BOB 7) Holy Spirit Power

The Holy Spirit brings us to trust Christ and repent of our sins, lives in us, and develops our new life in Christ in the fellowship of the Church.

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26

Aaron Shust asks God to “Take over”

Aaron needs God to take over because the strength to let go comes from God.The ability to trust God does not depend on feelings or teeth gritting resolutions but on the finished work of Christ in history, narrated in the bible, and confirmed in the heart by the Spirit. Only God through the Holy Spirit gives new life. The Holy Spirit overcomes time and space and gives us an authentic experience of the reality and power of God – the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the material manifestation of blessings and answered prayer, the palpable victory of God in our lives, the divine presence of God in our everyday. For it is when the Holy Spirit touches us that the mundane is transformed into the sacred.

The Spirit lives in the one who is born of the Spirit. God’s law is now written into the heart of the believer. God wills that the life of Christ be reproduced in the Christian.

The fruit of the Spirit is therefore: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, kindness, and self-control.

The Spirit wills that the service of Christ, shall be accomplished through the Christian; so the Spirit gives to each one His gifts (natural and spiritual). Gifts can be neglected through unbelief and fear, misused by selfish desires and pride; or they can be fully developed in love and service for others. Some ways students use their gifts in campuses all over NZ  http://youtu.be/9hHA4r5RkSU

“There is a great difference between successfulness and fruitfulness. Success comes from strength, control, and respectability. A successful person has the energy to create something, to keep control over its development, and to make it available in large quantities. Success brings many rewards and often fame. Fruits, however, come from weakness and vulnerability. And fruits are unique. A child is the fruit conceived in vulnerability, community is the fruit born through shared brokenness, and intimacy is the fruit that grows through touching one another’s wounds. Let’s remind one another that what brings us true joy is not successfulness but fruitfulness”.

Henri Nouwen

The supreme purpose of the Scriptures and the work of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Christ, to make His love and lordship manifest in and through the believers individually and in their corporate life-testimony of love towards God, towards one another and towards all humanity. The way the Holy Spirit works is illustrated in this WEC video, www.wecnz.org to learn more about the reason for being part of a multi-cultural Christian community.(WEC Eastwest College is based in Gordonton, Hamilton). To experience this diversity come for conference held this year 4rd to 8th July at Ngaruwahia, Waikato, get in touch for details.

The unity of the Church in the world is primarily spiritual, a work of the Spirit and centred in the perfect fellowship of the Triune God. God unifies Christians all over the world, through history to change our worlds through students reaching/ meeting/ living/ studying/ eating/ playing/ talking/ arguing/ crying/ laughing/ supporting/ asking/ chilling with other students for/ in/ with/ through/ because of Christ.

The Parade of IFES nations

IFES Parade of Nations from IFES World on Vimeo.

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