Thomas T. Lynch, 1818-1871

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Ezekiel 36:26 & 27

An awareness and knowledge of the Holy Spirit's ministries is most important for every believer. Note briefly these ten specific ministries:

* Teaches truths about the Father and reveals Christ (John 16:12-15).
* Convicts us of wrong doing (John 16:8-11).
* Regenerates and renews us (Titus 3:5).
* Baptizes or places us into the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13).
* Gives assurance of our salvation (Romans 8:16).
* Indwells and guides our lives (Romans 8:14; I Corinthians 6:19 & 20).
* Prays for us (Romans 8:26).
* Fills our lives with joy and power (Ephesians 4:30).
* Seals and guarantees our eternal promise (Ephesians 4:30).
* Distributes gifts to the church (I Corinthians 12:1-11).

In spite of a renewed awareness and appreciation of the Holy Spirit's ministries within recent years, there is also much theological difference between various groups of believers regarding terminologies and specifics. May we not become so engrossed with our theological arguments that we forfeit the practical benefits of living and walking in the Spirit and demonstrating the fruit of a Spirit-filled life to a lost world--"love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance" (Galatians 5:22).

"Gracious Spirit, Dwell With Me" also reminds us that the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit should make us "gracious," "truthful," "mighty," and "holy."

Gracious Spirit, dwell with me!
I myself would gracious be;
And with words that help and heal
Would Thy life in mine reveal;
And with actions bold and meek
Would for Christ my Savior speak.

Truthful Spirit, dwell with me!
I myself would truthful be;
And with wisdom kind and clear
Let Thy life in mine appear;
And with actions brotherly
Speak my Lordís sincerity.

Tender Spirit, dwell with me!
I myself would tender be;
Shut my heart up like a flow'r
In temptationís darksome hour,
Open it when shines the Son,
And His love my fragrance own.

Holy Spirit, dwell with me!
I myself would holy be;
Separate from sin, I would
Choose and cherish all things good,
And whatever I can be
Give to Him Who gave me Thee!

*For Today*: Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 5:26; I Peter 1:22

Since the Holy Spirit is the most neglected and least understood Person of the Godhead, what can you do to help your church bring more attention to the importance of the Holy Spirit and His specific ministries?

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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