But obviously, the power of the Holy Spirit is different from that, right? I agree, but fear that some theology does not distinguish this as much as is needed to have an approachable and relationship oriented view of the Spirit.
Expressions that are often used to describe the Holy Spirit in popular religious circles are:
These words express a kind of power that does not reveal the covenant relationship of God and humanity in free will. The Spirit is not the being of God which will abuse as an earthly kind of power. Rather this is an empowering of God. The Holy Spirit is God's way of inviting us into relationship with the divine. As we find ourselves filled with the Holy Spirit, we are energized by God's love in all we say and do. Perhaps some better words to describe this experience would be:
Do you hear the difference?
The Divine Spirit of God, never forces, abuses or manipulates.
Rather God's power is based on a relationship, where we invite the Holy Spirit into our lives. In our acceptance of this gift we become made new and are able to resist sin, injustice and oppression in the forms they present themselves. We find ourselves able to "be" beyond our own human limitations to love. We find we have a sense of being that gives us strength, encouragement and comfort whatever our situation.
So let us not be wary or afraid of this unexplainable and mysterious presence of God in our lives. Rather, let us invite the Holy Spirit as a part of our relationship with God. Let us trust how God reveals in nurture and comfort, empowerment and transformation.
I pray you will invite the Holy Spirit into your life and experience the gift of this blessing!