DUTIES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (by benaiah juma).
In this topic I am going to tackle the duties of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit is a must to every born again believer because it is a seal that one is a child of God. The word of God tells us that whoever has not the Spirit of God is none of his.
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Children of the flesh do not have the Holy Spirit because they live for the flesh and are not in the Spirit. The people who yield to the influence of the Holy Ghost become good; they who obey His impulses do good, they who live under His power receive good. Let us revere His person; let us hourly seek His aid, and never grieve Him; and let us speak to His praise whenever an occasion occurs. The church will never prosper until more reverently it believes in the Holy Ghost.
We desire to encounter God in deep, practical, and meaningful ways. We don’t want our faith to be only a relationship with a Book but a Person. If we ignore or disbelieve the Book, we will wade into error and ambiguity. If we ignore the Spirit, we will live a dry and at times powerless Christian experience, missing some of His blessings along the way. Bible knowledge must be combined with knowledge gained only from walking with God. Lord, help us to both love the Bible and embrace the Spirit.
PURPOSE: The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to manifest Christ in us.
1 .Convicts the world of sin.
The Holy Spirit convicts the hearts of people when they are sinning. God is a just God and is not willing to send a person to everlasting punishment if he or she did not know that he or she was sinning against the lord. Right know the comforter is present which means many people are sinning willfully because they already know that what they are doing is offending God because the holy spirit is present to teach people of righteousness and unrighteousness, therefore people have no excuse for their sin before the creator.
Basically what is going on is like people have developed a reprobate kind of mindset because the Holy Spirit warns people about a future judgment and they keep on ignoring the warnings and continue sinning although they know that there is a future judgment for all humanity.
Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
2. Enables us to Serve God with boldness.
When Jesus Christ was going to be crucified and condemned to death when peter was asked if he knew Jesus Christ, He denied Him three times but after he received the gift of the holy spirit he preached the word of God in boldness without fear of the Pharisees and the authorities that were against the lord Jesus Christ and even suffered for the Lord Jesus Christ sake. The Holy Spirit empowers us to do the will of God here on this earth. It is too difficult for you to stand with the lord Jesus Christ when the whole world has rejected Christ without the Holy Spirit. You need the Holy Spirit to empower you when preaching or evangelizing to enable you to resist the effects of rejection, opposition and name calling when ministering for God.
Act 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
3. The Holy Spirit enables us to do things that are beyond our own effort.
With the Holy Spirit assistance people can know things which are beyond human understanding and knowledge. Some people become prophets of God and can see the future while others see visions. People are granted wide variety of gifts to edify the body of Christ.
Joe 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
4. The Holy Spirit Teaches us what to do and Act during periods of temptation.
Luk 12:11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:
Luk 12:12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
The Holy Spirit teaches us the right things to do, and the right activities to engage in. The Holy Spirit talks to believers on what to do and what not do to. Therefore those who are not baptized in the Holy Ghost should look forward to being baptized in the Holy Ghost and their life will change after being filled with the spirit of God. The Spirit of God teaches us how to speak and act. When you are arrested for the sake of the gospel, the Holy Spirit will teach you how to respond in that same hour when you are being questioned. When you are filled with the Holy Ghost and you are obedient to the voice of the Holy Ghost everlasting glory is a must.
5. The Holy Ghost makes intercession for the saints.
Sometimes you may be down and depressed and even praying may be difficult because you are unable to utter the words properly maybe because of grief, and sometimes you may not know how to pray well to the creator but the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and lets the creator know our needs and our pain that we are going through.
Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
6. The Holy Spirit makes a sealing to us during the day of redemption.
Eph 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
When we get saved after giving our lives to Jesus Christ and repenting and forsaking our sins, the Holy Spirit makes a sealing on us that were are of God.
7. The Holy Spirit glorifies the Son
Joh 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
8. The Holy Spirit baptizes believers into the Body of Christ
1Co 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
9. The Holy Spirit indwells believers
Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
The Lord desires daily fellowship with us through the Holy Spirit, whom He sent to indwell each one of us.
