When we build buildings, we use footers to anchor the structure to the solid ground and we use pillars for supports. Pillars add structure and strength.

Scripture has some “pillars” for us that help us understand the Holy Spirit — who He is and what He does. Take a look at these:

I Thessalonians 5:19: Do not quench the Spirit. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire with in you. Are you living in such a way that the Spirit thrives within you, or do you “dampen” Him, making Him small and less influential within you?

Ephesians 6:18: Pray in the Spirit. Prayer is a weapon! Just as a soldier uses physical armor for protection, we pray like warriors called to battle, defeating our enemy in spiritual warfare. 

Ephesians 6:17: Take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Know your Bible; it is powerful, because it is living and active. 

Galatians 5:16-25: Live by the Spirit (not the flesh). The Spirit brings life just as our selfish, worldly ways that oppose God bring death.

Galatians 5:25: Keep in step with the Spirit. When you walk closely with someone, you step in cadence with each other. Stay near the Holy Spirit, stepping with Him wherever He directs.

Ephesians 5:18: Be filled with the Spirit (vs. wine). Let the Holy Spirit fill you, for He is good! His love endures forever — much better than a regretful hangover. He’s the best!

Ephesians 4:30: Do not grieve the Spirit of God, with Whom you were sealed. You are promised to God, and He has claimed you as His own family. So don’t hurt His feelings, don’t behave in a way that makes Him sad. Let His correction bring your heart and behavior new life.


Morning Pause: Pray through the verses above. Which one jumps off the page? Write it down and take it with you into your day.

Afternoon Pause: Still your mind for a moment and breath in the breath of God. Remind yourself of the truth: where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17). He’s got you. Keep in step with Him this afternoon.

Evening Pause: Examine your day with the Holy Spirit. When did you have to fight? When were you tempted to quench His fire or grieve Him? Hear the gospel: If we sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Be free in Him, celebrate forgiveness and freedom, and rest.