January 25, 2011

Hearing the Spirit

It is imperative that, if we are to daily live in grace, we understand the character and activity of the Holy Spirit. We know He is God, but what does He do?

He leads us to salvation and, at that point, He regenerates, renews, baptizes, indwells, and seals us as belonging to God.

From that point on, He is our Paraclete meaning ‘called to the side of’ or Advocate, Counselor, and Comforter. Jesus even said that it was better for Him to go away so that the Holy Spirit would come. How does the Spirit express His counsel? Here are some of the ways:

He strengthens us: Eph 3:16                                   
He comforts us: 2 Cor 1:3
He communicates joy to us: Rom 14:17                       
He edifies the church through us: Acts 9:31
He testifies of Christ: John 15:26                                   
He imparts the love of God: Romans 5:3-5
He imparts hope: Romans 15:13                                   
He teaches us: John 14:26
He helps us in prayer: Rom 8:26
He sanctifies us: Rom 15:16                                   
He directs where the gospel goes: Acts 16:6,7,10
He reveals the mysteries of God: I Cor 2:10                       
He gives us life: Rom 8:11
He convicts us of sin: John 16:8-11  
He produces good things in us: Gal 5:19-20 

If we're aware of how He moves, we can recognize His activity in our lives. 

Have you ever been burdened to pray for a friend?
Have you come to a deeper understanding of Scripture?
Have you been convicted and broken over sin?
Have you seen someone come to faith in Christ? 
Have you experienced joy? 
Have you ministered to others? 
Have you been comforted in your suffering or discouragement?
Have you grasped even a tiny bit of God's love for you?

Then you, my friend, have experienced the Holy Spirit.