The Holy Spirit

Of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is the least talked about among my churchgoing friends. The Holy Spirit is such a profound teaching and is so far outside our experience. It’s a mystery. While Jesus is the perfect Son and by his acts, we are adopted by God as His children; the Holy Spirit resides in our hearts. The Holy Spirit helps create a clearer vision of God’s love for us and helps to develop a closer relationship with both Father and Son. That is easier written than realized.

On some days on my way to work, I get off the train a stop early, and I walk the last mile or so to the office. A few weeks ago, it was 30 degrees and a deep crystal blue sky. As I started walking, I fell into an easy cadence, and in my mind, I began to say, “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me.” In a short time, even those words left me until I was simply walking and observing the world around me in silence.

Gradually, everything I saw and heard and felt and smelled had an intense focus, and throughout the whole walk, I had an overwhelming thought inside that said, “This is my world…” There were other people walking and I noticed their faces — old and young and happy and sad and empty — there were children walking hand-in-hand with parents, there were dogs playing in a park, there was the fresh smell of coffee and pastries, there were school buses, and taxi cabs, and birds. A whole world filled with God’s creation. “This is my world, and I love it so… do you see?” was the overwhelming sense I had.

I wonder how I am changed with the very reality that something of God abides in me? I think it is this: through the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, I become more aware of what God’s world is. I experience it with the senses he has given me—sight, sound, smell, feel and even taste— which unleashes in me a heart that loves more and more as His does, and I come to understand that even the smallest details are known to Him.

“You know Him, because he abides with you.” John 14:17

Making the time to acknowledge Him and by letting His presence be who you are, we open ourselves to loving as He loves. Why is it that we don’t talk only about the Holy Spirit? And why is it we seem to be afraid of people who have a connection and experience with the Holy Spirit as if God were talking to directly to them? I think it’s because, in this day and age, we need and crave certainty. We need clarification on the rules of conduct for our lives and affirmation of our political and social views. The Holy Spirit is not leading me in that way. In fact, I think He is asking me to give up all I know, and to rest in His presence.

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.” John 14:26

This year, I will be spending more time listening to the Holy Spirit, and allowing Him to cultivate in me the mind and heart He is opening inside of me. It feels natural, but it is way outside my comfort zone.

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  1. Welcome to outside the comfort zone of the world! “Come out of her, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues” Revelation 18:4

    I love what you said, “The Holy Spirit is not leading me in that way. In fact, I think He is asking me to give up all I know, and to rest in His presence.”

    You said, “Why is it that we don’t talk only about the Holy Spirit? And why is it we seem to be afraid of people who have a connection and experience with the Holy Spirit as if God were talking to directly to them?”

    The Holy Spirit is all I want to talk about! I remember talking to a Jewish man and he said they don’t believe there is a Spirit; well, it seems like a lot of “Christians” don’t either, or they believe in religion more than the direct experience and knowing of God through the Holy Spirit.

    It is true that when we have experienced and know beyond knowledge what Jesus said, “I will pray the Father and he will give you another Counselor, to be WITH YOU FOREVER, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither SEES HIM nor KNOWS HIM; YOU KNOW HIM, for he DWELLS WITH YOU and will be IN YOU” (John 14:16-17), it is all we care to KNOW and talk about!

    “In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I IN YOU” John 14:20. THAT DAY, when you KNOW Christ Jesus is IN YOU, is the best eternal day of our lives and makes life AMAZING; an adventure of discovery of the Word of God made flesh; his Word as life and Spirit in us!!!!!!! Every morning is NEW LIFE in the Spirit with Christ!!!!!!!

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