Fresh Hope – 13th June 2018

The power of the Holy Spirit is so often dismissed in the life of the Christian. Many feel comfortable with the idea of God the Father, or Jesus our Saviour, but the idea of the Holy Spirit having full access to our lives can make many feel nervous. People suppress the Holy Spirit, unsure of who He really is and what He will “make them do” if they give Him full control. This is a tactic of the enemy in the life of a Christian because a Christian life without the Holy Spirit is like driving a car with no fuel – powerless and ineffective. This is exactly where the enemy wants us to be – stalled on the side of the road, going nowhere.

When Jesus left the earth and went to heaven, He left the Holy Spirit in us so that we could carry out the work of Jesus in our daily lives. The Holy Spirit is a gift. He was given to HELP us, not condemn or control us. Jesus left the Holy Spirit so that we could have constant communion with God, and always able to follow His voice.

The love of God is communicated through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:5 says, ‘God’s love have been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us’. If you are struggling to feel the love of God, become more aware of the Holy Spirit in your life.

Scripture says that everyone who is Christian has the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9), but not every Christian lives in the fullness of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), and not every Christian walks/lives in the Spirit (Romans 8:4-5).

The Holy Spirit was given to you to do the following:

Bring peace and comfort

Empower you to share your faith

Remember the truth and word of God

Help you understand scripture

Show you that which is truth

Counsel you and guide you in your troubles

Constantly reaffirm you and remind you who you are in God

Help you pray

Empower you to stop sinning

All of which produces fruit in your life! Galatians 5:22-23 says, ‘the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control’. If these fruits are lacking in your life, give the Holy Spirit more access in your life.

Interestingly, God contrasts being filled with the Spirit with being drunk! ‘Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit’. When you aren’t living by the Spirit, you are living by the flesh, which leads to death (Romans 8:6). Someone who is drunk has lost control. They have become a slave to the effects of the alcohol that has consumed them. But when we are ‘instead filled with the Spirit’ we are under the influence of God. We are consumed and governed by the Spirit, leading us to live Holy lives, that results in peace and fruit.

Daily we must invite the Holy Spirit into our day. Ask Him to fill you afresh daily, and become conscious of His presence throughout the day.

John 14:15-27

Emma Burchell

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