The work of the Holy Spirit in the bible.
The holy spirit first makes an appearance in Genesis. Here we see his works in creation. In Genesis 1:1-3b And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
We see the work of the holy spirit during the baptism of Jesus in Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:29-34. When Jesus came out of the water, scripture says the heavens opened and the Spirit of God descended like a dove and lighted on him.
God then declared Jesus to be the son in whom he was very pleased. This is one of the places where we see the beautiful manifestation of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We see the work of the Holy Spirit at work in Acts 7: 54-60 where Stephen stood as a prevailing witness for the Lord. So powerful was that witness, that those who did not believe stoned him, outside of the city as he glorified God.
The Omnipotence of the Spirit
I remember learning in general Bible that God is all powerful. He is omnipotence and there is nothing he can not do. He put the sun, moon and stars in the sky. He created the sun to rule of the day and the moon over the night! He spoke the raging seas and said peace be still and the wind and waves obeyed him. Mark 4:39. I have seen God, heal the deaf and make the lame to walk, personally. He is an awe-inspiring God.
The Omnipresence of the Holy Spirit
God’s spirit is ever where present, or omnipresent. How else can he minister to his whole creation at the same time? He can hear the prayers of someone in New York City while also hearing the prayers of someone in Beijing China and Bombay India. He is from everlasting to everlasting and from sea to sea.
He dwells within us and goes wherever we go. He knows our thoughts afar off, and our yesterdays and tomorrows. In Psalm 139: 7 David declares there is no place he can run or hide from his presence. We are never, ever alone!
The Spirit in our Spiritual Walk
God has called us to walk in holiness. He commanded us to be ye holy and he is holy. He has called us to live a righteous life, and has given us the power to do so. The armor of God, is found in Ephesians 6:10-18. It is amazing how, God has given us everything we need to live a holy life.
It is our responsibility to put on the whole armor of God, so we can resist the devil and live in victory. One part of that armor is ‘righteousness’. God never tells us to do something that can not be done. It does not necessarily come naturally, but we have to make a decision to put it on and walk in it.
Armor of God
The Belt of Truth – The Word of God
The Gospel – The Gospel of Salvation
The Shield of Faith – Believe God against all others
Salvation – Redemption by the Jesus Christ
The Preparation of the Gospel of Peace – Be ready to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ
The Breastplate of Righteousness – Integrity and of moral rectitude (Eph 6:14 Amplified)
Sword of the Spirit – (the Word of God)
Prayer and Supplication – Praying in season and out of season
The Holy Spirit in Ministry
Joel prophesied that in the last days, God would pour out his spirit on all flesh, empowering us to walk in a new dimension and expression of his power. He reveals the heart and minds of men. We are called to walk in the dispensation of grace, power and authority.
Mark 16:17-18 NKJ 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[a] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Along with Salvation, we have been given the gifts of the spirit as tools the work of the ministry. Each gift is given to meet a particular need. If healing is needed the gifts of healing will be released, if encouragement is needed prophecy, or work of knowledge or wisdom may be released, if someone needs a miracle, working of miracles may be exhibited. All this is done through the administration of God’s spirit!
I remember one day I was coming home from bible school in New York, and I saw a man sitting on the street on a piece of cardboard. As I was talking with a friend, God kept bringing my attention to the man. Of course, I didn’t want to make a scene, nor approach the man, but the Holy Spirit would not let me rest. I went over to the man and introduced myself and asked him why he was sitting on the street.
He pulled up the leg of his pants and showed me two surgery scars on his needs that had left him in great pain. I told about the love of God and his plan for salvation and healing. I ask the man if he would like to ask the Lord Jesus to come into his life, and he said yes. I pray for him to receive the Lord and then laid hands on his knees to rebuke the pain. After prayer, he could stand up and the pain had left him! This is how the Father speaks to us, by his spirit. God knows the need and if we listen when he speaks, we will seek him do great things!