The Holy Spirit
Why The Holy Spirit
One of the most important benefits of Jesus’ death and departure from this world (besides the gift of eternal life with Him) was to provide a personal Helper for all those who love Him to transition through this sick and dying world. All the attributes of Jesus are available to those that are empowered by the Holy Spirit and the Great Commission tells us that He expects us to represent His in this world. It is His desire to live in, and work through each of us. Jesus said before His departure:
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”
(John 16:7) NKJ
The Great Commission
We have been commissioned! Jesus gave some specific direction to all that would believe, trust, and follow Him. Before He departed, He simply laid it out initially through His example, and then a command. His words were as follows:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
(Matt. 28:18-20 NIV)
The Holy Spirt Brings Power
The Holy Spirit moves us from a condition of powerless, helpless, and hopeless to having all the His power available to fulfill the mission He placed within us. As we walk closely with Him, we have everything we need to experience victory. Jesus literally said we will do greater things than He did and expects us to.
“”Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
(John 14:12-14 NIV)
The Holy Spirit Heals
The Great Physician, Jehovah Rapha, our God who heals delivers through the power of the Holy Spirit, so every Christian has Jesus’ healing power readily available living within.
“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.”
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
The Holy Spirit Leads, Guides, Directs and Protects
Jesus, the One that is all powerful, all knowing, and everywhere works through His Spirit and is the only One able to successfully lead, guide, and protect.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.