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    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

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    - Phillipians 4:19

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    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

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    - Phillipians 4:19

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To be empowered by the Holy Spirit for life and mission, we need to have a proper understanding of the true personality of the One who empowers us.  (1 Corinthians 12:7-11, Ephesians 4:11-13; Romans 12:4-7)

Spiritual warfare is a reality for any follower of Christ (Ephesians 6:10-12, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

The Bible tells us that our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against demonic forces. “For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

Since his own fall, Satan is working to destroy humanity through deception (John 8:44; Genesis 2:1, Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:1-24) and war (Revelation 12:12, Revelation 12:17). When we witness to win souls from the kingdom of darkness and bring them into the Kingdom of light, we are engaging in spiritual warfare to set the captives free from spiritual bondage.

Many times, the enemy uses different strategies to war against us—through deception, temptation, accusation, negligence, rebelliousness, fear, ungodliness, etc.

The Lord has already won the victory over sin, Satan, death, and darkness on our behalf. His power enables us to live out and claim our victory the power of the darkness, we must be empowered and led by the power of the Holy Spirit and the word of God (Ephesians 6:12-18).

Winning the spiritual battle is accomplished “not by might, nor by power; but by God’s Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6). The Lord has already won the victory over sin, Satan, death, and darkness on behalf of us. His power is first and foremost in securing spiritual victory for us as Christians. If we are attentive to the Holy Spirit, watchful, and diligent, we will grow into spiritual maturity and will secure the victory that Jesus has already won on behalf of us for the glory of our God.

However, if we do not take seriously the call to spiritual disciplines and the reality of spiritual warfare, we will lose the victory Jesus has won for us.

The Keys to Victory in Spiritual Warfare

The keys to victory in spiritual warfare are:

CONCLUSION

All disciples have been given one or more of the Holy Spirit’s gifts so that we can function within the body of Christ.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit will bring forth the fullness of His ministry in our lives.

It is through the gifts of the Spirit that we are able to minister effectively to one another and receive the help of the Comforter in our lives. All gifts should be used to glorify Christ and to benefit others. Not every Christian has the same gift, just as not every part of the human body performs the function of seeing, hearing, or walking (1 Corinthians 12:14-26). God desires our lives to display the fruit of the Spirit, His Christ-like character. It is great to be known by our fruit (Matthew 7:20). As we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, He will produce more and more of His fruit in us and conquer our sinful natures to transform us into God’s image. The gifts of the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit will enable us to become victorious in our spiritual warfare.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

To be empowered by the Holy Spirit for life and mission, we need to have a proper understanding of the true personality of the One who empowers us.  (1 Corinthians 12:7-11; Ephesians 4:11-13; Romans 12:4-7)

Gifts of the Holy Spirit are special abilities that the Holy Spirit gives to disciples of Jesus for the purpose of building up the Body of Christ. They are divine abilities granted to followers of Jesus to accomplish what God has called them to do. As it is recorded in 2 Peter 1:3, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” 

Some of these gifts are called the manifestation of the Holy Spirit which He manifests at any time He wants in order to build up the Body of Christ for God’s glory.

There are nine manifestations of the Spirit recorded in 1 Corinthians 12:8-11, and other ministerial gifts of the Spirit are also recorded in Romans 12:8-12 and Ephesians 4:7-13. Let’s briefly look at some of these gifts.

What are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit? 

The word of knowledge is supernatural knowledge and insight that the Holy Spirit gives that no one can understand by human power. Sometimes the Holy Spirit gives us knowledge of something that is hidden or reveals a secret for the edification of the body.  

The word of wisdom is instant supernatural wisdom given by the Holy Spirit to apply the word of knowledge. This gift enables the church to handle complex problems or issues in a constructive, God-honoring way.  

The gift of faith is the manifestation of divine faith when it is needed so that we can believe and act accordingly. To reveal this gift, God may ask us to do something that seems crazy—for example, walking on water requires supernatural faith.

The gift of healing is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit to someone of any kind of disease or illness or evil spirit.  There are two plural words—“gifts” and “healings”—which means that there are different kinds of healings from different kinds of diseases.     

The working of miracles is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit that transcends the natural laws by which God reveals Himself to people. For example, the turning of water into wine, the feeding of the 5000 by multiplying five loaves of bread and two fishes, etc. Our God is a miracle-working God and He still loves miracles today.

The discerning of spirits is the supernatural ability to identify what is going on behind the spiritual scenes (1 John 4:1-4). This gift is needed to discern the source of any revelation or message because there are four sources (demonic, angelic, human, or divine). Missing this gift from the church of Jesus Christ brings confusion and division in the church.

