The Holy Spirit is at work. He is at work now and moving. He is all over the place. And if you believe in Jesus, he’s in you as well. He’s moving at a speed that only He knows why. And it is the speed that is the best speed possible. He’s at work on His own time. He is at work though. And that,we need to know.
I’ve been meditating on the work of the Holy Spirit since my last post about the Force vs The Holy Spirit. Honestly, it is hard to compare something that is fantasy with something that is truly real. At the same time, there is nothing like God, nothing like Jesus, nothing like the Holy Spirit. And so trying to find something to compare Him to is hard. And so, I look at different things trying to explain who He is and what He is not.
One of the things we need to understand is exactly how does He work. How does the Holy Spirit work in our lives? How does He move in our lives? How does he act? This is so important in understanding who the Holy Spirit truly is.
As I’ve been meditating on this weeks message, I’ve began to see somethings about what He does for us. He guides us, he empowers us, and he gives us rest.
He leads us. He leads us into peace. He leads us into knowing who Jesus is. He leads us and guides us through the good times and bad. If you believe in Jesus, he makes it possible for Jesus to live in your heart. Awesome stuff. We are led by the Holy Spirit in still small voices. Now, I’m not saying that you’ll start hearing voices. But you will start feeling tugs at your soul, pulls on your heart strings, images, ideas, even simple phrases, that will lead you if you follow them honestly.
I have 4 criteria that I use to see if it is the Holy Spirit at work–does it honor God, does it advance the kingdom of God/the Gospel, does it bless someone else, and does it go along with God’s word. When you feel a pull on your heart strings, when you feel that tug on the soul, when you feel and hear that word or phrase to go and do something, ask yourself if it meets that criteria. And then go. Follow. What’s the worse thing you can do? Bless someone else?
He also empowers us. He gives us strength and courage when we need it the most. He lives within us and is with us and surrounds us. He is present with us during the toughest times and empowers us to do His work. He does this through gifts and abilities. For those who belong to Jesus, you have been given spiritual gifts. You have been given gifts to serve. Gifts to do God’s work. You have been empowered to do God’s work here on earth with spiritual gifts. These gifts range from the gift of hospitality, to the gift of giving, to the gift of mercy, and the gift of prayer. And you are empowered and strengthened by the Holy Spirit when he dwells within you.
He also gives you rest. This is so important. He helps you stop. To stop and rest. Listen to the Holy Spirit at work in your life. Prayerfully make a to-not-to-do list. Make a list of things you need to stop doing and start resting in the Spirit. He gives us spiritual rest. We have rest in Jesus, and we are led to that rest through the power of the Holy Spirit. This rest also gives us a security. We can trust in God when we rest. When we rest in times of trouble, we have the security that God is in control. And the Holy Spirit helps us know the security we have in God through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is at work in your life now. Even if you don’t know Jesus, he is at work speaking to you, leading you to know more about Jesus, tugging at your heart. Weighing on your soul. But He’s also a gentleman. He won’t force Himself upon you. He’ll lead you by whispers but you also must train your ear to hear these whispers. The more you tune out the whispers the harder it is to hear Him speak.
So tune your hears to him. Tune your ears and listen. He’s speaking and moving you now to know Jesus. Listen to His promptings and His words. He’s at work. Follow. Do what He calls you to do. And find joy and peace when you do.