Promises are powerful and important. They bring hope to us and provide direction for us. They form the foundation for our faith.
Before Jesus returned to heaven, He gave us some important promises. One of these promises was about the spiritual power every Christian believer needs; the power He wants every believer to experience.
Take a look at Jesus’ words:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses …. ” — Acts 1:8 (NLT)
Here the Lord reminded us of our need for the empowering work of the Holy Spirit. This need is described all through the pages of the New Testament.
Here is a little Bible study about the work of the Holy Spirit. According to Scripture, the active ministry of the Holy Spirit is needed in the Christian believer’s life to:
- Help us understand God’s Word. (John 16:13, 15)
- Help us to know that we are a part of God’s family. (Romans 8:16)
- Give us life and passion to love and serve Jesus Christ. (John 6:63; Romans 8:11)
- Help us to develop and demonstrate the nature and character of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 5:16; 22, 23)
- Give us guidance. (Acts 8:29; 16:7; 20:22)
- Help us to pray. (Romans 8:26, 27; Ephesians 6:18)
- Bring about miraculous answers to prayer. (Romans 15:18, 19; 1 Corinthians 2:4)
- Distribute spiritual gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)
- Help us experience spiritual freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
- Help us bear effective witness for Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:8)
- Bring unity to Jesus’ church. (Ephesians 4:3-6)
Wow! The Holy Spirit is an important part of a Christian’s life. This means that we should be seeking, asking, hungering and thirsting for the fullness of His presence in our lives!
Have you asked Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit? Are you seeking to live a Spirit-controlled life?
Remember another great promise Jesus gave us:
“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!” — Luke 11:13 (NLT)
Go ahead, believe the promise and make your request. You can be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Lord will not disappoint you!