John 16:14 tells us
He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me.
Here we are still battling with uncertainty. In a few weeks time, my wife and I will have been married 25 years. We had lots of expectations on how to celebrate. I know not what your expectations are for the rest of the year, but can I encourage you to hang in there? To help you with that the Apostle Paul gives us some great advice; LIVE IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT.
The question is what can we expect from the Holy Spirit?
Verse 14 tells us He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. When things in our life are going pear-shaped and we cannot make sense, the Spirit will remind us that the Father’s agenda is on track. Christ did all that was needed for us to draw near to God and for Him to draw near to us. If we live the New Way – (Grace) we’ll spend time in Scripture; not to master
content, but to hear the Spirit and we’ll sense a weighty anchor holding our ship steady in the worst storm. The world may be changing, unstable and unreliable, but God reminds us He is still in control. How? Because he has conquered and reminds us to be of good cheer.
Secondly The Spirit’s Second Work: Glorifying
When the Spirit comes Jesus said, “He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.”
Do you sometimes feel coming to God can seem so pointless? What will the Spirit make known to me, Christ? The Spirit makes it clear it will glorify Jesus. Hebrews tells us to look unto Jesus; we do that through the Holy Spirit.
We have access into heaven by the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 2:18 it says “there we come right to the heart of where Jesus is whoever lives to make intercession for us”. All of this because of the finished work of Christ.
Jack W. Hayford says “What the Spirit teaches He draws from and conveys in the authority of Christ, and glorifies Christ in all that He does. True ministry in the Holy Spirit never serves a private agenda. Rather, working in us and through us, He never exalts Himself, but He continually glorifies Christ who glorifies the Father”. The Holy Spirit glorifies Christ by reminding us of what He taught and by giving us a deeper appreciation for Him and His work. The Spirit will make us Christ-like
Our experience with the Holy Spirit should not be some distant memory in the past but a present reality in our lives, Paul says: “Be (being) filled with the Spirit”.
When Jesus walked in the power and the anointing of the Holy Spirit there was an invasion of the natural by the supernatural in which demonic forces that ruled the world were subdued and overthrown.
To continue that ministry and follow up the decisive breakthrough achieved by the work of Christ, we His church, must continue to live and work in the energy of that supernatural enabling.
The Holy Spirit is not a theory, a statement about what goes on in some distant world of which we are not aware. His power is power made manifest. People’s lives should be changed by the power of God.
True effectiveness will come when we know how to move in the power of the Spirit. This is the “power” that enables us to carry out the ministry that Jesus has left us to do.
Let our cry be: “Lord fill us with Your Spirit”.
Stat safe and blessed.