By Dave Earley
As Christians, we are often asked how we know, that what we know is true.
There are two ways that we know things: We know because of God's word, and we know because of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, that it is true, and that the Holy Spirit alone reveals to us the ways of God.
Some people don't believe that the Holy Spirit is God. On the authority of God's word, the Holy Spirit is God because He has the attributes of a person (1 Corinthians 6:11, Acts 16:7, Romans 8:15).
The Holy Spirit is omniscient - which means He is all knowing.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:11). If we know anything about God at all, it is because of the Spirit. On our own, we are unable to know Him.
The Holy Spirit is omnipresent - which means that He is everywhere.
Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence (Psalm 139:7). The prophet Jonah would testify, that outrunning God is not possible.
The Holy Spirit is omnipotent - which means that He had a role in creation.
The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life (Job 33:4).
In Acts chapters 2-4, we learn that the followers of Jesus Christ met and prayed together after He ascended into heaven. More importantly, they were waiting.
Why were the disciples of Christ waiting?
The disciples could do nothing to advance the cause of Christ without the Holy Spirit! They were waiting because Jesus told them to wait, so that they might receive the Holy Spirit.
The day was Pentecost. The disciples of Christ were indeed filled with the Holy Spirit. No longer were they scared, and hiding in the shadows. Instead, they were speaking boldly in the streets, and producing fruitful works that revealed who was Lord of their lives, and where the power had come from.
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses (Acts 1:8).
God is truly at work, and each day we are able to use our opportunities to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and experience what we never could experience apart from God.
In the Bible the Holy Spirit is compared to five different things:
-Water (John 7:37)
-Oil (Acts 10:38, 1 Samuel 9:16 & 16:13)
-Fire (Acts 2:1-3)
-The Dove (Matthew 3:16)
-Wind (John 3:8)
I like the comparison to wind the best. We can't see the wind, and we don't know it's coming or it's going. Likewise, we can't see the Holy Spirit, we don't know His coming or His going, but we sure can see the effects of the Holy Spirit.
This is what the Holy Spirit is doing:
-Advancing God's agenda (John 16:13)
-Praying for God's people (Romans 8:26&27)
-Illuminating God's word (John 14:26)
-Giving boldness (Acts 4:31)
-Giving grace (Acts 9:31)
-Giving courage (Ephesians 3:16)
-Giving hope (Colossians 1:11)
-Promoting sanctification (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
-Providing comfort (John 14:16)
-Convicting sinners (John 16:8)
-Author of Scripture (2 Peter 1:21)
-Source of all truth (1 John 5:6)
The Spirit is working! Do you see it?
Be filled with the Spirit! It's not a suggestion, it's a commandment.
God doesn't ask us to do things that we can't do. We need the Holy Spirit just like we need more water everyday. Ask Him to fill you each day.
It's not that we don't have the Spirit, it's actually that the Spirit doesn't have all of us.
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