The Holy Spirit is an activator of God’s plans and purposes. As an activator, the Holy Spirit is the author of life and the initiator of God’s work. Think of the Holy Spirit as the power source behind the means by which God accomplishes His plans. We see the activating work of the Holy Spirit in the birth of Jesus and the creation of the world.
It’s easy to overlook the Spirit’s role in the birth of our Savior. After all, most manger scenes are focused on the shepherds in the fields, the angels in the sky, or the wise men coming from the East. Most understand that Jesus’ birth was supernatural. In fact, it was an angel that explained to Mary how it would all happen.
The angel declared, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” (Luke 1:35) The word “overshadowed” is used of Peter’s shadow falling on the sick in Acts 5:15. We read similar wording in the creation account in Genesis 1:1-2 where the Bible tells us that the Spirit was “hovering over the waters”. The Hebrew word rachaph literally means “to relax”. So the idea is that God’s Spirit came to rest or hover close to the water in anticipation of creation.
Just as the Holy Spirit activated the birth of the Savior and empowered the Word of God to speak the world into existence, so too can He activate the plans and purposes of God in your life.
What plan or purpose is God by His Spirit wanting to breathe to life today for you?