The Work of the Holy Spirit

(The following was a small talk on the Holy Spirit as part of our Prayer and Worship service on Aug 22, 2021)

The Holy Spirit, equal part of the Triune Godhead. The Spirit is described as wind, breath, air. It’s the gift that Jesus promised his disciples when he ascended into heaven. 

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

John 14:26 ESV

The Spirit gives: power, comfort, encouragement, and strength.

The Spirit helps us pray when we don’t know what to pray, what to say.

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

Rom 8:26 ESV

The Spirit empowers us to live a life fully devoted to God. One that enables us to make the right choice. The choice to resist temptation and not sin.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Gal 5:22-23 ESV

The Spirit empowers us to speak the word of truth, to share the gospel boldly and make effective the sharing of it.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 1:8 ESV

And as Paul instructed the Corinthians, we too can take heart knowing that…

“…the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV

Do you want to be free? Do you want to be empowered? Do you want to live encouraged and comforted? The Spirit is there for you. 

22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” 

John 20:22-24 NIV

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