Good morning all-
I hope you have been enjoying our study on the Holy Spirit. I found it interesting that disciples of Christ didn't know or hear of the Holy Spirit until Paul wandered in their midst. Obviously, they had been with Christ for some time but it wasn't until Paul came upon them that they really were inhabited with Him. It got me to thinking. How many people have heard about Christ and follow Him but don't know the Holy Spirit exists? I know that in some churches it's frowned upon because they aren't sure of speaking in tongues and feeling God but it's Scriptural and that's what we have to concentrate on. There is power within us. We don't want to slice and dice the Bible to fit our needs; we want to learn what it says. Can you all say AMEN?
Are you a doubter that God comes to man in dreams? Are you one that feels like the Holy Spirit isn't part of God? Or are you a skeptic that wonders why would Christ want to live in us? I'm sure we have all asked ourselves these questions and maybe even doubted the word. But the word is real and there is a divine reason he lives in us. It was the new covenant. Before Jesus there were profits and men that were given divine direction. Some of them you may have read about like Abraham, David, Issac, Jeremiah, and more. These were men that God either spoke to or they were directed by Him through divine intervention. They heard the call and are written for all of us to know about today.
The Holy Spirit holds more power than any of us realize. He promised never to leave us or forsake us so that promise is in us. He guides us as we seek His Holy face. Sometimes when your still, I'm sure you have felt His peace, His joy or just a sense that something is guiding your every move. That is God. He may not speak to us audibly now but He could if He wanted to. He is all. We can't fathom the power of the cross, nor can we under estimate what He left behind to become the Holy Trinity. He is a God head in three. Many don't understand that and even I have trouble understanding how three parts equal one but they do and it's not for us to question. It is written.
Whenever I really need help, I call to Christ and ask His Holy Spirit to pour out on me. I need to feel Him and often, when I have prayed that prayer I have felt peace so much that every part of me feels relaxed. Now if you knew me you might be surprised by that because I get up running and don't stop until I go to bed at night. So peace is not near me often, its something that is given to me because I asked my Father to provide it and He did.
All over the world people are being faced with hardships and terror. Fear of Ebola, ISIS and other things has caused many to quake but where must we run? We need to run into our Father's hands. He knows us and He knows exactly what we need. Our lives are His and we are to make Him known. We don't just get the honor of having Him inside of us without serving Him and crying out His name. He is the Father of all and many don't believe but that doesn't mean He is not real and living in us today. Be aware of false prophets the Bible says. How do we do that? How will we know? We will know through the Holy Spirit. So study Scripture and really get to know the full power that lives inside you and me!
I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:8 NIV)
His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David
salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us— to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel. (Luke 1:67-69, 71-80 NIV)
Praise be to the glory of God our Father who came and died for us so that the world would have a Savior that lives within them and that loves them beyond understanding! O, Praise God!