Word to the Wise | “The Work of the Holy Spirit”

The Apostle Paul tells us through his letter to the Roman church that, “the true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them” (Romans 8:14, NCV).  We have no problem talking about God the Father or studying God the Son.  But when it comes to the indwelling Holy Spirit we have two basic responses: (1) we are confused on how to listen to Him and follow His direction, or (2) we are frightened because we have been taught to be afraid of addressing Him for fear of committing the unpardonable sin.  The horror!

Allow me to simplify this situation.  The Holy Spirit helps in three major ways. (1) He leads us inwardly—by making the fruit of the Spirit our lives’ goals (Galatians 5:22).  (2) He keeps us focused upwardly—by interceding (praying) for us (Romans 8:26).  (3) He keeps us in touch with the world around us—by depositing God’s love into our hearts to love God and our neighbor (Romans 5:5).  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to guide, to encourage, and to counsel.  All we need to do is figure out how to listen to Him and follow His lead–it will lead us back to Jesus.

Pastor Luis Scott
Ambassadors of Christ Fellowship
(03/10/09)

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