I love the changes fall brings. Farmers’ Markets boast fresh produce. Traces of winter wheat peek their green blades through fertile fields. Bright pumpkins adorn porches. Sweet plum jam, pear cobbler, and wafts of cinnamon spiced cider linger in the kitchen. The extra hour of sleep is also nice. 🙂
But perhaps fall’s crowning splendor is the glowing foliage. It seems an oxymoron that these color-dyed leaves peak in beauty while simultaneously dying (fading away).
Likewise, when the believer dies by saying “no” to sin and instead follows God’s leading, the Holy Spirit’s beauty is released in that person’s life.
The Holy Spirit—A Unique Person
Like the wind, the Holy Spirit—the third Person of the Trinity—is invisible and intangible. Spirit in the Hebrew and Greek means “wind, breath.” He is the very wind, breath of God who exerts incredible power (Ephesians 3:16-20). But, unlike the wind, He is more than a powerful force just to be used. He is the invisible presence of the perfect loving God—whom we can know and relate to—residing in the believer. (Source: The Promise and Scripture)
The Holy Spirit’s Attributes
- Intellect: He knows things with His mind (Romans 8:27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11)
- Emotions: He can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30); we are not to sin against Him (Matthew 12:31; Acts 5:3)
- Will: He acts with purpose (1 Corinthians 12:11)
The Holy Spirit’s Primary Goal
The Holy Spirit isn’t here to bring attention to Himself, or to ourselves, but to glorify Christ (John 14:16). He desires to glorify God through our words and actions.
The Holy Spirit’s Method
One role of the Spirit is to progressively conform the believer into Christ’s character (sanctification) from the inside-out. He’s in the business of disciplining, refining, and removing sin’s impurities. He prepares us for service here and for living eternally with Him. How does He do this? Tony Evans writes: “God will deal with us in a way that cracks open the hard shell of our sin-scarred soul to release our spirits to live under the control of His Holy Spirit.”
Ouch! But it’s for our own good. And, we have access to . . .
The Holy Spirit’s Limitless Reservoir
Trials are exhausting, but we can be encouraged because He is working all things together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). But if we want the Spirit’s help maneuvering through life’s obstacle courses, we need to prioritize glorifying Christ since this is the Spirit’s main objective. The Spirit’s presence in the believer is ongoing. He is the source of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:23). He is in the business of change—changing our sin hardened hearts into an oasis of abundant life and freedom in Christ. Verses 23b-24 state: “Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” – vs. 25
Is anything holding you back from experiencing the Holy Spirit’s release in your life?
- Five Reasons to Study the Holy Spirit (kdmanestreet.wordpress.com)
- The Holy Spirit – Third Person of the Trinity (kdmanestreet.wordpress.com)
- The Holy Spirit In the Believer (kdmanestreet.wordpress.com)
- is the Holy Spirit a person or God’s force? (lisagodfrees.com)
- Bible Study – The Holy Spirit’s Role (kdmanestreet.wordpress.com)
- Holy Spirit (anglican61.wordpress.com)
- Attributes of the Holy Spirit – Part 5 (thevinevigil.wordpress.com)
Thank you for this very well done article. We need to be reminded often of who the Holy Spirit is, where He is, and what He is doing. I might just add that another main work of the Holy Spirit is to empower us to be effective witnesses to others (Acts 1:8).
I appreciate your comment. I absolutely agree: “Another main work of the Holy Spirit is to empower us to be effective witnesses to others (Acts 1:8).” Maybe that will be my topic/study for next week. . . . Have a great weekend!
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Great post thaanks
Thanks for visiting, Dylan.