What the Spirit Does

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What the Spirit Does

On Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Spirit. We celebrate that the Spirit is active in our world today. So, then what does the Spirit actually do? Get ready and buckle up! It is quite amazing to recognize what the Spirt does!

  1. The Spirit makes us family. “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. The Spirit himself testifies that we are God’s children.” (Rom. 8:14-16)

  2. The Spirit unifies us. “We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body.” (1 Cor. 12:13) 

  3. The Spirit teaches us. “The Spirit, will teach you all things.” (Jn. 14:26)

  4. The Spirit comforts us. “The Father shall give you another Comforter.” (Jn. 14:16)

  5. The Spirit directs our path. “Jesus was led by the Spirit.” (Lk. 4:1)

  6. The Spirit empowers us. “You will receive power when the Spirit comes on you.” (Acts 1:8)

  7. The Spirit sets us free. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Cor. 3:17)

  8. The Spirit prepares us. “To one is given through the Spirit – wisdom, to another knowledge, to another faith, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing of spirits, to another speaking in tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All of these are the work of the Spirit.” (1 Cor. 12:8-11)

  9. The Spirit commissions us. “When the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be my witnesses.” (Acts 1:8)

  10. The Spirit prays for us. “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes for us.” (Rom. 8:26)

This is a short list of what the Spirit does, however; each of us can testify to what the Spirit does in our own lives. Hey, that is a good idea!  Go ahead, make your own list of what the Spirit does.

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