9 ways the Holy Spirit works in our lives today – part 2
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He empowers us to be of service
One of the most important ways that the Holy Spirit works in our lives is by empowering us to be of service to others. When we become followers of Jesus, we are called to love and serve our neighbors as ourselves. However, this can seem like an overwhelming task at times.
That’s where the Holy Spirit comes in. He gives us the strength and courage we need to step out of our comfort zones and serve those around us. Whether it’s volunteering at a local food bank or simply taking time to listen and encourage a friend who is going through a difficult time, when we allow the Holy Spirit to work through us, amazing things can happen.
It’s important to remember that serving others should never be about earning recognition or praise for ourselves. Instead, it should come from a heart that desires nothing more than to show God’s love and grace in tangible ways.
When we allow ourselves to be empowered by the Holy Spirit for service, not only do we bless those around us but also experience deep joy and fulfillment knowing that we are walking in obedience with Jesus’ commandment to love one another as he loved us.
So let’s take some time today to ask the Holy Spirit how he might want us specifically use our gifts and talents for his kingdom purposes. And then let’s boldly step out in faith trusting that he will provide all that we need along the way!
He helps us pray
The Holy Spirit helps us pray in ways that we cannot even imagine. He intercedes for us, bringing our prayers before God with groanings too deep for words. The Spirit teaches us how to pray and opens up an intimate line of communication between us and our Heavenly Father.
When we don’t know what to say or how to pray, the Holy Spirit is there to guide us. He prompts us with prayer requests and brings Scriptures to mind that we can use as a foundation for our prayers. This makes prayer more meaningful and personal.
Moreover, the Holy Spirit empowers our prayers by aligning them with God’s will. We may not always know what is best, but the Spirit does! As we allow Him to lead in prayer, we can have confidence that God hears and answers according to His perfect plan.
Praying in the power of the Holy Spirit transforms both ourselves and those around us. It strengthens our faith as well as giving hope and encouragement to others who witness it firsthand. Prayer becomes less of a chore or obligation and more of a joyful privilege when led by the Holy Spirit!
He guides us
The Holy Spirit is the perfect guide for our lives. He leads us in the right direction and helps us make wise decisions that align with God’s will for us. Without Him, we would be lost and wandering aimlessly. The Bible says that those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
One way that the Holy Spirit guides us is through a still, small voice within us. It may be a gentle nudge to do something or not to do something, but it always lines up with what we know to be true about God’s character and His Word.
Another way that He guides us is through other believers who speak truth into our lives. Sometimes this can come in the form of advice from a trusted friend or mentor, or even from a sermon at church.
We must also remain open and receptive to how God wants to lead us because sometimes His plans for our lives may look different than what we had envisioned for ourselves.
Ultimately, when we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, we experience peace knowing that we are following in obedience to His will for our lives.
He empowers us for building the church
The Holy Spirit not only works in our personal lives, but also empowers us to build and strengthen the church. When we speak of “church,” we are referring to the community of believers who come together to worship God and grow in faith.
Building the church involves more than just physical structures or programs; it’s about building relationships with one another, sharing Christ’s love, and working together for His kingdom. The Holy Spirit gives us the power and wisdom needed to carry out this important task.
When we rely on the Holy Spirit’s guidance, He helps us discern where there is a need within our church community. We may feel called to start a new ministry or outreach program that will better serve those around us.
Additionally, the Holy Spirit equips each believer with unique spiritual gifts that can be utilized for building up others in the body of Christ. Some may have gifts of teaching or hospitality while others have gifts of leadership or evangelism.
Ultimately, it is through these various efforts that we are able to fulfill Jesus’ commandment to go forth and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). By being empowered by the Holy Spirit for building up His church, we can impact countless lives for eternity.
He gives us spiritual gifts
The Holy Spirit is not only present in our lives, but He also gifts us with spiritual gifts. These gifts are given to us for the purpose of serving others and building up the church community.
One of the primary purposes of these spiritual gifts is to bring glory to God. The Holy Spirit gives different types of gifts such as prophecy, healing, wisdom, knowledge, faith, discernment and more. Each gift serves a unique purpose in fulfilling God’s plan.
It’s crucial that we use our spiritual gifts properly and for their intended purpose because they were given by God through His grace. We should ask ourselves what talents or abilities have been entrusted to us by God so that we can use them to serve Him better.
Using our spiritual gifts requires humility and submission to the leading of the Holy Spirit. It means recognizing that these abilities come from Him alone and using them according to His will rather than our own desires or agendas.
As members of Christ’s body here on earth, we need each other’s help in fulfilling our roles effectively. Therefore it’s important that we identify each other’s’ strengths so that together we can work towards achieving greater things for His kingdom!
The Holy Spirit is an essential part of our Christian walk. He works in our lives daily to bring us closer to God and make us more like Jesus. By making known the presence of Jesus, helping us understand the Bible, calling us to work, empowering us to be of service, helping us pray, guiding us and empowering for building the church and giving spiritual gifts; we can truly experience a fulfilled life with Him.
As believers in Christ, it’s crucial that we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives by being open and receptive. We must cultivate a close relationship with Him through prayer and study of His Word. When we yield ourselves completely to Him, He will empower us beyond measure.
Let’s always remember that as Christians who have received this precious gift from God – it is not only necessary but vital that we live out every day filled with His presence through The Holy Spirit working mightily within each one of us!