By Rev. Doug Clay
For years people have relied on various sources for energy. There was burning wood; then coal, followed by petroleum. Today scientists are experimenting with multiple sources to power the world: solar, wind, hydrogen, algae, methane, gas, ocean currents, geothermal, ethanol, and other bio fuels. No doubt, the search for energy and power is a constant quest.
Similarly, many Christians are on a quest to find more spiritual power and energy. So they attend conferences; attend specialized small groups; join cohorts; etc. Did you know that there is a Christian nutritional product company that guarantees their supplements will make you feel more energized, look healthier, and help you live longer? Crazy!
Jesus said, “You will receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”
Sadly, some people feel awkward relating to the Holy Spirit. They ignore Him; they treat Him as an “it.” It’s almost as if He’s the uninvited member of the Trinity.
The fact is, if you want more spiritual vitality in your life, then give more room for the person of the Holy Spirit to be in control of your life. After all:
1. He will guide you when you’re confused.
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.
2. He will be with you, wherever you are.
Psalm 139:7, NLT
I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!
3. He will renew you when you feel spiritually sluggish.
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.
4. He will remind you that you belong to God, in those times that you doubt it.
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
5. He will help you to pray when you’re not sure how to pray or what to pray for.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
If you are looking for some renewed spiritual energy, seek to be filled or refilled with the Holy Spirit.
Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer of the Assemblies of God. To learn more about the Assemblies of God, visit www.ag.org..