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Songs to Teach and Inspire

by Ministry Through Melody

Holy Spirit – The Inspiration Behind the Song

Holy Spirit

“Let the Spirit change your way of thinking.” (Ephesians 4:23 CEV)

This song came about from a melody my co-writer and arranger had that I really loved.  I was traveling and asked if I could take the melody with me and work on it.  Meanwhile I was in a study at Rick Warren’s Church called Foundations, Developed by Tom Holladay and Kay Warren. Foundations teaches the essential truths of Christian faith in a simple, systematic, and life changing way through an exploration of 11 core doctrines: The Bible, God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, Creation, Salvation, Sanctification, Good and Evil, The Afterlife, The Church, and The Second Coming.
This melody was so fitting for The Holy Spirit teaching that I wanted to convey the teachings in the song.  I cannot count the times in my life the Holy Spirit has suddenly led me in a different direction to save myself from trouble.  But The Holy Spirit does much more. The Holy Spirit connects us to Jesus Christ and to His body. He reveals Christ to us, gives us His life, and makes Christ alive in us. The Spirit takes the experiences of Jesus . . . His incarnation, ministry, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension . . . and brings them into our own experience. There are a few listed in the song, however, here are many more things the Holy Spirit does:
  • He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8).
  • He guides us into all truth (John 16:13).
  • He regenerates us (John 3:5-8; Titus 3:5).
  • He glorifies and testifies of Christ (John 15:26; 16:14).
  • He reveals Christ to us and in us (John 16:14-15).
  • He leads us (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18; Matt. 4:1; Luke 4:1).
  • He sanctifies us (2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:2; Rom. 5:16).
  • He empowers us (Luke 4:14; 24:49; Rom. 15:19; Acts 1:8).
  • He fills us (Eph. 5:18; Acts 2:4; 4:8, 31; 9:17).
  • He teaches us to pray (Rom. 8:26-27; Jude 1:20).
  • He bears witness in us that we are children of God (Rom. 8:16).
  • He produces in us the fruit or evidence of His work and presence (Gal. 5:22-23).
  • He distributes spiritual gifts and manifestations (the outshining) of His presence to and through the body (1 Cor.12:4, 8-10; Heb. 2:4).
  • He anoints us for ministry (Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38).
  • He washes and renews us (Titus 3:5).
  • He brings unity and oneness to the body (Eph. 4:3; 2:14-18). Here He plays the same role that He plays in the Godhead. The Spirit is the life that unites Father and Son. He plays the same role in the church. When He is operating in a group of people, He unites them in love. Therefore, a sure evidence of the Holy Spirit working in a group is Love and Unity. Not signs and wonders (those are seasonal and can be counterfeited).
  • He is our guarantee and deposit of the future resurrection (2 Cor. 1:22; 2 Cor. 5:5).
  • He seals us unto the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30).
  • He sets us free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:2).
  • He quickens our mortal bodies (Rom. 8:11).
  • He reveals the deep things of God to us (1 Cor. 2:10).
  • He reveals what has been given to us from God (1 Cor. 2:12).
  • He dwells in us (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Tim. 1:14; John 14:17).
  • He speaks to, in, and through us (1 Cor. 12:3; 1 Tim. 4:1; Rev. 2:11; Heb 3:7; Matt. 10:20; Acts 2:4; 8:29; 10:19; 11:12, 28; 13:2; 16:6,7; 21:4,11).
  • He is the agent by which we are baptized into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13).
  • He brings liberty (2 Cor. 3:17).
  • He transforms us into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18).
  • He cries in our hearts, “Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:6).
  • He enables us to wait (Gal. 5:5).
  • He supplies us with Christ (Phil. 1:19, KJV).
  • He grants everlasting life (Gal. 6:8).
  • He gives us access to God the Father (Eph. 2:18).
  • He makes us (corporately) God’s habitation (Eph. 2:22).
  • He reveals the mystery of God to us (Eph. 3:5).
  • He strengthens our spirits (Eph. 3:16).
  • He enables us to obey the truth (1 Pet. 1:22).
  • He enables us to know that Jesus abides in us (1 John 3:24; 4:13).
  • He confesses that Jesus came in the flesh (1 John 4:2).
  • He says “Come, Lord Jesus” along with the bride (Rev. 22:17).
  • He dispenses God’s love into our hearts (Rom. 5:5).
  • He bears witness to the truth in our conscience (Rom. 9:1).
  • He teaches us (1 Cor. 2:13; John 14:26).
  • He gives us joy (1 Thess. 1:6).
  • He enables some to preach the gospel (1 Pet. 1:12).
  • He moves us (2 Pet. 1:21).
  • He knows the things of God (1 Cor. 2:11).
  • He casts out demons (Matt. 12:28).
  • He brings things to our remembrance (John 14:26).
  • He comforts us (Acts 9:31).
  • He makes some overseers in the church and sends some out to the work of church planting [through the body] (Acts 20:28; 13:2).

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