Set Up Your Sail


There is no way to overestimate the importance of the Holy Spirit! Think about it. Can we overdo it in talking about God, relying upon God, seeking God, or following God's lead? Well, the Holy Spirit is God. Moreover, Jesus said that he would send the Helper (the Holy Spirit) to his followers. Consider what the Holy Spirit does:

The Holy Spirit gave us brand new life when we were dead in our sins (Ephesians 2:5). Jesus used the metaphor of being born “again” when speaking to a Jewish Pharisee named Nicodemus. He said, “You must be born again.” Born by the Holy Spirit, that is.

The Holy Spirit is assigned to transform us by making us more and more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18). He does this by producing in character qualities or the fruit of being united to Jesus (John 15:5, Galatians 5:22-23).

The Holy Spirit is our Teacher. In fact, he the divine Author of the bible (1 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21). So it’s safe to say that he has a good handle on what it says. And he doesn’t want to keep it to himself. Jesus called him the Spirit of truth who would lead and guide Christians into all the truth (John 16:13-15).

The Holy Spirit empowers Christians to live for Christ and be a witness of Christ. Jesus’ words to his disciples before his ascension were clear and emphatic: wait until the Holy Spirit comes! The task is too difficult – rather, impossible! He went on to say that when the Holy Spirit came, his disciples would receive the empowerment needed to be witnesses of him to the end of the world (Acts 1:8)

Jesus said in John 16:7, “I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come.” This seems absolutely crazy until you seriously consider all that the Spirit is and does. So how can the presence and Person of the Holy Spirit become more of a reality in your life?

Well, you cannot force God's hand. He is God and won’t be controlled by human beings. We can only set up our sails, it is God's prerogative to send his wind. It is up to God to send the wind of his Holy Spirit. But God is pleased to send his wind and he gives us means by which we can seek the fullness of his Spirit, but the giving of the Spirit in fullness is up to God alone. So how do we set up our sails? So how can we pursue the fullness of the Holy Spirit?

Scripture intake. Since the Holy Spirit is the Author of the bible, fellowship with the Holy Spirit happens largely through the scripture. He speaks powerfully and clearly, so open up his book and seek his truth and power.

Prayer. The pattern of the early church was that they gathered together in prayer and the Holy Spirit would fall upon them (Acts 2:1-4, Acts 4:32). God has given us this amazing access to him through prayer.

Confess and repent. The Holy Spirit is a Person and as such he can be grieved by our sin (Ephesians 4:30). And when he wants to do a work in our lives or our family, we can resist him and quench his fire (1 Thessalonians 5:19). We should confess that we have done this and repent of every way we have.

Obedience. Mary’s words to the servants at the wedding in John 2 are very simple and packed with wisdom: “Do whatever he [Jesus] says.” When the Spirit speaks to you in the scripture, believe and obey. When you sense he is leading you in a particular way, “do whatever he says.”

Set up your sail that God may be pleased to send the wind of his Spirit.

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