Life in the Spirit – Part 1: Baptized with the Holy Spirit
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God desires us to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit; however, there may consequences when we are in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus provided us with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and He provides us with a model for walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. there are consequences to us when we live and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. We are given the Holy Spirit because we are followers of Jesus; and Jesus, through Holy Spirit, empowers, baptizes, and indwells us with His Spirit and His fruits of His Spirit. As followers of Jesus, we will be known by our fruit; therefore, we should have the fruit of Jesus in our lives. In Galatians 5:22-24, Paul describes the “Fruits of the Spirit”: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control . . . And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.".
Wherever the Holy Spirit indwells us, there is God’s energy, action, and power. In Luke 4:18, Jesus tells those worshiping with Him on the Sabbath in the Synagogue that: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he [God] has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.". On the other hand, when we have been anointed, like Jesus, with the power of the Holy Spirit, we, like Jesus teaching in His synagogue in Nazareth, receive negative pushback and condescension from our friends, family, and/or the world. Often, the Holy Spirit goes right to the very heart of our sins to get to the controlling issue or problem, thereby disrupting our lives or the lives of others.
Our lives are effected from the Holy Spirit’s indwelling by: 1) the Holy Spirit often leading us to the dry and barren places in our lives so that we learn to trust Him; 2) being tempted even though we have the power of the Holy Spirit; 3) like Jesus, conducting our ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit; 4) having the Holy Spirit helps us to interpret Scripture; and 5) realizing that, often, when we speak in the power of the Holy Spirit, His Word will not be well received, and the listeners’ responses will not be pleasant to us.
Jesus is Lord, and He is still sovereign and on His Kingdom’s throne; therefore, no matter what comes our way when we live in the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus has our backs. However, we cannot live our lives as followers of Jesus without living in the indwelled power of the Holy Spirit. Remember, when we live in the power of the Holy Spirit, God always has the victory!
Today’s Affirmation: Today, I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM RIGHTEOUS IN GOD’S EYES. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Scripture Reference (ESV): Luke 4:14-30; Mark 6:1-6; 1 John 2:1-3; 2 Peter 1:21.