The gift of prophesy is a divine ability to foretell the future and to explain the current situation. In 1 Corinthians 14:1, Paul told us to desire spiritual gifts, especially prophesy. The prophesy Paul mentioned here is a forth-telling one, when someone gets a direct Word from the Lord to give to someone else or to the church so as to build up/restore.

Different kinds of tongues is the supernatural ability to speak in another language to edify self and to build up the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 14:2, 1 Corinthians 14:5, 1 Corinthians 14:13-14, 1 Corinthians 14:39-40). There are gifts of tongues for the edification of oneself and for edification of the Church. There are times when tongues are given as a sign of receiving the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:6).

The interpretation of tongues is the supernatural ability to interpret what is spoken in another tongue (1 Corinthians 14:13-14, 1 Corinthians 14:27-28). Sometimes the interpretation may be given to the one who is speaking in tongues or to another person.

There are also other ministry gifts of the Holy Spirit to equip the Church of Jesus Christ for the unfinished task of the mission of Jesus. Some of these gifts are people, such as apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, deacons, etc. These and other ministry gifts are given to every member of the body of Christ as the Spirit wills for the glory of God. Let us mention some of the ministry gifts.

Ministry Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The gift of serving is demonstrating the love of God by meeting practical needs. Those who have this gift have different eyes to see needs and respond promptly.

The gift of teaching is revealing the treasures in the Word of God. This gift discovers and validates truth for the edification of the Church of Jesus Christ.

The gift of giving is the sharing of resources in order to meet the needs of others.

The gift of exhortation is the supernatural ability to encourage others to help them reach their life and ministry goals by walking alongside them. 

The gift of administration is a supernatural ability to keep things organized and in accordance with God’s principles and priorities.

The gift of helping is the supernatural ability to help others to do whatever it takes to get a task accomplished. 

The gift of mercy is the supernatural ability to demonstrate God’s love and compassion by responding empathetically and graciously to another’s, or your own, hurt.

What is the purpose of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives?

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time when many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

To be empowered by the Holy Spirit for life and mission, we need to have a proper understanding of the true personality of the One who empowers us.  

A Holy Spirit empowered life results in victory over sin, joy and peace in heart, and submission towards the Lord and others. So, as disciples who live fruitful and victorious lives, we need to live and walk in total dependence on the Holy Spirit so that we can bear fruit that lasts.

How does the fruit of the Spirit relate with Christ-like characteristics?

The fruit of the Spirit is what the Holy Spirit produces and displays in the life of a disciple.

One of the primary purposes of the Holy Spirit’s coming into a Christian life is to change that life.

It is the work of the Holy Spirit that conforms us to the image of Christ, making us more like Him. It is His presence within us that enables us to develop spiritual fruit in our lives. Without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5, John 15:16).

He has chosen and ordained us, that we should go and bring forth fruit, and that our fruit should remain. God’s divine purpose for our life is to bear fruit, but abundant fruit is possible only for those who live in intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, as a branch remains in the vine (John 15:1-8).

What are the Fruits of the Holy Spirit?

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). The fruit of the Spirit enables us to eliminate spiritual barrenness, to escape the corruption of the world, and to become partakers of the divine nature of God (2 Peter 1:4-8). It is our responsibility to walk in the Spirit so as to develop this fruit that is the character of Christ in our lives; not only will it cause us to grow spiritually, but it will be a powerful witness to unbelievers as well (2 Peter 1:8-9).

The fruit of the Spirit—LOVE

Love is caring for someone else as much as I care for myself. Love is something in which we grow (1 Corinthians 13:11; Ephesians 3:18-19). Paul writes in Philippians 1:9, “And this I pray, that your love may abound [grow] yet more and more.” God wants our love to grow so big that His love can flow through us to call and win many to the Kingdom. Paul contrasts love with spiritual gifts and other manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit, concluding that none of these gifts compare with the power of love (1 Corinthians 13). He does this to emphasize the importance, completeness, and supremacy of love over all other qualities we consider important to life and God’s purpose. Love will never end; it will always be of use. Such a supernatural love flows into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). It causes us to make a decision to love even when we don’t feel like it. When we walk in the love of God, everything else falls into place (Song of Songs 8:7; John 13:34-35; John 15:13; John 16:27; 1 Peter 4:8; 1 John 3:11; 1 John 4:7-8).

