“Though every believer has the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit does not have every believer.” ~ A.W. Tozer
Are you seeking more of the Holy Spirit? John Maxwell writes the following: “ A committee of ministers in a certain city was discussing the possibility of having D.L. Moody to serve as the evangelist during a city-wide evangelistic campaign.
Finally, one young minister who did not want to invite Moody stood up and said, “Why Moody? Does he have a monopoly on the Holy Spirit?”
There was silence. Then an old, godly minister spoke up; “No, he does not have a monopoly on the Holy Spirit; but the Holy Spirit has a monopoly on D.L. Moody.”
In John 14:16-18 and 16:7-15, Jesus begins to get very specific in His description of the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit. He reveals that the Holy Spirit’s ministry will look very much like His, except that He will indwell all believers at once, and, if we let Him, empower those believers to love and look like Jesus as well. Unfortunately, many have reduced their lives and ministry to a safe familiar routine that could be accomplished in human strength. Someone once said if the Holy Spirit were suddenly removed from the earth, 98% of all we do would continue, unaffected by His absence. A.W. Tozer writes: “The doctrine of the Spirit as it relates to the believer has, over the last half century, been shrouded in a mist such as lies upon a mountain in stormy weather. A world of confusion has surrounded this truth. This confusion has not come by accident. An enemy has done this. Satan knows that Spiritless evangelicalism is as deadly as modernism or heresy, and he has done everything in his power to prevent us from enjoying our true Christian heritage.” The Holy Spirit desires to not only indwell but to empower us; to not simply be in us, but be on us, in power. He is a person, just like Jesus, who has a mind, will, and emotions and wants to gift and enable every Christian for supernatural ministry.
The Holy Spirit’s job description in your life:
a) Helper (Comforter) John 14:16
b) Guide (Counselor) John 14:26
c) Foreteller (revealer) John 16:13
d) Empowerer (Power Source) Acts 1:8
e) Advocate (Lawyer) Romans 8:26-27
f) Enabler (Gift Giver) 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
Oh, fellow believer, when did you last cry out for more of the Holy Spirit? As we live these “Last Days” before Jesus returns and our culture is overwhelmed with fear, sickness, worry and a lack of truth, every Christ follower needs more of the Holy Spirit to help, empower, and encourage.
Right Now! Stop reading this note, close your eyes, lift your hands and ask the Holy Spirit to come and be your helper.
Your friend and Pastor