Friday, December 2, 2011

Holy Spirit

2 Corinthians 3:1-3 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
We are all familiar with the triune God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), but we as a church tend to talk about the Spirit in the context of a little box, if we mention him at all. We see the Holy Spirit as this super mystical figure that we tend to just accept as being present because he’s hard to explain. We just put a giant blinking neon question mark on a little box that we put the Holy Spirit into and forget about it; let it collect dust in the back of our minds.

The crazy thing is though, that the Spirit is the one who really guides our lives!

Verse 3 says that our purpose is not written with pen and ink on paper, but on the human heart.

The Holy Spirit guides us in truth with a still small voice in our hearts. Everyone is given a conscience, the little part that speaks into the depths of our souls about right and wrong. What I think is really cool is that we, as Christians, can trust that little voice is the Holy Spirit that is guiding us in truth, always truth, which is something that is exceptional in the midst of the lies and loopholes that we are faced with day in and day out.
1 Corinthians 2:9-12 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”—the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
The secrets of God are revealed through the Spirit of God! (The things that no eye has seen and no ear has heard!) God does this because he wants a genuine living relationship with us, for us to seek him out (the secret things of God’s personality).

If there’s a time when we get bored or stagnant with God and the things he’s done, we need to wake up! I mean, we’re talking creator of the universe, all powerful and perfect, ultimate judgment, yet still loves us anyways God! And we get bored with that? Seriously?

We will be spending an eternity just understanding and praising God, but we can’t wait until we get to heaven to start seeking him. God will say “depart from me, for I never KNEW you”.

Isn’t it great that He has given us His Spirit so that we can get to know Him?

If we seek Him, we will find all his secrets. Those who know God, seek Him in Spirit and in truth, not in the physical world. We will know things about God that others will never know until the afterlife, until it’s too late.
Romans 8:14 By the Holy Spirit, we are made sons and daughters of the living God, joint heirs with Christ.
Even though we haven’t seen or heard Him, the Spirit has written on our hearts and assured us that God is our Abba Father.

Now all these things are true for as many as are LED by Spirit. It doesn’t mean they are true for everybody. If we are going to be led, we have to seek Him and pursue Him. A Christian is a FOLLOWER of Christ.

How do you know that you love God? Do you strive to follow His commandments or do you follow your own selfish desires? Do you want your own way more than you want God’s?

Humble yourself so that you can exalt God.

This is not a legalistic gospel. You are not supposed to follow the commandments because you “have to”. It’s about your heart.

You are suppose to follow them because you love God and want to follow and be right with Him.

Psalm 51:1-2, 10-12 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Another function of the Spirit is to convict us of our sins against God; not to condemn us, but to reconcile us back to Him.

The flesh is desperately wicked. We want a relationship with God, but we want our own sinful patterns too.

The Spirit changes the desires of our hearts, not us (which just happens to be yet another function for those of you keeping track at home). He wants to give us life far above anything we could ever accomplish on our own.

Verse 10 uses the words create and renew.

CREATE (take nothing and make something) within me a clean heart and RENEW a right spirit (We might have started out with zeal and fallen along the way.).

Verse 11 tells us that the Spirit can leave if you don’t pursue Him or if you leave it first.

My favorite thing and what I just think is really cool is that the Holy Spirit is given without measure. It’s not like God rations out His Spirit. It is given abundantly.

Jesus did the miraculous not because He was God’s Son (He gave that up when He came to Earth), He did it through the Holy Spirit that was upon Him without measure.

The same Spirit that was with Jesus and helped Him do the miraculous is the same Spirit that lives inside of us just as abundantly as it was with Jesus two thousand years ago. There really is nothing that we cannot do for God and the advancement of the gospel. So there should be nothing holding us back from anything.

We should dream just as big as we can and then hand over those dreams to someone who really cares about what we’re doing, we need to hand everything over to God and let Him work through us with His Spirit.

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