The Holy Spirit, Who is HE?
Father in Jesus Name I pray that You help me. Lord, teach me about You and may this give me a newfound revelation of the Holy Spirit. Lord, I thank You so much for prayer and how the Holy Spirit helps us pray and gives us a knowledge not only of prayer, but what to pray about. Lord, teach me Your will and Your ways and may the Spirit be evident and active in my life in Jesus Name! Thank You! AMEN!
The Holy Spirit, who is He? Is this a Person? Is He some magnetic force, an electrical socket, a vessel for spiritual power or is He just God? There are tons of questions that can be asked from the newest Christian to the oldest and most mature saint on this planet about the Holy Spirit. The truth of the matter is the understanding of the Holy Spirit is simple, but so complex. The Bible talks about the Holy Spirit from Genesis to Revelation. As a matter of fact the Bible gives us a glimpse of the Spirit in the beginning: “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Gen. 1:2) God was instructing us before time giving us hints towards the Holy Spirit, His deity, who He was and if He was relevant for true Biblical teaching. Many people question the Holy Spirit, some say this and some say that, but the Word of God has to be our final authority over any person’s concepts, ideas or philosophies. The Holy Spirit in His simplest form is God. The Bible says “in the beginning God.” (Gen. 1:1) The word “God” in Hebrew is “elohim.” The word elohim is God in a plural sense, making reference to two or more, before embarking on that, it’s important to know that it doesn’t mean that God is two different things or there are multiple “God’s.”
The Bible paints a picture of the Trinity in the first four verses of the Book of Genesis. It tells us that God (plural) created the world, the Holy Spirit moved across the face of the waters and then God spoke (the Word; Jesus Christ) and Light appeared. All of these give us references to the Trinity, but let’s focus on the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament the Bible says that “the Spirit of the LORD came upon him” in multiple places, but that’s the problem! The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament just made visits to us, sort of like how we do God, we just make regular visits. The Holy Spirit would empower a person to do a work for God and then after the work was done leave them. However, once Jesus Christ came on the scene, He promised that something else was going to take place. He promised that after He was to die, be buried and raised from the dead on the third day, He would send the Holy Spirit and this time, that same Spirit that often departed would not depart but abide forever. The Bible says:
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” ~ John 14:16
In order to receive the Holy Spirit all you have to do is become a Christian. In order to become a Christian, you just have to confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is real, He is living and He died for your sins, past, present and future. Once you accept Christ for-real, when you truly do it asking for sincere forgiveness for your sins the Holy Spirit “seals you.” The Bible says:
“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
The Bible tells us that immediately after we believe we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. In other words, when we come to believe in Jesus, immediately we are indwelled by the presence of God, yup, that’s right God Himself is in you if you are a believer. It makes no sense though right? How can I be bound to some little addiction if God is alive inside of me? Have you ever thought about your current issue or addiction in the light of God being alive and present with you at all times, not only being around you, but in you, knowing all that you are dealing with and struggling with? Jesus Christ has made His presence known in your life through the Holy Spirit and He has the capability to free you from all forms of addictions and bondages when we allow Him to do so. The deepest of hurts and pains are searched out by the Holy Spirit and can be healed because of the Holy Spirit but we have to yield to His will and plan. Many of us face catastrophic problems daily, some in finances, some in marriage, but the truth is God is there for you. He is with you and in you. There’s nowhere you can go to get “away from God.” Speaking of the Holy Spirit again, King David wrote:
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” ~ Psalm 139:7
The Holy Spirit is everywhere, God is everywhere, but most importantly He is with you. He knows your trials and problems. He knows what stresses you out and what doesn’t make you very grateful or appreciative. Most of the time the will of God isn’t something that we are always pleased with, because it involves us having to do what Jesus told us to do:
“Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” ~ Mark 8:34
Jesus compels us today through the Holy Spirit to take up that thing in our life that we want so bad and sacrifice it. He wants us to leave it all behind and follow Him. One of the hardest things in my own personal life was to let go of people. It was extremely tough letting go of people in my past life and it will be later on when I am faced with that decision again. In short, every sacrifice you make for Christ has the ability to crush you, you feel terrible, you moan “oh God, why me? God, I don’t want to let go of this thing, why would you want me to leave this behind?” We cry out to God, upset and angry at Him because finally after resisting for so long come to the point in our life where we stand face to face with our problem. When we know what God has pin-pointed in our life, it’s best for us to just let it go then and there. God has ways of placing pressure on our lives to get us to release those things that hinder us. So many times the very things we want to hold on to the most are the things that God wants us to get rid of before He can do a new thing in our lives. Yes, God wants to do a new thing in your life, but you have to get rid of the old thing.
One great defining moment in my life as a Christian was a time where I had to sacrifice an Xbox 360, for some reason I was extremely addicted to it, I suppose Facebook games could be the same today as well, Farmville? The thing is, I didn’t care personally about the game, but I talked to people online, some for over five years, so again it was people. I looked at God and knew He wanted me to do it, but it was people! I cried to God knowing He wanted me to get rid of it, but I wanted to rebel and stand away from His will and do my own thing. Interestingly, when I pray I sort of rock back and forth for some reason and (this is Aug. 2010) I was playing this game and I started rocking back and forth and it struck my heart like no other thing imaginable, I knew right then it was over. I noticed myself rocking and that to me was a sign I was worshiping a false god, an idol. I had placed this thing over Gods plan for my life, I knew immediately, this thing had to go. Sometimes God has to reveal to you what it really is before you let it go. I agreed with God and immediately the Holy Spirit stepped in and helped the process to happen, why would I place this on here though? It’s all about the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit is all about Gods will being done in you. Is there something God is speaking to you about right now, quietly in your heart you can feel Him tugging at you asking you to get rid of that “thing” in your life that you know isn’t of God?
What is stopping you from doing it? What’s keeping you from letting go of that thing? If God is speaking to your heart, don’t reject Him, don’t resist Him! There’s a reason why you are reading this right now at this very moment of your life, God ordained it. Before you were born He knew you would read this and He knew this was the breaking point for that “thing” in your life. Will you accept God’s plan? I’ll be the first to tell you, it’s hard to do anything of significance for God, but its well worth it. If I didn’t get rid of that “thing” I had, I would never be where I am in Christ today. God’s call required me to sacrifice it. We all come to valleys of decision where we stand face to face with a HUGE God and a small person (you and me) but He is waiting on your decision. There’s no mistake, there’s no mishap, you’re feeling that nudging for a purpose, God knows what it is and you do too. Whatcha gonna do?
Father in Jesus Name, I pray that You teach me about You. Thank You for the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. I pray that You help me to walk in the Spirit and for the Spirit to open my eyes to new-found revelations in Your Word. Holy Spirit enlighten me to the things of God. Holy Spirit may my witness and testimony in Your power bring my family to Christ and people from all over the world. Lord, please teach me about Your Spirit and how to walk in Him. I thank You for prayer in Jesus Name! AMEN!