It’s a new dawn. Happy New year people! I’m super excited that you are alive and well, reading this today. And I’m also excited because my birthday is around the corner! Yaay!!! It’s 14th January, just in case you were wondering. I pray that He who has brought you into this new year will see you through the months and give you an expected end, in Jesus name. Amen! The series we started last year, Renew your mind, didn’t go with the old year. It’s still on and I believe that in this new year, you will make deliberate efforts in getting to know the Holy Spirit and building a solid relationship with Him in Jesus name, Amen. So, let’s get started.
Getting to know The Holy Spirit
Last week, we started talking about what your relationship with the Holy Spirit should look like and your role in it. Let me help jog your memory a little. What did you learn from last week’s lesson? What’s your role in this relationship? Is this relationship even important at all? Why should you leave your past behind? Have you made a decision to leave your past behind so you can enjoy a relationship with Him?
Just in case you’re joining us for the first time, you are most welcome. It’s so good to have you here. However, I’d like to refer you back to the preceding post, the Holy Spirit & You. It’d give you a better understanding of who we will be discussing today – the Holy Spirit and His role in the relationship. Why I see this as a very important topic is this: when you don’t understand the purpose of a relationship in your life, you won’t have so much regard for that relationship. You start to feel that the person has nothing to offer and as such, he/she will tolerate whatever you do. This could lead to the loss of that relationship which might have brought about something beautiful in your life.
To get to know someone, you have to first initiate communication, no matter how little. There’s no way to get to know about a person by yourself if you don’t talk to them. Asking people about that person is not a right approach because you’d be depending on their own opinion of the person. Get to know them so you can experience for yourself who they really are. The little time you manage to spend around them will tell you if you should keep the relationship or discard it. This is also true for your relationship with the Holy Spirit. So, starting now, let’s make a commitment to get to know the Holy Spirit.
The Person of the Holy Spirit
Before now, I used to think that the Holy Spirit was just the insignificant one in the Trinity. Some people say He is the force God uses to execute judgment. These same people do not buy the idea that He should be addressed as a person rather they address the Holy Spirit as it. Other people like me, see Him as a name without a face – I mean they know He’s part of the Trinity but they have no idea who He is and what His work is. Who do you say the Holy Spirit is?
I grew up hearing tales of God’s love as well as His anger. Stories of the great sacrifice Jesus made, which brought about the grace we enjoy today were traded in our Sunday School classes. However, little to nothing was said about the Holy Spirit which made me give no thought to Him or His work. It wasn’t until my final year in college that I got to know the Holy Spirit. As we got to know each other better, I realized that there is so much I had missed out on and most of what we know of the Holy Spirit is just too vague. Another person’s revelation of God is not enough to keep you. I can only show you the way. It’s left for you to decide to follow that way and go all the way until the end.
So, Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is not some mystical force neither is He the insignificant other in the Trinity. No! He is the Spirit of God – the God living inside of you. Your body is His temple and it became His home the moment you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. He is in you to glorify Jesus through you so there is no way that He could have come in if you hadn’t accepted Jesus to be the Lord of your life. I would also like to say that as much as the Holy Spirit is obviously not physical but a Spirit who lives in you, He has a personality. Shocking, right? Let me explain that using something we both can relate to.
Your body is just a house. It is not in any way the real you. If you die, your body lies lifeless here on earth. It is the real you – your spirit, that goes before God in judgment. What makes up a person is not the physical body rather it is your personality [character, traits, attitudes…]. You have emotions, intellect, and a will – the ability to choose what is best for you. Now, these things can’t be perceived physically but they are real and go a long way in defining who you and how people perceive you.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, living in you, sure. But He has a personality. He has what He likes and what grieves Him; And yeah, the Holy Spirit has a wide variety of emotions; He is the Spirit of Wisdom and Knowledge; He has a will – it is His duty to reveal the heart of the Father [God’s will] to you. Don’t believe me? I’d love for you to take the time and do a survey in the Bible. When you observe the God’s relationship with the Holy Spirit, you’d see God’s rich display of emotions, His awesome wisdom and most importantly, His perfect will. I’d also love for you to remember that you were made in His image and likeness so please, the Holy Spirit is no force. He is the Spirit of God in you, yearning to have deep fellowship with you. He is God’s gift to you – a great opportunity to experience God on a personal and up close level.
