Time and again, in virtually every post on this blog, there has been reference to the Holy Spirit. In sermons and messages, He is frequently mentioned. From Acts of the apostles in the bible to Revelations, He is mentioned. Most Christians still struggle and suffer things they should not, because they are yet to come into the understanding of who the Holy Spirit is and who He is to them. So, who is the Holy Spirit?
Quickly, I’d take us back to Genesis 1:1-3. We are made to understand that the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters before God said “let there be light.” The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is also God. I once heard someone call Him “God’s acting force” and that stuck with me. God moves through His Spirit, The Holy Spirit. Now that you understand who the Holy Spirit is in relation to God and being God, it’s time to give you insights as to who He is, to you as a believer. 2 Corinthians 3:17, John 1:1&14.
The Holy Spirit is the Comforter. Do you feel overwhelmed by emotions, heart broken in any way or sad about something? Go to the Holy Spirit. While Jesus was still living on earth in His physical form, He often referred to the Holy Spirit as the Comforter (John 16:7). He gives us comfort in this depressing world. Jesus was about to leave and He was not leaving in a regular way (he was about to be crucified for sins He didn’t commit, die but resurrect 3 days after) So, it was only normal for His disciples who were like His close friends to feel sorrowful about it. But He said to them that as He leaves, another Comforter (himself in spirit form) will come and dwell with them forever (John 14:16). For anyone who believes in Jesus as Christ (The Messiah) and does the will of God, they have become friends and relatives of Jesus. This implies that just as the Comforter came to stay with the disciples, He is very much present with every believer even in this age. He is with us forever. You do not have to be strong on your own when you’re going through devastating occurrences, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit is right by your side, every step of the way, even till the end of time.
“The Great Teacher”. That is what describes a teacher who teaches all things. It is impossible for anyone to know every thing and it is one thing to have knowledge and another, to be able to impart that knowledge. But, did you know that not only is the Holy Spirit all-knowing, He also teaches all things. Jesus, again, told us right before He left this earth physically in John 14:26 that we would be given the Holy Spirit who would teach us all things. You are only struggling with math because you have not met with The Great Teacher. You mismanage your finances because you have not asked the Great Teacher to teach you how to manage them. You have an issue with controlling your anger because you have never attended the Holy Spirit’s anger management class. God, Himself, is wisdom. Since the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, it is very safe to say that the Holy Spirit is wisdom. Stop being a slave to failure caused by lack of knowledge when you have the Greatest Teacher there to teach you into success. Even studying of the Bible, demystifying mysteries(secrets) hidden in the Bible, become so easy when you let the Holy Spirit teach you.
A very present Help. Peter was a very timid and fearful person. Often, his timidity and fear led him to losing his faith and on one occasion, denying Jesus (Luke 22: 54-62; Matthew 14:22-33). Jesus told him that He was going to build His church on the revelation Peter had concerning Christ being the messiah and also having Peter as the head of the disciples (Matthew 16:18). On the day of Pentecost, Peter and rest of the apostles were gathered and over 3000 souls were saved through the sermon Peter preached (Acts 2:41). The church of Christ started out on that very day and Peter happened to have been the one whom God used to minister to them. But most importantly, we find out that on that same day, in that same location where they gathered, the Holy Spirit came down, for the very first time. He was poured out on the disciples including Peter and Peter was no longer his former self. The Holy Spirit came upon him, and his timidity and fear were no more. He helped him suppress his weaknesses. That is what the Holy Spirit can do; He helps our weaknesses and makes us to be more like Jesus. Things become easier when we let the Holy Spirit help us. That He is a Helper goes beyond helping our weaknesses alone… He also helps us to please God. No one knows a person more than his own spirit. So also, no one knows God as well as His own Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:11). Of your own accord, will and power, you can never please God. The Holy Spirit in us empowers and helps us to please God because He knows God best.
There are so many things about the Holy Spirit that if we don’t know, we’d only end up short-changing ourselves. He is ever present with us, comforting us when we feel alone and small. He teaches us all things ranging from academics to life matters and of course, spiritual matters. He helps us overcome our challenges and weaknesses and helps us walk with God and get it right with God. The strength of every true believer lies in the Holy Spirit, not just in the number of Bible verses he has in his head or the number of departments she works in, in the church (this is not to downplay the need for personal bible study, praying and service to God as these are also very important in keeping a strong relationship with the Holy Spirit). The presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer is what measures the level of relationship a person has with God. The Holy Spirit is very simple. Want to get to know Him? Study the word. He speaks through the word and we can learn more about Him and His principles in the word. Stop struggling with the things you suffer, get on board with the Holy Spirit; He is ever ready to manifest in you and through you!
Happy New Month Everyone! May God’s grace speak on your behalf this new week.I’m so sorry it came late🥺