This is our third and final week studying the Holy Spirit. I hope that you’ve been able to grasp (some of) the enormity of Who He is and what He does in us. If you missed the other posts, I will link them here: week 1 and week 2. So far, we’ve learned that the Holy Spirit is God and a gift. Then we talked about how He leads us to Jesus, comes in us at salvation, and then comes on us at Holy Spirit baptism.
Today we are going to talk about what He does for us. The Bible lists off several jobs that the Holy Spirit has. He is crucial in our relationship with God:
He COMFORTS & LEADS Us – “And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Comforter, and he will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit who leads into all truth,” (John 14:16-17 TLB).
He CONVICTS Us – “I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you]. And He, when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment,” (John 16:7-8 AMP).
He EMPOWERS & ENCOURAGES Us – “The congregations grew larger and larger, with the believers being empowered and encouraged by the Holy Spirit. They worshiped God in wonder and awe, and walked in the fear of the Lord,” (Acts 9:31 TPT).
He Sets Us FREE – “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom,” (2 Corinthians 3:17).
He Gives Us JOY – “They left the new converts in Antioch overflowing with the joy of the Holy Spirit,” (Acts 13:52 TPT).
He MARKS Us – “And in Christ, God put his special mark on you by giving you the Holy Spirit that he had promised,” (Ephesians 1:13 ICB).
He PRAYS & PLEADS For Us – “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. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will,” (Romans 8:26-27 NLT).
He REVEALS Things To Us – “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 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,” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10 NLT).
He SPEAKS For Us – “Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit,” (Mark 13:11 NIV).
And in case there was in doubt that He is here for you, this verse just about sums it up: He HELPS us, COMFORTS us, ADVOCATES for us, INTERCEDES for us, COUNSELS us, STRENGTHENS us, and is our STANDBY – “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you],” (John 16:7 AMP).
Doesn’t that make you feel loved by God?! He was spectacularly intentional to make sure that we would have help this side of Heaven. We are never alone. When we are sad, He is here to bring us comfort; when we run out of words to pray, He takes over and prays for us; and when we are making choices that will send us in the wrong direction, He brings conviction and leads us back toward Jesus.
Unfortunately, many christians are afraid of the Holy Spirit. They may have heard or seen things that were extremely weird and threw the whole possibility of life with the Holy Spirit out the window. Believe me, I have seen my fair share of very weird things done in church and then blamed on the Holy Spirit. I started reading The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren this week. The following passage is in the first chapter. It beautifully sums up life with the Holy Spirit:
“But what most people don’t know is that the secret of self-control is to allow ourselves to be Spirit-controlled. This is the exact opposite of what most people think. Ask someone on the street, “What do you think of when I use the phrase ‘Spirit-filled’ or ‘Spirit-controlled’?” and typically people will describe someone acting out of control. But the Bible says that the more I allow God’s Spirit to direct and guide me, the more self-controlled I become!”
Like my husband says, “The Holy Spirit isn’t weird. But people can be weird!” Let’s not build our theology of who the Holy Spirit is around a few extreme people. My heart for this series was to show you what the Bible says about my Friend, the Holy Spirit. Our theology has to be centered around the Word of God. I have given you lots of scripture but there are TONS more if you want to take your study further.
The Hebrew word for Holy Spirit is ruach which means “breath, wind, spirit.” It is mentioned in the Old Testament 377 times. The Greek word for Holy Spirit is pneuma which means “wind, spirit.” It is mentioned in the New Testament 383 times. The first time that the Holy Spirit is mentioned in is Genesis 1:2 and the last time is Revelation 22:17. Here’s my point: from the very beginning of the Word until the very end, God’s Holy Spirit is active. He passionately pursues you and gives you what you need to live the life God created you to live.
Allow Him to do what He wants to in and through you. I promise you won’t regret it.