Throughout scripture, the Holy Spirit has always been associated with new beginnings. This is one of the unique ministries He has. From Genesis 1 through today, the Holy Spirit brings new life.
- He was actively involved in the creation of the world.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2 (NASB)
- He was vital for the miraculous conception and birth of Jesus.
“Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:34-35 (NASB)
- He was responsible for the birth of the church.
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4 (NASB)
- He gives new life to all believers.
“Nicodemus said to Him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?’ Jesus answered, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.’” John 3:4-6 (NASB)
What the church in America needs more than anything else is the power and presence of the Holy Spirit – revival. The word “revive” means to restore to life, or give new strength and energy to something. We need the work of the Holy Spirit to bring a new beginning to the church, to restore life to the church and to give new strength and energy to the church. Will you join me in praying for revival in our church, in churches throughout our area, our state, our country and our world? We desperately need to the Holy Spirit to breathe new life and renew His work among us.