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The Spirit Of The Lord

Updated: Jul 3

Welcome to Day 23. of our devotional study, Who Is The Holy Spirit And What Does He Do? online Bible study.  Today we discuss a name of the Holy Spirit, Lord.

You might find it strange to call the Holy Spirit "Lord" since we often use that name for Jesus. However, while Jesus is physically in heaven, He is also spiritually present in every believer through the Holy Spirit. Another way to explain this is that the Holy Spirit is an "agent", He acts on behalf of the Son, carrying out His divine purposes.

The Spirit of the Lord is essential for believers, providing wisdom, empowerment, freedom, and a close relationship with God.

The Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives is transformative, helping us grow in faith and live out God’s purposes. To better understand the Holy Spirit's role as Lord in our lives, let’s reflect on some key Bible verses: Isaiah 11:2, Isaiah 61:1, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Romans 8:2, Galatians 4:6, and 2 Corinthians 13:14. These passages reveal the many ways the Spirit of the Lord works in and through us.

the spirit of the lord

The Spirit Of The Lord

Imagine having a constant companion who brings you wisdom in confusion, strength in weakness, freedom from burdens, and a deep, unshakeable connection with God. This is the incredible gift of the Spirit of the Lord. As believers, we have the Holy Spirit living within us, guiding and empowering us every step of the way. But how well do you truly understand His role in your life?

Join me in our study today and we will uncover the depth of His presence and power in our lives. Let’s discover how the Spirit of the Lord can bring us into a fuller, richer, and more vibrant relationship with God.

The Spirit of wisdom and understanding

Read Isaiah 11:2

"And 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 the fear of the Lord." Isaiah 11:2 ESV.

This verse prophetically speaks about the Messiah, Jesus Christ, and the fullness of the Spirit that rests upon Him. The Spirit of —wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and fear of the Lord—illustrates the complete and perfect work of the Holy Spirit in Jesus. As believers, we have access to these attributes too, and are called to reflect them in our lives through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

When we actively seek the Lord's presence, the Holy Spirit gives us:

  1. Spirit of wisdom - divine wisdom, enabling us to make decisions that align with God's will. This wisdom goes beyond human understanding, guiding us in complex and challenging situations.

  2. Spirit of understanding -The Spirit provides deep understanding of God's truths and mysteries. This understanding helps us grasp the meaning of Scripture and apply it to our lives.

  3. Spirit of counsel - The Holy Spirit acts as our divine counselor, offering guidance and advice. He helps us navigate life's challenges and provides direction in times of uncertainty.

  4. Spirit of might - The Spirit empowers us with strength and courage to face difficulties and to carry out God's work. This might enables us to overcome obstacles and to stand firm in our faith.

  5. Spirit of knowledge - The Holy Spirit imparts knowledge of God and His ways. This knowledge deepens our relationship with Him and helps us live following His purposes.

  6. Spirit of the fear of the Lord - The Spirit instills a reverent awe and respect for God. This fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and motivates us to live in obedience to Him.

As you reflect on Isaiah 11:2, remember that the Holy Spirit, as Lord, is actively at work in you, equipping you to live out God's purposes. Embrace His presence, rely on His guidance, and allow His attributes to shape your life. Through the Spirit of the Lord, you can experience a deeper, more vibrant relationship with God and fulfill His calling for us.


The Spirit of the Lord is upon me

Read Isaiah 61:1

"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;" Isaiah 61:1 ESV.

Isaiah 61:1 is a powerful declaration of the Spirit's anointing and purpose, pointing to Jesus and, by extension, the work of the Holy Spirit in us as His followers. The Holy Spirit empowers believers to share the gospel boldly and effectively, bringing the message of salvation and hope in Jesus Christ.

He comforts and heals those who are hurting, ministering to emotional and spiritual wounds with peace and restoration. The Spirit proclaims freedom for those in bondage to sin, addiction, fear, or any other captivity, breaking chains and setting people free to live in God's grace.

The Holy Spirit also releases people from spiritual darkness, illuminating their path and helping them walk in righteousness. As Lord, He equips and empowers us to fulfill God's mission. By embracing His anointing, we can proclaim the good news, heal the brokenhearted, set captives free, and bring light to those in darkness.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom

Read 2 Corinthians 3:17

"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."

This verse highlights the Holy Spirit's Lordship and the incredible freedom His presence brings. As fully God, the Holy Spirit holds divine authority and power, working perfectly with the Father and the Son. His presence brings true freedom—freedom from sin, guilt, fear, and all spiritual bondage. This freedom not only liberates us from negative influences but also empowers us to live a victorious and abundant life in Christ.

Here are practical ways to apply this truth:

  1. Embrace His Lordship:

  • Submit to the Holy Spirit's authority in every aspect of your life. Let His will take precedence over your own desires and decisions.

  • Prayer: Holy Spirit, I acknowledge You as Lord. Take control of my life and guide me according to Your will.

