The Benefits of the Holy Spirit's Ministry
Reviewing some of the sermons we looked at this past spring I was reminded of a question we looked at namely, how do revived hearts show the glory of God? In answer to that question, it starts by believing in Christ and then enjoying the benefits which the Spirit gives. Here are three of the benefits which the Spirit gives us:
1. A Spiritual Irrigation.
You enjoy irrigating communion with Christ, by the Spirit. You don’t need a Pentecostal experience, you have Pentecost (Acts 1:5, 2:38; Gal 3:27). If you believe in Christ, you have the Spirit (Rom 8:15, 1 Cor 6:19) You are drinking from the Spirit’s Living Water (John 7:37-39)
2. A Spiritual Pipeline.
The torrent of life from the Spirit which Jesus gives cannot ultimately be held back by you. It isn’t dammed up. It will burst out. This is just as Isaiah prophesied when God said through him:
“then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; (Isaiah 35:6).
It will burst through you so that your heart is not a storage tank, not an empty bucket, but a pipeline. The Spirit through you is receiving and distributing his spiritual pressure. The living water of the Spirit is being propelled as through a pipeline from Christ’s heart to yours.
3. A Spiritual Fruitfulness.
At the prayer meeting, Pastor Geoff pointed out the truth of John 15:1-5 and the fruitfulness of the Christian believer. When there are Spirit-irrigated changes in your life--- the fruit--- it puts the wonder of God’s glory on display. This happens individually in the fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22) and in the church through the visible manifestation of God’s wise ways (Eph 3:10). When the Spirit is working, sin is incessantly drowned out and cannot flourish in our lives or our churches.
Revived Hearts display the glory of God, because they are expanded pipelines of the Spirit’s life giving power, direct from Christ himself. We need to pray for this. As Sinclair Ferguson has said:
“Revival is the unstopping of the pent up energies of the Spirit of God breaking down the dams which have been erected against his convicting and converting ministry in whole communities of individuals, as happened at Penecost and the ‘awakenings’ which have followed.”
Are you communing with Christ, enjoying the filling of your Pipeline Heart and displaying the irrigated beauty of the Spirit’s change in your life?