10. The Holy Spirit Reveals the Truth to believers.
Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
The Holy Spirit gives recognizable evidences that make his presence known. It seems that one of his primary purposes in the new covenant age is to manifest the presence of God.
11. The Holy Spirit produces fruit in and through believers
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
12. The Holy Spirit draws lost people to Christ and the Father
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
13. The Holy Spirit illuminates
Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Joh 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Joh 16:15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
In this unique ministry, the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of the believer so that he or she may understand the things of God as recorded in Scripture.
14. The Holy Spirit teaches
Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
15. The Holy Spirit counsels (John 14:26)
God is not interested in simple convenience. He wants us to know Him as our Friend and Lord. He desires that we know Him well enough to learn to hear His still, small voice, even when it is as gentle as a whisper. True friendship is never quick or convenient. We must work at it over a long period. I believe that God has related theses somehow: the voice of conviction in the conscience and the Holy Spirit, the point of contact, witnessing within man’s being. A person has not been illuminated until that voice begins to sound within him. Men and women need to be told that it may be fatal to silence the inner voice. It is always perilous to resist the conscience within; but it may be fatal to silence that voice, to continue to ignore that speaking voice within.
16. The Holy Spirit directly witnesses to our spirits
Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together
17. The Holy Spirit guides
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
There are many ways and many vehicles the Holy Spirit uses to guide us into all truth. Most often, He uses the Scriptures. Sometimes He uses human authorities in their particular area. Sometimes He uses a family member, either a flesh relative or a spiritual brother or sister. In fact, God’s Spirit can and does use a diverse number of ways to speak to us. But, whatever His methods, we need to be able to discern His voice so that Satan will not be able to get to us.
The Holy Spirit speaks to neutral hearts. I don’t mean passive or indifferent hearts. I mean being consumed with discovering what pleases the Holy Spirit rather than working to convince Him of the wisdom and brilliance of our plans. His ultimate goal is hearts and minds that are in complete harmony with His kingdom agenda. “The absence or presence of peace is often the first indicator that the Holy Spirit is up to something in your life. God is not going to violate our free will and force us to do the right thing. We will never lose our freedom to make mistakes.
Therefore, it is that much more important for us to develop moment-by-moment sensitivity to the presence or absence of God’s peace in our lives” Through inner promptings. Once the truth regarding the absolute and final authority of the Scriptures is established, it is surprising to me that anyone would resist the idea that God still speaks to people in other ways today. God has been speaking to people from the beginning of human history, both directly and indirectly. God still speaks in all the same ways He has: He is the changeless God, and His reach to humanity continually extends by every communicative means, including intimately speaking by the Holy Spirit with His own sons and daughters in Christ.
Sometimes He speaks instructively, correctively, directively or protectively. Sometimes He speaks with thoughts we sense are His, as the Holy Spirit ignites what we are reading from the pages of the Bible. Sometimes He speaks with inner promptings that come as divinely given intuition, insight or warning. Sometimes He speaks with prophetic words which draw our attention to a larger, clearer understanding of His will as revealed in His eternal Word.
•Through the use of our conscience.
The conscience is one of the Holy Spirit’s primary tools through which He communicates with believers. Don’t ignore the warnings and promptings of the conscience. To do so is to run the risk of missing God.
The conscience is an inner voice of God (Ro. 2:14, 15). Conscience may be smothered and silenced - even seared or burned - but it cannot be escaped. Through prophetic words (Scripture, other Christians, preaching). Real devotion to Him is having a consistent Bible reading plan and getting regular teaching. The Lord still speaks to people through the prophetic prompting of the Spirit. Prophetic utterance, while not equated with Scripture, must be supported by Scripture.
18. The Holy Spirit places people in ministry
Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
19. The Spirit gives different gifts.
1Co 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
A spiritual gift is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit at work in and through a person’s life for the common good of the body of Christ.
20. The Holy Spirit anoints and equips people for tasks
Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Isa 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
You can have knowledge, and you can be meticulous in your preparation; but without the unction of the Holy Spirit you will have no power, and your preaching will not be effective.
21. In times of threatening fears, the Spirit prompts calm determination and courage
Act 20:22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
Act 20:23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
Act 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Be blessed in Jesus name
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