“And you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”
Oh, how I love the Holy Spirit! He makes Jesus real! He makes the Father enjoyable! I roll out the red carpet to this precious Dove of God every day. I say, “Holy Spirit, You are welcome here!” In these days of observing and celebrating Pentecost, we want to welcome the Baptism of the Holy and Fire. Send Your fire, Lord!
The Holy Spirit is the One who connects us to heaven. Without Him, not even Jesus could have known what the Father wanted Him to say or to do. (See, for example, John 5:19.) If you want to know God, you absolutely must get to know the Holy Spirit, who works tirelessly to connect heaven and earth.
The Holy Spirit is Our Helper
This Holy Spirit is described in the Scriptures as the “Spirit of Knowledge,” which means that He is the Spirit of knowing and of being known. In other words, the Spirit has been given to us to make God known and to make Him knowable. Father God is approachable, but without the Holy Spirit’s help, we tend to be afraid of Him. We are afraid because of our sin. But we can approach God without trepidation when we are in Christ (see Hebrews 4:15–16), having the Holy Spirit as our Helper, because the Spirit is our Comforter, or Paraclete (from the Greek paráklētos, “close-beside,” and “make a call,” like a legal advocate who makes the right judgment call, being close to the situation). The Spirit is our Advocate and Encourager.
Isaiah noted that He would be filled with the Spirit of God, and the prophet expanded on what kind of Spirit this would be: The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:2 NASB)
The Holy Spirit had an intimate relationship with the Messiah, Yeshua, during His ministry on earth. Jesus humbled Himself, becoming entirely dependent upon the Holy Spirit in order to do and say only those things that would please the Father. Just think about His life. Jesus was conceived and born of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit led Him. The Spirit anointed Him for His ministry at His baptism.
Everything Jesus did, from resisting temptation in the wilderness to raising the dead, He did by the guidance and power of the Spirit. He offered Himself as a sacrifice by the Spirit. He was raised from the dead by the power of the Spirit. And, so that His followers could truly follow in His footsteps, Jesus was faithful to send His Spirit to them on the day of Pentecost (and to everyone since that time who has believed in Him, stepping into faith and becoming a child of God).
Because Jesus has bestowed the Holy Spirit on those who believe, we can have the Spirit of Knowledge, the Comforter, the Advocate as close to us as our next breath, and He will help us to know God daily. (See, for example, John 15:26.)
It’s All About a Relationship
Nobody will ever force you into a relationship with God, not even God Himself, although the Holy Spirit is the One who brings God’s righteousness to bear on people. His methods, while persuasive and effective, are never coercive. He is the Helper and Caretaker, not a tyrant or a patrol cop. Most of His endeavors can be characterized by action verbs. He indwells, He fills, He frees, He equips, He transforms, He convicts, He assures, He inspires, He guides and directs, He regenerates—and He resurrects. That’s a lot!
You don’t have to wait until something happens spiritually before responding to the Holy Spirit. It is OK to seek Him out in order to instigate action. He likes it when you pursue Him. (Think of the way Jesus responded to the centurion in Luke 7:1–10.) God loves passionate pursuers!
Give the Holy Spirit the freedom and liberty to give you freedom and liberty. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom)” (2 Corinthians 3:17 AMP).
More of the Dynamic Holy Spirit
This dynamic Holy Spirit is not passive but active. He is the explosive power that Jesus promised to the church before Pentecost. He executes the purposes and plans of the Godhead. As the One who carries out God’s purposes—His creativity, inspiration, conviction, regeneration, generosity, enlightenment, sanctification, and much more—He is always working. (See John 5:17.)
But let’s lift a cry to our Father, that in the name of Jesus, that He descend upon us with a fresh Baptism of the Holy Spirit. We have not because we ask not. So we ask, “Send Your Spirit now, more powerfully, for Jesus Christ sake.” It is time for a fresh historic Pentecost to come to the global body of Christ to empower us for the Great Harvest which is right in front of us.
Father, we ask that You come and visit your church once again. Send the wind and the fire of God! Send an unprecedented empowerment of the Holy Spirit in a global manner upon Your sons and Your daughters. Holy Spirit, You are welcome here! Amen and Amen!
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