His Spirit is His promise.
“And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.” Ephesians 1:13-14 NLT
It would be fruitless to go through this week without remembering and dwelling on the promise that the Bible calls “the seal, the guarantee” of our inheritance— the Holy Spirit. He’s our Comfort, Helper, Counsel, Guide and Intercessor. He brings conviction, gives us insight into the Word; He empowers us to live like Jesus.
There is nothing, absolutely nothing separating us from God, the Father, when we accept Jesus. His Spirit is within us, and our communion with Him should be just as it was in the Garden. Today, let’s go back there. This isn’t religion— it’s relationship and we want the real thing, nothing less.
The Holy Spirit wasn’t promised so we could live half-way or defeated. No! He was promised so that we could live abundantly, in communion with the Father, and with power.
Are we living this way?
The Word says when we forget His promises, His Spirit will bring them to remembrance: “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:25-26 NKJV
When we don’t have the words to say: “For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:12 NKJV
When we’re weak and can’t find the way: “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27 NKJV
To be an echo of His hope to the world around us: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NKJV
Filled with joy and peace, abounding in hope: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NKJV
With boldness and power, to speak the Word: “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31 NKJV
Let’s stay there for a minute— the power of the Holy Spirit:
“If the Spirit of the One who resurrected Jesus from the dead lives inside of you, then you can be sure that He who raised Him will cast the light of life into your mortal bodies through the life-giving power of the Spirit residing in you”. Romans 8:11 VOICE
Read that one more time.
Are we living as if this is TRUE?
Every single day, right here on earth, we have this same power residing within us. It’s a promise that we should live by— fully live by. We can walk with wisdom, understanding, strength, joy, peace, hope, and power— we lack nothing in this promise of the Holy Spirit.
Are you confused? He’ll guide you. Are you hurting? He’ll comfort you. Are you feeling restless and in need of something more? He’ll guide you. Do you need boldness to speak hope to others? He’ll empower you. Are there places within your heart, body, soul, or mind that need resurrection? He’ll bring them back to life!
Here is our heart-felt prayer for you today:
“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.” Ephesians 1:19-23 NLT
We, the church and the body of Christ, are coming to life. There is no reason to live powerless, lost or afraid. We have been sealed and guaranteed by the Holy Spirit that every promise God has made will come to pass.
We are standing with you today for new revelation of what this means in your life— personally, and as part of the body. We’ve only just begun to see His power, let this help you Remember. He’s not finished yet!
We love you!
Pastors Josh and Tori