God's Power: The Holy Spirit

Often when we think of the Holy Spirit's power in our lives we think of enablement to do effective ministry (1 Cor. 2:4-5), understand truth (1 Cor. 2:10-16), live victoriously (Gal. 5:16-26), and be witnesses of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8). Yet, there is so much more to the Spirit's power that can help leaders not only "do" what they were called to do but also "be" a leader who makes a difference. The following aspects of the Spirit's power provide leaders with the ability to persevere and stay impassioned toward Him through whatever their leadership takes them.
 

1) The Spirit's power enables you to overflow with hope.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 15:13)
Why hope is important for leaders:
  • Hope generates confidence. (Ps. 71:5)
    Even if things don't outwardly appear to be what you think they should be, you are able to press on.
  • Hope keeps you from despair (Prov. 13:12)
    Even if you are beaten down, you still maintain joy and peace.
  • Hope enables you to keep loving that hard to reach person. (1 Cor. 13:6-7)
    Even if people repeatedly offend or disappoint, you continue to look for the best in them.
Objective: "that you may overflow with hope" ... not just a trickle of hope
 
This is a degree of hope that can't help but be noticed by others and would consequently serve as a contagion.
 

2) The Spirit's power strengthens your inner being.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. (Eph. 3:16-17a)
Why inner renewal is important for leaders:
 
In the church you will experience both joys and sorrows, favor and disfavor, comfort and hurts, success and failure which . . .
  • can drain you as you give and give, often without return
  • can distract you from personal time with the Lord as you focus on the needs of others
  • can disillusion you as some of the people you serve and have come to love might be the very ones who turn on you
Objective: "that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith" ... not just a temporary but permanent experience
 
You stay focused on Christ which is where you need to be in order to effectively lead.
 
 
You can see how the Holy Spirit's power at work in you will greatly benefit the whole church as you walk in the hope and strength He provides, enabled by Him to serve, be a witness, and live victoriously. Multiply that by His power at work within others in your body and you will have no ordinary church.
 
Leaders, you need the Holy Spirit's power.
 
Walk, or live, in the Spirit. (Gal. 5:16)
 
Be led by the Spirit. (Gal. 5:18)
 
Keep pace, or in step, with the Spirit. (Gal. 5:25)
 
Be filled with, or controlled by, the Spirit. (Eph. 5:18)
 
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