Move_of_Holy_SpiritDependence: ‘The state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else.’ [1]

In our culture today, we applaud independence. As parents, we regard self-sufficiency as a sign of maturity in our children.

Luke summed up the whole of Jesus’ growing-up years in a single sentence: ‘Jesus… grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and people.’ (Luke 2:52)

And yet as Jesus emerged into the maturity of His ministry, we see that the whole expression of His life was one of complete dependence upon the Father (John 5:19) and upon the empowering Presence of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 10:28)

If you and I are going to reach our potential and be all God has created us to be, we need to pay attention to Jesus’ example of a life dependent upon God.

Because of our cultural conditioning, dependency upon God is not likely to come naturally to us. It will require intention and regular re-focus. But more than this: it must become our great desire and the cry of our heart.

8 Ways to Make Room for the Holy Spirit in a Ministry Situation

What does dependence upon the Holy Spirit look like in the ministry environment? How can we honour God’s Presence and make room for the Spirit to move? Here are some things I am personally paying attention to at this time. [2] Your own ministry situation will be unique to you—so I encourage you to weigh up each point and ask,

  • ‘Is this relevant to my own ministry?’
  • ‘If this is important, how can I apply this to my own situation?’

1. Be Aware of the Holy Spirit as a Person

‘And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.’ (Eph 4:30)

God is with us—actually present, here and now—in the Person of the Holy Spirit.

I want to grow in my consciousness of Him as a Person, be alert to His desires, discover what brings Him pleasure and be sensitive to what grieves Him. I do not want to take Him for granted, but grow in my love and affection for Him and His Presence.

2. Acknowledge God’s Presence

It helps us—and those around us—to become aware of the Holy Spirit, when we acknowledge God’s Presence verbally, in a natural way. Sometimes I do this through prayer—other times by way of a remark. God really is with us—now. And that revelation releases faith, which in turn releases the Spirit’s Presence and power.

3. Allow Flexibility in a Ministry Schedule.

When it comes to meetings, both time-framed and open schedules allow room for Holy Spirit to move. The key is not how much time is available to us in our ministry segment, but our attitude and how we steward the use of that time.

I am learning to relax, be flexible, break out of my tendency towards organising every minute, and be open to be led of the Spirit to do something different. As I see the results—people encountering God—my faith is growing in this area.

4. Honour God-Appointed Leadership

Honouring leadership means embracing the vision of those whom God has called us to serve.

Sometimes I am given guidelines, or limitations, such as a timeframe. I may be asked to minister in a certain way. Respecting this brings pleasure to the Holy Spirit and is certainly not a restriction to Him. In fact, having an attitude of honour releases the Spirit to move in power. [3]

5. Share Stories about what God has been Doing

Something shifts in the spiritual atmosphere when we talk about what God has been doing. Sharing testimonies of God’s power—where Jesus is the only explanation for what is taking place—builds faith and enlarges the expectation of others and us.

The Holy Spirit delights in turning people’s hearts to glorify Jesus.  “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. (John 15:26)

6. Include Spiritual Preparation as well as Practical Preparation

Setting aside time for the Holy Spirit to speak and to move applies to times of preparation, as well as the ministry itself. This can be a challenge when we are busy and have deadlines to meet.

This means not just preparing on the practical side, but also preparing in the Holy Spirit. Taking time to receive and be filled with Him. Taking time to discover what He desires to do, so that we can position for God’s purposes.

7. Use Spiritual Gifts and Value God’s Anointing

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (1 Cor 12:7)

Spiritual gifts are evidence of God at work. Prophecy is one example of this. The operation of spiritual gifts is a witness to God’s reality and power. But this does not only apply to revelatory gifts such as prophecy, or power gifts, such as healing.

How much do I value God’s anointing? I want to communicate well, but unless the touch of God is on my preaching or teaching gift, my words will miss the mark. [4]

8. Obey the Spirit’s Leadings

Jesus said, Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.’ (John 5:19)

The Father conveys His purpose to us, not only ahead of time, but also in moments of the Spirit’s prompting. This means being sensitive to His leading, and partnering with Him in our response to God.


[1] From the Google definition of the word ‘dependence.’

[2] By way of context, this currently falls into 4 categories for me: public speaking (including prophetic ministry), writing, administration, and relationships.

[3] For more on this, see The Power of Prophetic Accountability.

[4] See Ministry That Breaks Open God’s Anointing

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The Visible Holy Spirit
How to Have an Intimate Relationship with the Holy Spirit

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