Reverend Steve's Christian Website

What Does God's Spirit Do for Us and in Us?

God's Spirit is both powerful and prac­tical. It is powerful for it comes from God; it is a part of Him. God, through the One who became Jesus Christ, created the universe through His great Spirit of power (Hebrews 1:1-3). The Holy Spirit is God's divine Spirit of power (Acts 1:8).  

God's Spirit is also practical. Through the Holy Spirit, human beings can live in a more productive and fruitful way. So just what does the Holy Spirit do for us and in us?  

V  It is the medium by which God comes to dwell in us (Ephesians 2:22; Isaiah 57:15).

V  It helps us grow in the grace and knowl­edge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

V  It gives love, joy, peace, long suffering, kind­ness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

V  It gives us wisdom (James 1:5).

V  It gives us God's peace, gentleness and will­ingness to yield to the needs of others, fills us with His mercy, helps us act godly toward others, teaches us to be impartial and helps us avoid hypocrisy (James 3:17).

V  It helps us overcome our sinful nature (Romans 6:13).

V  It helps us resist and overcome Satan (James 4:7).

V  It is the "earnest" or down payment of eternal life residing in us (Ephesians 1:13- 14; 2 Corinthians 5:5; 1 John 5:11).

V  It makes us immediately recognizable to Christ (2 Timothy 2:19).

V  It helps us in our weakness and helps us pray effectively (Romans 8:26).

V  It helps us to love God above all and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40).

V  It reassures us that we are the very children of God (1 John 3:2).

V  It guarantees that one day we will be glorified children of God even as Christ is (Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 15:49; 1 John 3:2).