Belief

Can you believe—A) this is part of God’s plan? We must understand that the Holy Spirit is not added or extra. The Spirit-filled life is not a special, deluxe edition of Christianity. Would you like the luxury package with your salvation or are you running on a budget. He is part and parcel of the total plan of God for His people. We must be satisfied that He’s not abnormal or unusual, because there are so few people who walk in His light and the true Joy of the Lord. Isaiah 57:15~I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.

Can you believe—B) the Spirit is lovable? We must be satisfied, that there is nothing about the Holy Spirit that is strange or eerie. I believe it’s been the work of the devil to surround the person of the Holy Spirit with an aura of strangeness. Yes peculiar is the KJV word of 1 Peter 2:9~But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar (περιποίησις peripoiēsis) people; that you should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; (KJV) But the word (περιποίησις peripoiēsis) means a preserving, preservation, possession, an obtaining one’s own property, The Spirit-filled life is about God obtaining all of His children for His glory.

The devil cannot manufacture God’s glory, anointing or utility in our lives. He has attempted to trap, trip, hoodwink and bamboozle us into giving up our inheritance from the beginning. Let’s go back to the beginning of human history, where the father of lies asked our ancient mother, Did God really say…Genesis 3:1. And there, he maligned God Almighty as he fractured our relationship. That same devil has maligned our relationship with the Holy Spirit. There’s nothing eerie, nothing strange, nothing contrary to the normal operations of the human heart about the Holy Spirit. He’s the divine essence of Jesus Christ imparted to believers.



Habitat for divinity

Have you wondered about the Spirit-filled life? Before we get to how, we must come to terms with some matters of faith. As believers, we ought to know what we believe. Some may think that there is a formula to receiving God’s power. That if we will do these four things, take these nine steps, and respond just so, we will be filled. As if to say take the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, remove cap, apply liberally, and watch it work. The Holy Spirit isn’t a chia pet, applying the seed in a heavy coat, water and watch it grow. Though not steps to take, there are some concerns or concepts that need to be settled in each of us if we are to proceed. Thus, like all faith we must do our part in preparation then allow the Holy Spirit to do His part today: Is, Can you, Desire, answering How.

Is the Spirit-filled life for you? Satan has opposed the doctrine of the Spirit-filled life with as much vigor, if not more, than any other Christian doctrine. It may be better stated that satan has confused, opposed, or surrounded it with false notions, even fear and trepidation. He’s blocked the Church’s effort of receiving Jesus Christ, who is the Father’s divine blood-bought gift. Tragically, the Church has neglected this great liberating truth—that every child of God has a full, wonderfully complete, and satisfying anointing through the Holy Spirit. So we must be sure that living the Spirit-filled life is for us. We must be sure the Holy Spirit is God’s will for us; and He (Holy Spirit) is Spirit, is part of God’s total plan for us in salvation and spiritual growth (Joel 2:28), understand the Holy Spirit is both included and embraced within the work of Jesus Christ’s redemption. (John 16:7) As the old camp-meeting folks used to say the Holy Spirit is the purchase of His blood. He the Holy Spirit is for all of God’s children and He desires to share with each child God’s gifts. Is the Spirit-filled life for you? Resoundingly Yes, for every believer.



Learning to live

He empowers us. Just before Jesus ascends back into heaven, He tells the His frightened disciples in Acts l:8~But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (ESV) He is reiterating Luke 24 wait to be empowered. This filling is vital to our living, bearing fruit, and walking in the Spirit. Jesus said, I am sending you something better. I am taking Christian apologetics and the discussion of faith out of the realm of logic and putting it into real walking around faith. The proof lies in an invisible, unseen but powerful energy that visits the human soul when the gospel is preached—that is the Holy Spirit!

He convicts us. When things are not right in our lives, the Holy Spirit works in our hearts to bring us to corrective action. Christ said the Holy Spirit would convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment John 16:8. Even though in this passage Christ was referring to unbelievers, the Holy Spirit also convicts believers of their sin. The word translated convict, or reprove (ἐλέγχω elegchō), means to rebuke of a wrong to the point of shame. When we sin, the Holy Spirit works in our hearts to make us feel so ashamed of what we have done we will confess and forsake it. 

The Holy Spirit also convicts us of righteousness. So, He not only convicts us when we do wrong, but also of the right things we must do. In addition, He convicts unbelievers that they will face judgment, which is the divine tribunal before whom all unbelievers will stand. Believers will not face that judgment. 2 Corinthians 5:10~For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad (KJV). 

The word translated judgment seat (βῆμα bēma) refers to the place where believers will be rewarded and rebuked. The Holy Spirit convicts us of what we do wrong as well as telling us to repent, confess and receive forgiveness. Warning or reminding us that one day we will stand before Christ to give an account of our lives. 

He leads us. The devil is always trying to lead us into sin and away from God, while the Holy Spirit tries to lead us to God and to do His will. All true believers’ who do God’s will are led by the Spirit of God Romans 8:14. The Holy Spirit leads First, revealing through Scripture. As we hear, read, and study the Bible, He makes words, phrases, and verses stand out.  Almost as though they are in bold print, rising off the page to grasp our attention. He says, listen, this needs to be applied to your life. Then He communicates with us through spiritual impressions. This is almost impossible to explain because we must experience it to understand. Most often we receive spiritual impressions at the Lord’s in-breaking. It is a moment where God says share, encourage, just listen and He often gives to us words to say. Lastly, the Holy Spirit leads us through inner peace. When we are obedient to His leadership—through obeying God’s Word or a spiritual impression—we experience supernatural peace. As described for us in Romans 8:6b~The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace (NIV).

The Holy Spirit gives us an awesome inner peace, or tranquility, when we do God’s will. When we are not doing God’s will, we can also sense a loss of this peace. There are times when we must make a decision and there is no verse in the Bible to tell us what to do. It’s then we can make a decision based on the spiritual peace given by the Holy Spirit. Colossians 3:15~Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful (NIV).

The word translated rule (βραβεύω brabeuō) means to act as an umpire. I love that visual. The Holy Spirit helps us in life by calling balls and strikes. The good we ought to go after and junk we bought to stay away from. Letting us know what is fair and foul. Our Takeaway: Learn to walk in the Holy Spirit. Have you begun the process of setting yourself apart that the Holy Spirit could fill you and give you gifts to minister? In John 16:7, Jesus said I am sending you something better. I want you this week to ask God to fill you for His usage and pleasure, begin today.