The Role of the Holy Spirit in Our Writing

We know Jesus promised His Spirit would live in His followers. But what role does the Holy Spirit have in our writing?

Join me in examining some familiar Bible verses from a writer’s perspective:

The Holy Spirit is always with us (Jn. 14:16)

Ever feel as if your writing life is the equivalent of a rollercoaster ride? Some days you’re “up” and others you’re “down.” Some days you’re sure this is what you’re supposed to do, and other times you feel all alone on this journey.

God’s Spirit indwells every believer forever. He doesn’t come and go. You’re never alone. Rest in the assurance that His Presence is always with you.

The Holy Spirit is Our Helper (Jn. 14:16)

There’s so much to remember and do as we grow as writers. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all. Literary techniques, self-editing standards, genre guidelines, conferences, marketing efforts, networking. The list can seem endless and draining in light of our limited time, energy, and finances.

The Holy Spirit is our Helper. Rest in the assurance that if the Lord has called you to this journey, He will equip you, step by step.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth (Jn. 14:17)

Do we approach our writing in the Spirit of Truth? Regardless of whether we write fiction or nonfiction, we live and work in the light of Truth. Truth and integrity are to be reflected in our writing and our writing relationships.

Jesus said he is the truth and His Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. Follow His leading as He calls you to a life of truth and integrity.

“He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you” (Jn. 16:14)

Why do you write? Is it to see your book on a bestseller list? To be praised as a brilliant storyteller or teacher?

The Holy Spirit’s overriding goal is to glorify Jesus Christ. As we surrender to His leading, our goal will be the same: to glorify our Savior. He will open—or close—doors to accomplish His purposes and for His glory.

The Lord did not call us to write, only to leave us alone on the journey. Rest in the assurance that, for every child of God, the Holy Spirit is always at work in all areas of life, and that includes our writing!

Can you think of other ways the Holy Spirit fulfills His role in your writing? Add them in the comments!

4 thoughts on “The Role of the Holy Spirit in Our Writing

  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful message. It’s a blessing to remember that the Holy Spirit is with us to guide us and encourage us as we seek to write words that honor and glorify the Lord.

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