The fruit of the Spirit—JOY

Joy, a manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit, is defined as happiness, cheerfulness, great pleasure, gladness, and delight. Biblical joy is inseparable from our relationship with God, and it springs from our knowledge and understanding of the purpose of life and the hope of living with God for eternity when there will be joy forevermore. If God is actually present in our lives, the joy He experiences can begin to flow in and through us (Psalm 16:11). Joy is the sign that life has found its purpose and its reason for being. When we are filled with this joy, we begin to rejoice in the Lord beyond the circumstances surrounding us (Philippians 4:4). There is fullness of joy in every situation in the presence of God (Acts 2:46; Acts 16:34). God Himself, and our relationship with Him, are the source and cause of any real joy we have (2 Chronicles 20:27; Nehemiah 12:43)—this is a supernatural joy that gives spiritual strength (Nehemiah 8:10). The Psalmist and the Prophet Isaiah both refer to it as the joy of salvation (Psalm 51:12; Psalm 35:9; Psalm 89:15-16; Isaiah 12:3; John 15:11; Jeremiah 15:16; Acts 2:28; Romans 14:17). Our joys must arise from yielding our will so as to fulfill God’s purpose and see it accomplished (Matthew 25:21).

The fruit of the Spirit—PEACE

Peace is a gift from God to those reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ, and it is the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit in us as we grow in a continuing, trustful relationship with God through the daily affairs of our lives (John 14:27; Romans 5:1; Psalm 119:165). Such peace doesn’t come through any other means—not through drugs, alcohol, sex, wealth, or entertainment. The peace of God has a different source than that of the world. We cannot experience this peace without giving lordship to the Prince of Peace in our lives (Isaiah 9:6). His peace is a peace that surpasses all human understanding and keeps our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7; Psalm 119:165; Isaiah 26:3; Romans 8:6; James 3:18).

The fruit of the Spirit—PATIENCE

Patience is a characteristic of our Lord that fills us with gratitude. It makes us mild, gentle, and constant in all circumstances. God’s patience delays His wrath, allowing time for good to occur (Jonah 4:2). Do we have such patience? As we desire others, especially God, to be patient and forgiving toward us in our faults, do we have patience ourselves? Patience is a two-way street, and God clearly demands reciprocity. He expects us to pass His patience and forgiveness on to others as Christ did (Matthew 18:23-35). When we develop this character in our lives, we can learn to enjoy life where we are while we are waiting for what we desire (Ephesians 4:1-2; 2 Timothy 4:2; 2 Peter 3:9). The real test of patience is not in waiting but in how one acts while waiting. Patience is a vital part of the process that enables God to work over a long period of time, if necessary, to produce in us other important aspects of His image so that we “may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:4). Reaching this point is definitely a process which takes a lot of practice.

The fruit of the Spirit—KINDNESS

Kindness is simply putting others first. It is a quality that makes us great in God’s sight (James 3:17; 2 Samuel 22:36). Kindness is something that we must develop, and we can do it because the Holy Spirit has already enabled us. The mountains shall depart and the hills will be removed, but the Lord’s kindness shall not depart from us (Isaiah 54:10). In 1 Thessalonians 2:7, Apostle Paul illustrates kindness by the example of a mother nourishing her children. Being Christ-like means being gentle, kind, loving, and compassionate as He is to us. We all have sinned and come short of His glory, yet God forgives and redeems us. Being like Jesus is having His kindness manifested in our lives (Luke 23:33-34). Imitating Christ, Stephen also showed kindness; even in the midst of being stoned to death, he asked the Lord to forgive the sin of those who were killing him (Acts 7:59-60); the parable of the Good Samaritan is also a good example of kindness (Luke 10:29-37); Joseph’s story is one of the many stories of kindness we find in the Old Testament (Genesis 45:4-15). How kind are we?

The fruit of the Spirit—GOODNESS

Goodness and generosity enable us to do good things to those who hate us (Luke 6:27). The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord (Psalm 33:5). He created us in His image and draws out of us His own goodness to witness that He is our God. It is the goodness of God that leads men and women to repentance. His goodness goes beyond what is legally right—it goes the extra mile and gives what is needed to benefit, build up, and bless others. He wants His goodness to flow in and through us to impact others’ lives. We are called to be lights in a dark world, and we must shine the goodness of our Father (Psalm 23:6; Psalm 52:1; Matthew 5:14-16). True goodness is inseparable from godliness; God is the source of all that can truly be called good. He does not just have it or do it, but He is goodness, and He greatly desires to give it to us (Exodus 34:6). He has recreated us in Jesus Christ for His good works (Ephesians 2:10). So we need to take every opportunity to yield to the Holy Spirit so as to develop this goodness in our lives.

