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Ministries of the Holy Spirit

While this listing may be familiar to many, it’s nice to have all them listed in one place.  May this information assist you as begin your journey to learn more about the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

Baptismal Medium
Calls to Ministry
Channel of Divine Revelation
1 Cor. 12:13
Acts 13:2-4
2 Sam. 23:2; Neh.9:30; Zech. 7:12
Ex. 31:1,2; Judg. 13:25; Acts 1:8
Luke 4:1; Acts 2:4; Eph. 5:18
2 Cor. 1 :22; 5:5; Eph. 1: 14
Produces fruit
2 Tim. 1 :14
John 14:16,26; 15:26; 16:7
1 Cor. 2:10-13
Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 3: 16; 6: 19
Rom. 8:26,27
Provides Spiritual Character
Restrains/Convicts of Sin
Selects Overseers
Gal.5:16, 18,25
John 3:5,6,8
Gen.6:3;John 16:8-10; Acts 7:51
Rom. 15: 16; 1 Cor. 6: 11 ; 2 Thess. 2: 13
2 Cor. 1 :22; Eph. 1:14; 4:30
Acts 20:28
Source of fellowship
Source of Liberty
Source of Power
Source of Unity
Source of Spiritual Gifts
2 Cor. 13:14; Phil. 2:1
2 Cor. 3:17,18
Eph. 3: 16
1 Cor. 12:4-11
John 14:26; Acts 15:28; 1 John 2:20, 27

A Balm in Gilead

Balm of GileadJeremiah was called to be the moral voice for a nation that didn’t care about right and wrong.  His heart was torn between his love for his nation and his love for God—a love which demanded obedience.  This internal conflict is why he is called the “Weeping Prophet.”  His weeping, however, was not a sign of personal weakness, but of his great compassion and love for his people.
Christ displayed similar traits of compassion and love as He conducted His earthly ministry. (Mat. 15:32; Mark 1:41)  Oh that we would have a heart like Jeremiah and Christ; that we would be a “balm in Gilead”—a living salve to soothe and heal those bruised by the ills of this world.
Our health as a nation, as a church, as a family, as individuals will not progress until we visit the Great Physician, Jesus Christ. (Mark 2:17)  Yes, there is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole…there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.

The God Who Keeps

Economic upheaval and social strife at home.  Civil wars and natural catastrophes aboard. All these cause us to continually feel anxious, apprehensive, and nervous.  The belief that God keeps us gives comfort and assurance at a time when both (comfort and assurance) are greatly needed. 
In the Old Testament the most popular use of keep is nastar and shamar.  Nastar means to guard, protect, or preserve.  We see this in Isaiah 27:3 when God speaks of His protection of Israel, “I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.”  Shamar is similar in meaning—the sense is one of “watching over someone or something.”  It is likened to a hedge strategically placed for protection.  In Number 6, the LORD uses shamar in the priestly blessing for the children of Israel.
“The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
The New Testament continues this thought of protection and preservation with its Greek meaning of keep—tereo and phulasso. The book of Jude closes with this popular blessing.
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen.”
God’s also extends His keeping to our emotional and spiritual needs.
  •  You (God) will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You. (Isa. 26:3)
  •  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:7)
God’s promise to keep us in “His reach and watchgives us blessed assurance that cannot be matched.  We have nothing to fear for He has set Himself as our sentinel and watchman.  He is the God who keeps. (2 Tim. 1:12)

View From the End of the Rope

Popular adage:  “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it?”
My view of the adage:  “When you come to the end of your rope,
ask yourself how you got there?”
In 2010, I was determined to move our ministry forward in reaching its teaching goals.  My perception was that I needed “traction.” Traction would include better planning, more involvement in the community, and better networking with other Christian ministries.  I was needing and expecting “breakthrough.”                 
I decided to seek God’s face (again, I thought) but this time I would show my seriousness by fasting and serious praying.  What He revealed to me was that my view from the rope was inaccurate and distorted.  What I called “traction” was really the need for “supernatural power” which I didn’t have. (at that time)  I was trying to accomplish through my efforts what only God could do—give increase.  What was needed instead of “breakthrough” was a restored relationship with the Person Christ gave me to accomplish His ministry—that Person was the Holy Spirit.
What are you in need of?  How will you get your breakthrough?  Greater effort?  Longer hours? Better business contacts?  Learn from my view at the end of the rope.  Tap into the greatest resource in the universe.  Not the “fully actualized” part of your “spiritual” essence but he “supernatural” infilling of the Holy Spirit.  He is available to you 7×24, if you are a Christian.
In 2011, I’ve decided to trust in God and be available for the work which the Holy Spirit places in my stewardship.  I’ve decided to let go of the rope!
“I make mention of you in my prayers…that you may know…what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according the working of his mighty power.”   
Ephesians 1:16-19