“Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.
He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God.
For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.
” In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
“How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked.
“Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.
’ The wind blows wherever it pleases.
You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.
So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
We serve a God that is amazing on every level.
The creator of Heaven and Earth; the sustainer of all things.
This God not only created us, but spends every moment of every day with us. Guiding our lives, and putting His perfect plan into action.
The Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Spirit).
This Divine Trinity is our protection from evil, and the master planner of every minute of our lives.
We do not know how or when we will leave this world, but we can live out our days knowing that through submission to God, we are following his path for our lives.
Let us look deep inside, and ask ourselves if we are “filled” with the Holy Spirit.
Is our cup full, half empty, or broken? Only God – and you, know how to answer that question.
We cannot judge another mans cup – but God uses each and every person in various ways to keep these cups full.
The Holy Spirit Creates (Job 33:4)
“The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”
Do you believe that The Spirit of God created you? Or do you believe the teachings of man?.
At times, we might question whether there really truly is a God, or not.
The truth is, if we whole-heartedly focus on God, we see his hands in all things, everywhere that we are, and all that we do.
He will not let us down, he will not leave us, he will not lose love, and faith in us.
Ask the Lord to come into your life, fill you with His Holy Spirit; and guide every step that you take – you will plainly see that many of us have been denying ourselves the opportunity to live out the life that God has for us.
The Holy Spirit Speaks: (Acts 28:25)
“So keep your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.”
In my opinion, Paul was one of the greatest believers in Christ.
Why? Because he saw the Lord’s work; he saw the Lord’s power, ability, and faithfulness to the Father – he stood by Jesus no matter what happened, and always rejoiced when he was being persecuted.
Paul was a man of God, a man that trusted God, and knew that God would provide all things for him.
He did not get upset that he was imprisoned, nor did he curse God for the persecution in which he endured.
Rather, Paul rejoiced in knowing that he was living out the Spirit-Filled life that he was meant to live.
His inspiring prophesies, triumphant rejoicing, and words of wisdom were not his own – but inspired through faith, and trust in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Paul was a leader, and he set the standard for others to follow – caring not what others thought; but doing all things to bring the Glory to God.
The Power that Paul had, was the Power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit Teaches (John 14:26)
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
It is probably safe to assume that each follower of Christ has at some point or another received a Teaching from God.
This can take on many forms. It can be in the way of Godly discipline, or revelation / prophesy.
Do not be alarmed when something happens, or when you see it.
Rather, we should be prayerful that we can apply these teachings to our lives; or help others in their journey to Jesus Christ.
The “Counselor” is here for us – anytime we call; and even when we don’t. His hands are in all things that happen, like it or not; it happens for the Glory of God.
The Holy Spirit Comforts (Acts 9:31)
“Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace.
It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.”
Why is it that when we are in trouble, we lean upon the Lord for comfort – but when times are good, we do not? There is something inside each of us that knows that there is an Almighty God.
You may hear some say..
“If there is a God; would he please help me now?” This is where Christians need to spring into action.
Showing others that the Comfort in which the Holy Spirit provides us is sufficient for all things. This comfort does not mean that we will not worry, or face hardship; rather, that we can rest assured that the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives.
Let us bear good witness to those that have questions, answering them to the utmost of our ability, and demonstrating that God is above ALL things.
Let us lean upon the Lord all of the time, and perhaps the “Hard-Times” won’t be so hard.
The Holy Spirit Is Strength (Romans 8:26)
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans and words that cannot express.”
Just when we have become jaded from Spiritual attacks, we can rest assured that the Holy Spirit is the only one that can provide us the strength when we are too tired to carry on.
The Holy Spirit can revive all things. If dead can arise, broken can be fixed, and five thousand fed from what most would call a single meal; ALL things are possible.
Always Remember Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
The Holy Spirit Renews (Isaiah 32:14-15)
“The fortress will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted; citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever, the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks, till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest.”
The Holy Spirit is all powerful. Able to take a land that is in ruin, and turn it into Heaven. Do you need the Holy Spirit to renew you today? Perhaps you need the Holy Spirit to pour out upon you, and give you strength; or shelter from a storm that you may be facing today.
Ask the Lord, to fill your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your life. Listen closely when you pray, and let the Holy Spirit take your anxieties, sadness, anger, frustration, and restlessness; turning it into peace, prayer, and petition with the Lord.
Do not lean upon your heart; lean upon God. Follow what the Lord is telling you, and do not prolong it. Cease the moment today, because we never know when the Lord is going to return for His Church.
The Holy Spirit Convicts (John 16:8-11)
“When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.”
This Conviction can be so strong, and so overwhelming. It could also be just a little tickle in your heart. It can be difficult to discern the difference at times – but the Lord will always illuminate your path. This conviction can take on many different forms.
It can be something as simple as changing one of your ways – or it can be something a million times greater such as serving the Lord in a particular way. All you have to do is step out in faith, and boldly proclaim that you are a follower of God; and that you will do what HE wants you to do. Take that step, do not worry – you will not be disappointed!
The Holy Spirit Gives Joy (Romans 14:17-18)
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.”
Have you ever had a moment where you know that you should probably be sad, and you’re not? Perhaps it was the joy of the Holy Spirit in your heart? Knowing that all things can be done through Christ, and that God is the sustainer of all things should give each of us an automatic joy that no one in this world would have.
This joy, is the kind of joy that others may desire…share it with them. Through your service, your encouragement, your testimony, through listening to God and sharing God’s word with them. You would be amazed at how many people just need “someone” to rely upon.
We all have the gift of ministry, but always remember that this gift takes on different forms. One person teaches, another one serves, while others help out a friend in time of need.
Characteristics of the Holy Spirit:
a. Omnipresent (Psalm 137:9-13) “Present Everywhere”
b. Omnipotent (Luke 1:35) “All Powerful”
c. Omniscient (1 Corinthians 2:110-11) “All Knowing”
God: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are always present, all knowing, and all powerful. Knowing what we need, before we even say it. The Lord knows the desires of our heart; and will never let us down when we are in a time of need.
We can rest in knowing that this is Our God; but we should not rest. We should work toward spreading this peace, joy, and the word of God to everyone in every nation. Do not fear, for God is with you.
Lord; I am so grateful that you find me worthwhile to call me “Son.” I ask Lord that you not only fill me with your Holy Spirit; but those that I love, and those that I may minister to.
I ask Lord, that you prepare me to live out my days serving your Kingdom, and that you guide every single step that I take. Let me prepare the way for others, but give the Glory of that work only unto you. In you, Lord; all things are possible.
I ask that you bring justice upon the evil that has been at work in the lives of those that I love, and help my family to surrender to you and you only. Let US be an Army for you, Lord. Going to every location – Good, or Bad and witnessing to others for the sake of your Kingdom.
Protect us Lord; for without you we are vulnerable. Illuminate our paths, and pick us up when we are too week to carry on. I love you, Lord. I thank you, Lord. I give all of the glory unto you, Lord. Amen.
By Greg Granger.