September 11 – 18, 2021
GETTING TO KNOW THE HOLY SPIRIT
John 16:13-14 “‘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. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.’”
The Holy Spirit has been sent to us to live within us throughout our lives. His mission is to help us understand more and more about Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the very nature of Jesus. We know this by His fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The fullness of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the lavish love of the Holy Spirit: All are expressions of God’s purpose in giving us His Holy Spirit.
The moment that we receive Jesus as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live within our heart. His entrance is only the beginning. Our body then becomes the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Have you ever read the verse 1 Peter 1:15? “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;”
How can we ever accomplish this? How do WE become holy? Through the residing, reigning and remaining of the Holy Spirit within us and through our cooperating with Him.
There is not a single person who can follow Jesus on their own without the help of the Holy Spirit. In other words, to simply acknowledge that the Holy Spirit entered us when we received Jesus is just a small part of it. The Holy Spirit is not a blind, silent influence or power that operates in the background. He is God who loves us as tenderly and gently as God the Father or Jesus the Son. The Holy Spirit wants to be an ACTIVE presence in our lives.
It’s time to get to know this ever-present Holy Spirit who has been living inside of you! It’s time to move the Holy Spirit from the back seat to the driver’s seat and allow Him to become the driving force in your life!
This is an excerpt from a 90-day devotional written by Emil and Karen. To order the full devotional, click on the DEVOTIONAL FUNDRAISER page.