Pentecost - Know The Holy Spirit
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Jesus gave a promise. He said it is expedient, which in the Greek means profitable, for you that He should go away. He said He is going so that the Holy Spirit, the Comforter will come. Jesus said, “I cannot physically be with you always but I will send One who will.” It might be your deepest, darkest hour, but you are not ALONE! God, the Holy Spirit, is with you!
The Holy Spirit is a Person with whom you have a relationship – not a ritual. You must spend time with Him. Get to know Him. What He likes, and dislikes. What grieves him and what excites Him. Would you ignore your best friend? No – of course not. So I’m going to continue teaching about God the Holy Spirit.
“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Eph 4:30, KJV
The Holy Spirit is not three prayers and a poem. He is in the church, but the Holy Spirit is not a ritual of going to church. The Holy Spirit desires to be intimate with you. Closer than any friend/father/mother/husband or wife.
As you pursue a relationship with Holy Spirit, you will find that He takes you to Jesus and by Jesus, you have communion with God the Father.
The Holy Spirit gives access to God!
Because the Holy Spirit is a Person with whom you have relationship and not a ritual, you discover that He is a lifestyle more that He is a feeling. The gifts are what the Holy Spirit does; the fruits of the Holy Spirit are who He is. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are the proof of relationship with Him.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23, NKJV
Fruit is what originates or comes from something. It is the proof of relationship. His fruit is His character. The Holy Spirit imparts the character of God to us through relationship with Him.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Rom 8:14, KJV
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are not proof of relationship with Him. Paul is not talking about a few isolated experiences in the verse above but about an ongoing way of life. Fruits build foundation. Gifts do not build character.
The Holy Spirit is always the teacher, never the student. He will teach all things and bring all things to remembrance. He is your constant Teacher (further study, Luke 12:12; I Corinthians 2:12; I Corinthians 2:13). By depending on Holy Spirit, you can literally have the Mind of Christ.
The Holy Spirit always comforts, never condemns. As Romans 8:1 assures, “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 will lift you out of the defeat that you would sometimes stay in.
Guilt and condemnation is a pit the enemy will keep you in so your destiny is not fulfilled. Run to Holy Spirit when you mess up – Don’t run from Holy Spirit! He is your Helper!
The Holy Spirit does not come to bless your program or agenda, He comes to reveal the Father’s. He doesn’t wait for your permission, He waits for your surrender. He does not need an introduction, He only needs an invitation.
The Holy Spirit is the Advisor, not an adviser! He will give you direction for your life. Don’t blame God for your results if you never consult him. He informs you of wrong decisions before you make wrong decisions! Yellow light and/or red lights flashing! He gives you short-term advice for long-term rewards.
“then the Spirit said unto Philip, ‘Go near and join thyself to this chariot.’” Acts 8:29
“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, ‘Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.’” Acts 13:2
The imagination of the Holy Spirit is limitless. He will never shrink to meet you; you will have to increase to meet Him. He will never come down, you must go up. If you will trust Him, He will give you “crazy faith”. Sometimes his instructions won’t make sense in the natural, or won’t be something that you would have ever thought of on your own.
“Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20
For example, He told Abraham, “You’re going to have a baby” when Abraham and Sarah were long past the years of childbearing. A personal example: While ministering in the early 90s in post-riot inner city Los Angeles, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Paula – ask large: 50,000 souls.” His imagination works according to what is possible in Heaven, instead of what is possible on earth!
His imagination allows you to see past your limitations. He gave me a vision at eighteen years old. He showed me a vision where I was preaching the Word of God to thousands upon thousands. My earthly mind asked, “HOW?” People around me who were not going where I was going also asked, “HOW?” (Be careful who you share your dream with!)
On a practical level, I was not raised in church. I had no formal church education. But these were my strengths. God showed me that these things allowed to see using the eyes of faith, beyond any limitations! With Holy Spirit, you will not focus on what you lack but what you have..He focuses not on the conflict, but on the victory. ALL things are possible through Christ Jesus! Your finances are not a problem to Him. Your sickness is not a problem to Him. That devil is not a problem to Him.
The Holy Spirit desires obedience more than He tolerates disobedience. Your obedience to His instructions are the only way He can guarantee your outcome. In other words, you can’t do it your way and expect Him to just bless it or fix it.
The Holy Spirit will always instruct you in agreement with the Word of God. Every act of obedience is another step deeper in Him. Alternatively, the same is true – every act of disobedience is another step away from Him. The Holy Ghost is given to those who obey God.
“And we are witnesses of these things and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey Him.” Acts 5:32
The Holy Spirit makes you free from sin and death. You don’t have to live in condemnation, guilt, or any other kind of bondage. The Holy Spirit has set you free! The Holy Spirit will impart love and power to His people. He works miracles through believers!
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:5
Beloved, you’ve got to grasp the revelation of who the Holy Spirit is. When this revelation becomes reality, your life completely transforms. Remember, behavior stems from belief. The person of the Holy Spirit works in you to align your beliefs with His in order to transform your life from the inside out.
Again, Jesus gave us a promise. He said it is expedient, profitable that He should go because He was going to send the Holy Spirit, the Comforter to us. Jesus could not physically be with you always but He sent One who will. It might be your deepest, darkest hour, but you are never ALONE! God, the Holy Spirit, is with you!