3. The Spirit gives us a deeper love for one another.
If you say you are a believer in Jesus, filled with his Spirit, then we should be able to see it in your relationships. If you belong to him, you will love others with a deep and sincere love.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7, 8 NIV).
Do you wake up thinking about what others should do for you? That’s fleshly thinking. When the Spirit is motivating your thoughts, you will wake up wondering: How can I serve? How can I help? What gift do I have to offer?
When we all get that kind of attitude, God will bring a revival like we’ve never seen before.
4. The Spirit makes us a fearless and compassionate witness for Jesus.
Yesterday, I was at the car lot, and while I thought I would only be there for a few hours, I ended up being there for nearly four hours. While I was in the process of buying the car, the financial guy asked me, “Hey, I see you are a pastor…can I ask you how you hear from God?”
We talked for a long time, and finally I felt like I was supposed to pray for him, so I did. When I finished, he looked up, took a deep breath and had tears coming out of his eyes.
I don’t say any of this to brag, but only to demonstrate how when you are willing to surrender to the leading of the Spirit in your life, sharing your faith becomes common practice.
I didn’t have to do anything specific or spectacular. But the moment was supernatural.
How many of you want that—you want to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit so you can have the power to be a witness in the world?
5. The Spirit makes us selfless and generous people who are eager to give.
Generosity really comes out of our trust in God. If we trust that God really is El Shaddai, the all-sufficient provider of all I need, I can submit to His rule and reign and love people around me knowing that he is going to take care of the rest.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow” (Matthew 6:33, 34 NIV).
When we are fully submitted to the Spirit of God, we give generously, not only in tithe, but to those around us who are in need.