Transformed in My Spiritual Health
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4 (KJV)
God’s spirit is the power inside every fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus promised every disciple, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth…[who] lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17 NIV). But what does the Holy Spirit do for us?
The Holy Spirit helps us learn and apply God’s truth to life: “The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my [Jesus’] name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26 NIV).
The Holy Spirit builds our character through crisis: “We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5 NIV)
The Holy Spirit enables us to be more like Jesus: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”(Galatians 5:22-23 NIV).
The Holy Spirit gives us power to speak the Good News of Jesus: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8 NLT)
The Holy Spirit equips us for ministry: “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”(1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NIV).
When we are filled with the Spirit, God’s power, peace, presence, and purpose are ours. We have stability under stress. We don’t cave in, because, “Greater is he that is in us, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4 NIV).
(Transformed: How God Changes Us by Rick Warren)