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The Promise of the Holy Spirit is for every believer

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This devotional study on the work of the Holy Spirit in God’s overall plan is largely based upon devotions by Alan Redpath in ‘The Life of Victory’ and then expounded upon.

Many often teach that you need to do something extra to obtain more and more of the Holy Spirit (experiences/emotions/feelings), that there is a second tier to the level of the Christian experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit. They will teach that if you are not experiencing more and more of the Holy Spirit it has to do with you not asking for a second blessing and because you have not done this then they have something more than you.

Is this true to what the Scriptures teach?

To understand the Holy Spirit in your life, you could consider His presence to be similar to that of a pilot light on a boiler that all Christians have been given when they came to Christ Jesus and asked Him into their life.

The more you live out for the Lord in submission to Him as Lord of your life, the more you will experience His transforming work in your life.

The flame of this boiler is lit, but you need to let Him fan the flame into full blaze, for the Lord’s glory.

It boils done to this: how much are you living the life, which brings honour and glory to His Name?

It is a life marked by love and obedience – The more you are the more the blessing.

The Scripture:  John 14:15-16

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.”

The Teaching:

We will concentrate on the teachings of Jesus Christ on the Holy Spirit as given to us in the Gospel of John.

Jesus was about to depart from His disciples and go to the cross, before He leaves them He has much to instruct them, but what He teaches is so new to them that the men find it hard to understand all the implications of the teaching He is giving to them.

Many today are like that too, so it is good to return to the basics , the groundroots of the faith so to speak, from time to time, so that we do not loose the true faith of the gospel.

First Jesus assured these apprehensive men that He had made adequate provision for them through His departure and momentary absence from them.

To experience the assured provisions the conditions of the promise never alter: The believer needs to be living a life that demonstrates the following:

1. Love

2. Obedience

These determine the promise of the Lord and are as the basis of discipleship. We know that we all have a sinful nature and will fall, but what we are talking about here is because we love Him, we want to be obedient to Him, this means that we do battle day by day and do not habitually sin against Him.

Question: Do we fail Him in these two vital responses?

In verse 16 the Holy Trinity is mentioned. As elsewhere Christ without hesitation, associates Himself with the Father and the Spirit in a way that can only mean that He too is God, both fully God and fully man, the second Adam, yet without sin.

Remember that when you are faced with doubters who deny His Deity and Sovereignty. here is evidence also of the personality of the Spirit. Not an it, but a ‘He’, the substitute on earth for the bodily presence of Jesus.

Here is the first promise of the counsellor. The Greek meaning is ‘ One called alongside to help’, a legal expression, hence the word ‘advocate’ in 1 John 2:1.

The functions of the Holy Spirit is to:

1. To Convince (convict) with reference to sin and man’s utter depravity and need of Jesus to deal with our sin John 16:8 – “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.”

2. To bear witness to Jesus Christ John 15:26 – “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me.”

3. To teach and reveal understanding John 14:26 – “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to rememberance all that I said to you.”Oh how we need Him to work in our lives constantly, so that we are kept in tune with the purpose of God.

How we need to call upon His name today to save us from an eternity of condemnation and regret. Will we regret because we did not ask God’s only begotten son into our hearts and repent of our evil and wicked ways?

For we all know that we have sin in our lives our consciences bear witness against us and condemns or acquits us before a Holy and just God.

That our deceitful hearts can try to hide it before ourselves measuring it up with our morality and hiding the truth of our sinful ways including to those around us and deceiving them also. Jeremiah called the heart desperately wicked and deceitful above all things.

Our hearts can so suppress or override our consciences in our minds and clothe them in unrighteousness so that we feel that nothing is wrong with our sinful ways, know that the human heart is the most deceitful and God the Holy Spirit searches the deep things of man and acquires deep knowledge of what is hidden and secret in the heart of man. We can’t hide from God forever, for there is a day of days to come, where the judgment of God against the sinner is set.

Will you be clothed in unrighteousness, or the righteousness of Christ Jesus on that fateful day?

For the one who truly repents and asks Jesus in to their life, not only do you have eternal life but then also you have a comforter, helper, and teacher sent to you to help you through the passage of life in the very short time you have here, through to eternity.

Remember beloved that you are just passing through, you are not meant to settle here in the world, why would you want to settle here?  See things with Spiritual discernment for the word of God tells us that this world is passing away like life itself, too short for the Christian to settle in comfort with love of this world and worldliness lying at your doorstep – look how near Lot came to destruction making his home around Sodom and how he and his wife, when they were warned to leave were also told to not look back, but that his wife did and in doing so perished. Beloved we were called out to be separated and made holy by Christ Jesus.

God the Holy Spirit is in-dwelt in every believer upon conversion and His dwelling seals the believer in Christ, for His sanctifying work has begun and will equip the believer for the service of the King of Glory.

Lord please help us to, out of love for what you did for us at the cross, live out our lives before all mankind in obedience to Your Lordship over us through the teaching of Your word, through the Holy Spirit into our lives, help us to the understanding of Your word so as to change us to become a reflection of You to others.

Give us the courage to preach the gospel, so that others might hear the words of truth and by hearing be saved by faith. For your word tells us that how can one hear and believe unless someone goes to them – Lord help to be faithful and preach your word to them.

Also give us the strength to live a life worthy of Your great calling to us, to be witnesses of You in this lost and dying world, to reach all we can with the good news of the victory, freedom and life eternal, through Your death and resurrection, because You were obedient to the will of the Father.

Lord as we live for you dedicating our lives to You, set our hearts ablaze with the flame of the Holy Spirit – to be Your people, in our times for the purpose of bringing many sons and daughters into Your kingdom, through the working of the Holy Spirit. Amen


Written by johnldowling

March 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm

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