The fruit of the Spirit—FAITHFULNESS

Faithfulness is the quality of being faithful. Webster’s New World Dictionary defines faithfulas “maintaining allegiance; constant; loyal; marked by or showing a strong sense of duty or responsibility; accurate; reliable; exact.” Faithfulness enables us to walk and live by faith (Romans 5:2). Without this kind of faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Since God is faithful, it has become our responsibility to imitate Him in being faithful by committing our lives to the leading of the Spirit. There is never inconsistency in the life of Jesus. Our greatest obligation on earth is to imitate His faithfulness to a faithless world (Revelation 3:14; John 18:37; Matthew 24:45-47). Being faithful is not always easy—it requires making a decision and then sticking to it regardless of what our feelings tell us. However, when we are faithful and do what God tells us to do, we will be rewarded; the Bible says that if we’re faithful over little things, He will make us rulers of much (Matthew 17:20; Matthew 21:22; Mark 9:23; Mark 11:24; Romans 4:20-21; Ephesians 6:16).

The fruit of the Spirit—MEEKNESS

Meekness is the quality of being free from pride and arrogance; it is a modest estimation of our own worth (Numbers 12:3). It is the meek who are blessed and share in Jesus’ inheritance of the earth (Matthew 5:5; Psalm 37:11). People may relate meekness with weakness, but meekness is really power under control; it is a slave-like submission to God. Moses was a great example of meekness. While Moses had a high position, he did not try to defend himself with his social status (Numbers 12:3). Once we crucify our pride and self-will, we do not think or care about ourselves. Meek people do not measure the importance of events by their relation to their personal comfort or what they gain from them. They begin to see everything from God’s perspective, seeking only to serve His purposes in every situation of life. Meekness enables us to bear patiently those insults and injuries we receive at the hand of the enemies of the Gospel. Meek people seek no private revenge; they leave revenge to God while they seek to remain true in their calling and meet God’s standards (Zephaniah 2:3). It is the hidden heart of a person—a meek and a quiet spirit—which is greatly valued by God (1 Peter 3:4; Ephesians 4:1-2; Colossians 3:12; Titus 3:1-2).

The fruit of the Spirit—SELF-CONTROL

Self-Control is that control over the whole person (spirit, soul, and body) which enables us to live a victorious life. Paul illustrates self-control by showing what it produces along the way and, most importantly, in the end (1 Corinthians 9:25). A person who has self-control is mild and calm, avoids extreme behavior, and exercises self-restraint in both actions and speech. Self-control is keeping our passions and desires in check. “Whoever has no rule over his spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.” (Proverbs 25:28; Proverbs 16:32) Self-control is present in the one who is strong in the strength of the Lord having put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17). If we lack this manifestation of the Spirit, we are like a car without brakes which has great potential to damage others as well as ourselves.

What is the best way you can encourage others to exercise the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit in their lives?

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

To be empowered by the Holy Spirit for life and mission, we need to have a proper understanding of the true personality of the One who empowers us.  

Who is the Holy Spirit? 

The Holy Spirit is not a wind, an oil, a power, or any impersonal metaphor that the Bible uses to explain His work.

The Bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit is a personal being with a mind, will, and emotions (1 Corinthians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 12:7-10; Ephesians 4:30). He is a divine person. The pronoun “He” is used frequently throughout the Scriptures to describe the Holy Spirit as a person (John 14:17; John 15:26; John 16:8-15). He speaks, teaches, testifies, convicts of sin, guides, intercedes, and sends (Acts 13:1-4; John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:8, John 16:12; Acts 16:6-7; Romans 8:26; Acts 13:4).  

Jesus taught His disciples that another divine person would come who would take his place to comfort, strengthen, and guide (John 15:26; John 16:13). He would be eternal (Hebrews 9:14); He would be all-knowing (1 Corinthians 2:11); He would be everywhere (Psalm 139:7-8); He would be holy (Romans 1:4). The saints are called temples of God because “the Spirit of God dwells in [them]” (1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). In 2 Corinthians 6:16, the Holy Spirit is called “the living God.” He is associated with the Father and Son (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14). Lying to the Holy Spirit is considered as great a sin as lying to God (Acts 5:3). Above all, from the very beginning, He has been involved in creating and sustaining life (Genesis 1:2; Job 33:4; Psalm 104:30). The Holy Spirit has a distinct personality from the Father and the Son (John 15:26; Acts 2:32-33; Matthew 28:19, Acts 20:28).  

