Have you ever considered what your life would
be like without mechanical or electrical power? In 20th century America we use power
continuously throughout each and every day. We read by electrical lights and get from one
place to another by gas-powered cars. Our homes, schools, and businesses are heated and
cooled with different forms of energy. Our food is prepared by gas or electrical heat
stored in refrigerators. Even our water is brought to us with pumps and adjusted to the
perfect temperature. As convenient as all of these appliances are, they would be useless
Can the same be said about the Christian life? Arent we also "power
tools?" How about you? Are you plugged in or just running on empty?
A. Who is Christ?
Ephesians 4:30, I Corinthians 2:11
B. Where does the
Holy Spirit live?
Romans 8:9, I
C. What does the Holy Spirit provide for
Galatians 5:22-23, Acts 1:8, John 16:13, John 14:26
What does it mean to
experience the power of God? Think about a glass of milk right after youve poured
chocolate syrup into it. Is it chocolate milk yet? No, the syrup is in the milk, but you
have to stir it thoroughly for it to become chocolate milk. In much the same way, we need
to interact with the Holy Spirit who comes to live in us when we become Christians. He is
Gods unlimited power source for us! We can experience His ongoing power by
confessing our sin and communicating with God through prayer daily. Lets strive to walk with God by
understanding the Holy Spirits role.
It is God's will that we, as Christians, be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)
who will empower us (1 John 5:13). We can do this through
an exercise called Spiritual Breathing. "Exhale" by confessing sin (1 John
1:9), and "inhale" by asking the Spirit once again to fill and control you (Ephesians
5:18). Pray that God will "search you" and show you any unconfessed sin in
your life. List these sins on a piece of paper then tear up the paper and thank God that
He has forgiven them. Pray that the Holy Spirit will take control of each part of your
life. Finally, know that God has forgiven your sin and will guide you as you walk through