“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
Power is the special and peculiar prerogative of God, and God alone. “Twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.” God is God; and that power belongeth unto Him. If He delegates a portion of it to His creatures, yet still it is His power. The sun, although he is “like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run his race,” yet has no power to perform his motions except as God directs him. The stars, although they travel in their orbits, and none could stay them, yet have neither might nor force, except that which God daily infuses into them.
The tall archangel, near his throne, who outshines a comet in its blaze, though he is one of those who excel in strength and hearken to the voice of the commands of God yet has no might except that which his maker gives to him. And when we think of man, his might or power is small and insignificant. So much so, that we can scarcely call it such. When his power is at its greatest-when he sways his scepter, when he commands hosts, when he rules nations- still the power belongs to God; and it is true.
“Twice have I heard this, that power belongs to God.” This exclusive prerogative of God is to be found in each of the three persons of the Trinity. The Father hath power; for by His word were the heavens made, and all the hosts of them; by His strength, all things stand, and through Him they fulfil their destiny. The Son hath power, for like His father, He is the creator of all things. And the Holy Spirit has power, and it is of his power we write.
The Diversities of the Power of the Holy Spirit
The power of the Holy Spirit has not been dormant; it has exerted itself. Much has been done by the Spirit of God already; more than could have been accomplished by any being except the Infinite, Eternal, Almighty Jehovah, of whom the Holy Spirit is one person.
1. First the Spirit has manifested the omnipotence of his power in creation works. The creation of the heavens above us is said to be the work of God’s Spirit. Job 26:13: “By His Spirit he hath garnished the heavens; His hand hath formed the crooked serpent.” all the stars of heaven are said to have been placed aloft by the Spirit.
2. A second manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s power is to be found in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. If you have studied this subject, ye have perhaps been rather perplexed to find that sometimes the resurrection of Christ is ascribed to himself. But again, in Scripture, it is said that Jesus was raised by the Spirit as seen in Romans 8:11.
3. The third of the works of the Holy Spirit, which have so wonderfully demonstrated his power, are attestation works, that is the works of witnessing. When Jesus Christ went into the stream of baptism in the river Jordan, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove. And when after wards Jesus raised the dead, when he healed the leper, when he spoke to diseases, it was done by the power of the Spirit. It was this same Spirit who came on the apostles on the day of Pentecost and empowered them for the work of the ministry.
The Power of the Holy Spirit in the Lives of Men
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, believers are saved, filled, sanctified, and sealed. The Holy Spirit reveals God’s thoughts, teaches, and guides us into all truth. He also helps us in our weaknesses and intercedes for us. The bible itself enjoins us to live and walk in the Spirit. To walk and live in Him is to have our lives regulated by Him. A believer cannot go far in the Christian journey without the Holy Spirit. We were created to depend on the Divine.
A relationship with the Holy Spirit is key especially as we know He is our guide. In 2 Corinthians 13:14, we see the closing prayer, where the apostle said, the “… and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all…”. Communion is fellowship. Every relationship has the bedrock of communication. He was sent to bring us into all truth and dwell with us (John 15:17). He is to be in us, upon us and with us. Even Jesus Christ could not function without the Holy Spirit. We should acknowledge Him every time. The Holy Spirit has been the reason behind the success of many ministers and their ministries; one of such was Kathryn Kuhlman who had an obvious love relationship with the Holy Spirit. She said she could not act without the Holy Spirit.The power of the Holy Spirit in me. #Helivesinme #HolySpirit Click To Tweet
Ways the Holy Spirit Displays His Power in Our Lives
- He helps and teaches us. In John 14:26, Jesus told us the Holy Spirit will bring things to our remembrance. He provides wise counsel to us. Have you ever been in a dilemma and did not know what to do; well at such times the best thing to do is to seek His help that is why he is called “the Helper”.
- The Holy Spirit helps in our weaknesses. He energizes us to do what we possibly would not have been able to do ordinarily. One of the ways He does this is by interceding for us (Romans 8:26-27).
- He sanctifies us and enables us to bear good fruits. The work of the Holy Spirit is an on-going process of becoming holy through sanctification. Through the power and conviction of the Holy Spirit, believers will not indulge the sinful acts of the flesh (Galatians 5:22-25).
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Angela Lowe, MS. Ed., LPC
Angela Lowe is a licensed Professional Counselor, trained Biblical Counselor and certified Holistic Health Coach. Her kingdom mandate is to restore God’s counsel to transform lives, marriages, and churches worldwide.