Part of the holy trinity, the most neglected part, yet the part that walks with us. Without the Holy Spirit we would not be able to walk with our loving Father. Notably, the Holy Spirit is a person. He was there during the creation of the earth (Genesis 1:1-2), there when they made man (let us make man in our image – Genesis 1:26). He was there at the conception of the son of God (Luke 1:30-35). He was there at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan (Mark 1:9-11). And he is here with us as sure as we live and breathe (John 14:16-17), guiding us in what to say in the moment (Luke 12:12), empowering us to walk in the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25), teaching and bringing to our remembrance God’s word (John 14:26-27), advocating and interceding for us (John 14:26), guiding us into all truth (John 16:13-15), testifying for Christ (John 15:26), helping us fulfill the great commission of making disciples of men (Matthew 28:19-20).
I was on the phone with my friend Vanessa. We had fasted that day and now we were texting and praying together on the phone to open the fast. I felt a great indescribable need within me but couldn’t find the words to express myself. Out of nowhere, Vanessa expresses that God’s Spirit is asking her to tell me to pray in tongues. In my earlier walk with God, I had received an impartation of the Holy Spirit and could speak in tongues. Apparently, it’s like riding a bike because as soon as she prompted, I was speaking out unintelligible words, and I knew what I was praying even though it wasn’t in English.
In the New testament, the Holy Spirit is first mentioned more than fifty times in the book of Acts of the Apostles. In Acts 1:4 Jesus, 40 days upon his resurrection, asks the disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until the spirit comes. Ten days later (Acts 2:1-4) the Holy Spirit descends upon them and empowers them to spread the good news of the gospel in Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. In Isaiah 11:1-3, we learn that the seven works/gifts of the promised Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. It is clear that everything we do is empowered by the person of the Holy Spirit. On our own we only have limited human strength. The transformation we seek, only God’s spirit can work that out in us.
I have since received a fresh impartation of the Holy Spirit. It happened at the end of a 2-day fast in August and it was glorious. I now pray in the spirit more than I do using words and this has revolutionized my prayer life, allowing me to be in constant communion with my Father. Sometimes I get a revelation of exactly what I’m praying about, most times I know only of the subject I’m praying for, submitting persons and situations to God, usually because I don’t want to miss God’s best, and I don’t trust myself to know what God’s best is, because I know that the heart is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9). When I intercede for others, I know not what they need or what God’s best for them is, but God’s spirit does, so it’s best to pray in the spirit for His perfect will to be manifest in their lives. My desire is for God to be fully manifest in my life and for His will for me to triumph over all else.
⇓ Prayer ⇓
I want the same for you, please pray with me: Loving Father, you said you will send your Holy Spirit to guide me in every way. I accept his help and I receive it. I now yield to your spirit my Father to guide me in your truth, to enable me to walk in your ways, to empower me to do your will. My Father, pour your spirit in me, fill me with your holy spirit. Spirit of the living God, you are welcome into my life. Make intercession for me and lead me on the path of life. Walk with me all the days of my life that my life may always glorify you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen. Thank you for reading the Sunday blog.