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, an