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The Work of the Holy Spirit: 9 Powerful Ways He Works

A Bible study on the work of the Holy Spirit in our life. We will look at different aspects of the Holy Spirit work in the believers walk with the Lord. 

The Work of the Holy Spirit

Did you know that the Holy Spirit is constantly working in and through us? Oh, let’s not forget He is working in and through the whole body of Christ. And even with all that work He’s working on the hearts of those who have not come to salvation yet!

It’s safe to say the Holy Spirit is at boss level when it comes to working in our lives. But what is it all that He does? Well, today we are going to look 9 ways the Holy Spirit work. You will be blown away how much He does for us!

Here is a table if you would like to hop around or just scroll through like usual. 

The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer?

As believers it’s important that we understand the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We need to learn how He speaks, works, and moves. We need to learn about the gifts of the Holy Spirit as well. We do this by having fellowship with Him and digging into the Bible.

And we are going to do just that! We are going to dig into God’s word see all the things the Holy Spirit does! 

*Side Note: This is not any specific order. It’s random and you will be able to find scripture verses with each one. 

1. The Holy Spirit Brings Justification and Life 

When we become born again we become born of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes and cleanses and fills us. He gives us life and we become a new creature in Christ!

I love this quote by D.L Moody

The work of the Spirit is to impart life, to implant hope, to give liberty, to testify of Christ, to guide us into all truth, to teach us all things, to comfort the believer, and to convict the world of sin.

Dwight L. Moody

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. – John 3:5

Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.- 1 Corinthians 12:3

2. The Holy Spirit Fills the Believer 

When we are dry the Holy Spirit refreshes!

When we are empty or low, He fills us!

When we are overflowing He keeps pouring!

This is who He is! When we come to Him no matter where we are at He revives us. And we are encouraged to be filled with Him! I encourage if you haven’t asked the Holy Spirit to fill you and refresh you, do so! He is willing to touch our lives if we would just go to Him.

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit – Ephesians 5:18 

3. The Holy Spirit Fellowships with Us 

The Holy Spirit actually desires relationship with us! He wants to partner with us so that we can walk in freedom and experience all the goodness the Lord has for us! 

For more benefits of fellowship check out: 5 Benefits of having Fellowship with the Holy Spirit

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. – 2 Corinthians 13:14 

4. The Holy Spirit Counsels and Comforts Us 

Depending your translation you will see the Holy Spirit being called your Counselor, Comforter, or  Helper. That word in the Greek is actuallyparaklētos. Now, that really that deserve a just on it’s on. And maybe I will do that in the future. But for now I will briefly say it means, to be called to one’s side or one who pleads another’s cause before a judge. 

In other words….the Holy Spirit has your back! The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. – Isaiah 11:2

5. The Holy Spirit Empowers Us 

The Holy Spirit who is all powerful is willing to empower us. Mind blown! He empowers us to be witnesses (evangelism), but He also empowers with the gifts of the Spirit (for the building up of the church). 

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. – Acts 1:8

6. The Holy Spirit Teaches and Reminds Us 

I love this about the Holy Spirit! He does so much already, but then He goes beyond and teaches us and reminds us. I can’t tell you the countless times I have had a poopy attitude and I was complaining to the Lord. When all of the sudden the Holy Spirit will speak to me and reveal truth. 

Here is a silly story of mine when I was a teen. Some guy at church hurt me. And I don’t even remember what it was about. What I do remember was that I was super upset. So, I decided to vent to the Lord.  No joke, this what I said to Him….

“Lord, guys suck. Why did you even make them?”

I said it to Him a couple times. All of sudden I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit come on me. He rebuked me and told me that they were His creation and He loved them. He then told me to repent for my attitude towards men. 

Well, you can bet I learned something! He taught me a lot in that instant and reminded me of His truth. It’s been 15+ plus years and I remember it clearly. 

The Holy Spirit is truly the BEST teacher!

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. – John 14:26

7. The Holy Spirit Bears Good Fruit In Our Lives

It’s clear that when we walk in the Spirit we will produce the fruit of the Spirit. Which honestly is AMAZING! Who doesn’t want more love, joy, peace…etc?! I’ll take it all…thank you very much!  

This fruit is a byproduct of time spent with Him. It’s not a byproduct of going to church or being able to recite Bible verses. Those are great things, but the fruit of the Spirit comes from a lifestyle of fellowship and prayer with the Holy Spirit. 

I always look at it this way. When I am missing peace or joy in my life. I can guarantee you it’s because I am neglecting my time with God. If I am short with people and my attitude stinks. Guarantee you I have missed prayer the past couple days. I know this…I have seen what I am like with lots of time with God or with little time with God. I prefer the Melissa who spends a lot of time with God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23

8. The Holy Spirit Convicts Us

The wages of sin is death, and the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Conviction may not always be a fun feeling. But the Holy Spirit uses us to help protect us from the ramifications of sin and harm. 

When we feel convicted and we turn and repent. We break off the power the enemy tries to have on us and those around us. And sometimes the conviction is not over HUGE things. Sometimes the Holy Spirit with convict you of gossiping or saying something hurtful. 

And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. – John 16:8-11

9. The Holy Spirit Brings Freedom

When the Holy Spirit is present bondage, fear, pain, and more get broken off of us. He transforms us so that we can be more like Him.

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. – 2 Corinthians 3:17

Learn More About The Holy Spirit

If you are hungry to learn more about the Holy Spirit than I encourage you to check out my other articles on the Holy Spirit. I even have posts on the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit.


God willing, this post has encouraged and that you have learned something about the work of the Holy Spirit. My prayer is that you will continue you to grow in your understanding of who He is and experience His blessing and presence daily. 

Is God doing amazing things in your life? Feel free to leave me a comment down below. I would love to hear what He is teaching and showing you.