In summary, the Holy Spirit is not just some vague power—He is the God who was and is with God the Father and the Son from the very beginning. He is sent by God the Father at the request of Jesus to be with us till the end of the world (John 14:26; John 16:7). 

The work of the Holy Spirit in the Bible 

In the following paragraphs, we observe how the Holy Spirit is manifested and known through His supernatural actions in the Old and New Testaments.     

  • Holy Spirit in Creation
  • Holy Spirit empowerment in the Old Testament
  • Joel’s prophesy and the fulfillment in the New Testament
  • Holy Spirit empowerment in the New Testament 
Holy Spirit in Creation 

Genesis chapter 1 indicates that the Holy Spirit was involved in creation and was moving on the waters (Genesis 1:2; Job 32:8; Job 33:4; Psalm 33:6-9). 

Holy Spirit empowerment in the Old Testament 

1. Holy Spirit empowerment for the work of the tabernacle: The work of the Holy Spirit is vividly present throughout the entire Old Testament, particularly during the building of the Tabernacle. He empowers Bezalel and the others involved in the process with wisdom, skill, ability, and knowledge in all kinds of craft works (Exodus 31:3; Numbers 11፡25-26; Numbers 27:18). This is a great reminder that the Holy Spirit empowers all of our work. 

2. Holy Spirit empowerment for deliverance: The Holy Spirit empowers Judges (deliverers), kings, and leaders of the people for a mission. When Israel is in danger of defeat or capture by the surrounding nations and the people cry out for deliverance, the Spirit of the Lord comes upon various leaders (Judges 3:9; Judges 6:34; Judges 11:29; Judges 14:6, Judges 15:14). Here, the presence of the Spirit is seen in triumphant defeats.  

The work of the Holy Spirit is also tangible in the account of Samson’s life and leadership (Judges 13-16). He is a dedicated Nazarene, and the Holy Spirit is upon him on many different occasions (Judges 13:24). The text affirms that the Spirit of Yahweh begins to “move” Samson “at times” (Judges 13:25). This general statement teaches us that the work of the Spirit in Samson’s life is not only present, but is significant; the Spirit seems to come upon Samson according to the purposes of God. In Judges 14:6, the Spirit of Yahweh comes upon him to give him strength to slay a lion; in Judges 14:19, the Spirit of Yahweh comes upon him to help him slay thirty Philistines; in Judges 15:14-15, The Spirit of Yahweh comes upon him to help him slay a thousand Philistines with a donkey’s jawbone. The amazing strength and victory seen in the life of Samson is from the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that came upon King Saul and King David. 

3. Holy Spirit empowerment upon kings and prophets: When Saul is chosen to be the king of Israel, the Spirit of the Lord comes upon him and he prophesizes (1 Samuel 10:10); the same Spirit later comes upon him to give him victory in battle (1 Samuel 11:6; 1 Samuel 11:13).  

This same Spirit empowers the Old Testament prophets to give them prophetic inspiration and guidance. The Spirit-filled prophets speak the truth and stand for justice in contrast to the false prophets who speak out of their own spirits. In Israel’s history, we also read about kings Saul and David experiencing prophecy as a result of the Spirit’s power (1 Samuel 10:1-7, 1 Samuel 10:10; 1 Samuel 11:1-11; 1 Samuel 19:19-24). 

David notes that “the Spirit of Yahweh spoke by me, and His word was in my tongue” (2 Samuel 23:2). In 1 Kings 22:24-25, the Spirit of God is involved in the words of the prophets as shown by the argument between Zedekiah and Micah. Then, specifically in 1 and 2 Kings, the role of the Spirit centers mainly on the prophet Elijah, to whom the Word of the Lord frequently came (1 Kings 17:2; 1 Kings 17:8; 1 Kings 18:1; 1 Kings 18:7-12). 

The idea evident in these passages is that the Spirit can transport Himself from place to place, from person to person—Elijah is not simply being “led by the Spirit” subjectively or falsely. This reality is reinforced when the Spirit of God is mentioned in reference to Elijah’s life and ministry. In 2 Kings 2:16, the sons of the prophets tell Elisha that they want to look for Elijah in case the Spirit of Yahweh has caught Elijah up and placed him on some mountain or in some valley. 

Elisha, the servant of Elijah, who saw the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of Elijah, asks for a double portion of Elijah’s “Spirit” when Elijah is taken up to heaven by the Lord (2 Kings 2:9-15). After Elijah is taken from Elisha, the prophets’ sons recognize that the Spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha (2 Kings 2:15). The work of the Holy Spirit was tangible in the lives of God’s people.  

