THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE BELIEVER: Devotion for Monday September 5, 2016
Text: John 14:25 – 27 Memory verse: John 14:26
Holy Spirit, Believers, Trinity, Baptism, Benediction, Fruits, Christians, Counsel, Salvation, Daily Covenant, Tabugbo Uzoma,
Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity. According to Nicene Creed, He proceeds from the Father and the Son (John 14:26; John 15:26). Holy Spirit is a person and not a dove or olive oil. Some ministers even use ‘it’ for Holy Spirit when they are ministering. You will hear them say, “Receive it”. He is a person and He is equal with the Father and the Son. In Baptism, we use the three equally (Matthew 28:19) when we say “I baptize you in the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. When we say the Apostolic benediction (the grace), we use the three also. He has the attributes of God the Father (Romans 8:14; 1 Corinthians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 16:19). Therefore, He should be worshipped the way we worship God the Father or God the Son.
Our text shows us one of the works of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer in John 14:26. The works of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer include;
1) He teaches us – John 14:26
2) He empowers us – Acts 1:18
3) He counsels, comforts and guides us – John 16:7
4) He guarantees our salvation – Ephesians 1:14
5) He helps us to bear good fruits – Galatians 5: 22 & 23.
We should understand that as believers, the power of God comes into us immediately we accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour (John 1:12). It is from that moment that the Holy Spirit will begin to influence our lives until we allow Him full control of our lives. Speaking in tongues is not the only sign to know if the Holy Spirit is in us. It is the fruit we bear (Galatians 522 & 23). Is the Holy Spirit in control of your life or you are still living in the flesh?
Food for Thought: As a Christian, is your life controlled by the Holy Spirit?
Prayer: Take control of my life, Holy Spirit, as I surrender to you this day in Jesus name.