The Importance of the Holy Spirit

Daily in my devotional reading I come across various statements and thoughts. Sometimes I have to read them over and over to grasp the deeper meaning. However, there are those that strike me at first glance, speaking directly to my soul. Such could be said as I read Acts of the Apostles Chapter 5 entitled, The Gift of the Spirit. The author, Ellen White wrote, “Wherever the need of the Holy Spirit is a matter little thought of, there is seen spiritual drought, spiritual darkness, spiritual declension and death. Whenever minor matters occupy the attention, the divine power which is necessary for the growth and prosperity of the church, and which would bring all other blessings in its train, is lacking, though offered in infinite plenitude” (AA 50). Given the preceding statement, it is clear that we need to aggressively seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit daily.

The Importance of the Hoy Spirit

I must confess to you that I have learnt to pray for the Holy Spirit and His guidance especially when faced with meetings where I least know what to expect. However, I have come to realize that even in meetings and situations where I feel most confident, I need to depend on the Holy Spirit. “Why?” you may ask. It is because I have discovered that when I have this sense of over confidence, I tend to pray little; and it is then that what was supposed to be an easy and predictable situation turns out to be just the opposite of what I expected. It could be that God is showing me that in every situation I need to be more dependent on Him - even in situations that I may consider of little challenge.

Accordingly, I ask that you revisit the above statement by Mrs. White. I underscore, “Wherever the need of the Holy Spirit is a matter little thought of, there is seen spiritual drought, spiritual darkness, spiritual declension and death.” Truth be told, you and I cannot afford that. So what should be our position? Recall my Belizean experience in last week’s Ministerial? Because of my strong conviction that God wanted me in Belize, I had to pray and depend on Him, notwithstanding my feelings and what my body was saying to me. (An additional 12 persons were baptized on Sabbath past thus bringing the total to 43). I am more convinced of my need to have a Spirit-filled life.

Seeking Sincerely the Holy Spirit

Given the fact that “Wherever the need of the Holy Spirit is a matter little thought of, there is seen spiritual drought, spiritual darkness, spiritual declension and death,” shouldn’t we pray earnestly for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit? In this vein, Ellen White contends, “Since this is the means by which we are to receive power, why do we not hunger and thirst for the gift of the Spirit? Why do we not talk of it, pray for it, and preach concerning it?” In fact, she points out, “The Lord is more willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who serve Him than parents are to give good gifts to their children. For the daily baptism of the Spirit every worker should offer his petition to God.” Furthermore, says Mrs. White, “Companies of Christian workers should gather to ask for special help, for heavenly wisdom, that they may know how to plan and execute wisely. Especially should they pray that God will baptize His chosen ambassadors in mission fields with a rich measure of His Spirit. The presence of the Spirit with God’s workers will give the proclamation of truth a power that not all the honor or glory of the world could give” (AA 50).

The Need for Intentionality

Given the above statements, I need to be more intentional in my daily walk with God. Like you, I want to know that God is directing in every phase and aspect of my life. In short, I must have a greater dependence on Him- and yet the privilege is ours to get to know Him better and to know His will. The secret is found in Acts 1-2, which speaks about the disciples being of one accord and seeking the fulfillment of that which Christ promised –the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. What about us? Isn’t there the promise of Joel 2 that apply to us? "I will pour My Spirit upon all flesh." Until we realize the need and importance of the Holy Spirit, it will be business as usual. Have you considered why the various initiatives (Revived by His Word, P.U.S.H, and 7-7-7) are all under the banner of Revival and Reformation? All of these are designed to encourage us as church leaders and members to recognize what is our greatest need. Let us make the application today.

Congrats to all of you who have been involved in various first quarter evangelistic efforts. Initial reports throughout the union speak to the establishment of a new church, a new company and the baptism of one who has a touching conversion as a result of reading the Great Controversy. Finally, remember to pray for our youth during the week.