  1. Seek His Freedom:

  • Actively seek the freedom that the Holy Spirit offers. Regularly examine your heart and ask the Spirit to reveal and remove anything that hinders your walk with God.

  • Prayer: Spirit of the Lord, bring Your freedom into my life. Break every chain and set me free to live fully for You.

  1. Live in His Power:

  • Rely on the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome challenges and to live out your faith boldly. Trust that His presence within you equips you for every good work.

  • Prayer: Empower me, Holy Spirit, to live a life that reflects Your freedom and power. Help me to overcome every obstacle with Your strength.

The Spirit of the Lord frees us from the law of sin and death.

Read Romans 8:2

"For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:2 ESV.

The Holy Spirit brings life and freedom from the law of sin and death. His transformative power regenerates us, empowering us to live a new life in Christ, free from our old nature's bondage. Unlike the old law's condemnation, the Spirit's law brings life and liberty. Through the Holy Spirit, we are set free from sin's grip and the fear of death, a gift from Christ’s redemptive work on the cross.

Romans 8:2 highlights the Spirit's liberating power. By embracing His guidance and celebrating the freedom He provides, we can experience the fullness of life that God intends for us.

The Spirit Of The Lord confirms our adoption as children of God

Read Galatians 4:6

"And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”" Galatians 4:6 ESV.

The Holy Spirit confirms our adoption as God's children, allowing us to call Him "Abba, Father." This intimate relationship, made possible through the Spirit living within us, assures us of our place in God's family.

Galatians 4:6 reveals that the Holy Spirit affirms our status as God's children, connecting us intimately with Jesus Christ and the Father. "Abba" means "Daddy" or "Papa," reflecting a deep and affectionate relationship with God. The Holy Spirit encourages us to approach God with this level of intimacy and trust. His presence in our hearts testifies that we are truly God's children, not based on our feelings or actions, but on His witness within us.

Remember daily that you are a child of God. Let this truth shape your thoughts, actions, and attitudes. Spend time in prayer, addressing God as "Abba, Father," and build a deeper relationship with Him through open communication. Let the assurance of God's love and your identity in Him bring you confidence and peace in all circumstances. Trust that the Holy Spirit is always with you, guiding and supporting you.

We end our study with a beautiful blessing from 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Blessing of the Spirit of the Lord

"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 ESV.

2 Corinthians 13:14 beautifully expresses the blessings of the Holy Trinity in our lives. Jesus Christ extends His grace to us, offering unmerited favor that brings salvation and sustains us. The Father's unconditional and eternal love forms the foundation of our relationship with Him. The fellowship of the Holy Spirit, a precious gift, brings us into an intimate, ongoing relationship with God, offering guidance, comfort, and empowerment.

By embracing this fellowship, we experience the Holy Spirit’s transformative power in every aspect of our lives. As we deepen our relationship with the Holy Spirit, we open ourselves to the fullness of God's blessings, living in His grace, love, and power. Embrace this fellowship and allow the Holy Spirit to transform your life.


The Spirit of the Lord is active and powerful in the lives of believers, bringing wisdom, empowerment, freedom, life, adoption, and fellowship. As God's active presence and power, the Holy Spirit teaches, guides, comforts, convicts, regenerates, sanctifies, gifts, and intercedes for us. By acknowledging the Holy Spirit as Lord, we affirm His sovereign power to transform and empower us in our walk with God. Understanding and experiencing the Holy Spirit's work is essential for living a fruitful and empowered Christian life. Reflect on these truths and invite the Holy Spirit to transform your life and enable you to live out God's purposes.

Here are cross-references for further study:

James 1:5, 1 Corinthians 2:10-11, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 3:16, John 6:63, Romans 8:11, Romans 8:15, Philippians 2:1, John 16:13, Acts 9:31, John 16:8, Acts 2:37, Titus 3:5, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Romans 8:26-27.


Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Spirit. Fill me with Your wisdom, empower me for Your service, and guide me into all truth. Help me to live in the freedom and new life You have given me, embracing my identity as Your child. May I experience the fellowship of the Holy Spirit daily. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Who Is The Holy Spirit And What Does He Do? Online Bible study And Printable Journal

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Dive even deep into this study with our printable journal. This journal is designed to guide you through personal reflections and insights, enhancing your experience as you engage with the Scriptures and listen to the Holy Spirit. Grab your journal HERE.

Here are some questions to consider as you study the person of the Holy Spirit:

  1. What is the most important truth I learned about the Holy Spirit?

  2. Did the Holy Spirit convict me of anything that I need to change in my life?

 Come back tomorrow as we study Unity In The Spirit.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. May the Holy Spirit continue to lead you into a deeper relationship with God and empower you to live out your faith boldly and effectively.

Resources used in today's study on, The Spirit OF The Lord:

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  • Printable Devotions For Women's Groups HERE

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