January 23, 2012
Today’s Meditation Verse:
30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
I have felt very impressed over the past year to express in my blogs the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
We easily talk about God and especially Jesus. But when it comes to the Holy Spirit we are a little tentative. He is somewhat of a mystery to us and we tend to shy away from what we do not fully understand or know.
We know that God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit are the eternal and divine trinity. They are three facets of one Supreme Being.
We know that God the Father is ‘sitting on His throne’ in heaven. He is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. He is there, but everywhere at the same time, He is all powerful and He is all knowing. We know and understand these characteristics.
Jesus was the Word in the beginning and God gave Him to us on earth for a time to walk on this earth in human form to physically interact with us. God infused His Word into flesh and created Jesus.
He felt in the flesh the things we feel. He began a new ministry, a New Covenant for us. His death on the cross opened the door for mankind to walk out of the Old Covenant and into the New Covenant.
Then because the veil was ripped once and for all between God’s presence and mankind, He could now come and dwell within man, something that only the payment and eradication of our sins could permit. It was something very new, something unique to the New Covenant.
Jesus told those around Him that they were not to despair at His departing. He explained that He was going to send a replacement to come and dwell with us all and if we so chose, in us all.
As a man in physical form Jesus was confined to the limitations of a physical body. He could only be in one place at one time, so it was much more beneficial for Him to go back to the Father and send us the Holy Spirit who is limitless in His ability to minister to all of us all at once with our individual needs.
But because of our limited knowledge of the Holy Spirit we tend to cling to the Father, nothing wrong with that, or Jesus, nothing wrong with that, but we tend to ignore the very entity that God placed here to be intimate with us.
He gave us the Holy Spirit to comfort us, guide us, give us knowledge and wisdom, and teach us all things. He is there always at our immediate disposal. So why do we go around so needy?
We pray to God for comfort when He has provided the Holy Spirit for our comfort. When comfort is needed, instead of begging God to comfort you, you might say, “Holy Spirit infuse me with your comfort. Come and give me a fresh wind and fill me full with your presence.”
I know that when I sit and do that I can sense the Holy Spirit cleanse me from the sorrows that plague me. I ask the Holy Spirit to heal the emotional wounds inside of me and I can feel Him knitting my soul back together.
We are to pray to God. Jesus is our advocate to the Father on our behalf. We are to walk boldly into the throne room for we are now His children. But there are times when we are needy and asking for something that He has already given to us. There are things that it is the Holy Spirit’s job to do for us and all we have to do is ask and submit ourselves to Him.
The Holy Spirit is not a mystical creature that is illusive and incomprehensive. He is a deity with compassion and a deep love for us.
When we pull against His yoke of instruction and guidance it grieves Him. He doesn’t want us to follow a set path for His sake or for perfections sake. He guides us for our benefit and it is His deep love that propels Him to guide us on the path that He does.
He wants the best life for us. He wants us to reach our full potential in Christ. He doesn’t want us to have to suffer the pain of horrible mistakes that we can and do make.
So when we fight against His leading and we go off in another direction doing things that He knows will cause us pain and heartache in the end, He grieves. He grieves for us.
I know it is not Wednesday Word Study, but let me give you the definition of grief so you will understand the depth of what the Holy Spirit feels.
Phonetic Spelling: (loo-peh’-o)
Short Definition: I pain, grieve, vex
Definition: I pain, grieve, to experience deep, emotional pain (sadness), i.e. severe sorrow (grief).
The Holy Spirit loves us with a deep abiding love. When we get ourselves into the messes we get ourselves into He doesn’t want to condemn us and press us with guilt, He feels deep emotional pain and severe sorrow for us. He is there to help us.
Let me encourage you today to get to know the Holy Spirit. Talk with Him in your quiet time. Reach out to Him for your comfort, wisdom and guidance. Do this knowing just how deep His love for us really is.
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