Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
I started reading a book recently called Spirit Rising by Jim Cymbala. I had read it once before, at least most of it, but as usual I read a good book and then like I often do, I forget all about it. For some reason reason recently, I believe I was led to pick it up again. I have been wanting to do a blog post or two about the Holy Spirit for a couple of weeks now. But I have hesitated because it just seems too daunting. but just thinking about this and listening to some of Pastor Brandon’s messages, I have begun to realize how much I try to do things in my own strength, rather than rely on the Spirit of God. He has indeed become, “The Forgotten God.”
To keep this simple for my first attempt at this, I would just like to mention three points about the Holy Spirit that was presented as a message by Charles Finney many years ago. I’m sure you already know this, but I often find hearing things again that “I already know,” is a great help and a wake up call for me. Maybe it will be for you also. So here they are.
1. Jesus promised the Spirit’s fullness. Acts 8:1 says, “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Lord willing, I may come back to this verse in another post, but for now it is enough to know that God has promised that believers would have the Holy Spirit in them. (See also 1 Corinthians 1:16 and 6:19-20 for evidence of the fulfilling of this promise).
2. Scripture commands Christians to be filled with the Holy Spirit. “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18). This is no different from any other command in the Bible. Just as we are commanded to love one another, to preach the Gospel, we are commanded to be filled with the Spirit. What God commands, He also empowers us to fulfill the command.
3. The fullness of the Spirit is a necessity in our lives. Jesus says, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (see John 16:26). We cannot live the Christian life with the Holy Spirit empowering and teaching us.
So that is the beginning of it. We have His promise of the Spirit; His command to be filled by the Spirit; and the necessity to be filled with the Spirit. I know the Holy Spirit is a controversial subject among God’s people. And there is a lot of teaching out there that is extreme and has caused some of us to be cautious. But let me end this by saying, whenever there is a spiritual counterfeit to a teaching, there is also a spiritual truth. I keep saying to people that I am tired of wrestling with God. I know that a lot of my fighting is because I have been trying to live the Christian life my way and in my power and ability. That must change for me. And it must change for you also. May God give us the courage to surrender ourselves to His Holy Spirit. There is no other way to live our lives for the Lord. Lord willing, we can take a look at other aspects of living in the Holy Spirit in later blogs. God bless you all!