Is the Holy Spirit God?
Yes! He sure is. He is just as equal to God as Jesus is. However, each member of the Trinity have their roles and I’d like to use a verse in the Bible to buttress this point.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14
This is the most common part of the Bible. I mean, we say the Grace, don’t we? Have you ever given deep thought to this Word? This verse perfectly summarized the work of the Trinity in one sentence. God’s love for you and I, in spite of our disobedience, caused Him to look for ways to make us right with Him. First, it was the blood of animals but then He decided to do one final blood sacrifice. He sent His son, Jesus Christ to die for us so that we can be made right with Him again. Jesus took up this mantle upon Himself and came in the human form. He was tempted just as much as anyone of us yet His love for us and honor for His Father, made Him keep His focus on the goal. And because of His death, we have freedom! There’s grace freely available to anyone who wants it. The Holy Spirit was sent as God’s gift to us after Jesus paid in full – died for you. He is your seal of salvation and He is the one who helps us execute the freedom we have in Christ. Through Him, you have an unrestricted access to the Father and Son.
The Role of the Holy Spirit in Your Relationship with Him
Now you see the relationship between the Trinity. They are equal but different. The Holy Spirit is the reason you came to Christ. He convicts people of their sins, telling them of God’s righteousness and God’s judgment as well. So don’t think you just decided on your own to come to Christ. He used different means to draw you near to God. Whatever led you to Christ was divinely orchestrated by the Holy Spirit. Now, He is in you, willing to fellowship with you so you can get to know Jesus through Him and become more like Him.
Since we are focusing on getting to know the Holy Spirit, let’s take a look at scriptures that tell us more about Him.
The Holy Spirit, Your Helper
One of the first things Jesus said about the Holy Spirit is that He is your helper. “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever.” John 14:16. A helper is someone who supports or assists you, making things more bearable or pleasant for you. So, if the Holy Spirit is your helper, it means that He will make every single thing you do lighter and more bearable if you let Him. For instance, He can help you quit an addiction, walk away from a toxic relationship, remain focused, start up a business and do virtually everything.
How does He do that?
By enabling you – giving you the strength to do so. Paul speaking to the Philippians, said The Holy Spirit is the power of God working in you both to want to please God and actually please Him. It is His duty to help you and it is your duty to trust Him. You show Him you trust Him by inviting Him into the situation and letting Him do His job. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman who doesn’t invade your space unless you ask Him to and when you invite Him, He does a thorough job. More than you want to ask Him, He wants to help but you have to ask Him to help.
The Holy Spirit Your Comforter
Are you depressed? Do you have things weighing you down? Are you passing through trials? Perhaps, you are tempted so much that it’s robbing you of your peace or you keep trying to please God but the guilt of your past keeps weighing down on you. Say no more! The Holy Spirit is your comforter too. People say you can only be happy when things are going well but with the Holy Spirit, you can be joyful in all situations. It takes getting to know the Holy Spirit to start to see the fruit of joy and the others, being produced in your life.
Trust me, I’ve seen this happen in my life over and over again. There have been times where I’ve been so troubled that I tried reaching out to friends but still, I couldn’t find comfort in their words of encouragement. Only the Holy Spirit understands you deeply. He knows you more than you know yourself and He is willing to comfort you [make you feel less worried, upset…] in every situation.
The Holy Spirit your Teacher
Honestly, I’ve never seen anyone who teaches like the Holy Spirit. There’s this kind of wisdom you get from Bible studies with the Holy Spirit that you can’t get elsewhere. The Holy Spirit can use a particular verse in the Bible to teach you multiple things.He even uses situations in your life to teach you great lessons if you let Him. In fact, I dare to say that He can use anything to teach you. Let me share an experience with you. Sometime last year, I was struggling with studying my Bible consistently. It was really a struggle for me to sit and study the Bible. So, there was this void and it started affecting me physically. I found myself reverting back to old habits I had dropped. So, one day, I went to the back of my house to sweep.
