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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.

1 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

The Holy 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)

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 glorify Him.

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 6:19).

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 within you.

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 was promised

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)

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 3:1-2).

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.)

Colossians 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.

10. 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!

Closing

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.

I will 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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