What The Bible Teaches About The Holy
The Holy Spirit has become real
to me in a very different way this last year. He has lead me in areas
of my life that have changed me completely. He has grown me, corrected
me, interceeded for me, and comforted me just as Christ promised He would.
Now I can look back over my life and see where He has worked before, but
I had been very unaware of His presence.
Spirit is God working in my life to stengthen and sustain my love relationship
with Him. He does it by leading me to obedience, repentance and revival.
Without Him, I would stumble and fail miserably at this relationship.
Human relationships are hard enough to keep "right" - and we all fail miserably
at times. But as humans, without the Holy Spirit, we could never
maintain the love relationship with the Father on the level He desires.
We would have at best a
relationship with our Father very much like our best human relationship.
Can you imagine that? Picture yourself arguing with God over hurt
feelings or misunderstandings. Pretty ludicrous, isn't it?
Even sadder, imagine your
relationship with the Father as a human one you've lost and never been
able to restore. How wonderful that the Holy Spirit protects our relationship
with our Father from our human frailties!
2. The Holy
Spirit is the author and interpreter of the scripture for me (Acts
1:16). Who better to help me understand it clearly and apply it to
my own life!
3. The Holy
Spirit has fulfilled the expectation God had given His people through
the prophet (Joel 2:28-32)
who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved...".
He has answered Jesus' prayers for
"And I will ask the Father,
and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever."(John
also the story of Pentecost in Acts 2.
Holy Spirit comes to us when we repent and acknowledge Jesus
as our Saviour and Lord.
"Repent and be baptised,
every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your
sin. And you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts
2:38) (see also 1 Cor 12:3).
We can all have the Holy Spirit- God's
mark that we belong to Him. "....The Spirit himself testifies with
our spirit that we are God's children" (Rom 8:9,14,16) .
5. The Holy
Spirit equips and powers us to bring the gospel to a lost world (Acts
2:1-11; 1Cor 2:4; 1 Thess 1:5). This message is to powerful for us to handle
on our own! But God has ensured a way for us to convey it successfully
to others. We are
given different gifts according
to the work God has picked for us individually.
"There are different
kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit......Now to each one the manifestation
of the Spirit is given for the common good....All these are the work of
one and the same Sprit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines..."
(1 Cor 12:4-31).
He brings unity to the church (1 Cor
12)and gives us joy. (1 Thess 1:6)
Holy Spirit brings a new sense of God's presence, power, and salvation.
(Joel 2:27-32). We see everything through different eyes because
of Him. Without the Spirit, we would miss His perspective on most of what
we experience in life. Oh, how much we would miss out on without
His help! It'd be similar to a toddler trying to live the life of an adult
- struggling daily to make it.
How awesome our Father is
to have provided for us in this way. Without Him, my daily struggles and
successes would be nothing more than that--but with Him, I am able to see
God's hand in everything. If I'm struggling in a human relationship,
and I allow the Spirit to open my eyes, I can then see where God is able
to work in my life through this struggle.
Without the Spirit's help,
I would be totally motivated by my emotions and my rational thinking. Oh,
I shutter to think how many times I would have ruined a relationship by
letting that happen. (Or how many times I would have gotten too deep
into a bad relationship.) I think satan attacks us often in this
area - wanting us to be blind to God's presence and power and salvation.
Spirit reveals God, His purposes, and His ways to all God's people
"but God has revealed
it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the
deep things of God. For who among men knows the thought of a man
except a man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the
thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the
spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand
what God has freely given us."
(1 Cor 2:10-12).
The worst thing we could do
is deny that the Spirit is working where He is at work and attributing
that to satan (Matt 12:31-32; 1 Cor12:3). That is called blasphemy".
We must be very careful that
we allow the Spirit to reveal God to us, and not judge for ourselves.
We have worldly blinders on without Him, and satan will use that any chance
he gets! I have recently become very aware, too, of how we need to
be very careful that we do not assume we know how the Spirit works in another's
life. Because we are all given different gifts, we cannot deny the Spirit
working in someone else a way we do not know or understand.
8.The Holy Spirit is the
indwelling, directing power of our life
"...the Spirit of truth.
The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.
But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you."
(John 14:17; 16:7)
and leads us to obey Christ .(see also
1 Cor 3:16-17).
So, the Spirit gives us freedom
to be obedient :
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom
to indulge in the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
The entire law is summed up in a single commane: 'Love your neighbor as
yourself.' If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch
out or you will be destroyed by each other.
So I say, live by the
Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit
what is contary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each
other, so that you do not do what you want........But the fruit of the
spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is no law.....since
we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit..."
He makes us righteous before God
(Rom 8:4,10), leading us to obey Him rather than obeying the world (Rom
8:5-17; Gal 5:16-26).
9.The Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives that
change our attitudes and ways of relating to other people (Gal 5:22-26)
(see above for this scripture)
If I speak in the tongues
of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or
a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of
prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have
a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess
to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain
Love is patient, love
is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is
not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight
in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always
trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But
where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they
will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and
we prophesy in part,
but when perfection comes,
the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child, I
talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When
I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
Now we see but a poor
reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in
part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain:
faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
The biggest thing I've realized is that no matter
what we are doing, if it is not out of love, it cannot be from the Spirit.
And no matter how "powerful" our gift may be, if what we do is not out
of love, then we are wasting our time - and God's gift.
10.The Holy Spirit is Jesus
coming to us as the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17-20)
know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave
you as orphans; I will come to you...."
and giving us the mind of Christ
(1 Cor 2:16). He teaches us all that Jesus taught and helps us remember
(John 14:26; 1 Cor 2:13). He speaks for Christ and gives glory to
Him. He guides us into truth, preparing us for all that we have to
face in life (John 15:26; 16:13-14; Rom 9:1; 1 Cor 2:10-16).
"...We have not received the spirit of the
world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand whatGod has
freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by
human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths
in spiritual words...
Holy Spirit provides
comfort and peace for our life (John 14:27; Rom 8:6). He removes
our fears as He teaches us to pray to the Father (Rom 8:15) and as He prays
to God for us (Rom 8:26-27).
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts
be troubled and do not be afraid." (John14:27)
"...by Him we cry, "Abba, Father." (Rom 8:15)
12.The Holy Spirit is God's
agent of conviction, proving the world is sinful, does not teach the truth,
and faces God's judgment (John 16:8-11).
13.The Holy Spirit is in
us, directing our life each day, guaranteeing us we will not face God's
condemnation (Rom 8:1-2). He is proof for us that God will include
us in the resurrection to eternal life (Rom 8:11,17; Gal 6:8).
"The one who sows to please his sinful
nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please
the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life." (Gal 6:8)
in the Spirit
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