By the Holy Spirit

polar-bear-404314_6401Corinthians 12:3: Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

Through what spirit you speak makes all the difference. It is not just about what is said, but the spiritual influence behind what is said. In the focus verse the difference is between speaking by the Spirit of God or not. The Holy Spirit empowers us to do the right thing, say the right words, hang out with the right people, and make the right choices. The Holy Spirit gives a special impartation of himself, so we can manifest his holiness.

There was a time that Peter did not see Jesus in the right light though he had been walking with him (Matthew 16:21-23), asking him to forget the going to the cross, the reason for which he was manifested on the earth. Likewise, you will also misjudge your purpose without the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit we will not see clearly in the realm of the spirit, we would even see wrongly.

When God called Jeremiah, he asked him: what do you see (Jeremiah 1:11-12)? With Jeremiah’s answer, he said: the rod of an almond tree. God then said: you have seen well. He was God’s prophet, aided to see by him.

But in the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve had eaten the forbidden fruit and their eyes were opened wrongly, they discovered that they were naked, and ran from God (Genesis 3). Wrong seeing makes you run away from the presence of God, the opposite happens with an accurate sight.

God asked them: who told you are naked, meaning another kind of seeing have been introduced in the garden he made, which was not from him.

The question was: you said you are naked, how did you know? It is not just what you know that is important but through which Spirit, which will determine if that knowledge will lead to bondage or freedom.

Writing to the church in Galatia, whom he had rebuked for allowing themselves to be persuaded away from their stance in the faith in the gospel of Jesus, Paul asked: who has bewitched you away from being obedient to the gospel of Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:1,  5:7-8)? Who has negatively influenced you that you are no longer see clearly, that you could no longer accurately judge and embrace the truth of Jesus?

He added: this persuasion does not come from the one who called, but from the one who wants to put you in bondage to the law, which will mean a fall from grace for you. He told the Corinthians, the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty (2Corinthians 3). And as we set our eyes on him, we are transformed into the same image from glory to glory.

The Holy Spirit came to impress on our hearts the image of Jesus, so that we can recognise him for who he is and relate to him as such. For example, we need to see him as saviour before we can receive salvation from him.

We are not changed by trying, we are changed by the Holy Spirit. We do not do exploits by our own power but by the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). We are nothing but empty without him, just as without the introduction of the breath of life in the first man Adam he could not be called a living soul (Genesis 2:14).

God has sent help to us in the form of the Holy Spirit. Jesus called him the helper who will lead us into all truth (John 16:13), into their reality and experience.

Also while Paul was teaching on prayer, he said we do not know how we ought to pray as we ought but the spirit helps our infirmity (Romans 8:26). The Spirit takes over where our ability ends.

The Holy Spirit also imparts the meaning of scriptures to us. The bible says that the scriptures are God-inspired, they are birthed out by God, and through the scriptures the Holy Spirit leads us into encounter with Jesus the Word, on the pages of the bible.

The psalmist prayed: open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law (Psalm 119). The example of the life of Paul shows this. It was when he experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit that his eyes were opened, meaning that the Holy Spirit helps our eyes to be opened (Acts 9:17-18).

The Holy Spirit is our enabler. He is the power in us, he powers our relationship with God (Ephesians 2:18) and our service to him (Romans 1:9).

It is by the Holy Spirit that we have access to God.  After Jesus ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit is the one left behind with us. Jesus said I will not leave you as orphans, I will not come to you, and he has come to us by the Holy Spirit (John 14:18), who is also called the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9).

Whatever we receive from God is wrapped in the Holy Spirit, the gift of salvation, even the gift of faith, through which we are saved comes to us as ministered by the Holy Spirit.

When we meet the Holy Spirit in the first chapter of the bible, we found him moving (Genesis 1:2). He is always on the move. He is all about action. All the symbols that are used to describe him in the bible, are full of movement, all having to do with the wind. They are: fire, flowing water and dove.

Water

Jesus gave the picture of the Holy Spirit are the rivers of living waters, saying, out of our bellies shall flow rivers of living waters (John 7:37-39). In a prophetic experience that Ezekiel had, there was water flowing from the threshold of the temple brings healing (Ezekiel 47:9).

By the Holy Spirit whatever is dead come alive. That was what happened to Jesus after he had died for three days. The Holy Spirit ensured that was not the end of Jesus, causing him to come back from the dead (Romans 1:4).

Dove

A bird is defined by its movement, as it moves in the sky. The dove typifies the higher life, a life of influence. Jesus said the one born of the Spirit is like the wind, you do not know where it comes from or where it is going.

You do not determine the Holy Spirit, he determines you. That is why it is not good to get into an overly routine-based relationship with God. There is a dynamism in the Holy Spirit. He always moving like the wind. You should align with him and not him align with you.

Fire

The fire burns up impurities. John the Baptist mentioned the way Jesus will use spiritual fire, the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:16-17). It is for purging. For better manifestation we are setup for a life of holiness as we go along. The fire stands for loving passion for God. Without the Holy Spirit, we would be cold to God, at the best (Romans 5:5).

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