Salvation occurs when we trust Jesus as our Savior. He forgives us, transforms us and considers us righteous. At this time we are redeemed, and though we continue to struggle against sin, it is a defeated enemy. Then, over time, our service, gifts, and love for God should naturally become greater.
Unfortunately, many Christians sit in church week after week, going through the motions but lacking passion and failing to grow. How is it possible? Tragically, many believers are unaware of the essential ministry of the Spirit of God.
The Holy Spirit is a member of the Trinity and equal to God the Father and God the Son. The opening chapter of Scripture tells us that he existed before the formation of the earth and participated in creation (Gen. 1:2, 26). Today, He has the essential role of helping and advising all believers.
The Holy Spirit is a gift for every child of God. His presence in us is not something we have to deserve. Instead, it is a wonderful privilege—by indwelling our hearts, He can strengthen and direct every believer away from danger and toward truth (John 16:7-8). The scriptures tell us that Jesus came so that we could live full lives (John 10:10). This is only possible when we listen to his Spirit and obey.
Are you living the abundant life promised by Jesus? He was not talking about happy circumstances, but rather about the joy possible through a relationship with Him. If you fall short in this area, reflect on your understanding of the Holy Spirit and pray to be in tune with His promptings.
Allen Tilley is senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Carthage.