Tag Archive | the Holy Spirit

Mark 7:24 ” Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet He could not keep His presence secret.”

Initially, no one may have known Jesus was in town.  But people sensed something different happening…there was an awareness and feeling of hope and anticipation in the air…and they came searching for the source.  For the presence of Jesus could not be hidden.  Just as the indwelling Holy Spirit can not be hidden in us…it must be allowed to shine forth. As it tells us in Matthew 5:14-16, ” You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  Allow that light from within you to shine like a beacon for the lost and searching world.

Hebrews 1:3 ” The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

Jesus told His disciples in John 14:9, “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.”  He was trying to explain to them that He was the perfect expression and image of their heavenly Father.  And even today,  the notion of the Trinity…the Three in One…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a difficult concept to wrap our minds around.  Each is a flawless part of the whole…each equally important…each deserving honor, glory, and praise.

I John 4:1-3 ” Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.”

The Apostle John was warning of false teachers infiltrating the early Church with their deceptive ideas…for they were denying the key fundamentals of Christianity…that Jesus Christ came to earth taking on human flesh – that He was all man and all God.  He also warned of their denial of the resurrection – that Jesus was crucified, buried, but rose to life on the third day.  So why should we be so surprised today when we hear preaching  that just don’t sit well with us.  Those same false teachers are alive and well and preaching a “type” of Jesus to the masses.  But this corrupted concept of Jesus isn’t true, and doesn’t line up with the Word of God.  And if we’d look at the many religions around the world, we’d see many that deny Jesus and His deity all together.  But as John explains…the litmus test is simple.  Test everything you hear against the Word of God… evaluate for yourself to determine the truth… Listen carefully to the Holy Spirit within.

Galatians 5:25 ” Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

I’ve heard them called shoulder taps, or God moments.  It’s when the Holy Spirit impresses on your spirit to speak or do something for someone…sometimes a complete stranger.  It’s when that still small voice tells you to perform a kind act, or speak words of encouragement into a person’s life.  It may not be profound…it may only take a minute of your time…but know that this interaction is divinely arranged…and requires your obedience without hesitation.  These shoulder taps are a way that God manifests His love to a lonely and lost world…and what He asks of us is to just hear and obey.  So, step out in faith when the Holy Spirit urges you…for you never know the impact you may have on someone’s life.

Romans 12:6 ” We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”

God’s free expression of His loving kindness is shown us when the Holy Spirit imparts unique gifts to each one of us…not for our benefit, but to edify others.  These spiritual gifts follow closely along the lines of our character and personality…the distinctive things that make us who we are.  The Holy Spirit gives varies gifts to different people according to His divine plan and purpose in their lives.  We all have different gift combinations, but they all are given us that we may serve others.

Proverbs 11:27 ” He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.”

What goes around, comes around…or better yet, you look for trouble, and it’ll find you.  Or elsewhere, in Psalm 7:16 to paraphrase, “The trouble you cause will return back to you…the violence you create will come down on your head.”  But if we seek what is good and morally right, we will receive favor…favor before God…and favor before men.  And as we seek good, not only are we changed, but what we seek changes…for we are aligning ourselves with the Holy Spirit and seeking God’s Will,  not our own.

Romans 8:28 ” And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

God called us for His own reasons by the wooing of the Holy Spirit, through the Gospel.  The plan and purpose for your life was ingeniously created before the beginning of time.  You might think God’s plan and purpose for you is only some lofty ideal…more concept than practicality.  But God uses everything for our good.  He uses the consequences that happen when we sin to disciple and shape us into a better person.  He uses the drudgery of dull mundane tasks, the interactions with strangers, and the simple acts of kindness we do to conform us closer to His image.  There is not one thing you’ll do today that hasn’t already passed through God’s hands first and will be used for your good.