The presence of God connects to you through His Holy Spirit. He is the promised one Jesus foretold would appear after His ascension. With Jesus being gone, God needed His presence to linger on the earth with His people. So He sent the Holy Spirit, one of the three persons of the trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the literal Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is no less God than the Father and the Son. He is equal in power. All three persons of the trinity share equal reign as the One being of God. His triunity reveals His glorious complexity. God needs all these aspects of His identity to be who He is.
In John 10:30, Jesus says, “ I and the Father are one.” Then He sends His Holy Spirit in Acts 2 to the apostles to fall on all people, as He promised in John 15:26. Peter, one of the disciples expresses this triune fellowship of God in his letter 1 Peter, saying, “According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with His blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you,” in 1 Peter 1:2.
Matthew also expresses the triunity of God’s essence when he records Jesus’ baptism in Matthew 3.
“And when Jesus was baptized, immediately He went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on Him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17
In the Greek translation of the New Testament, the term “Holy Spirit” is used various ways in His description depending on the perspective of the author. However, the Holy Spirit remains the same in His identity. For example, here in Matthew 3:16-17, the apostle Matthew uses the Greek word “pneuma” for “Spirit” of God, which means “spirit” or “breath.” When Jesus speaks of the arrival of the Holy Spirit, He describes the Holy Spirit as the “parakletos,” which is Greek for “Helper.”
Parakletos means “counselor, intercessor, helper.” Jesus’ Holy Spirit intercedes for people. Jesus’ Holy Spirit counsels people and helps people to “remember all Jesus said” as John 14:26 indicates.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26
Be Holy Spirit led.
Be Holy Spirit empowered in everything you do and every decision you make. The Holy Spirit is your guide. No one else. He must be the One you choose to follow because you are the one who has to live in the decisions you make, and only the Holy Spirit knows all the aspects of your decision. Listen to Him and you will have peace in the midst of it all. Listen to Him and you will know what to do.
The Holy Spirit is essential for the believer’s spiritual life.
There is no spiritual life with a spiritual God without the Holy Spirit.
Thus, the breath of God who awakens life is also the Helper who sustains life. The breath of God who creates miracles from scratch is the Helper who keeps us connected to the Miracle-worker. The Holy Spirit has it all. Therefore, we need Him in order to live in the freedom God granted us.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
Find freedom lingering in the Holy Spirit’s presence.
Freedom births love. Love remains a byproduct of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit moves in your life, love floods your heart. The Lord is the freedom you need. The spirit you need. The breath you need.
You need not listen to anybody who undermines the spirit of the Lord and what He has already accomplished.
You must submit to God and obey Him if you want to see His blessings unfold.
When the Holy Spirit speaks, do you listen and follow? Or do you ignore it and disobey that leading? God’s Holy Spirit leads you to where He knows you will flourish.
“Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” Matthew 12:31-32
People who saw Jesus and rejected Him as Lord will be given another chance to accept Him as Lord. This is God’s grace upon those whom He predestined to reject Him so that it would make His sacrifice on the cross possible. But when God gives a second chance and reveals Himself as God to a person through a revelation of His Holy Spirit making Jesus known to them as Lord, and they reject it, then they will not be forgiven of that.
In other words, rejecting salvation will not be forgiven.
No one can say to Jesus when He returns, “please forgive me for not accepting you as Lord.” Everyone receives the opportunity to choose Him as Jesus and no one will be denied this gift, unless they choose they do not want it. Everyone who wants to be with Jesus forever will be.
“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30
When the Holy Spirit speaks, do not reject it. The Holy Spirit will not stick around to reveal Himself to a spirit that rejects Jesus as Lord.
The Bible talks about quenching the Holy Spirit and how this repels you from the Lord. Scripture even goes so far as to say a person will not be forgiven if one quenches the Holy Spirit. What does this mean? Can we lose our salvation? Does a certain sin remove you from Jesus’ forgiveness?
“But they rebelled
And grieved His Holy Spirit;
Therefore He turned Himself to become their enemy,
He fought against them.” Isaiah 63:10
The unpardonable sin is the same as rejecting Christ as Lord.
In Acts 7:51, Stephen rebukes the religious leaders who denied Jesus as Messiah. They go on to stone him. Stephen declares to them, “You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit.” Resisting the Holy Spirit indicates a spirit that rejects Jesus as Lord. A spirit that rejects Jesus as Lord kills every spirit that carries Jesus. A spirit that kills Jesus cannot coexist in Heaven.
The good news of the gospel is that a person who has a sinful, flesh nature receives a new spirit from God so that person can connect to God by the Holy Spirit. Salvation gives you the Holy Spirit.
Choose Jesus as Lord and you will not commit the unpardonable sin, or rejection of Jesus, because you have, indeed, accepted Jesus. You cannot accept someone and reject someone at the same time. You either choose them or you don’t. When you choose Jesus, Jesus seals you forever and no one can take away your salvation, not even yourself.
Jesus seals your name in the Lamb’s Book of Life as Revelation 13:8 says. John 10:28 says, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
Jesus seals you as His Beloved forever. Permanent. 100%. You are His child when you choose Him to be Lord of your life.
Jesus sets himself in charge of your spiritual growth, so that you will be guaranteed to grow in Him throughout your life. This is what John 15 talks about when Jesus says that he prunes us like a fruitful tree that needs to be cut in order to produce more fruit. Every dead branch that bears no fruit is cut away, so that we grow from the branches that are bearing fruit.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:1-2
The Father God is the “vinedresser,” which means that He does the work of growing you spiritually. He provokes you. He challenges you. He grows you. Because He wants you to become greater than you ever have been, and you have it in you already. In fact, John 15:8 says that the fruit you are already bearing proves that you are His disciples. So do not loathe the Lord’s discipline, for this is what makes you into the man you want to be. This is what makes you into the woman you can be. This is what trains you for greater heights and greater dimensions with the Lord.
We grow in our spiritual life by listening to the Holy Spirit.
Listen to God’s love for you, over you, in you, and with you forever.
The Holy Spirit is your guide.
You are ready for what God has for you right now. And when you are ready for what God has for you next, He will speak it.
In the gospels, Jesus talks about the necessity of listening to the Holy Spirit.
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for He will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that He will take what is mine and declare it to you.” John 16:12-15
When you speak, let your spirit speak. Speak from the heart. God wants to unveil the depths of your heart. You can live the life you long for when you unveil the depths of your heart. Live for what you really possess in your spirit. Live in freedom.
Let the Holy Spirit lead you to love. Let the Holy Spirit lead you in love.
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