The Holy Spirit—The Great Counselor and Life Giver

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Genesis 1:2 – Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

The Holy Spirit [ In the person] hovered over the earth at creation as he does today. His presence fills the entire surface of the planet. God’s presence, in the Holy Spirit, is everywhere creating and sustaining life; all life.

Exodus 31: 1-5- Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel, son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3- And I have skilled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts—4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze.  5- To cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.”

The Holy Spirit gives us power. In this case, the Spirit gave Bezalel the gift of craftsmanship. The Spirit can give us whatever gift He chooses. He also gives us power. All kinds of power. These powers are given to us at the point of our salvation [The moment we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior. When we receive God’s eternal forgiveness for our sins and eternal life].

Job 34:14-15- If it were His intention and He withdrew His Spirit and breathe, 15- all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.

As we breathe every minute, we breathe in the Holy Spirit. This is what sustains our life and life on the planet; everything that breathes. The Holy Spirit is the giver of life. We can only breathe because of Him. At our appointed time, He [The Spirit] will remove his breathe of life from our sinful bodies and our bodies will perish.

John 14:16-17- And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—17- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

John 16:5-11- Jesus said, “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asked me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6- Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. 7- But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteous and judgement. 9- In regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10- in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me longer; 11- and in regard to judgement, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12-15- I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13- But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14- He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15- All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

The Spirit of Truth is an additional Spirit[Another dimension of the Holy Spirit]. God Is doing a new thing. In addition to the Holy Spirit that is already upon the entire planet[Genesis 1:2]. Also the Holy Spirit that anointed Jesus after John the Baptist baptized him[Matthew 3:13-17]. This Holy Spirit gave him[the human] the power to accomplish his mission on earth. To endure the torture of the cat of nine tales, to endure the torture of the cross, to endure hell for three days. No human could endure that torture-only Jesus, the Son of God.

16- “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”

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The Holy Spirit was like tongues of fire

The Holy Spirit Comes At Pentecost—God Is Doing A New Thing- The Spirit of Truth

Acts 2:1-4- When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2- Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3- They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4- All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Possibly Apollos, writes of the Holy Spirit in Hebrews. Tongues of Fire- This is how the Holy Spirit chooses to introduce himself to the world. Also enabling the disciples to speak in tongues. The Holy Spirit gives us power–just one example.

Hebrews 9:14- How much more then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleansed our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.

The Holy Spirit Is The Giver Of Life

The role of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament is described in four phases. First, rebirth, [to be born again]. To enter the kingdom of God, everyone must be born again (John 3:3).

The second role of the Holy Spirit is indwelling [possession]. Immediately upon praying a salvation or believer’s prayer and accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive the eternal gift of the Holy Spirit within our being. As part of the prayer, we are truly sorry for our sins and we ask God to forgive our sins.  We receive God’s eternal forgiveness for our sins; we are transformed by the Holy Spirit. Our salvation is a gift from God forever. It is of Him and not of us. It is for all eternity. We cannot lose out salvation once saved. Once our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, it can never be blotted out. We have God’s promise. John 10:28 Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch then out of my hand. 29b- no one can snatch them out of the Fathers hands.”

The third role of the Holy Spirit is to restrain our sinfulness. [Genesis 6:3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal, his days will be a hundred and twenty years.” The Holy Spirit breathes life into us and He will remove His life from us at the appointed time. This is God’s way of putting an end to our sinful bodies; this is a gift and should be viewed as such. [2 Corinthians 5:6-8 – Therefore, we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7- We live by faith, not by sight. 8- We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.]

The second the Holy Spirit removes life from our sinful bodies, we are escorted by angels to heaven to be with our Lord forever.[ Luke 16:22- The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side.]

The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. We are to hide God’s Word in our hearts, so we will not sin against Him[Psalms 119:11]. If we read God’s Word, when temptation presents itself, the Holy Spirit will cause us to recite the scripture in our minds that rebukes the sin. It is for us to obey the Word. If we love the Lord Jesus, we will obey his commandments. If we fall short of the glory of God, sin, immediately ask for forgiveness, and try harder in our walk with Christ.

Allow me to make the point; if we get into the habit of ignoring the scriptures, purposely sinning, and asking God for forgiveness, we are forfeiting  the full life in Christ He has in store for us. The scriptures tell us to walk with God daily; live a holy, sin free lifestyle to enjoy the fullness of the Lord.

The fourth and conclusive role of the Spirit; He gives gifts that allow us to serve in the body of Christ,  the church, and the community, and home.

1 Corinthians 12:8-11 – To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

Galatians 5:22-23- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,  faithfulness, 23- gentleness and self-control.

The Holy Spirit is the giver of life. Every living being and creature on earth is alive because of the Holy Spirit and only by the Holy Spirit [Job 34:14-15].

The third person in the God Head; Father-Son- Holy Spirit; the Creator, is the Holy Spirit.

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The Spirit is the Giver of Power to the believer. At salvation, He gives us gifts. Spiritual gifts, and fruits of the spirit, and the ability to connect with the Lord God Almighty, and the Lord Jesus. He is our connector, our interpreter.

When we pray to God, He intercedes for us. He cleans up our prayer and presents it to the Almighty. Praise God, our words are not important, it’s what is in our hearts that God hears. Aren’t you glad?

Jesus prays for us, also. Aren’t you glad? But only for his brothers and sisters.[Born again believers]

If we pray and wonder why God isn’t answering our prayer, there may be several very important reasons. As believers, God requires us to study his Word[Holy Bible]. We are to pray daily with more praise than requests. That is easy if we try. Attend church to worship with other believers, often.

