Spirit of God

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Despite the constant weakness born about in our human frailty, the Lord is the strength of they who call Him Father. Though men are doomed to fail when pressing forth in their own strength, God is always faithful to present His children with the vigor needed to reign as princes in the heavenly kingdom. Trust upon Him! Look to His power! Seek His kingdom before your own! Glory in His promise to love and protect you as His bride! This can only happen by constant relationship with Our Father and the renewal of our minds. Then He will infill us with His Spirit.

During Worship some are under the influence of tradition and a certain understanding of the word, this kind of worship is considered unusual. Do we not come to worship, to calm down and gather our thoughts? Yes, as it would be right to say also it would be wrong to say The Holy Spirit leads us in our silence.

Naturally, the Holy Spirit can lead us to peace, although this calm is for a learning experience. It would be right and important to say to the Christ followers. “Let all the earth be silent before Him” (Hab. 2:20). For the Holy Spirit rests on His people (Luke 4:18). In the Old Testament, “The Spirit of the LORD caused him to rest, as the cattle that go down into the valley” (Isa. 63:14). The same Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness (Matt. 4:1). For Elijah the Lord was not in a strong wind rent of the mountains, was not breaking in pieces the rocks, was not in the earthquake, nor in the fire, but a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:9 and further). It is not only rightful, but also just to say that the Holy Spirit will always lead us in to stillness to rekindle His wisdom in us.

Already in the very concept of “spirit” the Greek “pneuma”, (πνεῦμα) and Hebrew “ruach” are including the dual: breath, wind, storm. Both elements that are found in the history of Christ like life are accompanying the phenomena and symbols of the Holy Spirit: the stormy wind and fire, which can be considered as the most terrible among the elements of nature, and then to what they touch, do not stay in their place and in their condition … Therefore, the Holy Spirit comes upon a person as it pours, falls, blows. Once again, the action of the Holy Spirit is as powerful and diverse; thus The Holy Spirit creates all anew.

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters (Genesis 1:2). Saul receives the Spirit of the Lord, and he is transformed into a new man (1 Sam. 10). In Ezekiel 36:26 Spirit of God creates out of stone the hearts of flesh – a spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord (Isa. 11:2). Whether some may agree or not, The Holy Spirit leads to uncomprehensive experiences. In Numbers 11:25 The LORD descended in the cloud, took some of the power of the Spirit that was on Moses and put it on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. Also, it was with Saul and his servant, when they hit the company of the prophets under the leadership of Samuel (1 Sam. 19). In Ezekiel 37 Ezekiel concerns the hand of the Lord, and he sees the vision of the mighty. In Joel 2:28 The Holy Spirit is poured out upon all flesh, and the consequences are prophecies, dreams and visions. In the New Testament, Elizabeth and Zechariah are filled by the Holy Spirit and they prophesy. In Acts. 10 and 19 the Holy Spirit is poured out and the apostles receive the fullness of His gifts, and the consequence is speaking in tongues, prophecy and praise, raising the dead, casting the devils out and healing the sick.

The Holy Spirit leads into battle and it is not just a “quiet prayer room” – but in the noise of the battle at the front. In Judges 6:34 the Holy Spirit came upon Gideon, so that “he blew a trumpet!” The Spirit of the Lord came on Othniel, so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war (Judg. 3:10). When the Spirit of the Lord comes upon Samson, he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. In relation to spiritual gifts, Paul says, “If the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?” (1 Cor. 14:8).

God’s wrath and judgment also comes through the Holy Spirit. In 1 Sam. 11:6 Spirit of God came upon Saul, and “his anger was kindled greatly.” In Isa. 40:7 “breathe of the LORD blows” and withers the grass, and fade color. In the New Testament, Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the sentence above Elymas the sorcerer!

Furthermore, The Holy Spirit makes people his messengers, as at the time when The Spirit of God came upon Azariah, and he comes out to meet Asa, with the message of God (2 Chron. 15:1). The same thing happens with Zechariah, and he appears before all the people with God’s fiery words. So Peter, was “filled with the Holy Spirit”, and stood before the elders of Israel who were gnashing their teeth, whose hands were stained with the blood of Jesus (Acts. 4:8, etc.). Yes, the prayer of the community about the courage to preach the word of God about healing, signs and wonders was so pleasing to God that “the place was shaken and all filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 4:29-31).