Throughout the Bible, the Holy Spirit comes upon several individuals for different purposes (2 Chronicles 15:1-7; 2 Chronicles 20:1-23; 2 Chronicles 24:20). In Nehemiah 9:30, the Levites remind Israel that in Moses’ day, God gave His “good Spirit to instruct them.” In Ezekiel 11:5-12, the Spirit of the Lord falls upon the prophet to induce a prophetic utterance. In Ezekiel 2:2, the Spirit certainly enters into the prophet as an introduction to his prophetic ministry recorded in the book. 

In all these instances, it appears that the Holy Spirit came upon these people or filled them to give prophecy. The Holy Spirit enabled the prophets both in receiving and delivering the message effectively. The prophets received revelation, inspiration, direction, strength, and motivation for the ministry of promoting true allegiance to the most High God.  

Joel’s prophesy and the fulfillment in the New Testament 

Joel prophesized about the coming of the Day of Yahweh when the Lord would pour out His Spirit on His people and those who call upon Him would be saved (Joel 2:28-32). In the future, when the Lord heals the land, He will pour out His Spirit on His people, on all people, and miracles will occur in the sky as part of the coming Day of the Lord. The New Testament portrays the heart of this message—that the Holy Spirit will be poured out upon all flesh at the end time. This special section is cited in Peter’s Pentecost sermon (Acts 2:17-21); Peter turns to the Old Testament for an explanation of what has happened on the day of Pentecost. 

Acts 2:17-21 becomes an invitation to humanity to recognize God’s power in the end times. We have such a great hope to participate in the new era in which the Holy Spirit equips the faith community for victorious life and a special task of ministry through His power. Though we live in a world full of evil and oppression, crises, disease, injustices, and disappointments, we have God, the Holy Spirit, who is present and brings restoration and transformation to the broken world in which we live.  

Holy Spirit empowerment in the New Testament  

Before His ascension, Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received the power of the Holy Spirit because without the power of the Holy Spirit, it was impossible for them to carry out the great task that was given to them (Acts 1:5-8).  They waited in prayer, and when they received the power of the Holy Spirit, they became effective witnesses (Acts 2). Acts 2:17-21 is the fulfillment of the prophecy of God outpouring His Spirit as proclaimed in Joel 2:28-32. The message is about God pouring out His Spirit on all flesh. In the context of Acts 2:17, the word used for flesh is sarx and it denotes all of humanity (the outpouring of the Spirit upon all flesh, everyone who belongs to the restored community). It is all about the empowerment of the people of God to live lives of discipleship and serve His purpose with the power of the Holy Spirit. What was the result of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the lives and ministries of the disciples of Jesus on the day of Pentecost? 

The apostles witnessed to others through demonstrating the power of the Holy Spirit that worked in them. The Holy Spirit filled them with boldness in the midst of persecution and, as a result of the empowerment, their testimony was demonstrated with power (Acts 4:30-37). Like the early Church, we all need the same power that the Holy Spirit gave the apostles in order to have boldness in our ministry. The Holy Spirit united their hearts together to share a common purpose and possessions; the believers were unselfish and were willing to share all they had. 

As they continued to teach and proclaim the word of God with the power of the Holy Spirit, the number of disciples multiplied greatly. In Acts 1, there were 120; in Acts 2, their number grew to 3120; in Acts 4, to 5000. When persecution broke out in Jerusalem, Philip the evangelist took the Gospel to Samaria. The Samaritans listened to him, saw miracles (including healing and casting out of evil Spirits), had great joy, believed his message, and were baptized in the name of Jesus (Acts 8:6-17).  

When Peter and John prayed for the Samaritans, they also received the power of the Holy Spirit for ministry. The gift of the Spirit to believers at Samaria demonstrates that all, even a despised group like the Samaritans, are to engage in the missionary task and bear the shared responsibility given by the Spirit (Acts 1:8; Acts 8:12). 

When Peter preached to Cornelius and his family and friends, the Holy Spirit came upon them in the same way as He had on the first disciples at Pentecost (Acts 2; Acts 11:12-18). The most significant implications of the Roman Pentecost are the impartiality of the gift of the Spirit (coming on all flesh), the unity of the body of Christ (just as the Spirit gave gifts of language on the day of the Pentecost), the sign of global unity of the body of Christ (as a reversal of the story of Babel), and the witnessing of God’s saving activity through their tongues (Acts 2:17-21; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:44-48). 

