July 2020: Understanding Holy Spirit
Last month we talked about being proximate with God. I hope you were able to find a nearness to His presence like never before. This month, let’s get even closer as we seek to understand Holy Spirit.
**Note: You do not, unless you so desire, have to respond to this letter**
July: Understanding Holy Spirit
Monthly Focus: Being One With Holy Spirit
Key Verses: Acts 2:38; Isaiah 11:2
Memory Verse: Acts 2:38
8 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Last month we talked about being proximate with God. In realizing that we need to be aware of God’s presence comes with one of His greatest promises; The Holy Spirit. You may have heard of the Holy Spirit by other names, such like Holy Ghost, Inner Energy, The Spirit, Ruach Hakodesh and several other adjectives that describe His function. Know that no matter the name given, it is the essence of the Holy Spirit we’re both after and desire.
So why does this matter? Why should we know about the Holy Spirit? Well, when Jesus ascended into heaven, He did not leave us abandoned, but sent us the Holy Spirit. Our God is triune in nature, one father in three parts, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He created us in this same tri-partite model of being body, soul, and mind (which translates “Spirit”). All of this matters because the Holy Spirit is a seal of promise that helps us navigate life here on earth.
Once we receive the gift of salvation, we receive the Holy Spirit to live within us. This makes us not our own, but temples of the Holy Spirit designed ahead of time to do good works (1 Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 2:10). That is the Holy Spirit’s dwelling – in you. Additionally, the Holy Spirit has several functions. He is, the Comforter (John 14:26;16:7), The Helper (or the paraclete John 14:26), The Counselor (Isaiah 11:2), The Truth (John 14:17;16:13), The Teacher (1 John 2:27), The Sanctifier (1 Corinthians 6:11) and so many more amazing functions. Just like if Jesus was walking alongside us. Except now, He’s in us, walking through our hands and feet.
How awesome is it that we get to be the hands and feet of Jesus? He’s equipped us with all power and might to do more than we could ever think or imagine because of the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us. Of course the Holy Spirit has many more functions, and you can rest assured He definitely lives up to the name.
My question to you is have you accepted Jesus as Lord of your life? Did you know upon receiving salvation, that this gift in the Holy Spirit was available to you? Have you ever had one of those “Something just told me” moments, or “It was like déjà vu” moments? Very likely that if it worked out for your good, that was the Holy Spirit speaking to you and revealing mysteries of the Spirit. Often when I find myself in different places in life, I think “What do I need God to be for me in this place?” Right now, I need Him to be my guide, my answer, my peace, and my reminder (to balance all of the many things in life). What do you need the Holy Spirit to be for you in this place in your life? We may not have listed the function you need, but trust that He is more than able and willing to assist you in whatever you need. As the scripture states, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit as God’s own. That means you don’t have to do life alone. Invite Him into every day, every decision, every thought and every moment. He’s there for you.
The bible instructs us to ask what we need. And in asking what we need, He will provide every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). What do you need? Will you believe the Lord for it? Below is space for thoughts and reflection
Here are some noteworthy verses for your learning and reflection.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord.
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.
2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.