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We need to be filled and
surrendered to the Holy Spirit
We need the Holy Spirit in our lives. We need
to be filled and surrendered to the Holy Spirit. Every thing Jesus did
was by the power of the Holy Spirit. He was conceived by the Spirit and
He was raised to life by the Spirit. And everything He did in between
was led by the Spirit. How much more do we need to be filled with the
Holy Spirit to do what we need to do.
In his book “Know What You
Believe” Paul Little says this about the Holy Spirit. “To be filled with
the Spirit means we allow Him to occupy, guide, and control every area
of our lives. His power can then work through us, making us effectively
fruitful for God and flooding our hearts with His joy.”
Being filled with the Holy Spirit is all about surrender. Allowing
Him to have His will and way in us.
Let us have a look at some of
the things the Holy Spirit does in our lives. When I worked my way
through these verses I had no doubts about surrendering fully.
1. The Holy Spirit reveals and convicts
The Holy Spirit reveals the secret things of God to us. Before we
were saved we didn’t understand God’s plan for salvation in Christ and
the blessings He has for those who walk with Him. He also convicts us of
sin, righteousness and the judgment (John 16:8, 1 Corinthians 2:10-12).
John 16:8 And when He comes, He will convict the world of its sin,
and of God's righteousness, and of the coming judgment.
Corinthians 2:10-12 But it was to us that God revealed these things by
His Spirit. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God's
deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person's thoughts except that
person's own spirit, and no one can know God's thoughts except God's own
Spirit. 12 And we have received God's Spirit (not the world's spirit),
so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
2. The Holy Spirit gives us new life
Spirit gives us a new life in Christ. He washes us on the inside, He
regenerates us to be born again and He gets us ready for His Spirit to
dwell within us (Titus 3:5).
Titus 3:5-6 He saved us, not because
of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He washed
away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy
Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus
Christ our Savior.
3. The Holy Spirit seals us
The Holy Spirit is a seal and guarantee that we belong to God.
The Holy Spirit is a seal that guarantees our eternal inheritance
Ephesians 1:14 The Spirit is God's guarantee
that He will give us the inheritance He promised and that He has
purchased us to be His own people. He did this so we would praise and
4. The Holy Spirit indwells us
The Holy Spirit dwells in us as Christians. The same power that
raised Christ from the dead. The eternal Spirit that has been part of
the Godhead for all eternity lives within us (Romans 8:11, 1 Corinthians
Romans 8:11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the
dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead,
He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living
1 Corinthians 6:19 Don't you realize that your body
is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you
by God? You do not belong to yourself.
5. The Holy Spirit
Jesus promised to send another Comforter to
help us. Jesus had to leave so the Holy Spirit could come. He said He
would send another like Himself. The church age that we live in now is
the time of the Holy Spirit. (John 14:26)
John 14:26 But when the
Father sends the Advocate as My representative--that is, the Holy
Spirit--He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I
have told you.
6. The Holy Spirit empowers us
The Holy Spirit empowers us to tell others about Jesus’ love and
salvation. He empowers us to go and tell our neighbours, our family, our
friends, our world of God’s love in Christ (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:18-20).
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon
you. And you will be My witnesses, telling people about Me
everywhere--in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends
of the earth."
Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus came and told His
disciples, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these
new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of
this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
7. The Holy Spirit helps us pray
The Holy Spirit helps
us in our weaknesses. When we don’t know how to pray, the Holy Spirit
helps us to pray and connect with God (Romans 8:26)
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don't know
what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with
groanings that cannot be expressed in words.
8. The Holy
Spirit sanctifies us
The Holy Spirit makes us more
Christ-like in the way we live and in the way we think. Our desires
change from worldly things to Kingdom things. The Holy Spirit helps us
to set our hearts and minds on things above (Romans 8:5-9, Colossians
Romans 8:5-9 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature
think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy
Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your
sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit
control your mind leads to life and peace. 7 For the sinful nature is
always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will.
8 That's why those who are still under the control of their sinful
nature can never please God. 9 But you are not controlled by your sinful
nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God
living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of
Christ living in them do not belong to Him at all.)
3:1-2 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your
sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of
honor at God's right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the
things of earth.
9. The Holy Spirit gives us gifts
The Holy Spirit gives us gifts to serve God and serve others. Gifts
of service, faith, healing, prophecy, leadership, teaching, tongues,
interpreting tongues, giving, encouragement, wisdom, discernment,
kindness are all gifts from the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Romans
12:6-8, 1 Peter 4:10-11).
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 There are
different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of
them all. 5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same
Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the
work in all of us. 7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can
help each other. 8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give
wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special
knowledge. 9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to
someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one
person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to
prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message
is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person
is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is
given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and
only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift
each person should have.
Romans 12:6-8 In His grace, God has
given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has
given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God
has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you
are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be
encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you
leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a
gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
The Holy Spirit produces fruit
The Holy Spirit is the
one who allows good fruit to flow from us. The fruits of the Spirit are
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control. These flow from the Spirit’s activity in
our lives (Galatians 5:22-23).
Galatians 5:22-23 But the Holy
Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and
self-control. There is no law against these things!
We need the Holy Spirit to be front
and centre in our lives. We need His power, love, compassion and
understanding to be all we can be. We need to surrender ourselves to Him
and allow Him to occupy us completely. There is no limit to what God can
do through a person who is fully surrendered to Him.
finish with the quote from Paul Little again. “To be filled with the
Spirit means we allow Him to occupy, guide, and control every area of
our lives. His power can then work through us, making us effectively
fruitful for God and flooding our hearts with His joy.”
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