The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit What is Holy Spirit Power and my cool Christian shirt?
Holy Spirit Power is not the mystery folks make Him about to be. It was such a pleasure to create t-shirts celebrating His work in our lives.
First, may I share how He empowers me? He is even at the heart of the designs I create for the GodsyGirl Shop. He shows up in my creativity, my work ethic and my dedication to quality.
But, that's not all. Holy Spirit shows up in my day-to-day life too. I'll bet He shows us in yours too. Dr. David Stanley illustrates this beautifully.
Holy Spirit Power- Up front and Center.
The work of the Holy Spirit and fellowship with Him guides me through the “ups and downs” of day-to-day life. I’ve come to need Him so intensely. He talks to me in prayer, He speaks when I’m driving or doing something else mundane or rather “normal”. He is present.
It’s hard to explain, but His communications are comforts, encouragements or admonitions I hear in my depths. No, they are not audible sounds, yet, they are almost louder because they ring and vibrate in my spirit man.
“Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.”
I love when He speaks little whispers to me. Sometimes things as simple as “Don’t say that” or “Don’t go there.” There are even times He says “beware of that person, she’s not what she seems.” Later down the road, I often find He was so right about those people. Other times, I never find out, but I’ve learned to trust Him anyway.
He warns me...
It’s always better to listen to and to obey Him. During my rebellious times when I didn’t listen, I eventually got hurt or wounded.
He really does guide us into all truth like in John 16:13. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future” John 16:13
Fellowship with the Holy Spirit means His power is present and practical.
He reminds me of God’s goodness. The King James Version says He "bears witness".
The Holy Spirit helps me remember how blessed I am – regardless what I’m going through.
He also speaks personal, private sentiments that touch me in real and personal ways. It’s wild. He always knows what I need to hear, ponder and remember about the Lord.The Holy Spirit reminds us how blessed we are.CLICK TO TWEET
During the deepest, darkest moments of my life, He’s always spoken in that still, small voice.
I don’t remember Him being silent in my life. Even if all He said was “Wait” or “Be still.” He always spoke.
Yes, Holy Spirit is always present. He's always willing and He is more than able to guide us through our crazy lives. The Holy Spirit power is ALWAYS available in our lives.
This means if you don't feel His presence, it's not His fault.
The problem is … US!!!!
Many times, we cannot hear Him because our lives are so cluttered.
Or, perhaps, it’s because we have allowed sin to reign in our lives. Unconfessed and “continuous lifestyle sin” separates us from close fellowship with the Father and Holy Spirit.
I have got to remind ya, no one is perfect. We will all fall. With that said, the key is not to make it a habit or neglect confessing it to the Father.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 Joh n 1:9
Assuredly, the busyness of life gets me all the time. Do you fall victim of being overly “busy” too?
Certainly, God’s goodness will still present itself in your life when you’re busy. But, you WILL NOT be able to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit until you quiet all the “busyness”.“If Satan can't make you bad, he'll make you busy.” Pastor Adrian RogersCLICK TO TWEET
You just won’t.
It’s like when you’re in a loud place, like a concert. You may try to talk to the person next to you, but you can’t really hear what they are saying without almost yelling.
The Holy Spirit is not a “yeller.” You won’t find Him in the loud stuff. He’s still, tranquil, calm.
He’s quiet. He’s “Shhhhhhhhhhhhh”
I love how the New American Standard Version describes Him as being in the “gentle wind.”
Check out this scripture:
“Then the LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD. Behold, the LORD is about to pass by.”
And a great and mighty wind tore into the mountains and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
12 After the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.
"And after the fire came a still, small voice. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
I Kings 19: 11-13
To fellowship with Him, you gotta get still.
No matter what anyone says, in order to hear Holy Spirit, you must silence the noisy “outer” stuff so He can tell you how to navigate your life and Who He is to you inside it.
Fellowship with Holy Spirit takes many forms for me personally.
Here are some powerful ways He’s shown up in my life. Let me know in the comments below if you can relate to any of them:
Music and worship connects me with the precious Holy Spirit.
Wow, these two are amongst the most powerful ways to get close to Holy Spirit.
This is why I cannot stand it when churches don’t focus on or teach about worship.
Some churches rush it or ignore it altogether. They mistake worship for being “emotional” or for being something designed to make them feel better.
No, for me, worship is actually the art of shrinking. It’s making myself (and the struggles of life) smaller as I magnify the Lord in praise.
It’s closing my eyes and taking a deep breath.
Lifting my hands in spiritual surrender.
It’s losing myself in a melody the Holy Spirit uses as a healing, strengthening salve to minister to my soul.
Do you know what I mean? I so hope you do.
If not, please learn to worship. Challenge yourself to worship. Worship is the key to outpouring of Holy Spirit. He lives in our worship and guides. Discipline yourself to worship.
It’s then the Holy Spirit whispers. It’s then He pours love into your dry, parched spirit.
Sometimes, music is a part of worship, other times, you could just get an inkling to worship. No music required.
Have you ever been somewhere and just needed a praise break to worship and thank the Lord? That’s what I call an “Oh yeah” moment.
Here are a few scriptures about Holy Spirit power to bless you:
Romans 8:11 (NIV) (He gives life and strength to our bodies)
11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[a] his Spirit who lives in you.
Judges 3:10-14 (He helps you be who you’re supposed to be!)
10 The Spirit of the LORD came on him, so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war. The LORD gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him. 11 So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.
Luke 24:45-49 (He opens your mind so you can understand)
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
Romans 8:2-6 (He gives life, power and governs our minds)
2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
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