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Why Do We Need the Holy Spirit?

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Father, Son and Who? Missing the Holy Spirit

Father, Son and Who? Way too often we are missing the Holy Spirit in our lives. We do believe. But we’re uncomfortable when it comes to the Spirit of God. Why? Is it too wild? Too unpredictable? Too intangible? I hear you. But would you really prefer a tamed God in a cage? Of course not. The Holy Spirit is a gift, it’s God here and now.

This hope doesn’t put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5, CEB)

Our faith is not balanced if we don’t embrace all the persons of God Almighty. The triune God is a mystery. But the whole Bible talks about it from the start to the finish. We need the Father. We need the Son. And we need the Holy Spirit.

You too heard the word of truth in Christ, which is the good news of your salvation. You were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit because you believed in Christ. The Holy Spirit is the down payment on our inheritance, which is applied toward our redemption as God’s own people, resulting in the honor of God’s glory. (Eph.1:13-14, CEB)

It is indeed easy to see why we need the Father who created us and the world. And it is quite easy to understand that we do need a Savior. But why do we need the Holy Spirit?

Without the Holy Spirit we would be on our own. It’d be our responsibility to come to God, become holy, and live in God. (And we know that we can not do these things without being empowered by the Holy Spirit.) But it is not us doing these things for God. It is God, the Holy Spirit, working in us, through us, for us:

The Holy Spirit draws us to God.
The Holy Spirit prompts us to repent.
The Holy Spirit awakens faith in us.
The Holy Spirit sustains our faith in us.
The Holy Spirit guides us to make wise choices.
The Holy Spirit enables us to die daily.
The Holy Spirit bears fruit in us.
The Holy Spirit encourages and comforts us.
The Holy Spirit prays in, through, for us.
The Holy Spirit warns us.
The Holy Spirit beckons us.
The Holy Spirit empowers us.
The Holy Spirit blesses us.

Because of the abundant presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives, the disciples were overflowing with happiness. (Acts 13: 52, CEB) Read that again! That’s what I want. Don’t you?

 

Come, Holy Spirit!
Be as wild as you want!
Ignite, Holy Spirit!
Be as radical as you want!
Come, Holy Spirit!
Be as gentle as we need!
Abide, Holy Spirit!
Be everything we need!
Amen

Q4U: What’s your relationship with the Holy Spirit?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you live in the Father, in the Son, and the Holy Spirit!

Giving thanks today for
#401 The Father
#402 The Son
#403 The Holy Spirit
#404 The trium God
#405 The gift of continual presence of God in our lives
#406 The body of Christ empowered by the Holy Spirit
#407 It is about what God has/is doing for us
#408 We can rest in God’s love and grace
#409 God is wild but gentle
#410 The aid of the Holy Spirit
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  • JosephPote

    “the abundant presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives”

    This is what I need more of…what we all need more of…

    A powerful post!  Did you and Michelle coordinate posts, today?

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Yes, we all need more of the abundant presence of the Holy Spirit. But, no, we did not coordinate posts today. It must be the church year inspiring all of us! Thanks so much, Joseph, for chiming in. Abundant blessings to you!

  • newlifesteward

    Thank you for the reminder! I’m just finishing up a book on prayer that talked a great deal about the role of the Holy spirit in our prayer lives. The Lord is teaching me to be open and aware of the leading of the Holy Spirit in prayer and my life.

    Thanks!
    Mary Beth
    newlifesteward.com

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Nice to meet you, Mary Beth! Yes, we really do need to stay open for God’s leading and not to try to supply our own solutions to God. Thanks so much for commenting. May God continue to bless you and keep you!

  • http://aparchedsoul.com/ Grayson Pope (A Parched Soul)

    Love this reminder. Have you read “Forgotten God” by Francis Chan? It’s all about the Holy Spirit and how we have basically forgotten Him in our walks of faith.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Thanks so much, Grayson, for chiming in. I have heard of the book but never read it. Maybe I should put it on my “must read” list! Abundant blessings to you!

  • imanuel

    grayson who is your god?

  • imanuel

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  • imanuel

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