TRUSTING IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

As believers, we should depend on the Holy Spirit for everything we do for the Lord. It does not matter how gifted we might be; without the power of the Holy Spirit we have no power.  Our trust must always be in the power of the Holy Spirit to lead to us, to guide us, and to empower us. Paul the humble servant of the Lord knew full well that without the power of the Spirit his preaching and his service would fall flat.  Consequently, he makes it clear that his total dependence was on the Spirit. In I Corinthians 2:4, Paul wrote these words:

“And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.

Paul is affirming the power that rests in him from the Spirit.  His speech and his preaching were not with words of eloquence, but rather they came from the power and might of the Spirit that flowed into his heart.  He knew full well that true wisdom and understanding does not come from intellect, but rather from faith and dependence on the Spirit of God.  He wants his own life to be a witness to those who are working in the service of the Lord.  He knows that it is the Spirit makes preaching possible. Paul suggests, at other times, that his oratorical skills were not great, but he relied on the power that took his meager words and transformed them into mighty words.  It is my prayer today that whatever you do you will trust in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Take no credit for whatever you may be doing for the work of the kingdom. Be content to rely on the power that comes when you submit yourself to the Spirit that energizes us, empowers us, and allows us to do great things for the Lord.

I Corinthians 2:4 (NLT)