For the majority of people who love Jesus, they have been waiting for God to show up in their lives and do what they know He can do.
God’s people (the church) want Him to move in their lives.
I want God to move in your life, in your home, in your work, in your school, in your community (and even in your church).
How do we know God is moving (and, in this sense, the Person of the Trinity that moves for us, in us and through us is the Holy Spirit)?
Before we can recognize whether or not the Holy Spirit is at work in our daily lives, we need to recognize the main role of the Holy Spirit.
What is the job of the third Person of the Trinity?
Some people say the job of the Holy Spirit is to give us power.
Nope. Power is a result of what the Spirit does.
Some people say the job of the Holy Spirit is to give us joy.
Nope. Joy is a result of what the Spirit does.
Some people say the job of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of our sin.
Nope. Conviction is a result of what the Spirit does.
Some people say the job of the Holy Spirit is to bring life.
Nope. Resurrecting a person’s hopes, a relationship or a situation is a result of what the Spirit does.
We want power, joy, freedom and life. How do we get it? What does the Spirit primarily accomplish for us?
Jesus tells us in John 16:13-14:
“When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what He has heard. He will bring Me glory by telling you what he receives from Me.”
The Holy Spirit leads us toward truth by telling us what Jesus has said and gives credit back to Jesus.
In a sentence, here is the role of the Holy Spirit:
To make Jesus real.
So, back to the question, how do we know whether or not God is moving in our lives (how do we know we are living a life that reflects that Jesus is real)?
There are four optics when looking at what church normalcy was in the first century church, right when the Holy Spirit was unleashed. Those proofs are:
It’s an intentional, daily balance of these four proofs that invites God to move, emphasis on daily (meaning, you can’t try one out for a 15 minute test drive and see what God does). Like breathing, like eating, like sleeping – a daily consistency is required.
Worship is not just for Sundays. God needs to be placed on the throne of our desires and words and actions each and every day.
Truth is not just whenever we listen to a sermon or open our Bible. It’s that our entire worldview is shaped and guided by the inerrant Word of God and we exemplify and share that truth in love and gentleness with others.
Community is what we need. Social media and smartphones have allowed us to know more about people while not allowing anyone else to know what really is going in our lives. We need friends we can be transparent with. We need conversations where we are confess what is ugly, where we seek help. We should be opening up our homes hosting others over for a meal.
Compassion is a gamut of possibilities in our lives. It’s sharing with others. It’s praying with others. It’s boundless (meaning they might be Christian or not) and it’s got no strings attached to it (meaning Jesus gets the credit).
Someone who wants God to move in their life needs these four pillars of action daily.
God is God, we are not (Worship).
God’s Word is the way to freedom, not our opinion or desires (Truth).
God’s church and how they love and serve is a reflection of the Trinity (Community).
God’s unconditional love for us is our mission for others (Compassion).
I want revival for your life. You won’t find it by attending church once. You won’t find it relying on your own strength. You won’t find it running away from God.
You’ll find it in these four proofs. And when you consistently invest in them, watch out.
Thanks for reading. You are loved.