Christian living is characterized by a life that is Spirit-filled and Spirit-led. Accordingly, it is abnormal for Christians to live normal lives.
For the difference the Holy Spirit can make in our lives, we have only to look at the experience of Jesus’ disciples. After He was crucified, the disciples were in hiding and afraid. But after they were baptized by the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, they became bold and radically transformed.
As the apostles went about ministering after Jesus returned to heaven, God used them supernaturally by way of the Holy Spirit.
As we read about the supernatural experience of the first century apostles and the experience of the church today, we can’t help but notice the marked difference between the two.
I know I may not be comparing apples to apples when I talk about the apostles and today’s church. Some of the ways God used them may be specific to the time in which they lived. But the impact of the Holy Spirit in their lives cannot be denied.
The question is how can we experience the Holy Spirit in greater measure in our personal life and in the church today?
To answer that question, let’s consider the purpose of the Holy Spirit as it relates to Christian living. His purpose is to help us successfully live for Christ. We can’t possibly do that without His help.
The same thing is true about our role as ministers and servants of the Lord. He has not called us to do things that we can comfortably do in our own strength. Rather, He calls us to do things that are bigger than we are.
The Key to Experiencing the Holy Spirit in Greater Measure
For the key to how we experience the Holy Spirit in greater measure, consider these words from Jesus to His disciples prior to His ascension back to heaven: “I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49, NASB).
Jesus had commissioned the disciples to preach to the nations beginning at Jerusalem. But He ordered them to wait until they receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit because they could not effectively do what He was calling them to do without being endued with power from on high.
The point is that we only need the Holy Spirit to help us when we are doing those things that we can’t do in our own strength. That’s the key to experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit in greater measure.
Why do we need the Holy Spirit to help us live a purely natural life or a self-serving life? The answer is we don’t. There is no practical value for the Holy Spirit to help us to do what we can comfortably do ourselves.
The bottom line is that you will not experience the Holy Spirit in any appreciable measure if you live your Christian life in your comfort zone. You will only experience His power when the life you live puts a demand on the Holy Spirit to help you accomplish something for the Kingdom that you can’t do on your own.
God has not called you to comfortable Christian living. Are you living a life that puts a demand on the Holy Spirit?
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