In Acts 19:2, when Paul met with the believers in Ephesus, he asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” Paul’s question implies something significant about the lives of these disciples. According to Luke’s narration, there is evidence indicating that these disciples lacked something critical—the outpouring of the Spirit for which Jesus commanded His own disciples to wait (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8). Indeed, the narration of Luke in Acts 1, 2, 4, 8, and 19 implies that the power of the Spirit for the disciples of Jesus was essential for the mission they were given. 

From Luke’s narration, it appears these disciples in Ephesus did not reach out to anyone until Paul himself came to teach and preach to them for three years. These disciples were not part of the new movement and the initial experience of the Spirit’s power. Paul’s coming to Ephesus marks another decisive moment in missionary history—Ephesus was to be a new center for the Gentile mission, next in importance to Antioch, and these twelve disciples were to be the nucleus of the Ephesian church. 

Indeed, Paul commanded the Ephesian church in his letter to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18) with the sense that they should live under the power of the Spirit on a daily basis.  It is normative for Christians in the new era to be under the power of the Spirit. In his letter, Paul indicated that power and unity in the Christian life and mission comes through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:16). The purpose of the Holy Spirit’s power is to bring full knowledge of God (Ephesians 3:18) because God’s power extends beyond our imagination (Ephesians 3:20). Both Luke and Paul are not talking about a one-time experience—they expect the power of the Holy Spirit to be a normative experience for disciples of Christ in the new era. 

What is your knowledge of the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit to you?  

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

“We have experienced the Holy Spirit’s movement and power during our outreach this year,” Chiso said, joy beaming from his face. He directs a discipleship-mission program in Malawi, and was eager to report on how God had worked in and through the young disciple-makers he trained.

Chiso said, “The Lord helped us win a lot of souls to Christ. The number of people who were born again was 713! All these people came to Christ as we went door-to-door and talked with them.” But it hasn’t stopped there!

Chiso also reported how they saw God act in an extraordinary way. One miracle involved a 10 year old boy named Steven. He had been paralyzed since birth, and it affected what he could handle in terms of food or movement. Every night he cried from stomach pain. His parents had looked for help everywhere but no doctor ever found a solution for young Steven’s problems.

When his team met Steven and his family, Chiso said, “We shared the Word of God with them, and we assured them that even though the doctors had no solution for them, God can take care of Steven. He is Jehovah Shammah—the Lord is there. He is present whenever we call to Him. I told them it’s not just about mentioning the name of Jesus or God, but your connection to Him in faith.”

They prayed for Steven then. And instantly, God touched his body and he became strong! The stomach pains left him. He was totally healed! Praise God!”

What a miracle to witness! And it also opened the door for more people to put their faith in Christ.

Since then, this disciple-making team has planted three new and growing churches, and many are being discipled. Chiso said, “We praise the Lord for the multiplication of disciples!”

So do we—we want to people to be touched by the power of God, to see lives transformed by Christ, to see churches planted, and to see disciples of Jesus multiply in Malawi and around the world!

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

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?

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

What difference does our Global Disciples training make?

“I have done trainings with different organizations,” Nami said. “But Global Disciples’ training stands out for me because its focus is on the Word of God, and on spreading the Gospel.”

Nami directs a discipleship-mission training program in India, launched with the help of Global Disciples. When he had the opportunity to share how God is using their training and disciple-makers, he was eager to talk about God’s hand at work.

Nami said, “The work is spreading. And now we are working in 3 or 4 districts in our state, and a few in the next state. I have trained our young people and others so they can lead our churches when I’m away on outreach.”

As he trains disciple-makers and takes them out to share the Gospel, Nami and his teams have seen many put their faith in Jesus Christ. Several churches have been planted, even some in very difficult places. He reported, “We started a church in one area, but for 2 years we could not go back to them because of the persecution there. In that place there have been many murders but no one is ever arrested.”

Last year, they were able to go again and arrange a meeting. Nami discovered this little church was still going, despite the difficulties and the isolation. They were getting some help and support from several families with resources, and from the local forest rangers. He said, “God has given us favor there, new believers are coming. One man who previously persecuted the Christians has even accepted Christ…and now he’s leading a local fellowship!”

Praise God! Through the power of the Holy Spirit and the faithful witness of His people, He continues to draw least-reached people into new life through Jesus Christ.

Nami is just one of thousands who we serve who are working every day to make sure every person has the opportunity to hear, to choose, and respond to Christ. And we rejoice with him to see disciples multiplied and churches planted in India and around the world.

