Describing the Holy Spirit

With all that is going on in the world, remember – Jesus is King of kings. It doesn’t matter who is in power – God will put all of Jesus’ enemies under His feet.

Nurture a relationship with fellowship. Good says, “Draw close to Me and I will draw close to you.”

The Holy Spirit is a Person, with mind, will, emotion. He is not a ghost or nebulous force.  The Spirit is God’s gift to us. The Spirit gives water and bread – Jesus.

The Spirit is eternal. He exalts Jesus.

John 14:16-17 NKJV

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.

John 14:25-26 NKJV

“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.  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.

The Holy Spirit is equal to Jesus. The Spirit carries on His work.

John 15:26 NKJV

“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 NKJV

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.

John 16:12-14 NKJV

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  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.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

Can you imagine if Jesus was still here physically? So very few of us could access Him at any time. But the Spirit is here for each one of us. The Spirit is here for every part of our lives.

Three great benefits of having the Spirit in your life :

1. The Spirit is our Helper. He is with us all the time. The Spirit is able to comfort us. He convicts us, making us aware of our need for His salvation. Good wants to convince the world of our need for Jesus.

John 16:8-11 NKJV

And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  of sin, because they do not believe in Me;  of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;  of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

2. The Spirit is our Friend. The devil would like people to believe that the Spirit is strange, and that people who believe He is active today are strange and weird. But it’s people who are strange, not the Spirit! Speaking in tongues is only one gift of many. The devil would have it over-emphasized and distorted.

3.  The Spirit is God. You cannot speak against the Spirit without speaking against God because they are one.

Luke 3:22 NKJV

And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”

The Person of the Holy Spirit

What makes the Spirit a person and not a thing? What makes a person a person and not a thing? A soul, which has a will, desires, and emotions.

Among other things, the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter and the Helper. My thpughts can be unholy. My desires can be very selfish. My emotions can be easily offended. That is why we need the Spirit, the Helper. He is given to us to help us think as God thinks, desire what He desires, and feel what He feels.

Matthew 12:18 NIV

“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

Matthew 26:38 NIV

Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Hebrews 10:38 NKJV

Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

God has a soul! He also has thoughts:

Philippians 2:1-5 NKJV

Therefore if there  is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be  done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

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John 16:13-15 NKJV

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.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

The Spirit will guide us. Ask Him to reveal God’s will to you. Ask Him to show you the way He would have you go, opening doors you should walk through, and closing those you should not.

Acts 16:6-7 NKJV

Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.

How can we know the will of God? His general will is in the Bible. His specific will for each of us comes through the Helper.

Before Jesus, there were long periods of time where only one or just a few select people could hear God’s voice.

Acts 2:17-18 NKJV

‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.

Wherever God places His Spirit, His voice is heard. The Spirit is not some kind of force. He is a person. We develop our relationship with the Lord through Him, by talking with Him, which the Spirit makes possible.

People worry about giving up their will. But are we really missing out on anything that great by surrendering to God? We lay down that which gets us into so much trouble in return for the Spirit’s leading.