Archives for October 31, 2017

We Believe in the Holy Spirit




Someone once asked George Washington Carver how he was able to do so much with the simple peanut.  He answered, “You know if you love something enough, it will give its secrets up to you!”  Today we are going to begin to discover the secrets of the amazing Holy Spirit!  And it all starts with a love relationship with Him!

Will the real Holy Spirit please stand up!  Just who is the Holy Spirit?  To most Christians, the Holy Spirit is something of a mystery.  Sure, we know He’s God, or so, we’ve been taught.  For the last two thousand years, Christians have steadfastly held to a precious truth called the Trinity; three persons, only one God. The Father is God, the Son is God and yes, the Holy Spirit is God. The Trinity depends upon the reality of the Holy Spirit.

Just who is the Holy Spirit? And does it matter? The Bible is very clear on the subject. Take 2 Corinthians 3:17 as an example; “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Nothing ambiguous about that!

The Word “Lord” in the New Testament is the equivalent of the Old Testament words Adonai (Lord) and Jehovah, or Yaweh! We could easily say, “Now Jehovah is the Spirit,” or “The Spirit is Jehovah,” just as easily as we say, “Jesus is Lord,” (Rom 10:9), and the Father is Lord; “I am the LORD, and there is no other, there is no God beside me!” (Isaiah 45:5)

The Holy Spirit is an amazing “person!”

The Amazing Holy Spirit is a person!  When I say person, I don’t mean human.  I mean that he is a living individual.  He has incredible thinking and creative powers.  He can love you like no one else.  And he is the most wise decision maker over.  He thinks, he feels and he acts, like any other individual.  Over and over, the Bible identifies Him in personal terms.  Listen to these powerful passages.

John 15:26; But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

John 16:7-8, Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.  8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

John 16: 13-14. 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.  14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

He speaks (1 Timothy 4:1), Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

He loves (Romans 15:30), Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me.  Ro 5:5  the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit

He teaches (John 14:26), 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.” 1 Cor 2:13, “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

The Holy Spirit does things only a person could do.

He can be lied to (Acts 5:3-4) But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?  4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”

He can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30). And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

The Amazing Holy Spirit is God.

He is eternal (Hebrews 9:14). the eternal Spirit

He is everywhere (Omnipresent) (Psalm 139:7-10). Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.

He knows “all things” (Omniscient) (1 Corinthians 2:10-11). But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.  11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.  12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

He was involved in the creation process (Genesis 1:2). And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  Psalm 33:6 “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath [Spirit] of His mouth.”

The Holy Spirit is spoken of in intimate association with both the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19.

Some passages in the Old Testament that are attributed to God are applied to the Spirit in the New Testament

Isaiah 6:8-10 with Acts 28:25-27

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” 9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’

“The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet to our fathers,  26 saying, ‘Go to this people and say: “Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; And seeing you will see, and not perceive;

Exodus 16:7 & Psalm 95:7-9 with Hebrews 3:7-9).

Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, “At evening you shall know that the Lord has brought you out of the land of Egypt.  7 And in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord; for He hears your complaints against the Lord. But what are we, that you complain against us?”

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. 10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.’ 11 So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’”

The Amazing Holy Spirit lives inside us!

Now the good news; believers have The Spirit living inside us! We don’t have some impersonal life force, electrifying our insides… we don’t have an angel or even an extension of God’s invisible hand reaching out to us, we have God Himself living inside as our constant companion and guide. We have The Holy Spirit empowering, filling, convicting, gifting, transforming, empowering and renewing our lives. We have the Spirit!

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18)

Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[c] and in your spirit, which are God’s (1 Cor 6:19-20)

We are a holy temple! Inside us is the most incredible power of the universe! The God who made the stars, spoke the world into being, parted the Red Sea, walked on water and made the blind to see indwells every believer! What kind of man or woman are you going to be when that truth finally awakens you to its full potential? One day you will wake up, and with Paul you will shout, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” (Phil 4:13) The Holy Spirit is our strengthener.  He enables us to do more than we can ask or think!

He fills us!  He lives inside us.  Prayer is made possible by the Holy Spirit, that God’s work is accomplished as God pours out His Spirit.  According to 2 Cor 3:17-18 it is the Holy Spirit who changes us into Christ’s likeness.  It is the Holy Spirit that produces such incredible life changing qualities as love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness and self control (Gal 5:22)  When you know that you have been pulled from the pit, you cannot help but be grateful!

The Holy Spirit gives us liberty

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The Holy Spirit bears Witness with Our Spirit

Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,.

The Holy Spirit Prays for Us

Romans 8:26 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[b] with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 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.

The Holy Spirit enables us to overcome all things. The Holy Spirit overcomes stagnation. resistance, desperate situations, the works of the flesh, the wilderness in human life, temptation, world history, decay, even death.

The story is told of a composer who had fallen on hard times.  He was almost bankrupt, he was weak and tired.  He returned one night to his room in a drab section of London.  There he found a manuscript with a request that he set the words to music.

As he read the words he discovered they were scripture.  He became so immersed in his task that he sometime forgot to eat and sleep.  One day he emerge with the great oratorio called “The Messiah!”

Later George Fredrick Handel told his friends that when he was composing the “Hallelujah Chorus,” it was as though he could hear the angels singing, and it was as though he was only writing down the music which the Holy Spirit put in his head.  Such is the amazing power of the Holy Spirit!