The Holy Spirit is not enthusiasm, compassion, or bravado. He might stimulate such emotions, but he himself is a person. He determines itineraries (Acts 16:6), distributes spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:7-11), he comforts (John 16:7). Jesus promised, “He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:17). Occasional guest? No sir. The Holy Spirit is a year-round resident in the hearts of his children.
As God’s story becomes our story, his power becomes our power. Well then why do we suffer from power failures? We turn to him to get us started, and then continue in our own strength. The same hand that pushed back the rock from the tomb can shove away your doubt. The same power that stirred the heart of Christ can stir your flagging faith. The same strength that put Satan on his heels can—and will—defeat Satan in your life. Just keep the power supply open.