The Holy Spirit in The Lives of Believers

Posted: March 5, 2013 in Religion
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By Chad Daugherty

The greatest gift God has given us to live victorious lives is the Holy Spirit! Sadly many christians go through life without ever fully tapping into the power God has given us through the Holy Spirit. My intent is to shed some light on this subject and hopefully challenge you to tap into the power of the Holy Spirit that God has blessed you with!

Upon asking Jesus Christ (with a sincere heart) to forgive you of your sin and to come into your life and be your Lord and Savior, you are forgiven your sins and the Holy Spirit enters you sealing your redemption:

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14

There is a distinction between receiving the Holy Spirit at salvation and receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (which is a special anointing from God) after your salvation. This was demonstrated through the deciples in John 20:21-22:

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:21-22

John 20:21-22 took place before Jesus ascension into Heaven. After the disciples received the Holy Spirit here in John 20:21-22, Jesus told them to go to Jerusalem and wait for the gift the Father promised them (Acts 1:4). In Act 2:1-4 they received that gift which was the Baptism of the Holy Spirit that empowered them to speak in tongues:

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tonguesas the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:1-4

Once you have received the Holy Spirit you have access to the gifts of the Holy Spirit:

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,and to still another the interpretation of tongues.All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.(1stCorinthians 12:4-11)

This is where the church has fallen weak and allowed satan to still the truth and the power God intended for us. Unfortunately there are many who teach that these gifts of the spirit were only for the deciples and that we lost those abilities with the early church, but in 1stCorinthians 12:4-11 Paul was addressing the church. He was plainly saying that these are the gifts of God given to us to empower us for victory in our lives over satan and the enemy and for the work God calls us to do. Jesus himself said in John 4:12 that we would do even greater things than he did. The Bible teaches us the Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). At the very least if God had changed this order of things he would have told us and yet there are no scriptures indicating these gifts were only the disciples and the early church. What has happened is that over time the church has bought into the lie satan propagated that these gifts are no longer available, thus robbing us of much of our effectiveness.

Demon possession was common in the New Testament. Are we to believe that satan just stopped possessing people after the early church ended? If not, then why should we believe God removed the power given to us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but yet the Holy Spirit himself still remains in us? Why would God remove the very power he gave us to use in the war against satan? In my opinion this is not logical. Since the beginning of the Church Age, the world has become more and more corrupt and filled with evil and will continue to do so as we head toward the rapture of the church and the return of Christ. As more people turn away from Christ and evil continues to increase, Satan will gain more power. If we ever needed the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives it is now!

How can we tap into this power of the Holy Spirit? Stop buying into the lie that it is not  available, ask God to bless you with a special anointing of the Holy Spirit, and ask God to reveal your spiritual gifts to you and to empower you in there use! Spend time in prayer and in studying God’s word daily! Most of all be prepared to step out of your comfort zone and allow God to do what he wants to do in and through you. He may give you words of knowledge for others, you may be anointed by the Holy Spirit to speak in tongues, you may be asked to pray healing over someone you don’t know, you may be lead to witness to your neighbors whom you normally try to avoid, etc. The point is God stretches your faith in order for you to grow spiritually! When you are walking in the Spirit each day and yielding to the power of the Holy Spirit you will have to step out of your comfort zone in obedience, but when you do you will be amazed at the blessings and power God will bestow upon you when he sees your desire and your obedience! You will experience God in a more close an intimate way through the Holy Spirit than you ever imagined!

Think of the Apostle Paul! Many times he didn’t know where he was supposed to go, but just where he wasn’t supposed to go. He continued to walk and allow the Holy Spirit to guide him and he always ended up just where he was supposed to be! If we allow God to speak into our lives each day and night and listen to the nudge of the Holy Spirit (you know those times when you feel God is calling you to do or say something that makes you uncomfortable) and be obedient we will begin to see change in our lives, churches, and communities! We are not here to go to a church building for a Sunday service and then retreat back into our comfortable lives! We are here to reach out to a lost and dieing world and to do the work God has called us to! It’s time for the church to wake up and be the body of Christ! God has given us all we need to accomplish this work through the Holy Spirit!

If your reading this and you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then I encourage you to ask him into your life today! There is nothing you have to do to prepare yourself for salvation. All you have to do is ask! Nobody is guaranteed a tomorrow! Let today be the day of your salvation!

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