Day Eight: Who Is The Holy Spirit? Part 2 (January 10)

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You’re the Author of Scripture and its illuminator
Our God-given picture to see the Ruling Savior
Your thoughts are in-scripted on our hearts with conviction
And You’re the Father’s provision who renews our Nature
With our nature renewed, now by grace we pursue
Conformity to the Savior through the faith that’s from You
The fruit You produce is proof that Your people are real
Directing our thoughts to Jesus when our evil’s revealed

The Holy Spirit, Shai Linne ft. Timothy Brindle & Leah Smith

A few years ago, a book series called Where’s Waldo? became widely popular. The books featured Waldo, who always wore round glasses, a red and white striped hat, and matching shirt. Waldo was present on every page, but the challenge was to find him. The clutter of similarly colored items and look-alike characters made it even more challenging to notice him. You knew he was on every page, but it could take hours—even days—to find the real Waldo.

The Holy Spirit is like that. Always present, but because of the clutter of our lives, and convincing impostors, we are often left wondering, “Where’s the real Holy Spirit?”

While the Holy Spirit may be hard to find in our world, He’s not hard to spot in Scripture. The Holy Spirit is a constant presence from the beginning when “the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2) through the end, where the Spirit invites us to “Come” (Revelation 22:17). And yet, as artist Shai Linne stated, He doesn’t “like the spotlight”. Here are a few more critical truths about the Holy Spirit revealed in Scripture.

The Holy Spirit Teaches Us About God

In addition to convincing us of our need for God, the Holy Spirit teaches us all that we accurately know about God. Jesus gave this as another reason his followers ought to look forward to the Spirit’s coming:

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.

John 14:26

The Holy Spirit knows the mind of God and is therefore uniquely qualified to help us understand God’s word, and align our hearts to care about the things God does. The Holy Spirit inspired the authors of Scriptures, to accurately teach us about God and his work in the world. He equips us to do more than we can imagine. The vision and calling that God has given us can be accomplished in us by the Spirit’s power.

The Holy Spirit Empowers Us

We no longer have to walk in the flesh, but can now walk in the Spirit. How? Because of an astounding truth: We have access to an unlimited power source within us that empowers us.

Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you.

Romans 8:10-11

According to this passage, the Holy Spirit empowered Jesus Christ to raise from the dead. That’s a power unlike any this world had ever seen, but wait, there’s more! This same Holy Spirit lives inside each person who has genuinely placed their faith in Jesus Christ! This truth is why we can walk in the Spirit. We have been empowered by God to overcome our weaknesses, which means that no matter how challenging a particular temptation is, we are no longer unable to overcome it! The Spirit’s presence and power give us hope, regardless of whether the battle is an addiction, a physical struggle, a relationship problem, or any other temptation. In any of those situations we can hold onto this truth:

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

Because of the Spirit’s presence in our life we have a ‘way of escape.’ It’s like the bright red “EXIT” sign we see in every public building. God has given us that “EXIT” sign to avoid temptation.we have to actually use the exits.

The Holy Spirit also empowers us with unique abilities called ‘spiritual gifts’ which enable us to build God’s Kingdom by serving the church with God-given strengths (1 Corinthians 12). To learn more about your specific spiritual gifts, and how you can use them in the church, complete this assessment. How is the Holy Spirit able to do all this?

The Holy Spirit is God.

The reason the Holy Spirit can teach us and empower us is that He is God. When we baptize, we do so in “the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” because each person of the Trinity is divine and involved in the process.

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19).

Since the Holy Spirit is not an ambiguous force, like electricity, we should not refer to Him as an “it.” He is the One who empowers and directs us to live and think according to the mind of Christ, all to the glory of the Father.  tweet

The Holy Spirit convinces us that we need God. He teaches us about God, empowers us to live according to the vision God has for our lives, and is capable of doing all of those things because He is God.

  1. Which role of the Holy Spirit most encourages you?
  2. Which role of the Holy Spirit do you desire to see manifested more in your life?
  3. In what ways do you need to experience the Holy Spirit’s power in your life?

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to manifest Himself in your life in that way now.

Suggested Songs: This I Believe (The Creed), Hillsong Worship.

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