I had such a great time preparing for the Foundation Series sermon “God The Holy Spirit”. I thought I knew so much about the Holy Spirit, but God refreshed my perspective and reminded me about the depth and height of Him, His Son and His Spirit. The vastness of their existence is hard to comprehend. Even the small amount of knowledge contained within the literal text (logos) of the scriptures is still only a fraction of the true spiritual reality that we live within.
As I prayed for guidance, God continued to turn His word into living lessons (rhema) for me. I shared from my prayer journal at the end of the service and it started out like this;
God: “You can study more if you’d like but I have poured out My Spirit for all people. You know that! …”
I know that! I hope you have come to know that too. Christ achieved so much while he was in human form on earth – to think that He sent the Holy Spirit so that we can achieve even more almost overwhelms me. Well, lets be honest, it does overwhelm me when I try to grasp all that could mean. Fortunately we do not have to know or understand all of the subtleties of what that means. Our responsibility is to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. To hear what God wants us to hear through the Spirit and then obey. Our obedience is our spiritual act of worship.
Our spiritual act of worship is to offer ourselves as living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God. I know that God has great things in store. He desires great things for us. He longs to show us his love and to give us an abundant life.
To prove that desire He sent His Spirit, the Counselor, the Spirit of Truth – so we could know that we are no longer guilty, no longer accused and no longer judged. That has all passed away in view of God’s mercy.
In God’s mercy He has provided us with two gifts; Jesus Christ the redeemer, and the Holy Spirit the counselor – For all people!
In our family we sometimes give “just because” gifts to each other. Why? Just because! Because we love each other. Why did God send these two gifts?
“Just Because” He loves you.
2016 January 21