By Sharon McVey Rude
How familiar are we with the Holy Spirit?
What he is truly about? We know he is the third person of the Trinity. Jesus said to be filled with the Holy Spirit and that happened during Pentecost. Wait until the infilling of the spirit Jesus said. In our daily prayers do you ask for the infilling of the spirit? Do we fully understand what the infilling means? When we accept Jesus as our savior we are filled with the Spirit. He stays with us always, that’s what the in dwelling of the Spirit is, that is not the infilling. To have the infilling of the Spirit we need to ask daily, this gives us the power to pray to share to witness, according to God’s will, also we receive the gifts of the Spirit, according to God‘s will, some of us receive the gift of discernment, or the gift of knowledge, or the gift of tongues.
Many of us are guilty of not understanding what the spirit is about. He is about not only love but direction in our life, he is our comforter and he is the person, unknown to you, who was the one who spoke to your heart quietly and continually bringing you to Christ into saving grace. The Spirit is a person, he is one-third of the trinity. He definitely directs our life, when Jesus was baptized it was the spirit who led him into the wilderness, Jesus didn’t go on his own. When Paul wanted to share the gospel it was the spirit who stopped him from going into the area Paul planned on. When we decide on a venture of sorts and suddenly decide not to go it’s the spirit who changed your mind, we give ourselves the credit for the change in plans but we had nothing to do with it. When I’m in a hurry to get to a meeting and get stopped in a traffic jam there could very well is a purpose for it, we need to pray instead of feeling frustration and anger, it could possibly be a protection from something which could hurt us.
Satan is here to destroy us, he will give us great gifts, money, position, a desire, alcohol, sexual activity, all the fun the world gives us, with this thought, "everybody’s doing it so what’s wrong." Many Christians have fallen into his trap, he’s thrilled then, for him it’s one more soul he’s taken away from our Lord. Satan is smart but his big mistake is continually he underestimates God.
The Holy Spirit is standing by waiting and working to reclaim the lost soul. He is more powerful than Satan. He will speak to us, I’ve experienced this in my life more than once. One time I had contemplated something I should not have done, while I was sleeping one night I was woken by a voice saying to me, "Obey my commandments." That was clearly the Holy Spirit. When this happened I kept thinking "Did I imagine that" I knew I wasn’t dreaming but he clearly spoke to me and I was thrilled.
The spirit, being a person, can be hurt. For me the thought of hurting the Spirit is something I never want to do and I’m sure in the past I’ve hurt him more than once. I’m sure many of us have had a child or a grandchild say or do something that hurts us to the quick. We hear from them when they need something, usually money, then they move on with their lives without a sincere thank you. That hurts it grieves me, compare this to how our Heavenly Father feels when we ignore Him and not pray or worship Him for who He is and the continued blessings He gives us, these blessings are a gift from our Lord who loves us with a love that cannot compare with our understanding of love. I can’t imagine hurting the Holy Spirit who is God He grieves just as we do, can you imagine hurting His feelings and having Him possibly cry. He can be either loved or rejected in our lives.
Webster dictionary defines grieve as, agonize, anguish, bleed, hurt, mourn, sorrow, suffer.
Let me tell you what is not from the Spirit; it’s condemnation when we have missed the mark (sin), condemnation is not from the Spirit. Satan will have you think "I’ve really blown it this time, I’ve lost my relationship with Jesus". Not true, Jesus convicts us of our sin, He brings our sin to the surface in order for us to ask for forgiveness.
Romans 8:1 says “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
The Holy Spirit is vital to your walk with our Lord. When you read your Bible you’ll probably notice, now more than ever, how many times the Spirit is mentioned.
We have Paul to thank for writing the letter to the Philippians while he was in prison, and sharing the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Out of his 32 year ministry he spent approximately four years in prison sharing Jesus and the gifts of the Spirit.
Tozer says this “I have said the Holy Spirit is spirit and not matter. He is personality, He is individuality. He has intelligence, love, memory and can communicate with you. He can love you and therefore can be grieved when you grieve Him. He can be quenched, as any friend can be if you turn on Him, of course He will be hushed into hurt silence, because you have wounded Him. Therefore, we can wound the Holy Spirit.”
We’ve shared what we should and should not do, now let’s discuss what we can do in the Spirit, Paul writes.
Love is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love has no fear; it does not worry; love keeps no records of wrongs; never fails.
We know what love is, what about the person who seems to be someone you dislike immensely? There are people who just rubs us the wrong way, I have one of those in my life, being around her sets my teeth on edge, she’s vulgar, loud, and drinks too much. I’ve tried and failed to like and love her. Here is what I finally learned, I don’t have to like her just pray for her. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can change her.
Tozer writes that "God is the most winsome of all beings and His service one of unspeakable pleasure. The fellowship of God is delightful beyond all telling. He communes with His redeemed ones in an easy, uninhibited fellowship that is restful and healing to the soul. He remembers our frame and knows that we are dust. He may sometimes chasten us, it is true, but even this He does with a smile, the proud, tender smile of a Father who is bursting with pleasure over an imperfect but promising son who is coming every day to look more and more like the One whose child he is.” This is the Holy Spirit we are talking about.
A few years ago, I attended a missions conference, I have a love for the Mission field. I sat in a work shop only to discover I was in the wrong workshop, I thought——-,they were teaching on how to build a website with the ability reach women all over the world with God's word. I hadn’t figured out Facebook yet, I started to look for the nearest exit, then the Holy Spirit spoke to me of the power in a web site. I could stay at home and reach women in countries I would probably never see in my life.
So I did, and it has. Our Lord has blessed this site, we have reached almost the entire world with His Word. There have been approximately 320,600 visits from 184 countries. We also have a Spanish Facebook page sharing God’s Word with, as of today, over 6000 members covering South America.
I listened to the voice of the Holy Spirit. There is virtue in this and much praise.
“On a day in the autumn, I saw a prairie eagle mortally wounded by a rifle shot. His eyes still gleamed like a circle of light. Then he slowly turned his head, and gave one more searching and longing look at the sky. He had often swept those starry spaces with his wonderful wings. The beautiful sky was the home of his heart. It was the eagle’s domain. A thousand times he had exploited there his splendid strength.
In those faraway heights he had played with the lightnings, and raced with the winds, and now, so far away from home, the eagle lay dying, done to the death, because for once he forgot and flew too low. The soul is that eagle. This is not its home. It must not lose the skyward look. We must keep faith, we must keep hope, we must keep courage, we must keep Christ. We should creep away from the battlefield at once if we are not going to be brave. There is no time for the soul to stampede. Keep the skyward look, my soul; keep the skyward look!”
Sharon Leigh Rude