The Holy Spirit is an essential enabler in the work that God has given the Church!
Luke 24:49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." ESV
For us to engage our world with 'life changing' influence, we must first be 'influenced' by the Holy Spirit! When Jesus was challenging his disciples to Change, He gave them these imperatives!
Be changed yourself, then
Effect Change in others (Influence)!
Many times, His Church isn't His Church! We have 'stolen the identity, co-opted the control, dominated the agenda, and determined the direction that was intended to belong to the Holy Spirit. When we are in charge, He is NOT! When we are navigating, He CANNOT! Do we give Him the credit for our 'decision-making' then blame Him if things don't go as planned? The Holy Spirit never gets it wrong! Perhaps we have not been as 'changed' as we would like to believe.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." ESV
What do we need? HOLY SPIRIT POWER!
What will He do? REDIRECT OUR FOCUS!
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. ESV
May the Holy Spirit take control of our lives and of the CHURCH!