Has the Holy Spirit Become Taboo? (Part 2)
20 Jan 2018
For too many believers, the Holy Spirit has become taboo. If we are not careful, we can make the mistake of failing to acknowledge His presence or even denying His very existence. The Holy Spirit is more than just a chill bump, a jiggle, or a cartwheel; He is a real person with real feelings, and He is part of the Holy Trinity. He does not have physical matter, but He does have substance. The Spirit is our unseen partner in life, and He can accomplish much more than we can through our own plans or abilities. Our relationship with God gives us access to the Holy Spirit, who wants us to experience God’s best in our lives. Although the Spirit is unseen by our physical eyes, He is the one responsible for the manifestations of all the promises of God’s grace.
- We do not give the Holy Spirit credit for being a real person. We need Him.
- But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you (John 14:26, AMPC).
- Jesus was preparing the disciples for His departure and informing them that another teacher would be sent as a substitute.
- The Holy Spirit is much more than a jerk or a jiggle. He has many roles in His mission to lead and guide us.
- The Holy Spirit was the first member of the Trinity to be mentioned when the world was created. He was responsible for the manifestations that happened that day.
- …And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2).
- Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works (John 14:10).
- Jesus was completely dependent upon the Holy Spirit. The Spirit empowered Him after He was baptized in the Jordan River.
- In this Scripture, Jesus was not referring to the Father in heaven, but the Holy Spirit as the Father who was living in Him.
- Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
- But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 1:20).
- Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise (John 5:19).
- Jesus was admitting that He could do nothing by Himself, but only with the Holy Spirit’s help.
- We need God. One of the biggest deceptions in the world is the belief that we can be like God without Him.
- We all have a plan for our lives. We need the Holy Spirit in order to be able to carry out this plan.
- The Holy Spirit empowers and enables us to carry out God’s plan for us.
- And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence (Acts1:4, 5).
- Jesus specifically commanded His disciples not to begin their ministries until they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
- And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:16, 17).
- It is significant that Jesus performed no miracles until age thirty. He needed the baptism of the Holy Spirit to empower Him in His ministry.
- Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil (Matthew 4:1).
- When Jesus faced the devil, the Spirit of God was already in Him and on Him.
- For everything in our lives, there is a period of preparation, first, to prepare us for the mission. The wilderness situations in our lives are designed to allow the Spirit to teach us what we need to know.
- There will be a time when we accomplish things not by our own abilities, but by the Holy Spirit. That time is now.
- …Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4:6).
- Everyone has areas in their lives where they need help. When we ask God for help, He will be there when we need Him.
- God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
- Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (Psalm 37:4).
- Most people read this Scripture and think that if they will simply delight themselves with God, He will fill their wish lists of cars, houses, and other earthly things. The Holy Spirit is not Santa Claus; thinking like this is a misinterpretation.
- The word “delight” means to receive God by getting to know Him.
- One of the functions of the Holy Spirit is to teach us what we need to learn.
- But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive (John 5:42, 43).
- Getting to know God involves developing a relationship with Him and trusting Him. This relationship shapes our desires.
- If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you (John 15:7).
- For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him (Philippians 2:13, NLT).
- The five attributes of the Holy Spirit that produce His will for our lives are teaching, correcting, directing, planning, and delivering.
- Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come (John 16:13).
- The Holy Spirit not only informs us and gives us knowledge, but He also gives us foreknowledge of what will happen.
- He promises to instruct, illuminate, and navigate us along the pathways He wants us to follow.
- They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him (1 John 2:19-27).
- Some people misinterpret verse twenty-seven to mean that we do not need any teachers, because the Holy Spirit is our teacher. If we go too far in the extreme, we find ourselves in error; this is an example of such a mistake. We must read this in context.
- Teaching is actually one of the five-fold ministry gifts, and this was written as a teaching.
- Some of the people left because they did not believe that the Son of God came in the flesh, and that He was also the Son of man. Those who stayed had the anointing, and they knew the truth.
- Verse twenty-seven does not mean we do not need anyone to teach us; it means we do not need a deceived person to teach us about something we already know.
John 14:26, AMPC
Acts 1:4, 5
Matthew 3:16, 17
John 5:42, 43
Philippians 2:13, NLT
1 John 2:19-27