Usually, when I sweep, I pull out weeds I see and the previous weekend, I did same. It was a hot season so I just assumed that the grasses will take time to grow back. On getting there, I didn’t notice the weed because I wasn’t paying attention. But as I started to sweep, I saw them. They were there, staring me in the face. Some of them had grown a bit tall so I started pulling out. As I was doing that, the Holy Spirit started ministering to me. He told me that just as these weeds started to grow without seeking permission from me and without my notice too, it’s the same way my relationship with Him is deteriorating. Outside of Him, I can’t grow which is why it was as though I was reverting back to old habits. I was living outside His presence and I had gotten so used to it that I didn’t even notice the weeds that were sprouting back in my life. For each minute I spent outside God’s presence – neither studying His word, meditating or even praying, weeds were sprouting up. Because I was too busy to pay attention, I ignored the signs. So through those weeds, the Holy Spirit taught me a valuable lesson that is still very vivid in my memory till date. I had to ask God for mercy and make the necessary adjustments.
So why am I saying this?
I’m just trying to get you to see that the Holy Spirit is the one who leads you into all truth – He is the Teacher. 1 John 2:27 tells us that the Holy Spirit who lives in you and who is always with you is the only Teacher you need to teach you the Truth [the Word of God]. He also teaches you every single thing you need to know and what He teaches is the truth. It is only in the place of fellowship that you can know these things.
Now, it doesn’t mean that your pastors and friends who give you good counsel are irrelevant voices. It only means that you have to first receive from the Holy Spirit so you can be able to discern what is true and what isn’t. Sometimes, He will use them to tell you something or open your eyes to a truth you’ve not seen yet but He will give you a confirmation in your spirit. No one is allowed to take the place of the Holy Spirit in your life. No one!!! You need to prioritize spending time with Him and show up for classes. Unlike human teachers, the Holy Spirit does a thorough job. He teaches, gives you tests and expects you to rely on Him to work through you. He expects you to put into practice what He teaches you but first, you have to show up for classes. Just be willing to ask Him questions. He is more than willing to answer you anything you ask Him.
He Reveals Jesus to You
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and therefore He knows who Jesus is and what He expects from you. For instance, if you are seeking to know the will of God for your life at every given point in time, the Holy Spirit is there to reveal it to you. If you want to know what God sent you here to do, the Holy Spirit is there to reveal it to you. The major thing the Holy Spirit is there to do is to glorify Jesus just as Jesus glorified the Father while He was here on earth. So, He is willing to do whatever it takes to glorify Jesus in you and through you.
How does the Holy Spirit Reveal Jesus to Me?
He does so through the Word of God. The Word of God is inspired by the Holy Spirit and being the Spirit of the Word, He opens our eyes to deeper revelations embedded in each part of the word. I’ve seen the Holy Spirit use one Bible verse to teach me multiple lessons. The state of your heart matters when it comes to studying the Word of God. For instance, if you come to study God’s Word with the purpose of using it to argue or prove a point to people, you won’t really get the understanding you ought to get from the Word. The right way to come is to empty yourself. Drop all you think you know and let the Holy Spirit teach you.
I’d talk about the Word of God shortly after I address an important topic, the power of God at work in you. I feel like I need to talk about that so that you’d know that you can be free indeed. A lot of people who are in Christ still find themselves struggling with several things that are displeasing to God. That’s why I’d like us to look at how the Holy Spirit helps you. So, I hope you join us next week.
I’d like to say that you shouldn’t just depend on what I write here. Getting to know the Holy Spirit should be your priority. If the only time you get to study the Bible is on a day like this, once in a while or whenever you get a chance, then you are wrong. It doesn’t show commitment. The Word of God is the soul food for every believer and the Holy Spirit is the Teacher. Trust me when I say you cannot do without these two gifts. You need them every day of your life.
If you are struggling with studying the Word due to your tight schedule, here’s a tip. Wake up early in the morning and do it. Jesus Christ was the busiest man during His time here on earth yet He made out time for God. He woke up early and I think He did that so He wouldn’t have any excuse for neglecting the One who sent Him here. You didn’t create yourself. God created you and you are here for a purpose. So, I challenge you this year to make your time with the Holy Spirit a priority. Get to know Him. Wake up early in the morning and spend quality time with Him. It’s good to start your day right. God’s mercies are new every morning. As you do this, you shall have a beautiful and fruitful year. That’s my prayer for you. God bless you and have a great year ahead!
Lord, make us more like you in this year even as we get to know you. May we grow to be deeply rooted in the love of Christ and may your presence go with us every day of our lives. In Jesus name, Amen!