The Holy Spirit makes the servants, strong in the Spirit. After the Holy Spirit as a dove descended upon Jesus and He in the power of the Spirit returned to Galilee, Jesus announces his appointment through: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; for He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, and sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, sight to the blind … “(Luke. 4:14 and etc.). Peter testifies of Jesus: “… God the Holy Spirit and anointed Jesus of Nazareth, who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil ….” (Acts 10:38). Also disciples: “But you shall receive power when the Spirit comes upon you the Holy One, and ye shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).

The Holy Spirit leads to fertility, whereas in Isaiah 32:15 God promises that “pour out Spirit from above, and make a desert garden,” the Spirit is poured out, and they “will I grow among the grass, as willows by the water” (Isa. 44:4). What a powerful spread of the Gospel, what a wonderful fecundity, as a consequence of Pentecost!
The Holy Spirit leads to the worship, example been “Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said,” (Luke. 10:21 and etc.). When the Holy Spirit was poured out of Caesarea on the Gentiles, which they have heard of “speaking in tongues and praising God.” (Acts 10:46).

It should be said that the Holy Spirit is not only in solitude, but acts as the “Spirit of grace and supplication,” he taught as an assistant and recalls the spirit of truth and heralds the future that glorifies Jesus, and so on (Zech. 12 10; Jn. 14 and 16). The Holy Spirit leads even to a powerful noise. Throughout the Bible rushes of joyful sound can be heard: rejoice heavens, rejoice depth who are crying in joy! Ezekiel experienced the Holy Spirit, the Lord’s hand, like a stormy wind, cloud, swirling fire, glow, light, flames, flapping wings, the sound of many waters, like the roar of a great army (Ezek. 1). And on the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit Himself as the noise produced by the great wind, so that the whole of Jerusalem came running. Moreover, the Revelation ends with “the marriage of the Lamb”: “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, like the noise of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunders, saying, Hallelujah.” (Rev. 19:6).

Let us follow the Holy Spirit, if He will lead us into silence and stillness. Let us follow Him in our struggle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. This requires our full commitment. He will lead us into their various activities to glorify the Father, only if we will follow. And it also requires our full commitment in faith! If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. Therefore be faithful in seeking His relationship, abide in His word and listen for the Spirit of God to speak in to your life.

Is not that a “spiritual” worship? Is not the word of God splitting spirit and soul as a double-edged sword (Heb. 4.12)? And so whether it is necessary caution in relation to the “natural man” (1 Cor. 2:14), in relation to drunken behavior as raising hands and generally free behavior in worship? Exalt ye the Lord — Give him the glory of the good government you are under, as it is now established. And worship at his footstool — That is, at his ark, which was the footstool to the mercy-seat, between the cherubim. Or we must cast ourselves down upon the pavement of his courts; and good reason we have to be thus reverent, for he is holy, and his holiness should strike an awe upon us, as it doth on the angels themselves, Isaiah 6:2-3.

Observe, that God is to be worshipped and glorified, is the one inference always drawn from every position of David. And surely the greater the public mercies are in which we have a share, the more we are obliged to bear a part in the public homage paid to God. The setting up of the kingdom of Christ, especially, ought to be matter of our praise. Observe further, when we draw nigh to God to worship him, our hearts ought to be filled with high thoughts of him, and we ought to exalt him in our souls. And the more we abase ourselves, and the more prostrate we are before God, the more we exalt him.

God governs the world by his providence, governs the church by his grace, and both by his Son. The inhabitants of the earth have cause to tremble, but the Redeemer still waits to be gracious. Let all who hear, take warning, and seek his mercy. The more we humble ourselves before God, the more we exalt him; and let us be thus reverent, for he is holy. The more we revere Him, the closer He gets to us, and the easier it becomes for us to fulfill the great commission. For he will fulfill it through us.

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

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3 Responses to Spirit of God

  1. Thanks for liking my post Take the Word of God Sword – Lack of understanding about the Word of God is ruin. This series will continue.

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  2. jgarrott says:

    The truth of spiritual warfare is far too overlooked in too many churches.

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