Operating As One

Learning to operate as one, coworking with Holy Spirit. This idea goes so against who we are as Americans. Our individualism hinders us. His desire is that we operate as one.

The Holy Spirit: Our Divine Co-Worker

The Bible introduces us to the Holy Spirit—the third person of the Trinity. Unlike a distant force, the Holy Spirit is our intimate companion, our divine co-worker. His role is multifaceted:

  • He convicts,
  • comforts,
  • empowers,
  • guides.

But there’s one crucial aspect of our relationship with Him that we often overlook: cooperation.

God’s Power Throughout Scripture

We witness a consistent truth: The Holy Spirit releases His power when we take steps of faith. Remember Joshua and the Jordan River? The waters didn’t part until the leaders stepped into the rushing current in obedience and faith. Obedience unlocks God’s power. It’s not about waiting until we feel powerful or confident; it’s about moving ahead in our weakness, doing the right thing despite our fears and feelings.

Three Keys to Co-Operating with the Holy Spirit

1. Letting Go of Old Ways

“Everything — and I do mean everything — connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it!” (Ephesians 4:22 MSG)

Our first responsibility is to release old patterns of thinking and acting. Let go of self-centeredness, pride, and self-sufficiency. Surrender control and allow the Holy Spirit to transform you from the inside out.

2. Renewing Our Minds“Let the Spirit change your way of thinking.” (Ephesians 4:23 CEV)

Transformation begins in the mind. Just as a caterpillar metamorphosis into a butterfly, our minds can be renewed. Immerse yourself in God’s Word, meditate on His promises, and let His truth reshape your thoughts.

3. Putting on Christ’s Character
“Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:24 NIV)

Character is the sum of our habits. Develop godly habits that align with Christ’s character. Love sacrificially, forgive generously, and serve selflessly. As we do, we co-operate with the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to mold us into vessels of His grace.

Against Individualism: His Desire for Unity

This co-working with the Holy Spirit goes so against who we are as Americans. Our individualism hinders us. But His desire is that we operate as one—a unified body, connected by love, empowered by obedience, and fueled by the Spirit.

In addition to my thoughts, I have a guest writer that is going to share her thoughts on this subject.

Today's Guest Writer: Toni M. Babcock

Toni is the author of Reflections from the Heart, in Light of the Gospel of Jesus, and The Stone Writer (Christian fiction for kids). and she writes for Faithwriters.com. Her contribution today is straight forward and to the point, and I like writers that get to the point. She defines for us how repentance and Faith work together Thanks Toni.

 

“Without faith it is impossible to please [God], for he that cometh unto God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him,” (Hebrews 11:6 KJV).

 

Repentance and faith operate from one principle. A principle Jesus spelled out when he taught his disciples

 

“Without me, ye can do nothing,” (John 15:5b KJV).

 

The Holy Spirit exposes any confidence we might have in the flesh and turns the heart toward the cross of Christ alone. He reveals the truth we ‘were risen with Christ’ and therefore freed by Christ to trust Him immediately. The devil attempts to steal the confidence we have in Christ and says Jesus is not enough. Satan stalls our faith and points us back to our sin and failure trying to convince us we need something more than the work of Christ to save our souls.

 

Satan’s goal is to rob Jesus and deceive His people.

 

“The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,” (John 10:10 KJV).

Any gospel that robs Christ, usurps his authority, twists the truth, and brings people into bondage is not the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In the Old Testament God promised to give his people a heart that would be willing to do what is right, and do it in faith. Prophetically, God promised in the Old Testament,

 

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take the stony heart out of your flesh, and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them,” (Ezekiel 36:26-27 KJV).

 

This is repentance and faith operating as one.

So, dear ones, let’s lay down our self-sufficiency, embrace Holy Spirit, and step into the rushing current of faith. Let’s learn to operate as one, hand in hand with the Holy Spirit. In doing so, we’ll discover a power beyond our own—a power that transforms lives, communities, and nations.

Remember, it’s not about being strong; it’s about being obedient. And in that obedience, we find true strength.

Let’s co-work with the Holy Spirit, for together, we are more than conquerors. 🕊️🌟