Things Christians Need to Talk About: The Power of the Holy Spirit
I can't list a single attribute of God that I love the most. I tried, but when it comes down to it, He is so far beyond my likes or dislikes, and each attribute about Him is perfect beyond comparison. One thing I do know of God, though, that I absolutely love is that He never abandons His children. There may be discipline, and the discipline may seem harsh, but it is always for their good, and His children always end up better for it. But what I'm talking about, in specific, is the gift of His Holy Presence, the Holy Spirit, which He gives to those who are His. When those who believed Peter's Message on the day of Pentecost asked what they should do, Peter replied: " “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38) Why does He send us His Holy Spirit to dwell within us? Because of what Jesus said: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you." (John 14:15-17) And, also, because of what God said through the Prophets:
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions."(Joel 2:28) I realize this topic is too big for one, or even a hundred blogs, but Christian, we need to depend on and talk about the Power of the Holy Spirit. I'm not talking of speaking in other languages, or prophesying (though the Holy Spirit can do whatever He wants to me, I'm willing, Lord), but that word Helper Jesus refers to, that word also means Advocate and Counselor, of the same kind as Himself. The Holy Spirit wants to Help us, Fight for us (Advocate), and guide us through life. He wants each breath, thought and action to be accountable to the One who redeemed us to His Father in Heaven. He wants to change us, from the inside out, to conform us in to the image of Jesus Christ! One of the most powerful testimonies is akin to what is said on the Chosen "I was one way, and now I am completely different." In the beginning, God breathed on Adam and he became a living being. Through his sin, Adam was dead in his trespasses. Jesus died to free us from sin, He rose again to give us life, and through His Holy Spirit, we have breath and life in Him eternally. We need to talk about this, for Jesus did not leave us as orphans. His Spirit is with us now, and we will be with Him in the time to come forever more. John 14:25-31 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 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 have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.