So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon Davids in power.
(1 Sam. 16:13)
Notice, that when the Spirit came upon David he never lacked it from that day forward. The Spirit never comes without power, but how often do we fail to rely on the Spirit? If we are not careful I fear that we will become a church that understands the gospel of Jesus Christ but one that relies on our own efforts instead of that of the Spirit.
Jesus told his followers that another was coming, a helper, it would be for their advantage and that the Spirit would convict them, teach them and bring them to remembrance. Even though Jesus is no longer with us physically we have the present and indwelling Spirit. It is only by the power of the Spirit that others will see the gospel through us. Walking in the Spirit is the very opposite of the flesh and will help us avoid sins and walk a life that is filled with fruit and service for one another (Gal. 5:22).
I want to live my life in a way that I daily submit to the power and work of the Holy Spirit to live out my Christian life because if I tried to live it by my own power the world wouldn’t see a difference.
Holy Spirit, thank You for your conviction, and the power that You provide to help us walk a life that is opposite from the flesh. I pray that You would empower us today to behave like Christ in all situations and that we would be a witness to others because of the supernatural power of the Spirit found in us.
How are you not allowing the Holy Spirit to have control in your life? What is the cost?