Monday, September 24, 2018
Trying to figure out God is beyond man’s ability. However, God invites us into His presence that we might acquaint ourselves with Him – Exodus 25:8. Therefore, as we attempt to shed some light upon how the Holy Spirit operates, it will be feeble at best. I shall share three items, with you.
One thing the Scriptures tell us about how He operates is this, the Holy Spirit impresses the heart with truth – “When He the Spirit is come, He shall guide you into all truth… “John 16:13
Next, the Spirit imparts the fruits of righteousness. “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth…” Ephesians 5:9.
But what is the fruit of the Spirit? “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…” Galatians 5:22-23
Lastly, the Holy Spirit seals your salvation. In other words, in order for you to be saved into God’s kingdom, you must be sealed and the Holy Spirit is the only entity that can do that. “…In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, - Ephesians 1:13
Monday, September 17, 2018
Every entity has responsibilities that are manifest in society. The Holy Spirit is no different. He has been commissioned to do several things; however, I shall focus on only two of them today.
1. The Holy Spirit teaches: Jesus spoke to His disciples in John 14:25-26 and told them - “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
John 16:12-13 states: “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
2. The Holy Spirit intercedes: Romans 8:26-27 tells us that, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
I have learned that I am spiritually ignorant; however, with the fulfilling of the Holy Spirit, God leads, guides, teaches and intercedes for me in my prayer life. Truly, I am grateful for the work of the Holy Spirit, in my life and I invite you to accept Him into your life as well.
Monday, September 10, 2018
The Holy Spirit was sent to comfort and to transform the hearts of God’s followers. Initially, it was to help the 12 chosen disciples to be comforted, courageous, bold, and successful in their witness for Christ and to seal their salvation. However, that has spread to all of Christ believers.
The precious Holy Spirit is the last link in our salvation. We are admonished not to grieve or frustrate the Holy Spirit, for it is He that will seal us for salvation or for destruction - Ephesians 4:30.
Additionally, we are warned not to blaspheme the Holy Ghost, for if we do, we shall never be forgiven; and if we are not forgiven, we cannot be saved into God’s Kingdom - Mark 3:28-30.
Therefore, I have learned that the present position of the Holy Spirit is to be a teacher, to those who wish to learn and one who convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment - John 16:7-9.
I have learned to pay close attention to the Holy Spirit, when He seeks to convict me of anything. I know that is extremely important for me to be open, submissive and obedient to His requests and warnings.
Monday, September 3, 2018
Once Jesus came to earth and became the God-Man, He lost His omnipresence – meaning that although He was probably able to do that in His former state in heaven, He could no longer be everywhere at once, after He was encumbered with a human body. He said to His disciples that it was expedient or to their advantage that He go away John 14:16.
The advantage, to the disciples for Jesus to leave this earth was because the Holy Spirit would then come and take His place; and the joy of that is that the Holy Spirit can be every place at the same time! That is Omnipresence!
Therefore, when you are in the middle of a business deal that seems to be going sour and you call on God for help; the Holy Spirit will show up there.
At the same time, when your spouse is stuck on the freeway with a flat tire, the Holy Spirit is right there.
Your child is taking an exam, at the selfsame time that you are in a business deal, your spouse is stuck with a flat on the highway, and your child is in need of spiritual direction; the Holy Spirit is with your child as well. He has the ability to minister to each of you at the same time, even though you are in different places confronted with different issues!
In all of my years of studying and learning about the work and abilities of the Holy Spirit, I have concluded that His Omnipresence is perhaps one of the greatest gifts that God has given to His people.
Hallelujah and thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Monday, August 27, 2018
The Holy Spirit is our prayer intercessor - Romans 8:26-27
The Holy Spirit is to be Christ’s personal promoter – John 16:13-15
The Holy Spirit brings conviction to our hearts; conviction of sin, righteous and judgment – John 16:8-9
The Holy Spirit brings Christ into our hearts – John 14:18
The Holy Spirit is far more than this writer can fully express. I encourage you to investigate this awesome topic for yourself.
Monday, August 13, 2018
As we have spoken about the many “spirits” that are gone out into the world I John 4:1; it is only right or fair that we should define, as far as humanly possible, who the Holy Spirit is.
According to the Holy Bible, which the Holy Spirit inspired, as He spoke to holy men…II Peter 1:21, He is the third person, in the Triune Godhead.
He was present at creation and is the first of the three persons mentioned in Scripture – Genesis 1:2
He was one of the “us” mentioned in Genesis 1:26 when God (Elohim, the plural name for God) discussed creating mankind.
Jesus gave instructions to His disciples, just prior to ascending to heaven, after His resurrection that they were to go into the entire world and preach the good news (gospel). They were to make disciples of men, teach them the truth of the gospel and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost or Spirit - Matthew 28: 18-19; thus establishing the divinity of the Holy Spirit and His equality with the Father and the Son of God.
Keep coming back; next week we shall address the “position” of the Holy Spirit. I have learned that if we take the Bible at its word, it will explain itself, without contradiction.
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Monday, August 6, 2018
If you are a regular to my blog, then you know by now that I talk a great deal about “spiritual” or “religious” information. Beginning with today’s blog, I shall begin a series, which covers the various aspects of THE HOLY SPIRIT. I put that in capital letters for this reason:
I John 4:1 states: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
The Holy Spirit is one spirit or entity, not several spirits. As we undertake this series, I shall cover several aspects of the divine Holy Spirit of God. He is such a mystery, yet He is such an awesome influencer in the lives of Christian believers.
We shall seek to better understand the following items, plus many others that are not listed.
1. Who is the Holy Spirit?
2. What is His position?
3. How did He get here?
4. Is He part of the divine Godhead?
5. Who promised to send Him?
6. Why was He sent?
7. What does He do?
8. How does He do what He does?
9. What is His mission?
10. What role does He play in the life of the believer?
11. What role does He play in the church?
12. Should we concern ourselves with what He is doing?
13. Etc., etc., etc.
We shall begin next week. Don’t forget now; and tell your friends!