Make sure to confess all sin in our lives and ask His forgiveness. Ask him to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Ask Him if we have any unconfessed sin, he will show us. Confess it immediately and ask for forgiveness.

If God is still absent in your life, ask yourself, am I sure I am connected to the Almighty through the Holy Spirit? To put it simply, am I actually saved? Has there been a time in your life that you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If your answer is anything besides Yes, Jesus is my Lord and Savior, you are possibly not saved.

Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross of Calvary for your sins, which he did. That he descended into hell to take your punishment for your sins, which he did. After spending three days in hell for you, God ascended him out of hell and the grave and now he sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.  Jesus paid for your sins in full so you do not have to, your debt is paid in full. Everyone’s is. He did this for everyone. He bought our way into heaven by taking our punishment for our sins. If you believe this with all your heart, and are sorry for your sins, you must make the choice to accept Jesus.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, pray this prayer. If you truly want Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and to forgive you of your sins, and secure your place in heaven, pray it more than once.

Believers Prayer: Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for all my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Lord Jesus. A-men.

If you prayed that Salvation prayer you have been born again. You are now a Christian. Praise God!  The Holy Spirit dwells within you and you will see and feel God’s presence in your life.

Begin your new walk with God by studying His Word and praying.

I pray that God will grow you in His faith and you will experience His full mercies upon your life,

JA Ireland

 

 

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Has Satan Lured You Away From God?

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Aaron and Golden Calf

The Israelites worship a golden calf at the base of Mount Sinai

Genesis 15:13-14- Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated for four hundred years. 14- But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterwards they will come out with great possessions.

Exodus 3:1- Now Moses was attending the flock of Jethro, his father –in-law, the priest of Midian.

2- There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that through the bush was on fire, it did not burn up.

4-God called to him, “Moses! Moses!  and Moses answered, “Here I am.”

5- “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place you are standing is holy ground.” 6- I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.”

7-The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

10- “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

13- Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me, what is his name?

14- God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. I AM has sent you.”

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So Moses agreed reluctantly. God sent a helper in Aaron. Together they went before the Pharaoh and asked him to let the Lord’s people go. When he refused, the Lord released plagues upon Egypt.

1- He turned the water into blood.  2- Frogs- 3-Gnats 4- Flies 5-Diseased livestock 6-Boils- 7- Thunderstorm of hail and fire 8-Locust 9-Darkness for three days- 10-Death of the First born

The scriptures tell us that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so he refused Moses so that God could show His glory through Pharaoh. (Exodus 11:10- Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and would not let the Israelites go out of this country.)

Finally Pharaoh agrees, after the death of his son. (Exodus 12: 31-32 During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. 32- Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And bless me.”)

He frees the Israelites. They must leave quickly.

Soon, Pharaoh pursues with his army.

The Israelites saw with their own eyes God’s mighty hand.( Exodus 14:19-20- Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20- coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

Then God parts the Red Sea. Later, God brings water out of stones in the desert.

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On Mount Sinai, the Lord gave Moses the Ten Commandments.

Moses was gone on the mountain a long time. The Israelites fell into temptation.  (Exodus 32:1-4- When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” 2- Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold rings that your wives, your sons and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3- So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4- He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you out of Egypt.”

Many Christians go their entire lives and never see anything that they can say for certain was the hand of the Lord. The Israelites saw God do one great, supernatural miracle after another.

Satan’s power to tempt us and lure us away from God is very powerful. (Genesis 3:1-7- Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals  the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?” 2- The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4- “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.  5- “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God knowing good and evil.” 6- When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took and ate it. She also gave to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7- Then both of their eyes were opened and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.)

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Satan uses the same strategies today as with Adam and Eve to tempt God’s people into sin. Why? Because sin separates us from a relationship from our holy God. Sin grieves the Holy Spirit. We cannot sin and have a personal walk with a holy, righteous God. Satan knows that.

Satan will lure us by temptation. Once we act on his temptation, he will get us to stop praying because of guilt. Or perhaps make us too busy. Next we may stop reading our bible. Next we may become more sporadic with church attendance; thus drifting away from God. This will lead to more sin, which is what Satan wants.

That is only part of Satan’s strategies. Others include bringing a catastrophic storm into our lives that is so unfair and so crippling that it is all we can do simply to maintain basic life functions. This is so cruel that we are devastated.  We are probably crying uncontrollably; overwhelmed to the point of barely functioning in live.

Undoubtedly very angry with God for letting this happen to us and our family. We are much too overwhelmed to pray regularly, or read our bible.  To exhausted or distraught to attend church. We might be in the middle of a testing. For my insights on that subject read my article, The Full Armor Of God—Wear It! https://bestill876095733.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/the-full-armor-of-god-wear-it/

Are you going through a storm that has lured you away from God? Do you want to know where God is? Why has He forsaken you? And your family?

Deuteronomy 31:6- Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

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God is always with you. He has not forsaken you. That is His promise.

Instead of giving Satan what he wants; letting him win, I know it is very difficult, believe God’s promise and draw close to him. Get in Satan’s face for what he is doing to you and your family. Pray to the Lord like never before, He will hear you. Read and study your bible. Learn about God. The Holy Spirit will speak to you through the scriptures; the scriptures are alive. Attend church regularly. God will deliver you and heal you. You have His promise. This is how you get into Satan’s face. And pray for God’s hedge of protection for you and your family. God’s angels will protect you from Satan.

This is how you establish and maintain a close, personal relationship with God. The creator and ruler of the universe. And, declare victory over Satan.

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Follow the scriptures, and walk humbly with God—daily; defeat Satan every day.

Gary The Tested