FIRST LOVE – DAILY DEVOTIONAL – DAY 9

THE BENEFITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

This preconceived notion that the Holy Spirit is weird is common. Many believe that if they build a relationship with the Holy Spirit, He’s going to make them weird.

Some try to put on extra effort to try to experience Him and need proof that He is present. They seek evidences. Some even go overboard with outward demonstrations or expressions that could be made up. When this happens – people come across as being aloof or weird and being “spirit-filled” gets a bad rap.

This preconceived notion that the Holy Spirit is weird has an effect on some people who haven’t yet received Him. It causes them to think they should only have the Holy Spirit in limited doses. This is a tragedy, and I think it’s been a work of the enemy throughout the body of Christ. Satan has worked to make being filled with the Holy Spirit seem weird and even controversial.

The reason he does this is because of the four benefits that the Bible says being filled with the Holy Spirit brings to believers. These benefits help us live our lives in right standing with God, and they give us power. In fact, power is the first of the four benefits.

1. Power

Acts 1:8 says, “‘You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.’” Many Christians spend their entire lives without the power available through the Holy Spirit. Have you ever felt defeated by a certain sin that you struggle with or by circumstances? The Holy Spirit gives us the power to live victoriously!

2. Love

One of the Holy Spirit’s roles in our lives is to fill us with God’s love (see today’s verse), and if we don’t open our hearts to Him, we have a difficult time walking in love. Imagine the impact the Church would have if we all walked in love.

3. Fruits

In Galatians 5:22, Paul talks about the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We can all agree that life would be better if we had more of these fruits.

4. Gifts

The last benefit is what we call the gifts of the Spirit, which are words of wisdom, words of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. I’ll talk more about these gifts later in the devotional, but I want to preface them by pointing out the many miracles that have taken place through these gifts.

With these benefits, it’s hard to understand why anyone wouldn’t want a close relationship with the Holy Spirit. There’s nothing weird about increased power, love, fruits, and gifts in our lives. The Holy Spirit is a wonderful, kind, and sensitive person. He’s my best friend, and He wants to be yours too.

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PRAYER

Holy Spirit, please reveal to me any lies I’ve believed about You. Show me the truth of who You are. I want to know You better and operate in the power, love, and benefits You bring. Thank You for being my friend. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

FOR FURTHER STUDY

Luke 24:49; Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 2:4–5; Galatians 5:16–26

(Most of today’s devotional was adopted from Robert Morris’ “The God I Never Knew”.)

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