The Christian’s Advantage – The Holy Spirit

Two years ago Dick Shine, Doug Lee and I wrote a manuscript extolling the virtues of being a Christian and how the Holy Spirit could be an advantage, particularly in the workplace. It was our wish to share the experiences we have witnessed with other Christians. First, we must explain that it is possible that not everyone receives the Holy Spirit. However, everyone can! Acts 19:2 – 6 – “’Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’ They answered, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’ So Paul asked, ‘Then what baptism did you receive?’ ‘John’s baptism,’ they replied. Paul said, ‘John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.’ On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.”

Once you are sealed with the Holy Spirit God promises that you will be one of His children and an heir. Ephesians 1:13 – 14 – “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”

If we do not have the Holy Spirit we are no better off than those living as the world lives. It is one thing to say a prayer than actually commit to Jesus as being your Lord and accepting Christ into one’s heart. Once a person senses the sealing of the Holy Spirit they have an advantage throughout their lives. That does not mean that every believer will allow the Holy Spirit to work through them. Some weekend Christians are more unethical than the average people of the world.

Acts 10:38 – “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” Each believer receives the Holy Spirit with power. Here is what Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit will do for us. He will teach us truth, He will comfort us, He will remind us and tells us about Jesus, He will convict us of our sins, He will lead and guide us, He will assure us of our relationship with Jesus Christ, He will give us gifts, He will give us fruits of the Spirit, such as: a Spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. He will give us wisdom, courage and inspiration.

With the power of the Holy Spirit within us we do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:5 – 6 – “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;”

Are we willing to allow our mind to be controlled by the Holy Spirit; if we are, are we not promised life and peace? It is not that easy. Many are not willing to give up control. The desires and lusts of our body, the ways of the world and the Devil are temptations too great to handle. They want it both ways. They want to satisfy worldly pleasures and are unwilling to yield their mind to the Holy Spirit’s control to please the Lord. Yet they want all of the privileges that the Holy Spirit promises. And they never learn to completely trust God. These advantages are never guaranteed. It just says they are available with the power that comes when the Holy Spirit is received into one’s heart. Are we living for today or for eternity? I want the Holy Spirit to help me prepare for eternity.

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