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Ever Given Thought to the Holy Spirit?
As a Christian, how many times have you ever given thought to or ever spoken of the Holy Spirit? If your answer is “not often,” you are no different than most. What if you were asked, “How many times have you heard the words Holy Spirit in church”? Your answer would probably be the same. Writers have called the Holy Spirit “the forgotten God” and they’re right. Yet, the role He plays on this earth has been far more important and necessary than anyone can imagine.
In Acts 1:4, Jesus said to His disciples, “wait for the gift my Father promised”. Notice, Jesus calls the Holy Spirit a “gift”. Have you ever ignored a gift? Most Christians have ignored the “gift” of the Holy Spirit. Jesus then said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you; and you will be my witnesses”. Jesus is saying we witness only by the power of the Holy Spirit.
And look what that “power” accomplished! Twelve men took the story around the Mediterranean Sea and since then, it has gone around the world. If the Spirit isn’t important to us, no wonder we don’t witness and truth is, we don’t!
Where is the Holy Spirit? I Corinthians 6:19 tell us that “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you”. Imagine that! The Holy Spirit lives in the body of believers and, thus, is always with us. Why? Because “no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (I Corinthians 2:11). What, then, are His jobs? First, He calls us to faith. (John 16:8-9) I Corinthians 12:3 says, “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit”. When we believe, we are marked with a seal, which is the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). Did you know that? Then, He teaches us all things and reminds us what Jesus taught (John 14:26) because He alone “knows the thoughts of God”.
He convicts us of guilt in regards to our sin (John 16:8). He gives each of us Spiritual gifts to use in service to God (I Corinthians 12:4-11). Finally, He, one day, will bring life back to our earthly bodies, just as He did for Christ (Romans 8:10).
Where is Jesus?
Fellow Christians, despite what we are taught and say, Jesus is not with us on earth. He ascended into heaven and has never left there (John 16:10). Yet He is all the church talks about. Truth is, our earthly lives are protected and directed daily by the Holy Spirit. As important as He is, no one talks about Him. What about you? What are you personally doing with this “gift” -- the Holy Spirit?