Knowing God the Holy Spirit, Pt 2
This week in our Back to the Basics sermon series, we continued discussing the Holy Spirit —who He is, what He is and what He wants. Our key scripture for the week was Isaiah 61 as it clearly outlines the role of the Holy Spirit and what He empowers us to do. So, we must first recognize the Holy Spirit for who He is. He is God. In the Old Testament, people were unable to stay in the presence of God for an extended period of time. They physically could not survive the greatness of the atmosphere. But now we have the ability to stay in His presence because of the presence of the Holy Spirit within us. We are the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and have the infinite power of God inside of us.
He is our power-giver. The evidence of the Spirit in us goes beyond speaking in tongues, although that is good and vital as well. But according to Isaiah 61, the Spirit allows us the opportunity to preach good news to the poor, to comfort those who mourn, to heal the broken hearted and to set the captives free. We are able to do these things because the anointing of the Holy Spirit resides in us when we receive Christ as our Savior and are baptized in the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit wants us to be His witnesses. Galatians 6:7-10 encourages us to not grow weary in doing good because if we sow into things of the Spirit, we will reap everlasting life. There are things that will make us tired, but use these verses as an encouragement to continue pressing forward! You don’t just have the opportunity to have evidences of the Holy Spirit, but the responsibility.