God Is Spirit
"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 said to you." (John 14:26)
And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. (1 John 2:27)
We read those verses, and talk about the presence of the Holy Spirit, but what does that mean? If the Holy Spirit is present within us at all times, how do we respond to His presence? Jesus tells us that God is spirit. The essence of God is spirit, as opposed to being human, or some other substance. When He sent forth that part of Himself, which we identify as Jesus, it was necessary for Jesus to abandon His spiritual form and take the form of a human being (Philippians 2:6-8). Only in human form could the redemption of man be accomplished.
At the resurrection, Jesus returned to the right hand of the Father. Then the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, was sent to earth. We who accept Jesus as our Savior receive his Holy Spirit. That is what Jesus referred to when He said, "In that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you." (John 14:20) The essence of God is within us. That is difficult for many to grasp, but it is true, nevertheless.
Why is this basic truth so difficult to accept? Probably because most of us have such low self esteem that we don't feel worthy to house the Spirit of God. It is true that of ourselves we are unworthy, but it is not the truth.
When we accept our redemption, our act of faith makes us worthy in God's eyes. We accept His Son as our Redeemer; therefore, in His eyes, we are worthy. That is His marvelous expression of grace. It has nothing to do with our behavior. God does not award merit badges. We can be the worst kind of sinner, but when we accept Jesus into our heart, we are worthy in God's eyes.
We hear that in church, but we filter it through our low self esteem, and subconsciously tell ourselves, "Yes, but..." The result is that we squelch the freedom of movement by the Holy Spirit within us. It may work for other people, but we don't quite measure up, ourselves.
Is there any hope for those of us who fall into that category, those who have a hard time believing the Spirit of God is within us and that we can actually hear and be directed by God?
Truthfully, we can have such an intimate relationship with God that we can hear from Him at all times, in every circumstance in our lives. When we miss that intimacy, we miss the purpose of the Holy Spirit being sent to indwell us. This act of God was not just to make us feel good. The Holy Spirit is not some doll we can pick up and play with whenever we feel like it, but put aside when we are not in the mood.
The Holy Spirit has a purpose for indwelling us. He is our connection to the Father. "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak of His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come." (John 16:13)
What is our responsibility in this relationship? First, we are to believe the Word of God. Remember, Jesus could not do many mighty works in His home town because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58). When we believe Scripture, we act accordingly. We always behave according to what we believe. That is a good gauge of our faith.
It helps if we understand that belief is not an emotion, it is a decision. We can believe, regardless of how we feel. If we decide to believe the above Scriptures, how do we allow the Holy Spirit to direct our lives?
Look at Nehemiah. "Then the king said to me, `What would you request?' So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, `If it please the king...'" (Nehemiah 2:4,5)
In the first chapter of Nehemiah, we see that Nehemiah established an open communication line with God through prayer. Because of this open line of communication, Nehemiah instantly contacted God when confronted by the king. There wasn't time to go into another room and have a quiet moment with God, he had to respond immediately to the king.
"And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not become anxious about how or what you should speak in your defense, or what you should say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." (Luke 12:12)
Our conversation should always be under the direction of the Holy Spirit, whether in a time of confrontation, or in casual conversation with friends.
The only way we develop and mature this open line of communication with God, is under the direction of the Holy Spirit. We have to deliberately take time to sit down and journal our prayers and God's responses. Those of us who already journal, know that God answers us. We have pages within our journals that could have been dictated only by God.
When we are willing to put forth this effort, God honors our faith. It is easy to journal. We simply ask God a question, then write whatever comes to our minds, without analyzing what we write. After we finish writing, we can then analyze. We shouldn't worry about hearing from some foreign spirit. When we seek God, we find God, He doesn't hide from us.
Does this sound too simple? Everything about God's relationship with us is almost too simple for us to grasp, intellectually. Jesus said the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth. Whatever He hears, He speaks. The question is, do we listen? When our Lord speaks, do we place a high enough value on what He tells us to write it down?
The best way to be led by the Lord is to journal. It is always a life-changing experience!
Jesus is King!
P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?
Question for today: Is my life being led by the Holy Spirit?