When we are talking about the Holy Spirit, we are talking about the mighty power of God. The Holy Spirit is not an atmosphere or an influence. He is a person. He is God
Almighty, and everything God does is done by the Holy Spirit.
A very good Scripture is found in ZECHARIAH 4: 6, says: “...Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, said the LORD of Hosts.” The Word of God declares that
everything we do should be done with the help of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As we read through the Old Testament, we see that the prophets of old knew and depended upon the Holy Spirit when they
spoke God’s Word and declared His justice and judgements. And in the New Testament, we constantly see that Jesus was also totally dependent upon the Holy Spirit.
The Lord Jesus left us His example to follow in seeking the help of the Holy Spirit in our own lives. Let’s examine the life of Christ and how the Holy Spirit worked in and
through His life and ministry. Jesus Christ was conceived by the Spirit : (MATTHEW 1: 18) declares: “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: when as His mother Mary was with Joseph,
before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”
Imagine the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit having a conference before Jesus came to earth. The Father asked, “Would You be willing
to go to earth and become the substitute for sinful humanity?” Jesus looked at the Holy Spirit and said: I would not be able to go without You. I would need your power to become a man and to do all
that God is asking of Me to do, to become the substitute for sinful humanity.
- Jesus was conceived when the Holy Spirit came upon Mary: (LUKE 1: 35) “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the
power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.”
- Jesus was anointed by the Spirit of God: (LUKE 3: 21-22). “Now when all the people were baptised, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptised and praying, the
heaven was opened. And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven, which said: ‘You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” Normally,
only sinners get baptised. It is sign of change and new direction in life. That is why John the Baptist said to Jesus, “You baptise me.” But it was necessary for Jesus to identify with sinful men
in baptism. It was then that the Holy Spirit descended from heaven and anointed Him.
- Jesus Christ was led by the Spirit of God: (LUKE 4: 14). “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out fame of Him through all
regions round about.”
- Jesus was led by the Spirit of God every time. Everywhere He went, He depended upon the guidance of the Spirit. If Jesus needed the guidance of the Spirit, how much more
do we need His guidance for our everyday walking today.
- Jesus Christ was empowered by the Spirit of God: (LUKE 4: 1) “And Jesus, being full of the Holy Spirit, returned from Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the
wilderness...” The Holy Spirit empowered Jesus for service when He came out of the wilderness. He returned filled or “empowered” by the Spirit of God. Every
believer is anointed, but it is time you get empowered. Jesus declared in ACTS 1: 8 - “But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto
me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samara, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
- Jesus taught in the power of the Spirit of God: (JOHN 3: 34) “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not the Spirit by measure unto Him.”
Everything Jesus said came from God the Holy Spirit, without measure. His sermons and teaching were birthed by the Spirit. Jesus declared Himself in JOHN 6: 63 -“...the words that I speak
unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
- Jesus offered Himself to God by the Holy Spirit: (HEBREWS 9: 14). “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without
spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve our God. The Lord offered Himself, without spot, to the Father by the Spirit. He endured the cross by the Spirit and accomplished ALL
for you and me by the Spirit of God.
- Jesus was resurrected by the Spirit of God: (ROMANS 1: 4) “And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of Holiness, by the resurrection
from the dead...” In ancient days, they would wrap a dead body in linen and place a liquid on it which hardened like cement. Had Jesus not died on the cross, He would have certainly died from
being wrapped in this linen which hardened like a rock. Jesus was placed in a tomb and three days and nights passed. Then on that Sunday morning, the Holy Spirit waited for the Word from the Father
who said, “Now, go raise My Son from the dead!”
- Jesus instructions to the disciples were by the Holy Spirit: (ACTS 1: 1-2) “The former treatise have I made, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Until the day in which He was taken up, after that He through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom He had chosen.” Jesus still depended on the Holy Spirit after His
resurrection. His final instructions to His followers were given through the Holy Spirit. If Jesus needed the Holy Spirit after His resurrection, what are we doing without Him before our
resurrection? If Jesus needed Him in a glorified body, what are we doing without Him in our unglorified bodies?
- Jesus will judge the world by the Spirit of God: (II THESSALONIANS 2:8) “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His
mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming.” The Bible reveals that Jesus returns to earth He will come as Judge, still depending on the Holy Spirit. The “Spirit of His
Mouth” is the Holy Spirit.