The 4 Works of the Holy Spirit

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The works of the Holy Spirit are of great importance in the life of a believer. We frequently overlook the Holy Spirit but cannot deny its essence. Christians ignore the Holy Spirit among the Trinity.

You hear preachings about God the Father and the Son but seldom listen to sermons about the Holy Spirit. By the end of this blog, I hope you will learn to appreciate the works of the Holy Ghost in your life.

The deity of the Holy Spirit.

3But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

Acts 5:3-4

Peter told Ananias that Satan tempted him to lie to the Holy Spirit. And Peter said that since he lied to the Holy Spirit, he had lied to God. The Bible uses “Holy Ghost” and “God” interchangeably. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is God. He is not a separate entity God created to do His will. The Holy Ghost is God Himself. This example is just one of the many proofs of the deity of the Holy Spirit.

The works of the Holy Spirit: He empowers us.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts 1:8

Notice how the Lord Jesus Christ said that the disciples would receive power only after the Holy Ghost had come. Therefore, without the Holy Spirit, there would be no power. Sadly, many believers have neglected this fundamental truth from the Bible.

As a result, they try to do the work of God with their abilities, resources, and intelligence. But they end up powerless because only the Spirit of God can do the work of the Lord (Zechariah 4:6.)

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:4

Notice how the disciples could speak other languages when the Holy Spirit filled them up. They did not do this through their ability. The Bible tells us that the Holy Ghost gave them utterance. Acts chapter 2 shows how Peter stood up and preached the gospel to the crowd.

Afterward, the Bible tells us many people repented and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. And three thousand souls were added to the church on the same day. No amount of abilities or intelligence can do such a thing. Peter was able to do it through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Therefore, you must stop doing the work of the Lord without the Holy Spirit. This attitude is why many Christians fail, are frustrated, and even burnt out. Remember, you can only accomplish God’s work with the power of the Holy Spirit.

The works of the Holy Spirit: He comforts us.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 14:26

The Lord Jesus Christ refers to the Holy Spirit as the Comforter. This truth means that God gave us the Holy Ghost to comfort us. In John chapter 13, The Lord Jesus told them that his time had already come to be crucified and return to the Father. Of course, the disciples still could not comprehend what would happen. But many started to fear what would happen if the Lord Jesus Christ departed. So to assure them, Christ told them that the Comforter would come in His place.

How would the Holy Spirit comfort them? The Bible tells us that He will teach them all things. This means that the Holy Ghost will be the one to give them an understanding of what is about to happen.

There are many situations in your life that you cannot understand. But the Holy Spirit is present to comfort you and assure you that God controls everything.

The Bible also mentions that the Holy Ghost will comfort the disciples by putting them into remembrance of the things that Jesus had said.

When troubles come, you often forget about God’s Word, which you have read from the Bible or heard from the pulpit. In those situations, the Holy Spirit reminds you of the biblical principles you have read or heard but have forgotten to apply. The Holy Ghost is truly a great comfort to believers.

The works of the Holy Spirit: He instructs us.

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2 Peter 1:21

When you listen to the preaching of God’s Word, you can physically hear the preacher, but the Holy Spirit is the one that is teaching your heart. It is the Holy Ghost that moves the preacher. Of course, not all preachers are subject to the Holy Spirit because there are wolves in sheep’s clothing that the devil uses to deceive.

So how can you be sure that the Holy Ghost controls the preacher? If the preacher preaches what the Bible says, that proves that the preacher is subject to the Holy Spirit. This is because the Holy Spirit can never contradict the Word of God.

12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

1 Corinthians 2:12-13

The Bible says God gave you the Holy Ghost so that you will understand what God wants you to know. Paul teaches that even though he’s physically speaking, the Holy Spirit is the one who’s teaching. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is not only necessary for the preacher to preach the Word of God. The Holy Ghost is also essential for the listeners to understand the preaching of the Word of God.

For this reason, those who are unbelievers can never understand the Word of God. You can only discern God’s Word through the Holy Spirit.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 2:14

The works of the Holy Spirit: He intercedes for us.

26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:26-27

Sometimes your problems are so great that you don’t know what to pray for or even how to start praying. But God gave you the Holy Spirit so that He will pray for us. And there are also many times that you pray for the things that are not according to God’s will. But the Holy Spirit is with you to pray for us according to God’s will.

I hope you can learn to appreciate the works of the Holy Spirit and not neglect them. Instead, thank God that He gave us the Holy Spirit to empower, comfort, instruct, and intercede for us.

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