2 Corinthians 6:3-10 (NLT)
We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. 4 In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. 5 We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. 6 We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. 7 We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. 8 We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors. 9 We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. 10 Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.
In the midst of Paul sharing about the stuff he went through…some pretty tough stuff I might add, he mentions the Holy Spirit (v6). Why? Because he is acutely aware of his utter dependence upon the Holy Spirit. He knows full well, he could not have endured being beaten, imprisoned, worked to near exhaustion and hunger without the Holy Spirit’s empowerment. Here’s the thing; if he couldn’t endure without the Spirit’s help, why do we even try? Why do we think we can make it without Him – without consulting him, without listening to His voice and then acting upon it? Friends, the Joy of a Spirit-Filled Life is knowing He is there with us every step of the way. We are not alone. Holy Spirit is with us. Lean upon Him. Trust Him and watch what He can do to help you through whatever you may face.