Living with the Holy Spirit – Part 4

Earlier, we talked about how the Holy Spirit gave the disciples the power to do seemingly impossible things.

That same power is at work here in Crossroads Church. Because when we say we believe in the Holy Spirit, we’re really saying, “I believe the Holy Spirit gives me power!”

He gives us the power to carry out our Christmas Eve Gift ministry. The power to package more than 100,000 meals for Meals from the Heartland. The power to reach our youth through NYPD. The power to change the lives of young mothers with Single Moms’ Morning Out.

And the Holy Spirit is giving power to our partners, as well as others who are related to our partners. For example, the brother of our own Barb Crowder is in Iraq right now. He’s not a soldier. He’s an anesthesiologist, serving to heal the sick and wounded in Iraq as ISIS brutally targets women and children.

  • How about your life? What are you facing that you need the power to get through?
  • Maybe you cower when you share your faith.
  • Maybe your prayer life is weak.
  • Maybe you need strength to stand up to someone at work or school.
  • Maybe you need the words to say to a hurting friend.
  • Maybe you need wisdom.

You know,  life is difficult. That shouldn’t be surprised. Jesus told us it would be this way.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
John 16:33

Jesus has overcome, and He’s given us an amazing power to help us overcome.

Do you know that power? Do you tap into that power regularly? The Apostles’ Creed reminds us that those who know Jesus as Lord have that power available.

I remember going to Disney World with my family several years ago. There was so much going on, so much fun and happiness. But you know what I wanted? Barbecued turkey legs. I saw people walking around with them, and they looked so good. I remember thinking, “I’ve gotta have that,” but I wasn’t sure where to buy them. Finally, I asked someone with a drumstick, “Where do I get one of those?”

Maybe you’re in the same place when it comes to the Holy Spirit. Maybe you’re saying, “I wanna get some of that power,” but you’re not sure how it works.

It’s a simple matter of asking. So I would encourage you to do that right now. Get on your knees and ask God for the power of the Holy Spirit. He will never let you down.