Has the Holy Spirit Become Taboo?
7 Jan 2018
The word “taboo” is defined as unacceptable, improper, or prohibited. The Holy Spirit has become banned and excluded in many churches, and we must ask ourselves if He has become taboo for us as well. Carnal-minded people do not believe in the Holy Spirit because they cannot see Him. Many people refuse to even acknowledge Him, yet He is as real as any physical person next to us. The Holy Spirit is alive, and He is the third person in the Holy Trinity. He has an assignment to work in our physical world, and He is the one who put the earth’s waters in place, created the stars in the universe, and made all of creation. On a large scale, He has the ability to impact physical things in the world; on a personal level, He can also impact what happens in our own lives.
- The Holy Spirit is God, Himself, in spirit form. The Spirit is always with us.
- The Holy Spirit is real and has been on the earth since the very beginning. He created the world.
- …And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2).
- 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).
- We can expect our relationship with the Holy Spirit to bring us comfort, counsel, help, intercession, advocacy, and strength. He will stand by us.
- The Spirit is authorized to do everything Jesus did.
- As Jesus is, so are we. Jesus depended completely on the Holy Spirit. He needed the Spirit, and we do too.
- The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God (John 1:29-34).
- The Holy Spirit conceived, taught, and empowered Jesus. Everything Jesus did during His earthly ministry was made possible by the Spirit.
- Jesus performed no miracles before this point, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon Him.
- John immediately recognized Jesus as the peace offering sent to take away everyone’s sin.
- And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him (John 2:1-11).
- This was Jesus’ first miracle, which was done as a result of the Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit empowers us to complete whatever mission God gives us.
- 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).
- Here, Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as His Father. He specifically mentioned that the Father was living in Him, and not just living in heaven.
- As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit… (Matthew 1:20, NLT).
- The Holy Spirit could correctly be called Jesus’ Father because the Spirit was responsible for Jesus’ conception.
- 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 referring to the Father as the Holy Spirit, who was Jesus’ constant partner in everything He did.
- Jesus needed the ongoing partnership with the Holy Spirit to complete His mission. We also need the Spirit, so we can fulfill our missions.
- 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 (Acts 1:4, 5).
- Jesus told the disciples not to go anywhere or start their ministries until receiving the Holy Spirit, first.
- The Holy Spirit is a real person, sent to teach and guide us through life.
- After Jesus received the Holy Spirit, the Spirit took Him into the wilderness to begin teaching Him. The Spirit knows exactly what to teach us so that we will be empowered.
- 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).
- Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil (Matthew 4:1).
- Though the Holy Spirit is everywhere, the liberty and freedom He brings are not. The Spirit is a person, and He will not force Himself on us. If we want Him in our lives, we must invite Him; if we do not make Him Lord of our lives, there is no liberty.
- Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty(2 Corinthians 3:17).
- Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me (Psalm 139:7-10).
- Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:6-17).
- This is a comparison between the Law of Moses and the grace of God.
- The Holy Spirit frees us from the condemnation, guilt, and shame of the law.
- Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4:6).
- Most of the things we have been conditioned to accept are things that depend on our own abilities. Religion has taught us self-dependence.
We need the Holy Spirit’s help in getting to know God through His Word.
Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (Psalm 37:4).
- To “delight” means to come to know God and what He has done, and to receive Him.
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).
- When Jesus referred to “my Father,” He was referring to the Holy Spirit. Those who do not receive Him do not truly know Him.
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).
- When we spend time in God’s Word and let it spend time in us, the Word shapes what we ask. We then begin asking for things according to His will.
- Knowing Jesus is what shapes our desires. The more we know Him, the less we will want to do the things we did before we were saved.
They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! (2 Corinthians 3:17, MSG).
We fail when we depend on our own willpower from an ungodly will, because we have the wrong “want to.”
When we get born again, the Holy Spirit becomes the source of our will.
Matthew 3:16, 17
John 14:26, AMPC
2 Corinthians 3:6-17
Matthew 1:20, NLT
John 5:19, 42, 43
Acts 1:4, 5
2 Corinthians 3:17, MSG