Podcast #73: “Holy Spirit” by Francesca Battistelli & John 14+

This week’s song, “Holy Spirit” as performed by Francesca Battistelli, gets me so excited! I can’t wait to talk about one of my most precious relationships…my relationship with the Holy Spirit. I have personally only begun to scratch the surface of Who He is and so I cherish every chance I get to dig in deeper.


The Holy Spirit is mysterious and powerful, yet revealing and intimate. Don’t you want to learn more about Him, too? Along with the podcast I’ve created a resource to help you dig into Scripture in a fresh way.

On this episode I discuss:

  • A sweet memory that comes to mind when I hear this song
  • Welcoming the Holy Spirit here (cue thumb pointing to your own chest)
  • Why I don’t consider this a worship song
  • A discussion about confession (as it relates to the ACTS pattern for prayer…see Episode 17 for more details)
  • The difference between inviting the Holy Spirit over and declaring Him welcome
  • Francis Chan’s book, “Forgotten God – Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit”
  • Defining Who the Holy Spirit is
  • Considering just a few aspects of the Holy Spirit in our lives
    • We are born again through the Holy Spirit – John 3:5-8
    • The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin – John 16:7-8
    • The Holy Spirit sets us free from the sins we cannot get rid of on our own – Romans 8:1-2
    • Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can overflow with confident hope – Romans 15:13
    • Through the Holy Spirit we are empowered with inner strength – Ephesians 3:16-17
    • The Holy Spirit prays for us – even pleads for us – in harmony with God’s own will – Romans 8:26-27
    • The Holy Spirit gives us power to be God’s witnesses – Acts 1:8
    • The Holy Spirit helps us speak and defend at just the right time – Luke 12:11-12


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If you have never heard this song before, you can listen to the official audio version on YouTube below.

Additional Resources

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This Week’s Challenge

Increase your understanding of the Holy Spirit by reading chunks of Scripture (in context) where there is teaching about the Holy Spirit. A good place to do this is in John chapters 14-16. However, instead of just reading this section of Scripture, interact with it by using an interaction tool I call, “Circle Up!” Circle every mention of the Holy Spirit in this section of Scripture and then answer the question, “What did I learn from circling this reference of the Holy Spirit?” This means you will have to pull out your study journal, or write in the wide margins of your Bible…but it WILL BE WORTH IT!

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  • Erv

    hello Michelle, I just want to say a very big THANK YOU for your podcasts. I just recently signed up to your web page, but have been listening to them now for several months. My commute in the morning is about 1 hr long and listening to your podcast and then ending up the drive with worship music is an incredible start to a Holy Spirit filled day! I love how you spoke about the Holy Spirit in this podcast. You and how you present the study is an inspiration to me and thanks so much. May God richly Bless you in this ministry and I pray many will come to a better understanding of how Awesome the Holy Spirit is in one’s life.
    Blessings from Beautiful British Columbia

    • Erv, thanks for reaching out! I’m thrilled that you are able to fit the podcast in during your commute. I join you in your prayer for others that they would have a better understanding of the Holy Spirit in their lives as well as be more yielded to Him!

    • Erv, you are SO welcome! I love this song, too. I have personally been seeking to be led by the Holy Spirit more and more each day. I guess, He leads, so my struggle is with following! I agree, there is so much power God has given us that we are somehow missing!

  • Peggy

    I too am thankful for these podcasts and songs!!! Such a beautiful and spirit-filled message that overflows to us. Thank you Michelle.

    {I’m not sure how I started getting these because I have done Overflow devotions before with You Version and never ended up here plus I am getting emails with these, I think from adding a trial of the Overflow app, which is soon to run out, which I did not realize but I have appreciated every one of these! May God continue to bless you and fill you with His Holy Spirit as you share these and touch others.}

    • Peggy,
      My relationship with The Overflow just recently started. We found we have a common love…God’s Word and Christian music. I’m so glad you are enjoying the devotions and the podcast. I pray that God will continue to give you an unreasonable desire for His Word.