“God sent us to the right place, where there is no Gospel of Christ,” Sanda reported from Myanmar. He serves as training director for a cluster of churches, equipping new disciple-makers to go and share the Gospel with the millions of least-reached people in their country.

In his training report, Sanda talked about the impact of those he trained. “They were so excited to receive the teaching on discipleship, and they learned a lot that will help them live as disciples of Jesus. Several said they thought being a Christian was quite enough—until they saw they could do God’s assignment to make disciples.”

The new disciple-makers were up to the task. So Sanda took them for outreach, and they went to a remote village in their province.

As he said, this region had never heard the Good News of Jesus, and the people were strong Buddhists. Sanda wrote, “They only knew and practiced the beliefs of Buddhism as instructed by the monks, without any assurance of eternal life. We bore a burden for their souls, and we were aware of their needs.”

Sanda and his team spent time talking with families, and individuals, and finding ways to serve and help them. All the while they were taking every opportunity to talk about Jesus and the eternal life He offers. Sanda said, “It was strange for them to receive us but with the help of the Holy Spirit, we could share the Gospel. And the people were touched by the Word of God.”

As a result, about seven people came to faith in Christ, and they established a home fellowship. While the numbers are few, it represents a huge breakthrough. The light of Jesus Christ is now shining in this remote region of Myanmar.

Without their witness and faithfulness as disciples who make disciples, this community would have been left in spiritual darkness. Praise God for the way He equips, and mobilizes, and sends out people like Sanda and those he’s training to share the Good News of Jesus around the world.

Small beginnings, with a commitment to multiply disciples, usually bring amazing results!

As Global Disciples, we approach training as transformational. We want ordinary believers to be equipped with the skills or the know-how to share the Gospel and we want to see the Holy Spirit change their lives and empower them so they’ll be able to walk with Jesus as His disciple, and make disciples too.

A report from a discipleship-mission training program in Sri Lanka brought this home. A program director sent two testimonies from participants.

Inesh was a young man who wasn’t sure he wanted to do the training, but afterwards he said, “I praise and thank God for this opportunity. It improved my knowledge in God’s Word, and helped me develop my vision for sharing the message of salvation through Jesus.”

For Inesh, his time on outreach was also significant. “I became so happy when I met people and shared the Gospel message,” he said. “Some people accepted it, but some refused it and chased us away. But I thank God that I became closer to Him, and now I am happy to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with anyone I meet in my country!”

Ravina also finished discipleship-mission training with a story to tell. She said, “I grew closer to God, and He touched my heart through the Holy Spirit. I have the power to do ministry.”

For Ravina, her vision for reaching people expanded. “There are so many people who do not know Jesus in surrounding villages,” she said. “Now I have a burden to share the Gospel with them. And I have the courage to go house to house and tell them about Jesus Christ and His salvation. God is guiding me and using me for His mission work!”

Inesh and Ravina are only two of thousands of disciple-makers being trained and sent out through our partner programs. Yet they have experienced what many others have—a vision for reaching people with the Good News of Jesus, and the confidence that God has called and equipped them to do this work.

May their example inspire us confidently and boldly to share the Good News with those who are within our reach.

When Jesus sent His disciples out on their first assignment, He gave them power and authority like His own (Luke 9:1-6). He still does, as we see so often in testimonies from the discipleship-mission training programs.

A director in West Bengal, India, reported, “We had 18 who took the training and we were filled with the power of God. We went to 30 villages with the Gospel, visited many homes and shared the Gospel with many people. The Lord did His work.”

He recounts this demonstration of God’s power. After preaching in one village, several men asked to speak with the team, and took them to the home of a 13-year old boy who’d never been able to feed himself; he survived because others spoon-fed him. The church planters were asked to pray for the boy, and they encouraged the men to join them, praying and fasting for three days. God healed the boy and he was soon in school. As a result, “when we go to the school, the teachers allow us to share the Word. Five families came to Christ in that village and we baptized them.”

Other recent reports include children and students delivered from demons, healing from illness for which doctors had no answer, and always God’s mighty hand opening the door to draw people to Himself.

How do we tap into this power? A director from North East India said of their training, “For the first few days the participants were not very serious… but as we taught, the Holy Spirit started moving and preparing their hearts. Some were convicted, repented of their sins and recommitted their lives to God. Towards the end, it was so powerful the way God was moving. They didn’t want to leave; they wanted to stay and learn more.”

As it was for Jesus’ first disciples, this power begins in our relationship with Him and the Holy Spirit’s presence.