October 15th – Les Kovacs
Although my sermon on Sunday concerned the Holy Spirit’s role in spiritual conflict, I don’t want to give the enemy any more ink than I already have. I would rather focus on what the Holy Spirit does for us all the time. I would rather focus my attention on the Giver of Life whose work it is to transform us more and more into likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Trinity is the One who deserves all our attention, aspirations, and adoration.
The Holy Spirit is a divine helper, our paraclete, who strengthens and guides us every day. The Holy Spirit transforms our lives by renewing our minds to be like the mind of Christ. He convicts us of our sins and leads us to repentance. Through our repentance, He wipes out what was dirty in us and allows us to bear good fruit. As we allow Him to continue nourishing that fruit, we grow to resemble Jesus more closely.
The Holy Spirit works in us through the word of God. He uses the power of Scripture to convict us and influence our way of thinking and opens the way to shape us into godly people. The Holy Spirit gives believers the power to live like Jesus and be bold witnesses for Him. He sends us out as witnesses and gives us the power to do it effectively.
The Holy Spirit helps Christ-followers in our weakness and intercedes for us with the Father. He leads, speaks, fills, reveals, teaches, and helps. He sends, forbids, constrains, convicts, and warns. He also gives life (new birth), empowers, sanctifies, and loves. He dwells within, seals (or better yet, is the seal), gives gifts, and grieves with us.
Simply put, the Holy Spirit is the divine helper who strengthens and guides us every day. He transforms our lives by renewing our minds to be like the mind of Christ. He works in believers by convicting us of sin and leading us to repentance. Through repentance, He wipes clean any record of our sin and allows us to bear good fruit to the glory of God the Father. As we allow Him to continue nourishing that fruit, we grow to resemble Jesus more.
Questions: Have you ever asked the Holy Spirit to help you understand a Scripture passage that troubled you? Have you ever felt unable to pray because of some deep hurt and just let Him hear your groans and cries?
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