The Holy Spirit, God with Us


Isaiah 40:11 – He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

The Holy Spirit is God with us to comfort and convict, to remind and renew, to guide and guard, to sustain and support. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, we are convicted of our sin and assured of forgiveness. We are reminded of Jesus Christ and renewed in our relationship, guided toward the fulfillment of God’s purposes, and guarded against the powers of sin and death. In the power of the Holy Spirit we are sustained and supported amid temptation, suffering, and death. It is the Holy Spirit who draws us toward God and into community with God and one another. …

The test of whether a spirit is the Holy Spirit is its conformity to Jesus Christ (1 John 4:2ff). The fruits of the Spirit are the qualities of Jesus’ own being: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22). Such qualities within and among human beings are God with us; they are not human achievements or universal “natural” characteristics. What we cannot produce in ourselves God produces in us – faith, hope, and love or Christlikeness.

Where do you see the Holy Spirit at work in your life?