Month: September 2021

God’s Designed Path-Stepping into the Role of a Lifetime.

The way my Christian walk has gone over the years, I am blessed to look back and see growth! Real spiritual growth. I like to joke that my spiritual growth is like an onion……you know, layers! I grew up in a home where we went to church every week. We were baptized and completed our first communion and confirmation. I truly believed in God and that Jesus died on the cross. I didn’t think too much about God or how he played any role in my life.

I was around the tender age of 22 when God ( Oh yes, looking back, I can see God blatantly moving people in and out of my life) moved my supervisor into the role of evangelist. That’s right; she went from telling me what tables to clean to sharing Jesus. I can still see us sitting there talking and praying for my salvation in my mind’s eye.

Despite having Jesus in my heart, I didn’t really have him in my life. I didn’t know the bible, and I didn’t understand what a beautiful relationship was waiting for me to dive into. As a result, I basically went on living my life as nothing had changed.

I can’t help but look back at that time with sadness for time lost with Jesus. At the same time, I am extremely grateful for his persistent pursuit of me.

Jesus was just beginning with me.

Thankfully, Jesus had plans and never lost track of me. Life moved on; the next time I gave any thought, real, meaningful thought to Jesus, many things had changed. I had finished school, gotten married, and moved halfway across the country. My husband got a great job he was excited about, and we met new people that we quickly became best friends with. (Looking back, I can see this is the time that my life started to change.)

Remember, I had been saved years ago but had not spent any time developing my relationship with Jesus. I didn’t even know I was supposed to do that. As we got settled in our new home, I spent a lot of time (I’ll call them Doug and Susie) with Susie while the guys were at work. She was very eager to share with me her beliefs and asked me outright if I was saved? You don’t want to miss this part, the long-ago moment of me accepting Jesus as my savior came rushing to my memory. I looked at her and could say I was, and truthfully, I was saved, but I didn’t have a relationship with Jesus.

The decision to change.

As I watched Doug and Susie in their relationship with Jesus and each other, I knew that I wanted what they had. I am not saying their relationship was perfect, for we all know that does not exist. That being said, I was encouraged to seek more of a relationship with Jesus and wanted my husband to want the same. You must be wondering, where did my husband fall in with this change of heart of mine?

You see, I started to think differently. I started to care about things that never hit my radar before. For example, I wanted to start attending church, but not the church I (or my husband) grew up in. No, I wanted to change to a more Bible-based, Jesus teaching church. I can almost hear you thinking, how did that go over with the husband? Like a freight train hitting the town in the dead of night, not very welcome.

For the next few years, all I did was learn from my friends and attend their church, if I was able. Because I could not convince my husband to start going regularly, I would make excuses as often as possible to get us there. Sometimes it worked. Many times it did not. I still don’t know why I did not insist we go or go myself. I laugh now; I was an in-the-closet Christian. Unfortunately, it was not from the world but my husband. So, what’s a girl to do, you ask? I continued praying like never before. That was the first step I took in getting to know Jesus.

Stepping full stride into my faith

Fast forward with me a few years. Our friends, Doug and Susie, had taken a new job and moved to North Carolina. It was not too long after that Doug approached my husband regarding a similar opportunity. It did not take much for us to decide it would be a great career move, so he took it. With much excitement, we sold our house and moved to North Carolina as well.

Life was great. We built a beautiful new home and met our new neighbors. Now, this is important; meeting our new neighbors was 100% God moving in my life. I had continued praying and growing in Jesus as much as I could without having a home church. Our relationship with Doug and Susie started to drift, but not for any particular reason I could see. Now I do know why. God was preparing me for the next step in my journey.

Let me introduce to you two of the most influential people in my walk with Christ, Joe and Mary (at least, that’s what we will call them:)). They were our neighbors to our new home and we instantly connected with them. They also belonged to a church they were very involved with and invited us to attend. I absolutely fell in love with it. The atmosphere was exactly what I was looking for. We worshiped with amazing music and teachings that came right from the bible.

Changes that bring blessings

As things do, time brought about some changes, mostly pregnancy. When I became pregnant, I honestly thought I would return to work; as a matter of fact, we planned on it. Then our son was born. I think you will agree with me when I say everything changed when we held him. You guessed it, we changed our mind, and in the blink of an eye, I became a stay-at-home mom. Best life ever!

It was also when God ramped up His pursuit of me. I was able to attend bible studies during the day at Joe and Mary’s church. It was here that my desire to learn more blossomed. I went from one study to the next, not caring who or what it was on. I wanted to learn it all. Let’s say I was a little greedy with my time with Jesus.

