The Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
What is your view of the Holy Spirit? Something that stopped being relevant after the days of the Bible? Something to be wary of – only for those ‘charismatics’? Something that is available, if you choose to receive it? The Holy Spirit is none of those things, contrary to what seems to be popular opinion among Christians, the Holy Spirit is not an optional extra. The Holy Spirit is absolutely essential, if you are to lead a successful Christian life. Don’t misunderstand, you can still get to Heaven without being filled with the Spirit, but it’s going to be tough going here on Earth and the devil will find you an easy target. It’s the difference between a soldier standing guard with a dagger or a soldier guarding somewhere in a tank – the soldier with only a dagger is a lot easier to successfully attack.
What makes you so special?
The chances are, some of you are offended already, “Well, I don’t need the Holy Spirit! I’m doing just fine thank you very much, I have the Bible to guide my life”. What makes you so special that you don’t need the Holy Spirit, when even Jesus needed Him? Jesus’ earthly ministry started when He was filled with the Holy Spirit, following His water baptism. Later Jesus told His disciples not to do anything until they had received the Holy Spirit: “He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised, of which [He said] you have heard Me speak. For John baptized with water, but not many days from now you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit…..you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:4-8, Amplified Bible, Classic Edition). If you can hold off your offence, please keep reading and allow God to minister the truth to you, because as Jesus said in John 8:32, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free“.
Jesus said that with the Holy Spirit would come power.
I realise that there is a view which says that every Christian has the Holy Spirit. It is certainly true that we receive the Holy Spirit when we are born again, but that is entirely different to the baptism of the Holy Spirit / being filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ disciples received the Holy Spirit when He breathed on them and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost“. At that point they were born again, having met all the requirements of Romans 10:9, but Jesus made it very clear, as detailed above, that they should wait until they were filled with the Holy Spirit. If you want a more detailed explanation, you may find this link helpful, click here. So let’s look at some of the benefits of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Firstly Jesus said that with the Holy Spirit would come power, which included ability, efficiency and might; so logically that means that without the Holy Spirit you would be deficient in these areas. Jesus also said in John 16:13 from the J.B. Phillips translation, “When that one I have spoken to you about comes—the Spirit of truth—he will guide you into everything that is true. For he will not be speaking of his own accord but exactly as he hears, and he will inform you about what is to come. He will bring glory to me for he will draw on my truth and reveal it to you“. Tell me – why would you not want that?
Your spirit is communicating directly to God, who is a Spirit.
OK, so why else would we want to receive the Holy Spirit, other than following the example of Jesus and the original apostles? Well, what about speaking in tongues? Am I allowed to mention that? Oh wait, this is my blog, so of course I am! Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:4, “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself”. When we speak in tongues we build ourselves up and the more our spirit becomes built up, the easier it is to overcome the desires of the flesh. As The Living Bible says in Galatians 5:16, “I advise you to obey only the Holy Spirit’s instructions. He will tell you where to go and what to do, and then you won’t always be doing the wrong things your evil nature wants you to“. 1 Corinthians 14:14 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says, “if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by the Holy Spirit within me] prays“. When we pray in tongues we pray with our spirit (the inner man) and not with our mind. Furthermore your spirit is communicating directly to God, who is a Spirit. Also it can sometimes be hard to know exactly what to say when praying in English, or whatever our natural language is, but “the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans” (Romans 8:26, The Message).
The Holy Spirit is available to help you to live victorious over sin.
Before the disciples received the Holy Spirit they were scared, they didn’t understand things, they had (according to Jesus, so don’t get angry with me) little faith. But after the Holy Spirit came upon them in power, all of that changed – they were like different people. The same Peter who denied Jesus, despite saying hours earlier that he never would, boldly spoke to a large crowd. You may be struggling in your Christian life, seeming to go from one defeat to another. But it does not have to be like that! The Holy Spirit is available to help you to live victorious over sin, over the devil and over the circumstances around you. I even came across a Facebook page about living an unvictorious Christian life! Why would you want to do that, let alone write about it?!? According to my spellchecker ‘unvictorious’ is not even a real word! Romans 8:37 in the Holman Christian Standard Bible says, “In all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us“. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you are at the devil’s mercy (he doesn’t have any). He is under our feet, but in order to keep him there we need the power which the Holy Spirit makes available to us.
If you are wondering how you can receive, I can tell you that receiving the baptism of Holy Spirit is actually extremely simple, all you have to do is ask. This link will explain: ‘How do you receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?’
If you have any further questions or thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment.
If you have never received Jesus as your Lord & Saviour, if you have gone away from God, or if you have any doubts regarding your salvation. I encourage you to click on the link below. Clicking on the link will not secure your salvation, but praying the prayer you find, from your heart, will.
For the salvation prayer, please click here.