Have you ever felt like you were paddling upstream in life? As if all your energy is being exerted, yet you’re not really going anywhere? When you’re working in any type of ministry, outreach, mission field, or just helping out in the church or the like, this can be especially hard because you want to be fruitful; you want to make a positive impact in the lives of others, but it doesn’t seem to be panning out.
Being at the end of ourselves to the point when we realize we have no more strength; where we realize we cannot do this on our own is actually a step in the right direction. It is then we find out nothing depended on us in the first place. Our talents, gifts, and works all depend on the power and the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Where He is the director, that which seems impossible to us becomes very possible through Him. When He takes the wheel our destination becomes more pointed to where He needs us to be, work, and move so that lives can be affected for the Kingdom of God. With the Holy Spirit at the helm, we can do this. We can successfully live and work in everything He has called us to do and be when we give it all over to Him.
The Holy Spirit not only acts as a seal for those that belong to God (Ephesians 1:13), but He is there to guide us in all truth (John 16:13) and to reveal to us the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-11). And, anything we do in this life revolves around God and His will for us. Thus, we need the power of the Holy Spirit to continue to be our leading force to enable us to walk and work in the life He has planned for us.
The Holy Spirit is more concerned about the inner man being strengthened (Ephesians 3:16-17) than our outward comforts or marks of success. Whenever we are struggling in life, the Holy Spirit is there to help us and to make intercession for us (Romans 8:26). When we allow Him free access in our lives we give proof to whom we really belong (Romans 8:14). And, if we feel devoid or depleted of the Spirit’s power, the Bible tells us to simply ask. Jesus spoke and said, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). Ask for a refilling if you have to, just don’t try to do life alone.
I can’t do this alone! You can’t do this alone! We can’t do this alone! We all need a touch from God. We all need the power of His Spirit working on the inside, that we might work outwardly all He has called us to do.
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