The Holy Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead will quicken our mortal bodies (Rom 8:11). Our eyes of understanding will be enlightened. We will come to know the hope of his calling and the riches of his inheritance (Eph 1:18). He quickened those who were dead to trespasses and sins. We are saved by grace (Eph 2:1, 5).
Christians pride themselves as being led by the Holy Spirit. Author and speaker Joyce Meyers (b. 1943) said, “Many people feel so pressured by the expectations of others that it causes them to be frustrated, miserable and confused about what they should do. But there is a way to live a simple, joy-filled, peaceful life, and the key is learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit, not the traditions of expectations of man.” We must pray for the Spirit’s anointing and be guided by him. Remember, it isn’t what we want, but how we are led by this Spirit to do the things we do. This is how miracles occur in our lives and we are blessed as we walk in his ways.
Charles Stanley (b. 1932), senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Northern Atlanta, Georgia, commented, “Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.” We must never depend on our own understanding. In order to receive a miraculous spirit we have to respond positively to God’s Spirit. It is important to discern where he is leading us. False communication from other sources may try to impede us from doing what’s right and just.
But who exactly is the Holy Spirit? Politician and former member of the US House of Representatives, Michele Bachmann (b. 1956) explained, “The Holy Spirit is our comforter, our teacher. That’s why, in prayer, we can ask the Lord to open up Scripture and make it come alive to us, to open our understanding. He left his Spirit with us until we join him in Heaven.” What a tremendous gift is the gift of the Spirit.
Many may wonder about dark moments we spend as Christians. Os Guinness (b. 1941), an English author and social critic remarked, “The story of Christian reformation, revival, and renaissance underscores that the darkest hour is often just before the dawn, so that we should always be people of hope and prayer, not gloom and defeatism, God the Holy Spirit can turn the situation around in five minutes.” Our God is an amazing God who does glorious things. Some situations may call us to use the gift of perseverance to see problems through. However, we have to do so the right way before we receive an abundance of blessings.
Prayers must be hopeful. We must have faith expecting the results for the things we pray. Saint Augustine (354–430 AD), an early Christian theologian and philosopher prayed, “O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.” Lifting our prayers up to the Lord is magnificent. It’s the Holy Spirit who teaches us to pray. He is behind both small and large miracles.
Our faith should start from infancy. Greek bishop Saint Basil (329/330–379 AD), of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) said, “Liberated from the error of pagan tradition through the benevolence and loving kindness of the good God with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the operation of the Holy Spirit, I was reared from the very beginning by Christian parents. From them I learned even in babyhood the Holy Scriptures which led me to a knowledge of the truth.” Knowing the truth is developmental in nature. It’s therefore good to teach our children when they are young about the gifts of our loving Savior, Jesus Christ.