Jesus put a lot of emphasis on the Holy Spirit. He was the subject of intense prayer: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him because He remains with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17). A gospel with no emphasis on the Holy Spirit is flat, it is just like a cell phone with no sim card in it, and you can’t make a call i.e the communication can’t take place. There is no evangelization without the Spirit of God.
Jesus affirmed in John 16:8: “When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment.” The Lord used the legal term “convict” in order to highlight that, even if a man can point out an error, it is the Spirit of God that brings conviction of sin. He shows the offense, reveals the foolishness of the sin, points out the consequences, convinces of guilt, and leads the sinner to repentance.
The Story Of The Lame At The Gate
In the book of Acts 3 there was a man who was lame from birth, being lame from birth doesn’t mean this man doesn’t have legs, it simply means his legs didn’t carry him but he carried them, his legs didn’t work. When I was born the legs came as part of the package, how many people got their legs 5 years later after their birth or 10 years after being a good child, NO, you were born with them.
But having your legs from birth doesn’t mean you can walk straightaway after you came out of the mother’s womb. Having legs is one thing and learning how to use them is another thing, having legs from your birth was a gift but walking with them came by exercise, It came with your parent’s help, helping you to walk, it came from falling and getting up but finally, you walk.
When you become a born again Christian and surrender your life to Christ, God gives you the Holy Spirit, But He doesn’t come when you start speaking in tongues or after some time, you just receive Him the very moment you ask for forgiveness of your sins and accept Him as your personal savior, He doesn’t give you probation, He doesn’t wait for 6 months and see if you are serious, to see if you will backslide. NO. God gave you the Holy Spirit when you got saved at that very moment He lives inside of you so that He will be able to have a relationship with you, change you, guide you, teach you, reveal a thing to you and take control of your everyday life but most importantly to perfect you so that you can have the nature, image, and character of your God. And also He will enable you to communicate to your Father God and God will speak to you directly through that Spirit. That is the whole plan of sending Jesus Christ to reconcile God with mankind.
So Holy Spirit is just legs you get them at birth but most people are just like this lame who has legs but don’t use them, the legs which are not working, the man carry legs but legs don’t carry him anywhere he wants to go and this lame was dragging them to the temple. Many people claim to have Holy Spirit but the Holy Spirit doesn’t have them, the lame was a beggar, sitting at the gate begging with legs which are not working or carrying him inside of the temple.
Same people of today Christians who claim to have the Holy Spirit but they are always begging people to lay hands on them or pray for them. They got Holy Ghost but is not working for them because they didn’t practice to walk with Him, every problem, every little issue, every sickness they run to pastor to pray for them but they forget that pastor has the same Holy Ghost they have, the only difference this pastor activated the Holy Spirit to work and walk with Him.
When you have legs but don’t walk you are always at the gate begging everyone to pray for you, the only people who can enter are the people who are walking with their legs. Nobody can have faith on your behalf no matter how much they love you, you have to enter inside walking with your own legs. They are so many lame Christians they are not walking with God, they are not led by the Holy Spirit.
How Do We Make Holy Spirit Really Work?
The bible says when that lame got his legs he walked in the temple not to beg but to thank God, even though the financial situation was still the same but he got his freedom to use his legs, he didn’t go back and sit at the gate again but he was going everywhere praising God. So many people claim to be born again but they live a different life, they are in Christ but Christ isn’t in them, they go to church but the Holy Spirit isn’t in them, they do all sort of work of GOD but God doesn’t live in them because they don’t exercise to walk with His Spirit, people say I believe in God, I love Jesus, I donate a lot of money to the poor, I sing in the choir, I help the church here and there but if the Holy Spirit is not in you are going nowhere.
Or you have the holy spirit but he is doing absolutely nothing in your life and you are doing everything on your own, with your own ability, with your efforts, with your won strength, with your own pressure and you are making decisions without consulting Him, everything it’s you and the Holy Spirit has no room to help, teach and guide. That’s why many people reach the point of doubting if they have the Holy Spirit or not.
Through this article you are reading I have an assignment like Peter and John not to give you legs but to help you walk, to activate your faith and start walking so that the Holy Ghost can carry you not you to carry Him, He carries your marriage, your business, your education, your family, your finances and your future. Everything you are struggling with. He has the power to carry the weight of your life, if He can carry the universal He can carry you too, that’s why Jesus said don’t worry about what you will eat, wear or drink, etc.…don’t worry about them at all. The problem is we carry Him but He doesn’t carry us. Simply allow Him to take over you and withhold nothing from Him.
Through the prophet Joel 2:28, God promised us that He will pour out His Spirit upon us. We get the Holy Spirit by the salvation but He gets us by surrender. So you must surrender to receive Him by giving Him total control of your life. God wants to fill us His Spirit that will enable us to serve Him in this last hour. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God (Romans 8:14). For us to be called sons of God there is one and the only condition to be led by the Holy Spirit.