Revelation 3:15-16 “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth.“
Romans 8:5-10 “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.“
John 16:7 “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate (Holy Spirit) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.“
Hi everyone! I pray this blog finds you all well and deeply rooted in the Lord. It has been a busy week for me, so I am grateful for this opportunity to sit down and compose this blog by the power of the Holy Spirit. Blogging has become such a blessing for me and has added such insight and depth to my relationship with God. With this blog and next week’s blog, I am inspired to share the thoughts I have gathered concerning the purpose and benefits of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s pray! Our Father in Heaven, full of mercy and love, we come before You asking for the blood of Jesus to cover our unrighteousness and that You set our feet on the solid ground of Truth. Teach us, through Your Word, the purpose and power of Your Holy Spirit, teach us how to surrender to that power, and lead us to surrender and be filled anew each day. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!
In John 16:7, Jesus tells His disciples that the Holy Spirit will take His place on earth once Jesus ascends to His Heavenly Father. This is crucially important to us because. in His human form, Jesus was limited in where He could be – one place at a time. But, the Holy Spirit can be in all places at all times. He can dwell in each of us equally, communicate with each of us independently, and pour His power through us uniquely in each situation.
AW Tozer, in his study of the Holy Spirit, stated: “One quality belonging to the Holy Spirit, of great interest and importance to every seeking heart, is penetrability. He can penetrate matter, such as the human body; He can penetrate mind; He can penetrate another spirit, such as the human spirit. He can achieve complete penetration of and actual intermingling with the human spirit… Moral evil is forced to withdraw.” (cmalliance.org/devotionals/tozer) I like the way Tozer explains the omnipresence of the Holy Spirit. the way he gives a sense of solid support and commitment the Holy Spirit has for the human race.
We read in Revelation 3:15-16 about the last day church before the Second Coming of Jesus. Jesus is deeply saddened by the state of His church at this time. He says we are lukewarm – riding the fence, one foot in the world and the other in the church. He would rather we pick a side – He would rather we be hot (total surrender to Jesus) or cold (total surrender to self and the world.) This is a dire warning to those of us that are a part of the last day church. This is our wake up call! A call to completely surrender ourselves to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, a call to totally embrace His power in our flesh.
John 8:5-10 makes a very vivid comparison between being hot or cold, between choosing a life dedicated and surrendered to Jesus or a life given over to self and the world. On the one side of the fence – the cold side – we have rebellion, self gratification, worldly desires, hostility toward God, transgression of the Law, forever death. The hot side of fence is contrasted by Spiritual desires, peace, indwelling of Jesus through His Spirit, communion with Jesus, not subject to the 2nd death, life eternal. The cold side is full of momentary chills and thrills but leads to eternal destruction, whereas the hot side may have its hardships but leads to eternal life where there will be no more sorrow, tears, or pain – no more death of dreams, loved ones, self, pets… Which side of the fence will you choose – which one will you get plugged into? The world or Jesus?
When we plug into the power of the Holy Spirit, when He totally penetrates our life, everything changes. He multiplies our hereditary and educated talents so that we are able to do so much more with our natural abilities. He takes our weak efforts and elevates them to a supernatural level. Our efforts are like sweeping a floor in the dark. We can do an ok job, its better than nothing, but with the indwelling Light of the Holy Spirit we can do a perfect job. EG White, in her book Evangelism, page 172, wrote: “We want the Holy Spirit of God to be life and voice for us. Our tongue should be as the pen of a ready writer, because the Spirit of God is speaking through the human agent.” The indwelling of the Holy Spirit takes our ordinary and makes it extraordinary – He orchestrates a perfect Gospel symphony within us.
So how do we plug into the power of the Holy Spirit – once we step down from the fence of indecision, once we choose the hot side, what’s the next step. Luke 11:13 tells us, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” We must accept by faith that God will fulfill this promise in us. We may not feel different immediately. We may only see the Holy Spirit’s influence in retrospect. But the emotions, the feeling will come later when we look back and see where He has led us, how He has molded us and our ministry.
Seek the Holy Spirit, pray for His indwelling, believe in the promises of God – ask daily. God is waiting for us to ask for His Spirit and He will pour it out without measure. We can’t work for it, we don’t get the Holy Spirit by being extra good – it’s a gift and we just need to ask. Once we ask, believing we receive, we must surrender to the working of the Holy Spirit and let Him work His power through us.
In the Lord’s prayer we are instructed to ask for our daily bread, I believe this is the Bread of Life – we need to ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit daily. The Holy Spirit works through us to feed the nations, to spread the Good News. While going about our daily sharing of the Gospel as we are prompted by the Holy Spirit, our daily supply is used up. Therefore it is crucial that we ask for a new supply daily. It is the only way we can stay plugged into the Power of Heaven – it is the only way to a life in Christ Jesus – it is the only path to eternal life. “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
Until my next blog, may you experience a deeper connection with Jesus through a daily request for a full measure of the Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 6:16)