The Holy Spirit was given to live inside those who believe in Jesus, in order to produce God’s character in the life of a believer. In a way that we cannot do on our own, the Holy Spirit will build into our lives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Rather than trying to be loving, patient, kind, God asks us to rely on Him to produce these qualities in our lives. Thus Christians are told to walk in the Spirit and be filled with the Spirit.12 And the Holy Spirit empowers Christians to perform ministerial duties that promote spiritual growth among Christians.13
Many of us have pushed some of the greatest prophetic promises of God into the millennial age or even the eternal hereafter. But the Holy Spirit is urging some of us to think big, ask big and plan big. Some of us are being rearranged in some of our thinking and we are crying out to the Lord to bring some of what we projected only for the future into our now.
The Holy Spirit also performs a function for non-Christians as well. He convicts people’s hearts of God’s truth concerning how sinful we are — needing God’s forgiveness; how righteous Jesus is — He died in our place, for our sins; and God’s eventual judgment of the world and those who do not know Him.14 The Holy Spirit tugs on our hearts and minds, asking us to repent and turn to God for forgiveness and a new life.