Jesus answered him, if anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
– John 14:23
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I didn’t know a lot about the Holy Spirit when I was growing up. I just knew the Holy Spirit caused old ladies to scream and do weird dances in church when they “caught the Spirit” (Lolz). Sometimes we talk all about God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), but very little is said about God the Spirit. Well, here’s a little of what I have learned these past few years about the Holy Spirit.
After encountering an in depth equipping and teaching about the Holy Spirit about 6 years ago, I was able to understand more about the third person of the Trinity. He’s third because he was the last to be sent, but definitely not because he is less important!
If you’re reading and you are like I was, and you have negative views about the Holy Spirit; can I plead with you to seek more of what God’s word says about the Holy Spirit. When I recognized that the Holy Spirit was an amazing gift given by God, I no longer saw him in a negative light. Here are a few passages you could start reading and praying about. Ask God to show you more of who He is in your study of the Holy Spirit (John 14, Acts 2, 1 Corinthians 12, 1 Corinthians 13, 1 Corinthians 14, Galatians 5:16-25).
One of my favorite passages is John chapter 14 and 15. These chapters were apart of the last moments that Jesus had with his disciples before he was arrested and eventually crucified. In John chapter 14 Jesus shares about the coming of the Holy Spirit.
In this blog I’ll just be highlighting a few things from John 14 about the Holy Spirit, but I encourage you to keep studying more about the third person of the Trinity.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever.
– John 14:16
Praise God for a Helper that will be with us forever! Ephesians 1:13 talks about how when we accept Jesus as our lord and savior we receive the Holy Spirit. That means EVERY believer has the indwelling Holy Spirit, whether we choose to listen to Him is another story, but ALL believers have the Helper living on the inside of them.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
– John 14:18
God’s plan is excellent! Jesus was limited by his human flesh on earth. Therefore, he left to allow the Holy Spirit to come and reside in each of us. God doesn’t ever leave us as orphans. Even in those moments when you feel alone, God is still with you in the person of the Holy Spirit.
He is guiding you, sanctifying your will and your desires, your mind, and your emotions. He is always with us, loving us, convicting us, comforting us just like a shepherds rod directs and guides his sheep. Once we are committed to being apart of God’s flock, he comforts through his steadfast love and guidance. We don’t have to worry about tomorrow because we know we can trust His provision for today and tomorrow (Matthew 6:30;34).
It is up to us to choose to place our trust in Jesus and to submit to him daily. It is up to God to keep us in the sheepfold. The Holy Spirit is like the Shepherd’s rod.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to you remembrance all that I have said to you.
– John 14:26
The Holy Spirit is like a D.J.
I know that sounds a bit strange. But go with me for a minute. The Holy Spirit literally brings God’s word to remembrance in our minds and souls. However, we’ve got to give him “tracks” or song selections to work with.
Think about it like this; every time you download the Word of God into your mind and soul, you download another sound track for the Holy Spirit to bring to “remembrance” during moments when daily life decisions need to be made. When you memorize, pray scripture, and meditate on scripture you are downloading it into your heart, mind, conscious and will to be brought to remembrance and used as the sword of the Spirit when you need to fight the enemy.
The Holy Spirit is your personal D.J. bringing God’s word to your mind, heart, and conscious exactly when it needs to come up.
The only problem is if you have no “tracks” downloaded into your soul. How will the sword of the Spirit operate inside of you if you have no Word of God downloaded inside of you? Or if you only have one scripture verse downloaded (lol probably John 3:16). How will you be prepared for life battles if you have nothing to fight with?
Give the Spirit some spiritual “sound tracks” to work with through meditating, memorizing, and praying God’s Word. Let the word sink down in your Spirit.
These are just a few things for now, but comment below if you’d like more blogs about the Holy Spirit!
I Love you, and God loves you so much more!