THE HOLY SPIRIT
TRUE MEANING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:
Some describe the Holy Spirit as “breath” or “wind” that has the ability to transform lives. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God that dwells in each believer that empowers and equip, with the ability to accomplish what is the will of God.
Throughout scripture the Holy Spirit is referenced as almost mysterious movement, but if you stop and consider how wind flows the meaning becomes much clearer; for Jesus said, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone born of the Spirit.” (John: 3:8; NKJV)
Jesus was consistent in instilling knowledge, understanding, faith and belief in the hearts of those who chose to follow him. He often spoke of “Spirit” assuring that even when he was no longer physically present we would never be with-out someone to guide us, which remains true to this day for those who chose to take up the cross for the cause.
This is his teaching:
“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves…the works that I do…”(John 14:11)
“The Spirit of truth…dwells with you and will be in you…because I live you will live also” (John: 14: 17)
“…the Holy Spirit…will teach you all things and bring to remembrance all things that I said to you” (verse 26)
No broken promise:
God spoke all things into existence; created beings failed in so many ways, yet he has not given up on us. He did something no one else can even begin to match; he gave his only Son to save us all. When his Son walked this earth as one of us, he had been given a mission to carry out through teaching and revelation of the will of his Father. Jesus says, “If you love me, you will be glad that I am on my way to the Father because the Father is the goal and purpose of my life…I’m carrying out my Father’s instructions right down to the last detail.” (John: 14: 28-31; MGS). “First I left the Father and arrived in the world, now I leave the world and travel to the Father.” (16:28)
His Son made a promise of sending another friend after his mission was completed, the Holy Spirit; he did not leave us without hope.
Movement of the Holy Spirit:
As Jesus promised, when the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind…no one could tell where it came from; it filled the building, then like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks…(Acts: 2:1-4). The same promise is alive today. When we come to the knowledge and understanding that there is a force that lives in and around us at all times, we are able to fulfill the purpose for which we have been created. Hope within each of us should burn like fire with a desire to fulfill the purpose as Jesus did.
“Ask and you shall receive”
“Seek and you will find”
“Knock and the door will open” (Luke: 11:8; MGS), that is a promise.