What the Holy Spirit Does for Us
God’s power at work within His children
The Christian life is not something we can live out on our own. God’s standards are too high and we are too sinful to have any hope of pleasing Him. But God provides a means to live godly lives. As born-again believers, God’s Holy Spirit dwells within us and empowers us to live the Christian life. So just how does God’s Holy Spirit work within us?
Below is an excellent study I came across today that delineates the ways in which God’s Holy Spirit works within us. The original post comes from frankviola.org. It provides a list of 50 ways in which the Holy Spirit empowers God’s children, born-again believers, to live lives that please God.
Though the Holy Spirit seeks to empower us to live godly lives, we must be careful not to quench His work in our lives (1 Thessalonians 5:19). Here is an excerpt from Dr. J. Vernon McGee’s Thru The Bible Commentary on that topic:
One of the figures that is used for the Holy Spirit is fire. How do you quench a fire? You dampen it down and don’t let it burn. To quench the Spirit means that you refuse to do the will of God; that is, you are not listening to the Holy Spirit. You refuse to let the Holy Spirit be your Guide to lead you. You and I quench the Holy Spirit when we take matters into our own hands. This is the same teaching that Paul gave to the Ephesian believers: “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30). You cannot grieve a thing; you grieve a Person. The Holy Spirit is a Person, and He is grieved by sin in our lives. Also, He is quenched when we step out of the will of God. – Thru The Bible with J. Vernon McGee http://www.ttb.org
50 Ways that the Holy Spirit empowers us
The Holy Spirit unites us to Jesus Christ and to His body. He reveals Christ to us, gives us His life, and makes Christ alive in us. The Spirit takes the experiences of Jesus – His incarnation, ministry, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension – and brings them into our own experience. Because of the Holy Spirit, the history of Jesus Christ becomes our story and experience (see Jesus Manifesto for details). Unfortunately, some movements have become known for their excesses in regard to the Holy Spirit’s work (see Revise Us Again for details).
- He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8).
- He guides us into all truth (John 16:13).
- He regenerates us (John 3:5-8; Titus 3:5).
- He glorifies and testifies of Christ (John 15:26; 16:14).
- He reveals Christ to us and in us (John 16:14-15).
- He leads us (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:18; Matthew 4:1; Luke 4:1).
- He sanctifies us (2 Thessalonians 2:13; Romans 5:16; 1 Peter 1:2).
- He empowers us (Luke 4:14; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; Romans 15:19).
- He fills us (Ephesians 5:18; Acts 2:4; 4:8, 31; 9:17).
- He teaches us to pray (Romans 8:26-27; Jude 1:20).
- He bears witness in us that we are children of God (Romans 8:16).
- He produces in us the fruit or evidence of His work and presence (Galatians 5:22-23).
- He distributes spiritual gifts and manifestations (the outshining) of His presence to and through the body (1 Corinthians 12:4; 8-10; Hebrews 2:4).
- He anoints us for ministry (Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38).
- He washes and renews us (Titus 3:5).
- He brings unity and oneness to the body (Ephesians 4:3; 2:14-18). Here He plays the same role that He plays in the Godhead. The Spirit is the life that unites Father and Son. He plays the same role in the church. When He is operating in a group of people, He unites them in love. Therefore, a sure evidence of the Holy Spirit working in a group is Love and Unity. Not signs and wonders (those are seasonal and can be counterfeited).
- He is our guarantee and deposit of the future resurrection ( 2 Corinthians 1:22; 5:5 ).
- He seals us unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).
- He sets us free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
- He quickens our mortal bodies (Romans 8:11).
- He reveals the deep things of God to us (1 Corinthians 2:10).
- He reveals what has been given to us from God (1 Corinthians 2:12).
- He dwells in us (John 14:17; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:14; ).
- He speaks to, in, and through us (Matthew 10:20; Acts 2:4; 8:29; 10:19; 11:12, 28; 13:2; 16:6,7; 21:4,11; 1 Corinthians 12:3; 1 Timothy 4:1; Hebrews 3:7; Revelation 2:11).
- He is the agent by which we are baptized into the body of Christ ( 1 Corinthians 12:13 ).
- He brings liberty ( 2 Corinthians 3:17 ).
- He transforms us into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18 ).
- He cries in our hearts, “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6).
- He enables us to wait (Galatians 5:5).
- He supplies us with Christ (Philippians 1:19).
- He grants everlasting life (Galatians 6:8).
- He gives us access to God the Father (Ephesians 2:18).
- He makes us (corporately) God’s habitation (Ephesians 2:22).
- He reveals the mystery of God to us (Ephesians 3:5).
- He strengthens our spirits (Ephesians 3:16).
- He enables us to obey the truth (1 Peter 1:22).
- He enables us to know that Jesus abides in us (1 John 3:24; 4:13).
- He confesses that Jesus came in the flesh (1 John 4:2).
- He says “Come, Lord Jesus” along with the bride (Revelation 22:17).
- He dispenses God’s love into our hearts (Romans 5:5).
- He bears witness to the truth in our conscience (Romans 9:1).
- He teaches us ( 1 Corinthians 2:13; John 14:26).
- He gives us joy ( 1 Thessalonians 1:6 ).
- He enables some to preach the gospel ( 1 Peter 1:12 ).
- He moves us ( 2 Peter 1:21 ).
- He knows the things of God ( 1 Corinthians 2:11 ).
- He casts out demons (Matthew 12:28).
- He brings things to our remembrance (John 14:26).
- He comforts us (Acts 9:31).
- He makes some overseers in the church and sends some out to the work of church planting [through the body] (Acts 20:28; 13:2).