On Oct. 30, 1961 Russia detonated
the most powerful nuclear weapon ever,
nicknamed the Tsar Bomba,
which had a yield of 57 megaton TNT
and a potential of 100 megatons.
That’s power! But nothing like the Holy Spirit, the greatest power in existence.
The incredible truth is that we can have access to this power NOW.
We shouldn’t be putting off Christian victory waiting for some greater help.
How do we “stir up the gift of God?” (2 Tim. 1:6)?
The Holy Spirit is given through the laying on of hands by a minister of God (2 Tim. 1:7, Acts 8:16-17). This points us toward the synergistic power of working and fellowshipping with the body of Christ and puts us into His Church.
When the Holy Spirit was given to start the New Testament Church of God on Pentecost in 31 A.D., and the crowd cried out “what shall we do?”, Peter answered “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
After you come up out of the water dripping wet, what better way for you to be prepped for receiving the Holy Spirit which is compared to rivers of living water (John 7:38).
If you haven’t yet received God’s Holy Spirit in you, please make it your top priority to let the Holy Spirit “dwell with you” and spur you to baptism (John 14:17).
What is the Holy Spirit?
♥ God’s Power—“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8). “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7).
One word to sum up your life? Would it be fear?
“Fear vs. power. Fear vs. love. Fear vs. sound-mindedness. The gift of God’s Spirit has unhealthy fear outnumbered three to one…. It has fear outflanked and outranked on every level” (John Miller, “May the Force (and More) Be With You,” Beyond Today, May-June 2017).
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).
♥ Essence & Nature—God the Father and Jesus Christ are Spirit (John 4:24). It’s their nature—spiritual DNA—that you want to replace your human one! (2 Pet. 1:4).
♥ Presence—God the Father and Jesus Christ live in us through the Holy Spirit. They don’t come in the door and sit on the couch; they stir us to get up and act like their temple in thought, attitudes and service.
♥ Character—God transforms, changes us and makes us a new creation in Christ through the nine fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). God is love (1 John 4:8) and love leads the list. “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 5:5, New Revised Standard Version).
♥ Truth—To help us God gives us “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16-17). “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17) and we will be wanting to study the Bible if we have the Holy Spirit.
How stir up the Holy Spirit and use it effectively
♥ Ask for it daily—Luke 11:11-13. How much more than a human father loves to give his kids gifts does our Heavenly Father love to give us His Holy Spirit!
It’s like with asking for wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally” (James1:5). We worship the God who paves His streets in gold, opens windows of heaven with blessings that are shaken, pressed down and overflowing! (Mal. 3:10, Luke 6:38).
Maybe you’re thinking like I used to: If I ask for love, God won’t just funnel it into me. He will give me a trial that will force me to grow in the love I don’t have. Who wants more trials, so no way am I going to ask for more! God gives me enough without asking!
But several years ago I realized time is short to be developing the character of God and so I courageously in faith—relaxed trust in God—started asking God daily to give me whichever fruits He in wisdom as the Master Timer thinks I need at this time. Natch, the Merciful God has not inundated me in trials. He promises not to allow beyond what we’re able (1 Cor. 10:13).
♥ Use the four Christian tools: prayer, Bible study, meditation and fasting. For a stubborn situation, combine tools (Mark 9:29)–all four at once for a maximum dose.
♥ When tempted, immediately cry out for God’s help—not wait until you’ve gone and done it.
♥ Ask God to transform your desires so He can give you the desires of your heart. Ask daily for the mind of Christ (Php. 2:5) so you have power to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). This is the solution when you find yourself clawing for your spiritual survival because you’re craving a sin.
Ask God for His Holy Spirit to help you analyze why you want to do something God’s way instead. Why it would make good outcomes for not only you but all others. Experience the powerful miracle of waking up one day to see that you no longer want to do the sin, and you love God and Jesus so much that you want to please them!
♥ Identify your spiritual gifts (Rom. 12 and 1 Cor. 12). Ask God to direct you into ways to use them in His service. But don’t get the big head and seek great things for yourself (Jer. 45:5).
♥ Seek God’s will, not own. This was Jesus’ final test in the Garden. When Abraham showed he was willing to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac, then God said “Now I know” (Gen. 22:12). God will test each of us to see how much we treasure His Holy Spirit and whether He can trust us to be spirit beings for all eternity. He doesn’t want any more satans!
♥ Be “zealous for good works” (Tit. 2:14). It is so obvious in the Bible that God expects His children to show good works made possible through His grace.
♥ Witness for God. We must do our part individually and collectively to fulfill the mission of Matt. 24:14 and 28:18-20. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me … to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). When God asks for an accounting of His Church, will we be able to respond “been there!”
The Holy Spirit is limitless. The Holy Spirit powers us to go beyond our physical capabilities. Every day we should ask God what He would like for us to do to serve Him.
May we be “filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph.3:19-20).