Behind It All

We NEED His Holy Spirit

Bright sunshine enhances the frosty morning as I look out my window. Snowflakes glisten; an appropriate way to bring in the New Year, I think. Can you imagine? It’s 2012. Time rushes by at a phenomenal rate of speed. Just yesterday, it seems, we were preparing for a new century and now, here we are eleven years into it.

With the onset of a new year, we think of new beginnings. We resolve to be a better person, to love more, to share more, and maybe even decrease in stature more. As with other New Year’s resolutions, however, we are doomed to fail if we do not take into consideration the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the gifts God brings to us through Him.

The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity, gives us peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, love, joy, self-control, faith, hope, and others. He gives us the ability to teach, prophesy, shepherd, and evangelize, as well as a whole string of other abilities, different in each believer. To achieve any of our goals, we need to seek His help and assurance that that’s what He wants us to seek in the first place, and then His help in achieving that goal.

2 Corinthians 3:5 says, “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” And yet we plan or resolve to become better people without taking the Holy Spirit into consideration. How foolish that is.

In my own strength, I can achieve nothing but, according to Jesus’ own words in Matthew 19:26 …with God all things are possible. I can do the tasks prepared for me. I can achieve any goal God lays on my heart to strive for. And I can become the person that God can use to further His kingdom, but only if I allow His Spirit, the Holy Spirit to take over and steer me in the right direction.

For further study: 2 Cor. 5:6; 2 Cor. 107; Phil 1:6; Heb. 4:16

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