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If you knew someone had a gift (a good gift) they desperately wanted to give you, wouldn’t you nearly burst with anticipation? Absolutely. The fact is that God holds an amazing gift bearing your name. As an infinitely better gift-giver than even the best of us, God longs to grant us the gift of the Holy Spirit. Our job? Just ask. (Luke 11:13).

Why are we not clamoring to receive God’s gift? As I reflected on Luke 11:13, I briefly berated myself for not regularly requesting an extra measure of God’s Spirit. I also determined to learn more about the Holy Spirit’s work in my life. Armed with my Bible, concordance, pen and paper, I began looking up texts and jotting down notes. My simple study resulted in the compilation of my personal “top ten” reasons to ask God for the Holy Spirit. They are as follows:

10. The Holy Spirit provides evidence to us that we are indeed God’s children. (Romans 8:16).

9.  The Spirit intercedes for us in prayer “with groans that words cannot express,” making our prayers understandable to God. (Romans 8:26-27).

8.  The Spirit transforms us, giving us a new heart and moving us to follow God’s laws. (Ezekiel 36.26-27).

7.  The Holy Spirit participates in the ongoing work of sanctification in our lives. (2 Thessalonians 2:13).

6.  The Spirit admonishes us and convicts us of sin. (Nehemiah 9:30; John 16:8).

5.  The Holy Spirit—our Counselor—instructs us, teaches us all things, reminds us of Christ’s words, and guides us into all truth. (Nehemiah. 9:20; John 14:26; 16:13-15).

4.  The Spirit produces the “fruit” of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in our lives. (Galatians 5:16-26).

3.  The Spirit empowers us to act as witnesses, boldly speaking the word of God. (Acts 1:8; 4:31).

2.  The Holy Spirit gives us life; we need not fear death since Jesus, through the Spirit, promises to resurrect the faithful. (Romans 8:11).

And the number one benefit of the Holy Spirit is…

1.  The Holy Spirit is a beautiful deposit in our hearts, guaranteeing our heavenly inheritance. (2 Corinthians. 5:5; Ephesians 1:13-14).

I praise God for the gift of the Holy Spirit. The accomplishment of even one of these things amazes me, yet all ten and even more are promised to those who welcome the Spirit into their hearts. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain through the Holy Spirit. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9).

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