I want to share something that I’m really excited about, and that’s the present-day ministry of the Holy Spirit. This is the root of everything good that God has done in my life.
Sadly, the teaching of the Holy Spirit’s ministry has largely been neglected in the body of Christ. In fact, many believe that miracles and the Holy Spirit’s gifts aren’t for us today. But rejecting this truth will really limit what God can do in your life. If I had not had an experience with the Lord and the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1968, you would never have heard from me. So, I challenge you to hear what I’m teaching and examine it.
The first thing I want to point out is that the Holy Spirit is a person. He’s not a force or a concept. He’s a person. As part of the Godhead, He’s so important that Jesus Himself did not enter public ministry until He had received the Holy Spirit.
The Bible says that Jesus went to John to be baptized:
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Jesus would not operate independently of the Holy Spirit. If Jesus, the sinless Son of God, needed to be anointed by the Holy Spirit before He could begin His ministry, why do we think we could somehow function without this same empowerment?
Jesus thought so highly of the Holy Spirit’s ministry that He taught extensively about Him on the night before His own death (John 14-16). Jesus told His disciples that He was going to His Father and that they wouldn’t see Him anymore. But He told them it’s “expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you” (John 16:7).
Now, just stop and think about this. Jesus had been with these disciples for three-and-a-half years. He performed countless miracles and taught about the Father like nobody ever had before, and then He was just going to leave. Yet He’s telling them that it’s to their advantage. That’s a radical statement.
If I asked “Would you like to see Jesus in His physical body standing right here with you and ministering to you, or do you want the Holy Spirit?” I bet that 99.9 percent of Christians today would answer that they’d rather have Jesus in His physical body. One reason for this is that the Holy Spirit has been misrepresented. Many Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is the one who makes them feel condemned and guilt-ridden. Yet Jesus called the Holy Spirit the Comforter (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; and 16:7).
In addition to comforting believers, He also empowers us. Some people have taught that He empowers us to just be good. But by teaching this, they are relegating the Holy Spirit to a bar of soap–He cleans you up, and that’s it. They think of the miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit as something that happened 2,000 years ago. They don’t accept, receive, or pursue this ministry of the Holy Spirit today.
Remember, Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit before He did one miracle. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (brackets mine). Jesus is God. The Godhead is one. So, the Holy Spirit is the same today as He ever was. I’m telling you that if Jesus needed the Holy Spirit back then, then we need Him today!
Let’s look at the account of the Holy Spirit coming to reside on the earth. Right before Jesus was caught up into heaven, He told His disciples to “wait for the promise of the Father” (Acts 1:4). He also said, “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you” (Acts 1:8). They had the greatest message that could ever be told, yet He told them not to go anywhere until they received the Holy Spirit–until they received power.
If Jesus needed the Holy Spirit and His own disciples needed the Holy Spirit, then wouldn’t it make sense that we need Him too? During the days of the early church, God confirmed the apostles’ teaching with signs and wonders, the gifts of the Holy Spirit. His desire hasn’t changed. The Lord doesn’t want us witnessing out of our own strength either. Even today, the Word of God should be preached in power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit and not with words only (1 Cor. 2:4).