Last week I wrote a post about the Holy Spirit and the power to change unhealthy behavior. This is a follow-up post about God’s power and the Holy Spirit.
Paul writes about the Holy Spirit’s power in a prayer to the Ephesians:
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:16-20
God’s power is available to us because of his Holy Spirit in us. This is not ‘our’ power, but it’s the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. There is a difference. Many people who do not really know God nor fully understand the scriptures, try to live out of their own strength and power. Verse 20 in the scripture above clearly states that it is the Holy Spirit’s power that is at work in us that enables us to live differently – to make changes in our lives.
The Holy Spirit’s Power
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…” Ephesians 1:17-20
In these verses above, Paul reminds us that it’s through the “eyes of our heart” that we are able to understand how God works in our lives because of our belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ in our heart. When God begins to live in us in the form of the Holy Spirit, he gives us a new heart – a regenerated heart. With this heart, we are able to renew our minds to his truths found in scripture. (Romans 12:2) As we set our hearts on these truths and believe them, and we yield to God, the power of the Holy Spirit lives more fully through us. And as Paul writes, this power is the same mighty power that raised Jesus from his grave and sent him to be with his Father in heaven.
God wants each of us to experience this power so that we can realize the fullness of his love and live a kind of life that glorifies him. If this is your motivation – to glorify God with your life by the power of his Spirit – then God will answer your cries for more of his power as you yield to his Spirit inside you.
Questions to Reflect On:
Are you at the end of your rope in life and unable to make a go of it in your own strength?
Have you been trying to live life or make behavior changes by your own power and not through the power of the Holy Spirit?
If you desire to transform your whole-person health, I invite you to participate in my PathWay 2 Wholeness Bible Study. Click on the button below to read more!
Resources on the Love and Power of God:
Blog post – Power and Strength by Grace and Through Intimacy with God
Web site page – Receive God’s Love
Web site page – Receive Salvation and a New Heart
Web site page – Bible Scriptures on Stress, Health, Healing and Wholeness
Keli Bulat says
I agree with you
Hastings Zilima says
The Bible is belied to contain the truth of God, it contains the word of, meaning that it is a medium through which the word of God is spread where as the Holy Spirit is God as described in the Holy Trinity. In this case, the Bible is preaching about the Holy Spirit not competing with the Holy Spirit. You can now get your answer from there. Thank you.
Praise the Lord for His word and His Holy Spirit!
I pray that you continue to be a blessing upon others in leading God use you through His Holy Spirit.
Colleen miller says
What has more strength the Holy Spirit or the bible
Dale Fletcher says
That’s a great question Colleen! I don’t feel qualified to answer that with any degree of certainty.
Hebrews 4:12 says – “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
Perhaps it’s the Bible!
Adeeba Rashid says
I want to receive the gift of the holy spirit
Hastings Zilima says
Jeremiah 33:3 days that if we call to Him He shall answer us. Matthew 7:7 says that if we ask we shall receive….. John 14:14 says that if we ask of anything in the name of Jesus Christ we shall surely get it.
The first thing to do is to be saved. Read Romans 10:9 and you will learn what to do for you to be saved then you can ask for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.