The Holy Spirit and You
Romans 8:16 – The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
One thing that is common, in all the accounts of our Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples, is the communion and oneness which they have with the Spirit of God. I mean, the Lord Jesus did not do anything until He received instruction from the Father. He never moved until He saw God move. Jesus said of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13-15).
When the disciples came on the scene they waited for the direction of the Holy Spirit, not because they could not generate other ideas but because there is a chain of command and a code of conduct with regard to the things of God. This is the chain of command I noted in the Bible – Jesus connects with the Father and carries out His instructions; the Holy Spirit connects with Jesus and carries out God’s instructions and the disciples connect with the Holy Spirit, follow His instruction(s) and carry out God’s master plan. Whenever and wherever this chain of command is observed, there is liberty because wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
When you do things for the same reason that God wants them done, you become unstoppable. We are to align ourselves with the Holy Spirit not the other way around. I remember some years ago I wanted to go on a journey and I said to the Lord, “I am travelling to this place. Should I go?” He answered, “Yes, go ahead.” But I felt uneasy within me. Then He added, “I said you could go because you have already made the decision to go and you were not asking for my direction; you were only making your intentions known.” This changed my attitude towards how to approach God on things. I also realized that the Holy Spirit is gentle; He doesn’t impose Himself on you or override your will power. He wants you to deliberately and consciously submit to Him and will not force you to serve Him. God is not looking for slaves; He is looking for willing children to serve Him.
Jesus said, “I will send you another Comforter who will be with you forever,” meaning He will never leave us for one moment but it also implies that we can leave Him out of areas of our lives consciously or unconsciously. It takes personal discipline to involve the Holy Spirit in all you do because we live in a world where there is a tendency to deviate from and abandon the Holy Spirit. We need to train our minds and spirit to a place of communion and relationship with the Holy Spirit.
The end result of this will be another book of Acts i.e. all your moves will be a Holy Spirit move and you will say in your decision making, like the apostles said “for it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us.” Starting today, begin to acknowledge the Holy Spirit. When you wake up, recognize His presence. Before you start your day’s journey, involve Him and take direction from Him. When things are good and working out well, involve Him and call Him in on the celebration. After all, He is the Senior Partner. If all you can say is, “Holy Spirit, without you I wouldn’t have been able to do this. Thank you for your leadership and companionship. This victory is not mine alone but ours.” When you recognize Him this way, He increases the flow of the anointing in your life and you will encounter more victory.
For Further Study
Acts 15:28, Romans 5:5
Personal declaration for the day
Together with the Holy Spirit, I become unstoppable.
Questions for you to reflect on
Can you name some of the benefits that you have received from partnership with the Holy Spirit?