“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty.”
The revelation of Scripture is that nothing of significance happens without the Holy Spirit. He is the third person of the Holy Trinity together with God the Father and God the Son. We find Him particularly in the Great Beginnings recorded in the Bible.
- The Beginning of Creation
- “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Genesis 1:2)
- The Beginning of Jesus humanity
- “The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)
- The Beginning of Jesus Ministry
- “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22)
- The Beginning of the Christian Church’s ministry
- “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:1-4)
In each case the Holy Spirit took the expressed will of God and worked to make it a living reality. As God has said,
“so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
The wonder and glorious truth is that the same Holy Spirit is the gift of God to His people today.
- “If you then though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (Lk 11:13)
- “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Cor 12:7)
He still works His ministry of love, grace and life in and through those who will receive Him, and brings us deeper and deeper into the reality and love of our Lord. Without Him we could not know or respond to our Lord. Without Him we would have no gifts or empowerment for our life and ministry. With Him there is the light, life and love of God revealed to us.
The more closely we walk with Him the more real our relationship with God will be – and the more purposeful, effective and fruitful our lives will grow.
As we need food, drink and rest every day so do we need to seek and receive the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Practice being more aware of Him and ask Him for guidance and help.
Holy Spirit, I ask You to continually fill my life, draw me closer to Jesus, and lead me in the purposes of God, each and every day. Amen.