In the last post ★ Back to the Basics – GOD IS…FAITHFUL ★, we discussed that God’s faithfulness can be counted on, and that He will never leave us or forsake us. All our days are God’s, He is like a fire defending us…Faithfully! Today we are going to see that GOD IS…SPIRIT…
A lot can be said of this fact that God is THREE persons in ONE. God the FATHER, God the SON, and God the Holy Spirit. In fact we started off a 3-part series called ★ Back to the Basics – The Unsung Hero of the Trinity – Part 1 ★, in which I shared this quote that seems appropriate to start off with…
“The Christian who neglects the Holy Spirit is like a lamp that’s not plugged in.”
So today’s attribute that GOD IS…SPIRIT is near and dear to my heart and my prayer is that by the end, you will see how important He is to be a part of your life as well! Today in America, the church is celebrating Pentecost, which for Christians is best known in Acts 2:1-41 when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the 120 believers in Jerusalem. This was in fulfillment of what Jesus promised to the disciples in Luke 24:49 (NLT), which happens to be the last recorded Words of Jesus:
“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
But for Jewish people, Pentecost which is the 50 day after Easter, is known for another reason…
“Did you know that Pentecost is a Jewish feast that celebrates Moses receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai?” Robert Morris
It is also known as the Feast of Weeks or Festival of Harvest (See Leviticus 23:15-21). The Ten Commandments which is outlined in Exodus 20:1-17, was given to the people of Israel to be guide them as they were going to go to the Promise Land. The Law as it was known, outlined how His people could approach God and what He desired but the Old Testament is filled with stories of how they failed epically to please Him so that is why Jesus was sent to do what we could not. In John 14:17 (NLT), Jesus said:
“He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize Him. But you know Him, because He lives with you now and later will be in you.”
God through His Holy Spirit lives with us! I love this truth by Robert Morris
“Because of the Holy Spirit, instead of being held to the impossible standards of the Old Testament law, we can now walk according to the law of love Jesus speaks about in Matthew 22:35–40. This is good news because we cannot live righteously without the power of the Holy Spirit.” From the YouVersion reading plan ‘The God I Never Knew’ by Robert Morris.
Many Christians are living a powerless life as a result of not getting to know the “Unsung Hero of the Trinity.” The Holy Spirit is A Comforter, A Helper, A Friend, An Advocate, A Teacher and A Guide.
John 4:24 instructs us…
“For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
And then in Romans 8:14-16 says:
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.”
As a result of the God’s Spirit, we have access God the Father and are His children! Almost 2,000 on this day we received the greatest gift anyone could hope for, the Spirit of God who is the vehicle to help us to live the overcoming life. I will close with one more quote from Robert Morris about the significance of this day!
“The day of Pentecost was the first time since the Fall of man that the Holy Spirit empowered men to live righteously. We know Jesus’ death and resurrection have put us in right standing with God, but the Holy Spirit actually empowers us to live according to that righteous position.”
I would highly recommend you check out this YouVersion reading plan called ‘The God I Never Knew’ by Robert Morris. It truly is life changing! And more importantly, get to know the Spirit of God!
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“Spirit Comes, Church Goes” by Joakim Lundqvist as Word of Life Church in Sweden.