I’m still a big fan of Jim Cymbala’s book, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire. Recently I started chewing through his newest book, Spirit Rising: Tapping into the Power of the Holy Spirit.
While I struggle to agree with all of Cymbala’s theology, when it comes to the Holy Spirit, he has seen some incredible things. He calls me to more in the life of God…..and that’s always a good thing! Simply put:- we don’t see the Holy Spirit working like is recorded in the New Testament.
Our lives, courage, faith, and action are not consistently like the book of Acts. If I’m honest, most of the time my life doesn’t read like a page from Acts.
For many Christians though, we don’t see the Holy Spirit work in our lives, because we aren’t sure what He does. Here are some quotes from the book that jumped out, for me:-
Christianity without the Holy Spirit is hopeless.
Without the spirit of God moving strongly among us, many of us have become faithless and cynical.
When we fear giving control to the Spirit, we really fear God’s control over our lives.
When the Spirit is moving, believers have a hunger to hear, read, study, and in particular, understand more about the Word of God. That makes sense, of course, since the Holy Spirit was the one who inspired the Bible. He was the author who inspired the writers. The Bible is his book. Spirit-controlled Christians don’t usually have to force themselves to read the Bible; the Spirit gives them a holy appetite for it.
But when the Spirit comes, we have joy, hope and power.
The Holy Spirit produces joy.
A fear of failure stops us from starting the very thing God has laid on our hearts.
The Holy Spirit is greater in power than our shyness or timidity. And he is greater than our fear of rejection or failure. His power makes the weakest as bold as a lion:- Proverbs 28:1).
The Holy Spirit is the only antidote to the virus of fear in our lives.
Spiritual courage comes directly from the Holy Spirit.
Christianity is not a self-effort religion but rather one of power—the ability and might of the Spirit. “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” Philippians 2v13
The irony of Spirit-filled living is that as we give up ‘power’ we gain greater authority in the life God desires!