We launched a new series last Sunday at Awaken Church, called Catch Fire. Catch Fire is a description of what God can do with a life surrendered to Him as well as invitation to experience Him in a greater way. The Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives is like the pilot light in your stove: He is actively and permanently present in our lives, igniting and empowering us for something even greater!
Here are a couple thoughts about the power and presence of the Spirit in our lives…
Focus on His presence before you focus on His power.
It’s easy to obsess over what God can do for you instead of just being thankful that He’s in you. Don’t fall for that trap. According to Ephesians 1, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in your life at the moment of salvation. He’s not a mystical, impersonal force – He is God in us! One of God’s greatest presents to us is God’s presence in us.
God wants to work through you, not despite you.
God could do His work much better without us, but He still desires to partner with us! He is WITH us prior to salvation, convicting us of sin (John 14:16), IN us at the moment of salvation, guaranteeing our inheritance (John 14:16, Eph 1:14), and comes UPON us when we ask, empowering us for greater ministry (Acts 1:8). Remember, Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the “Helper,” not the “Doer.”
Faith enables the power and presence of the Spirit.
You can’t see the wind, but you can see the effects of the wind, similar to the Holy Spirit. He’s all around us, but 1 Corinthians 2:14 reminds us that without faith, we are unable to understand the things of God. Faith in God enables us to recognize and experience the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
Here’s the most important thing to understand: until we submit our lives to the Holy Spirit and allow our lives to Catch Fire, we can never live the lives we are called to live. The presence and power of the Holy Spirit is the prerequisite to a life of purpose.
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There’s more where that came from! Click below to watch the entire message called “Pilot Light” from our series, Catch Fire.
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