“The Holy Spirit is the divine author of all Scripture. If this doctrine is true, then the implications are so profound and far-reaching that every part of our lives should be affected.”
I wholeheartedly believe that there should be evidence in your life that you are pursuing God. Another way to refer to it is “fruit.” If we are truly pursuing God and trying to be more like Jesus, then we should see The Fruit of the Spirit manifested in ever-increasing amounts. Galatians 5:22-25 (NASB) says:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”
Each weekday I have the privilege to be a part of Bible Studies in which I try to challenge the men at the table to press in and seek to gain knowledge about the faith that they profess. I have been having conversations with them in the past 6 months asking, “What do you think of the Holy Spirit?” The answers have been quite amazing and revealing on how the devil has blinded believers in regards to the Holy Spirit’s role in our life. God has been stirring in my heart that belief in the Trinity is paramount to the health of the church and the growth of each believer. I recently finished a devotional from Max Lucado in which he made this point about the Holy Spirit:
“If you want to see believers hem, haw, and search for words, just ask, “Who is the Holy Spirit?” Most believers understand the Father and the Son, but they are perplexed about the role of the Holy Spirit in their lives. It’s as if they’ve settled for a two-thirds God.” (From the YouVersion reading plan ‘Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives On The Promises Of God’.)
What do you think? Do you believe 2 out 3 is enough? “Are you settling for a two-thirds God,” that loving God and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is enough?? It’s almost like people are living with an understanding of 1 Corinthians 8:6 (NLT) only:
“But for us, There is one God, the Father, by whom all things were created, and for whom we live. And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were created, and through whom we live.”
While belief in the Father and Son is critical, we must learn that about the 3rd person in the Trinity who is equally important. In the post called ★ “Back to the Basics” – Whose Body Are You A Part Of? ★, we unpacked that the church is ONE body and that we are all baptized by one Spirit into one body, (see 1 Corinthians 12:12-13). The Holy Spirit is part of the Triune or Trinity; consisting of God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit who are all omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipresent (ever-present always).
It would be good to read that post in tandem with this one as we will not cover the “Gifts of the Holy Spirit” at all as we covered that already in that post, other than to say how important it is that we operate in them! (See 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 for the list of gifts available). But I think that there are many who claim to know the Holy Spirit yet are living a life of powerlessness. Francis Chan referred to the Holy Spirit as the “Forgotten God.” He said:
So, the first question I have for you…Do you know that the Holy Spirit is a person? He is not some vapor or an “it,” as were some of the responses to my question. Some guys straight out said they did not know much about the Holy Spirit at all. And some beliefs expressed were not biblically based but rather what a denomination taught them. The Holy Spirit really is the Unsung Hero of the Trinity. Now you may think that that is a leap but by the end of this series I pray that your mind will be opened to how amazing the He is. There are so many instances that the Holy Spirit does not receive the praise for all that He does in our lives and worse than that, He is oftentimes called an “it” or stiff-armed or rejected as something “weird” and to be avoided. The funny thing is, if people just opened the Bible, they would see how many references that clearly show that the Holy Spirit is indeed a person. For me, I love John 14:15-17 (NLT) when Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to the His Disciples:
“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize Him. But you know Him, because He lives with you now and later will be in you.”
Look at how many times Jesus references the Holy Spirit as “He” or “Him.” I was just reading the first book of the Bible and look at WHO is mentioned in verse 2!
1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2 (NLT)
I have read those verses over and over and until now I have never noticed that the Holy Spirit is mentioned at the very beginning of The Account of Creation! And then in Genesis 1:26a (NLT) it says:
“Then God said, “Let us make human beings in OUR image, to be like us.””
I have always read verse 26 as God and Jesus, BUT how can you ignore that the Holy Spirit is mentioned long before Jesus is. We are made in the image of the Holy Trinity, including the Holy Spirit. When we push away the Holy Spirit or refuse to invite Him into our life, it is just like rejecting God the Father or God the Son because we were made in God the Holy Spirit’s image too! Why is this important? Because when we push away Holy Spirit, we are disconnecting ourselves from the power source. In Acts 1:8 (NLT), just before Jesus ascended to Heaven, He said to the disciples:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The Holy Spirit is a gift to us from God the Father for us to help us to tell everyone about Jesus to spread the Good News. Before Jesus left He also said in John 16:7-14 (NLT)…
“But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send Him to you. And when He comes, He will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.
There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever He receives from me.”
Advocate means “a person who pleads on someone else’s behalf.” The Holy Spirit intercedes and works on our behalf to help understand God’s Will for our life. Robert Morris said it this way:
Jesus said in John 14:26 (ESV)…
“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 that I have said to you.”
The Holy Spirit offers so much to anyone who will just ask. Unfortunately, so many Christians are ignorant of all that He can provide and have believed the lie that then enemy saturated the church into believing that you should stay as far away as possible because the Holy Spirit is “out there” for those crazy believers.
Jesus taught about prayer in Luke 11:1-12, after His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. Part of that teaching is a prayer referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer” which is a great model prayer for every believer to go to the Father. Interestingly though as we have seen time and time again, the Holy Spirit is quickly mentioned right after Jesus concludes with the prayer in Luke 11:13 (ESV)…
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Right there it shows that we need to Go to God the Father and ask for the Holy Spirit in our life! I will close with this last thought. If you were to survey Christians with this question, “What is your purpose here on Earth?” Some common responses may be:
- To glorify God in all that I say and do.
- To seek first His righteousness above all else!
- To become more and more like Jesus.
- To make a difference for the Kingdom of God.
I dare say that all of that can be can be accomplished by asking the Holy Spirit to be a vital part of your day to day life. My word for 2019 that I felt impressed upon me was “Transformed.” As we were going through 2 Corinthians in December with one of the Bible Studies, we came up Chapter 3 verses 17-18 (NLT)
“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So, all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into his glorious image.”
That is so good! What great insight to see the significance that the Holy Spirit plays in accomplishing God’s Will while honoring Him and witnessing to the world. Do you want to know how we become more like Jesus? Well the Apostle Paul just showed us, though the Holy Spirit! My prayer for 2019 and I hope yours to is to be changed more and more into His glorious image! I want the faith I have in God to spread far and wide! Lord may I be a useful conduit of your love, grace and forgiveness to flow to everyone I encounter! Holy Spirit please give me power to be more and more like Jesus! Amen!
Tune in tomorrow for the culmination of our series into the Holy Spirit and what we must do!
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To help you grow in your knowledge of the Holy Spirit check out this 6-part series called the “God I Never Knew” by Robert Morris along with the description.
Pastor Robert begins The God I Never Knew series with a message titled, “Who Is He?” where he teaches us about the character of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Robert continues The God I Never Knew series with a message titled, “Is He a Person?” where he shows us through Scripture that the Holy Spirit has a mind, will, and emotions.
Pastor Robert continues The God I Never Knew series with a message titled, “Is He Pentecostal?” where he defines the word “Pentecostal” and explains what happened on Pentecost.
Is He Charismatic? | Sermon 4 | The God I Never Knew Series | Robert Morris
Pastor Robert continues The God I Never Knew series with a message titled, “Is He Charismatic?” where he describes the different gifts of the Spirit.
Pastor Robert continues The God I Never Knew series with a message called “Does He Baptize?” where he covers the three scriptural baptisms.
Pastor Robert concludes The God I Never Knew series with a message called “Does He Speak in Tongues?” where he explains the scriptural basis for having a prayer language.
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