“The Spirit is the first power we practically experience, but the last power we come to understand.” –Oswald Chambers
Without our realizing it, it is only by the Holy Spirit’s revelation of Jesus to us that we can enter into His saving power, and the moment we do, we also receive all of the holiness of Christ in us because of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence. What an incredible reality! At the most basic level, the Holy Spirit is a reflection of our Heavenly Father’s great generosity! He gives us the Holy Spirit as a gift when we ask for it, and in turn, the Holy Spirit gives us all wisdom and understanding! He teaches us all things and reminds us of everything Jesus has said.
The Holy Spirit fills us (Acts 2:4), reveals knowledge (Luke 2:26; Ephesians 3:5), encourages us (Acts 9:31), gives us His power (Acts 1:8), emboldens us to speak (Acts 4:31), leads us out into the wilderness (Matthew 4:1), carries us to unknown places (Revelation 21:10) or prevents us from going places we should not (Acts 16:6). Further, it is the power of the Holy Spirit that sanctifies us (Romans 15:16) and helps us guard the good gift of Christ in us (2 Timothy 2:14). The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts (Hebrews 2:4) and in Him we are seated in Heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).
A life hidden in Christ is a life that is both surrendered to and empowered by the Holy Spirit’s leading in all matters. Are all of your life’s choices submitted to the One who knows you best and has your best at heart? Do you walk boldly in the direction that the Holy Spirit reveals or brashly in the direction of your own choosing, asking God to be your safety net if things go badly? Who is in charge of your “command central?” May today be the day that you surrender all control of every one of your life circumstances to the Lord, trusting that God will direct your steps through the power of the Holy Spirit as guarded by His Word and the counsel of mature believers.
Isaiah 30:21 says, Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ God is eager for you to hear His voice and follow His leading. He longs for you to give up your control in exchange for His, and He always makes a better way! But remember that even if you make your best effort of surrendered obedience to Him and still you turn left when you should have turned right, have no fear, for the LORD is in both places. He will teach you great and mighty things all along your journey as you set your greatest heart’s desire to remain hidden in Christ and allow Him to have all control.