The Work Of The Spirit

John 7:37-44 (NIV)

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”
41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.”
Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? 42 Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” 43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. 44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.

God gives the Holy Spirit to those who trust Jesus for salvation. In Acts 2:38-39 (NIV), Peter told the crowd gathered at Pentecost:

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

God’s Holy Spirit is vital to the life of the born again believer. He convicts us of sin and sanctifies us as He transforms us from the inside out. He challenges us and changes us. He makes us look more like Jesus. Jesus said that the Spirit is the river of living water flowing within us. He gives life to our dry and weary souls. Do not be afraid of God’s Holy Spirit within you. He is given to us as a gift from our Heavenly Father. He dwells within you and wants to bring about life transformation that you are incapable of on your own.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, fill me with Your Holy Spirit today as I move about through my life. Help me to listen to Your Spirit and to obey You. Thank You for this wonderful gift that is transforming me. Amen.

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