The Holy Spirit pours out the Super Powers of Christianity on believers and we seem to focus with laser-like eyes on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. And even within the gifts of the Holy Spirit, much is spoken and written about speaking in tongues.
But if you consider the Bible as a whole, are the gifts the primary focus of the work of the Holy Spirit from Genesis to Revelation?
Even when the gifts are what we focus on can we remove them from the context of Scripture?
The Holy Spirit makes the active presence of God known in the world, and especially in the body of believers.
Let’s examine four primary aspects of the Holy Spirit:
Our response to the Holy Spirit’s leading either enables a stronger evidence of the pleasure of God with our faith and obedience. Otherwise, our unbelief and disobedience leads to a weaker, visible presence of God in our life.
Before we can understand the gifting of the Holy Spirit, I think we need to look at the overall work of the Holy Spirit in light of the four ways we see Him at work.
Empowering believers is what I felt like I was most familiar with. Until I stared at these two verses:
If he should set his heart to it
and gather to himself his spirit and his breath,
all flesh would perish together,
and man would return to dust. Job 34:14-15 ESV
Giving life to everything. The breath of God.
In the Old Testament, we see the Holy Spirit came “upon” people and left too! Scary times.
At times, the Holy Spirit also just flat showed up to protect God’s people. Under the New Testament, we see a more powerful work of the Spirit, although I would say, many of us feel like the Old Testament is where we “see” powerful works. What does that mean to us?
If we live and operate under the more powerful outpouring of the Spirit why do we not realize it?
Purified. Maybe we are neglecting the other three aspects of the Holy Spirit resulting in a less visible presence of God in our lives. If we consider the word, “purify” I immediately cringe. How does it make you feel? Are we living purified lives? What does that type of living even look like?
Revealing. As we look into the Scriptures, they are supposed to be like a mirror revealing our thoughts and motives. We have to decide as the Holy Spirit reveals what we will do with that.
Unified. Are we unified with other believers? Or do we fight and quarrel among ourselves?
We want to see mighty outpourings of the Spirit in our lives and our churches. I think for me, what I want is a mighty big gift of the Holy Spirit. An outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives would require we move with the Spirit. Not carry the gift in our arms with a big smile on our face.
Join into our discussion through the comments by sharing an example of the Holy Spirit empowering, purifying, revealing, or unifying, either from your life or the Scriptures. For my local friends I can’t wait to discuss this with you on the 27th. My example on revealing is here.