2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV – Freedom in the presence of the Holy Spirit

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

The Holy Spirit is a life-giver.  He works to bring the gift of new birth and renewal to those who have been called to faith and belief in Jesus Christ.  Jesus even proclaims the Holy Spirit’s work. “Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8 NIV)   

The work of the Holy Spirit enables believers to lead holy lives, dedicated to the service of God and to be conformed to His likeness.  This is called sanctification.  Life in the Spirit means keeping in step with the promptings and guidance of the Holy Spirit always being open to His empowerment and gifts.

The Holy Spirit gives us guidance when we are facing challenges, decision, and difficulties.  That is why it is so important that when we pray, we seek the presence of God and the Holy Spirit.  The power and the presence of the Holy Spirit brings freedom and peace to us.  That is what our foundational verse says.  There are no chains that can hold us captive.  “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” (Isaiah 61:1 NIV) 

The Holy Spirit sets us apart for our ministry and life in Jesus’ name.  The power of the Holy Spirit enables us to stand firm in Christ against the schemes of the enemy. “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22 NIV)  Our confidence lies in a God-given assurance that we are able to withstand the adverse conditions of life through the Holy Spirit.  What we need to do is simply believe.

Friend, the Holy Spirit assures believers that God’s power is within them.  The Holy Spirit equips and empowers believers so that the reign and reality of God is revealed through them.  So I ask you what the Apostle Paul asked, “So again I ask, does God give you His Spirit and work miracles around you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?” (Galatians 3:5 NIV)  True freedom comes through the saving grace of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.  “No weapon formed against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from Me,” declares the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17 NIV) Do you believe?

O gracious Lord, thank You for the Holy Spirit that lives and dwells in us and that enables us to withstand the schemes of the enemy.  We declare we are free by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Help us and guide us Holy Spirit into an understanding of Your power over all things.  Forgive us when we lean on our own abilities.  Equip and empower our lives to walk with You.  In Jesus Name.  AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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