If you asked yourself, “is the Holy Spirit effective in my life?” What would you say? Before his crucifixion, Jesus tells His disciples, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” –John 14:16-18. In John 14:26, Jesus continues, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
When we accept Christ into our hearts, we open the door to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Beyond salvation, the Holy Spirit is purposed to operate consistently and in full capacity throughout our lives. It is impossible to fulfill God’s will for your life without Him. The power and ministry of this incredible gift is essential to the success of every born again believer. He functions in multiple ways, as His power is able to convict (not condemn) of sin, guide & direct our steps, give warnings, comfort you, confirm truth, discern spirits, defeat demonic attacks/engage in spiritual warfare, increase our faith, give revelations, and instruct & teach us in all wisdom and truth.
As I grow in my walk with the Lord, I see just how sensitive and perceptive the Holy Spirit is. But it makes sense. Wasn’t Jesus sensitive? Perceptive? If I’m in an environment or around certain people operating in spirits that oppose God, my spirit will sense it almost right away. But this does not provide for an opportunity to judge or condemn anyone. Instead, the Holy Spirit will compel you to love, and shine the light of Christ in the midst of darkness.
Simply put, the Holy Spirit is Christ residing in you. We are indwelt spiritually by God the Father. “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one Spirit –1 Corinthians 12:12-13. The indwelling Spirit – necessary for our sanctification in the growth of the Lord:
- Creates new life (Titus 3:5)
- Bears witness that we are children & heirs of God (Romans 8:16)
- Helps us to serve effectively through the spiritual gifts imparted to us (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)
- Illuminates our understanding of the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 2:12)
- Enriches our prayer life and intercedes in prayer (Romans 8:26-27)
- Empowers and emboldens us to live unashamedly for Christ & to do His will (2 Timothy 1:7-9)
- Produces the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
Paul exhorts us to not grieve or quench the Holy Spirit. This can happen when we have sinned, when we harbor un-forgiveness, or by not allowing Christ to be reflected in our speech, deeds or actions. We see then, that the Spirit is not a “thing”, but a divine person. He will never steer us wrong, and we are most benefitted when we follow the heeding and promptings of Christ within us.
As a vehicle needs to be continually filled with gas to operate at its optimum capacity and use, we must also continually fill ourselves with the Spirit if we are to be effective witnesses, humble servants, and wise believers. First we must ask to be filled, even after you’re saved. “If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” exclaims Jesus in Luke 11:13. God promised He would pour out His spirit in the last days. We ARE in the last days, so let’s get filled! Certainly, we are also strengthened and sustained by the Holy Spirit when we keep our spirit man built up – through Bible studies, hearing the Word, fasting, prayer, obedience, fellowship, praise, worship, and abstaining from sin. Yielding to God enables the Holy Spirit to have total control in our lives.
Through the power of Christ’s living in us by the indwelling of His Spirit, you have the key for victory on earth and for maximizing your full divine potential. I am thankful for such a precious gift, and have much more to explore and experience with the Holy Spirit as l live out my faith journey. Let’s fill ourselves as much as we need with the Spirit and allow its beauty and anointing to work mightily in our life – producing in us effective vessels for the kingdom, and manifesting the unmatched glory of God.
Written By Crystal Roland
Crystal hails from Atlanta, GA. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She's a budding artist & designer, and aspires to inspire people to discover & experience the transformative power of Christ. She enjoys intellectual discourse, singing, the arts, learning, serving, cooking, and helping people fulfill their divine potential through God.