Sunday, May 20, 2018 is a special day Christians call Pentecost.  It is the day the promised Holy Spirit came down and the church was birthed (Acts 2)!  So Happy Birthday Church!

Pentecost is a day question are stirred.  Who is the Holy Spirit?  Why do some people claim to be full of the Spirit and others are quite happy to ignore the Spirit life?  So this blog, borrows some insights from Alpha and tries to briefly explain a theological concept that has filled countless books through history.

Who is the Holy Spirit?

In our Baptist circles, you may hear the Pastor baptize people in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  You may therefore incorrectly conclude that the Holy Spirit is an afterthought.  A sort of vague supernatural force.  But in the Bible, the Holy Spirit isn’t a force but is the very personhood of God.  The Spirit isn’t an afterthought but is front and central.  John 4:24 says “God is spirit” and the Holy Spirit was there from the very beginning, creating and making life!

Jesus promises that when we put our faith in God, God gives us His Holy Spirit who is a guarantee of what is yet to come (2 Corinthians 5:5)!  The Spirit knows we struggle, so the Spirit comforts, guides, intercedes, mends, and helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 2:3-5)!  HALLELUJAH!

The Holy Spirit brings life (John 6:63)!   Hope overflows (Romans 15:13).  Inner strength grows (2 Timothy 1:10).  And it gets even better!  The person of the Holy Spirit brings unity and peace (Ephesians 4:3)!  Amen?!  The Holy Spirit removes language barriers and things that divide us (Acts 2:4)!  When we invite the Holy Spirit into our lives and homes, the Spirit drives out fear and fill us with peace and … LOVE (Romans 5:5; 1 John 4:18)!

With the Holy Spirit we have no reason, no excuse, to feel defeated.  Through the Holy Spirit, we are overcomers in Christ Jesus (1 John 5:5-6)!  Amen?!

How do you Receive the Holy Spirit?

I have good news!  We can all ask for the Holy Spirit!  Jesus says in Luke 11:13If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”  The Holy Spirit isn’t limited to a particular people in a particular time.  Through Jesus, the Spirit is available to all!

The only catch is, who will you trust?  When we choose to trust God and ask for the life of His Holy Spirit, something internal happens.  If you ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit here will be some of the results.  Galatians 5:22-23 NKJVThe fruit (rewards) of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

That’s a “blessed” life.  What isn’t in the list is as important as what is in the list.  For instance, does the Spirit give us fear?  No!  What isn’t there is important to note.

But something is there, that everyone should take note of.  The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to suffer for a long time, with love, joy, peace and etc.  God does not leave us alone.  God provides.

So here’s a crazy idea!  Maybe it’s time we all stop complaining about life.  It’s time to trust God again!  It’s time to take our trust in God deeper through the Holy Spirit life.

Some may be longing for more of the Holy Spirit.  Some may not be sure you want anything to do with the Holy Spirit.  If you don’t feel that thirst for living water (John 7:38-39), you can ask God to give you a thirst for the Holy Spirit life.  God meets us where we are at.  But once God gives you a thirst for the Holy Spirit, the free gift is available to all!

You may be thinking, “Ah Pastor, Luke 11:13 says we can ask, but I don’t think I’ll get the Holy Spirit.  I’m not good enough.”  Jesus responds to that in Luke 11:10 NLT “For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”  Everyone.  That includes you.  Jesus says, God gives the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.  Are you ready to ask?

You can try this.  Let’s use a classic song that has been sung for ages as a prayer.  The words are: “Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.  Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.”  Amen.

You may enjoy listening to this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogGOlGswStA

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