Holy Spirit came upon Him and led Him into the wilderness to defeat the temptation of Satan, after which He led Jesus back to Galilee (Luke 4:1, Luke 4:14). Then Jesus went to a synagogue in Nazareth where He read from Isaiah 61:1-2 which said that the Holy Spirit would be upon Jesus. When He had finished reading the passage, Jesus declared that the prophecy had been fulfilled (Luke 4:18-21)—He was anointed by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Good News, to drive out demons, and to heal the sick (Matthew 12:28; Acts 10:38). Throughout His earthly ministry, and even in His death and resurrection, Jesus served by the power of the Holy Spirit. He both sorrowed and rejoiced through the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21).
Just as the Spirit worked in Jesus’ life, He will carry out all that God has for us and wants to do in our lives. Every person needs the Holy Spirit to help him understand that he is a sinner; to help him repent; to lead him to God; to give him faith to believe; to place him into the family of God; to seal him; to regenerate him; to help him pray and understand the Bible; to empower him for ministry; to change his life; to help him minister to others through His spiritual gifts; to display the fruit of the Spirit in his life as a disciple of Jesus (John 3:5; John 14:26; John 16:7-15; Ephesians 1:13; Romans 8:16, Romans 8:26; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 5:18). No one can live a victorious life and fulfill the Great Commission without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
How often do we depend on and are attentive the the Holy Spirit teaching us, guiding our lives and giving us God’s wisdom for daily life?
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