Learning to walk every day in the life and power of the Spirit
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.
These are the first two verses in the Bible. They tell us that God is the Creator. Since we follow sound doctrine, we know that God consists of three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All three work together in creation and all three work in the salvation of mankind. These verses are the first to speak of how God was active through the Holy Spirit at the moment of creation. The Holy Spirit is often pictured in the Bible as the third person of the Trinity that is active carrying out the will of God on earth.
As followers of Christ, we need the activity of the Spirit of God in our lives. As the Holy Spirit moved upon the face of the earth at the moment of creation, so today we need the creative work of the Holy Spirit to move upon our souls. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us life. As we place our faith in Jesus—in His death and resurrection—the Holy Spirit comes to live within us, giving us life—creative life. We become a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). The Spirit of God gives us a new life of freedom through the forgiveness of our sins.
As disciples of Christ we are to learn to walk every day in the life and power of the Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that leads us into all truth. It is the Holy Spirit that shows us our need for change, exposing our sins and failures, and who then leads us to God’s unending grace. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of grace that gives us power to honor God with our lives. It is in walking in the Spirit—living in His presence, allowing Him to take control of our lives, that our lives honor God.
The Spirit of God is always on the move, accomplishing the will of God here on earth. He fills the emptiness in our lives and casts out the darkness. He accomplishes the eternal plan of God of having a people who belong to Him—a people who have been sanctified—set apart for God’s own purposes. As we daily wait upon God, we need to let the Holy Spirit move upon us and sanctify us, giving us power to obey God and to honor Him with our lives.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending the Holy Spirit into the world to give us life. Help me daily to open my life to the working of your Holy Spirit. Fill the emptiness of my soul with your presence. Remove the darkness that is within me and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Teach me to walk in the Spirit so that my life will honor you. Amen.
J & A