THE BEST GIFT
Texts: John 16:7-15, Act 4:29-33, Eph 1:13-14
In addition to being born again, knowing the word and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, believers must have the Holy Spirit indwelling in them. They should know about him and receive his Baptism as well.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is otherwise known as the Comforter. He has the attributes of God. When Jesus was going to his father, He promised every believer the comforter. John 16:7.
You are admonished to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Eph 5:18. It is the Spirit of the truth.
Why you must have the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit:
Helps your hope to grow in his power and gives you boldness to do exploits. Act 4: 29
Bestows different gifts in you and makes you a useful vessel unto honour
Empowers you to have a Godly life and makes your worship to be truly Christian. It empowers you for effective and efficient Christian service
Opens your spiritual eyes and enables you to be sensitive to your sins. Gal 5:25
Comforts you in times of trials, and enlightens you in times of confusion
Intercedes for you with groans that prayers and words cannot express, and does so in accordance to God’s will
Tells you what is yet to come and launches you into the realm of the miraculous.
Makes life more comfortable and profitable for you and even enable you do greater works for the Lord as Jesus prophesised in John 14:12.
What the Holy Spirit does are so numerous. Hence I consider it the best gift all believers should have.
If the president of your country or anybody should ask you to choose a gift or make some requests, many people would ask for millions of pounds sterling or dollars, airbuses, yachts, or estates in the world’s famous cities. All these are perishable. However, the Holy Spirit is permanent and endures throughout your life time.
The Holy Spirit in you marked you with Seal and this guarantees your inheritance. Eph 1:13-14.
You will be able to worship in truth and in Spirit, and enjoy the fruits and the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit. These nine gifts are evidence of a spirit filled life, they are united to make you a child of God, and live a Christ-like life. Note that to be Christ-like is one of the major reasons why you are a Christian. If the Holy Spirit will enable you to achieve this, it is then the best gift you can ever have.
No believer, minister or ministry can survive without the Holy Spirit. If you want to survive, you need the Holy Spirit. Stephen the Martyr, in Act 7:51, testified to the fact that men do resist the Holy Spirit to their own peril and eternal damnation. May you not be condemned eternally. I am sure you want to survive and you do not want to be condemned.
To have the Holy Spirit, You must:
Be a born again Christian
Have a repentant and pure heart
An undefiled body
Accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour
If you already have him, you have to make sure you retain him, and not grieve him. The Lord will help you to have him and to retain him in Jesus name.
Finally, when the Holy Spirit is indwelling in you, you have the grace to be baptised by Him. You can also confidently and boldly say as in 1st John 4:4, “the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world”. Do not forget that the Holy Spirit in you marked you with Seal and this guarantees your inheritance.
It is the best gift you could ever have. “Ask for it and it shall be given unto you”. John 14:14, Matt 7:7.
Father, in Jesus name, I desire the Holy Spirit. Fill me with Him today and grant me the grace to retain him. Amen.