When people think about the Holy Spirit, they can sometimes become uneasy or uncomfortable. This is because we tend to think of the Holy Spirit as weird or spooky or something mysterious that we shouldn’t dare get too close to. Of course, these feelings and fears are understandable; however, they are not founded in Scripture. The Holy Spirit is not spooky or scary. He is not some sort of mystical or magical force. He is not simply an “it” or an object. He is not some make believe imaginary friend. No, the Holy Spirit is none of these things.
The Holy Spirit is God. The Holy Spirit is a Person—one of three members of the Trinity. Our God, Yahweh, is one God in three Persons: Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit. Nothing can stop Him; nothing can overcome Him; and nothing can overpower Him. Yet, it is amazing how many believers in God are so unwilling to talk about or acknowledge the power of the Holy Spirit. They will freely talk about God the Father and God the Son, but when it comes to God the Holy Spirit, they will keep quiet. Why is this? What is it that keeps us back from allowing the Holy Spirit to work in His power in our lives?
The Holy Spirit longs to work in us and through us. We have often heard that, when we committed our lives to the Lord and asked Him to save us from our sins, Jesus then came to live in our hearts. But do we realize that at that time the Holy Spirit also came to dwell in us? First Corinthians 3:16 asks this question: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” Furthermore, another Scripture instructs us, “Be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18) and, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30). I think that we grieve the Holy Spirit when we do not acknowledge that He wants to fill us. I think we grieve Him when we deny His power in our lives and try to live in our own strength instead. And I think we grieve Him when we purposely tune out His voice and determine to live according to our own ways.
We need to realize that the Spirit of Him Who raised Christ from the dead also lives in us and gives us power to walk daily with Him! Romans 8:11 tells us, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” The Holy Spirit empowers us to do His work! Why would we want to resist that power and walk around trying to accomplish anything with our own strength? We need His power. We need His presence in our lives!
It was by the power of the Holy Spirit that Peter preached to thousands of people, and thousands of people were added to the Church in one day. It was by the power of the Holy Spirit that many people spoke the gospel message in many languages at once, which led thousands of people to repentance. It was by the power of the Holy Spirit that Peter and John brought healing to a crippled man by the temple gate. It was by the power of the Holy Spirit that Philip was teleported from one place to another so he could preach the gospel to a specific person. It was by the power of the Holy Spirit that Peter’s chains fell off him in prison and he was set free to continue to preach the gospel.
And it is the same power from the same Holy Spirit that dwells in you and me today.
The Holy Spirit wasn’t just given to the people in the book of Acts. The Holy Spirit wasn’t just someone who existed in the Bible times but isn’t necessary anymore. No, the Holy Spirit is real. The Holy Spirit is powerful. He is just as real and powerful today as He ever was.
With that in mind, just think about how He might want to work in your life today. He is the God of miracles. He is the God of salvation. He is the God of redemption. And He is the God of resurrection. He wants to empower you so that you are immersed in His presence. He didn’t intend for you to walk the Christian walk without having His power live in you. So invite Him to fill you today. I assure you that, if you do, you will never be the same—and God will be glorified in you!