One of the most wonderful things about living a life that is led by the Holy Spirit is that we are empowered to bear fruit. That means we can actually expect that the work we put our hand to would achieve good results, be that in business, in our relationships, in our creative pursuits, in our character and even in our efforts to share Jesus. As we see evidence of this and it becomes one of our foundational beliefs, we live with greater confidence and faith.
Make time this weekend to allow it become your own song. Copy verses 12-15 down and put them somewhere visible for the coming days. Choose to have a mindset that expects everything that you put your hand to, to flourish!
Jesus, knowing that His time on earth was soon drawing to an end, was concerned for His disciples. These people were more than followers to Jesus; they were His friends. He loved them deeply.
His death and departure would be devastating, and Jesus wanted them to know that they would never really be without Him. Through His Spirit, he would continue to be with them and in them. Through His Holy Spirit, He would continue to teach them, lead them, strengthen them, and encourage them.
They would never be left on their own; limited to their own understanding, wisdom, and courage. This promise of the Holy Spirit is not just for those disciples; the Holy Spirit is available to every follower of Jesus.
Just mention the word control and people dart for the door! Formany, the concept of control is negative. A marriage is damaged if a mate exerts heavy-handed control. Cults are rampant with “mind control”—even to the point of inciting mass suicide. Mind-altering drugs and alcohol can lead people to think they are in control when they are not—when, in fact, the substance is. While many people spend their lives in a quest for control, others have an unhealthy fear of losing control. This human dilemma finds an answer only in God. He wants you to give Him control! By choosing to submit your will to the leading of God’s Holy Spirit, you will have His supernatural peace.
“The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.”
In the Old Testament, God’s presence was revealed to the nation of Israel in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. When the tabernacle, and later the temple, was completed, God’s presence resided in the exclusive area called the Holy of Holies. With the coming of Jesus, however, and the instituting of the New Covenant, the New Testament relates how God fulfilled the promise made to His people long beforehand. Instead of manifesting Himself to the masses, God took up residence within each believer, Jew or Gentile. And today, He is at home in the heart of each Christian. God accomplishes this by means of His Holy Spirit—if you are a believer, you are the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit!
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?”
1 Corinthians 6:19
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
2 Corinthians 13:14
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.”
“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.”
1 Corinthians 2:12
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.’ ”
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
2 Timothy 3:16
“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
Psalm 19:7, Romans 15:4