In our last post, we spoke of the working of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Believer. We learnt that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity and the power of God that works in his Servants.
In Old Testament times, the Holy Spirit limited his manifestations to certain individuals. These included Prophets, Priests, and Men of God. At such times, the Spirit of God would come upon them for a specific purpose or to carry out unique assignments. However, after their divine assignment was completed, the Holy Spirit would depart from them. Some examples of can be seen in Judges 6:34, 2 Chronicles 24:20, and Judges 14:6. And although these manifestations always resulted in triumphant leadership, superhuman strength or unusual boldness, it had its limitations. Primarily that the Holy Spirit did not stay continually on the person and that such manifestations were limited to some people.
In Joel 2:28-29, God expressed His ultimate plan for mankind. The scripture says:
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
Through this scripture the Lord was saying that a day would come when the manifestation and indwelling of his Spirit would be available to everyone, regardless of age, gender, or status. That promise was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4).
Also, according to John 14:17, we know that the promise has been fulfilled as the Holy Spirit doesn’t just dwell with us but is also in us. Hallelujah!
The Holy Spirit’s ministry to us is to empower us to do everything God desires of us and to transform us into the image of Christ (Ezekiel 36:27). And while we may not always realize it, it is this ministry of the Holy Spirit that helps us live like believers.
In the following sections, we will share some of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit and those whom He desires to manifest Himself through/in.
Who are Those to Manifest the Holy Spirit
While the Holy Spirit comes to live within us when we become saved, His work is continuous throughout our lifetime. Additionally, his role as Helper, Counsellor, Comforter and Teacher are also continuous. According to 1st Corinthians 12 vs 7, we see that the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each and every believer. In essence, each believer has received a gift that manifests the Spirit’s power and presence. That gift is given for the good of the whole community. And in this last days, He is looking for willing hearts to manifest Himself like He did as of old. If you are concerned about your career, relationship, home and even ministry, all you need is connect to the Holy Spirit.
Manifestations of the Holy Spirit in a Believer
By the term Manifestation of the Holy Spirit, we mean the outward and visible expressions of the Holy Spirit presence in a believer’s life. These manifestations are evidence of the Holy Spirit’s presence and work in and through a believer. For example, one such manifestation is the power to witness Jesus to others (Acts 1:8). Some other manifestations of the Holy Spirit are:
- Manifestations of the Spirit through the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
- Expressions of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit through the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 4:22-25)
- Boldness in the face of opposition (Acts 13:9-10)
- Ability to speak in other Tongues (Acts 2:4)
- Visions, Dreams, Trances, and the Inner Voice of the Spirit (Acts 10:19)
- The ability to worship and serve God acceptably (Philippians 3:3 and John 4:24)
- Ability to understand God’s Word (1 Corinthians 2:13)
- Being transformed to become more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18)
God wants you to have everything he has promised us, especially the Holy Spirit. However, no one can receive anything from God without Jesus.
Do you desire these manifestations of the Spirit in your life but are not born again? If so, we encourage you to say this simple prayer in faith:
Lord, I believe you want the best for me that’s why you sent your son Jesus to die for my sins. Today, I ask that you forgive me, cleanse me by the blood and make me yours. In Jesus name. Amen.
If you said that prayer, you are now Born Again and a Child of God. We encourage you to contact us, let us know who you are and consider joining our Church.
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Have a blessed and Holy Spirit filled week ahead in Jesus name.