As I grew in my relationship with Jesus, my transformation exploded. Don’t ever doubt as your love for Christ grows that you will stay the same. It is simply impossible. My entire world changed. I became diligent in teaching my son about God, determined he would have what I didn’t have growing up. My heart wanted a relationship with my husband I did not have, and I prayed for the Lord to ‘change’ him.

There was nothing I said or prayed that would soften his heart. There was no way he would humble himself to God, ask for the forgiveness of his sin, and put Jesus first. He was tight with control and needed to have it. I continued to pray earnestly as well as diving deeper into the Word.

When blessings are mixed with incredible loss

We were thrilled to find we were pregnant again. I was convinced I wanted all boys about God (totally knowing what was best for me) to bless us with our daughter. For me, life was at its fullest, unfortunately, not so much for my husband. I didn’t know what was wrong, but I certainly knew there was a problem. It was strictly by chance I discovered he was having an affair. Actually, let me be honest, I didn’t discover it; I was the last to know and had to be told by someone I barely knew, my own husband. That was truly the worst day of my life, but at the same time, it made such sense.

I felt so broken, empty, and at a loss of what to do. Thankfully, I wasn’t alone. I had Jesus. I know that may sound like a cliche, but it is as true as the sky is blue. I became laser-focused on putting the needs of my children first. They would never see an ugly argument, never hear us scream terrible things at each other. I was determined to spare them as much pain as possible and needed the love and guidance that only Jesus could give.

Over those years, it was Jesus who used the bible studies to surround me with some of the fiercest prayer warriors I know. I know my strength came from God and those amazing friends holding me up. Don’t get me wrong, I was lost for a time, but God never left my side.

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you;he will never let the righteous be shaken.Psalm 55:22
Blessings ALWAYS multiply

Slowly as God put my ‘new normal’ back together, he continued to work in me and around me. Finally, I was able to come out of hiding, no more in the closet Christian. Can I hear an Amen?! I cleaved to him in some of the most painful moments of my life, trusting in all that I had learned of him. That I could depend on him, rely on his promises, and faithfully step into this new life.

"God is indeed my salvation; I will trust and won't be afraid." Isaiah 12:2

As time passed, I knew there were a few things I would never go back to. The most important was knowing the grace of God changed me, and I wanted the world to see it. I wanted a husband that showered me with love, but most of all, I wanted a husband that loved Jesus too! My faith was going to be what people saw in me as soon as we met. At least, that is my working goal. To always have a love of Jesus shine through me so others can see Him and all His glory.

I have continued to grow in my faith and am ecstatic to share my life is at its fullest. The Lord has blessed me in marriage with a wonderful man that, along with all our children (yes, he also has 2, ) were baptized at our church. The day is engrained in my head as another blessing passed on by our loving Father.

Follow the path

I am following a dream of writing for Jesus with my blog, trusting He will take it where He wants it. I don’t know his plan for it, or me, really. I do know; I plan on being obedient to his will for my life. Looking back over the years, I can see so many other instances where God was clearly stepping up on my behalf. It is my turn to step up and follow the path I know was created by God’s hand, strictly for me.

Believing Life is Lived Better with the Holy Spirit!

Don’t Miss Out by Jeannie Cunnion-Daring To Believe Life is Better with the Holy Spirit!

Week Three Chapters 11-15

For a recap of Week Two

Read Acts 2

I have to be totally honest with you, as I read this book, I think that “this” week is the best. So much to learn and appreciate. Then, I read the next week’s assignments and think, no, “this is the best week. Jeannie Cunnion really dives into the Holy Spirit and makes it so easy to understand and relate to. I know these are my notes on the study and what I gleaned from them, but if you are curious to know more, I encourage you to read Don’t Miss Out. I can not remember the last time I have been so spelled bond by a book.

He Empowers Jesus!

Let’s jump right in with learning who empowered Jesus. Yup, you guessed it! The Holy Spirit is who empowered Jesus as He started His ministry. We know Jesus was baptized with water by John the Baptist. But what some may have missed is what happened next, two awe-inspiring things.

  • First, the Spirit of God filled Jesus and empowered Him for his ministry.
  • Second, God the Father affirmed Jesus as His Son in whom He was well pleased
And a voice from heaven said, "This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17
"I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him." John 1:32

Let’s talk about the significance of the dove. John noted he saw the dove ( the Holy Spirit) come down and remain on Jesus. The fascinating tidbit revolves around the word ‘remains.’ If you know anything about doves (which I really did not, only that they are white), they are very skittish. Suppose they are startled in any way; they tend to fly away quickly. To think that Jesus had such peaceful continence, that the dove felt comfortable enough to stay on him tells us how pure and sinless our Jesus is.

To Wait or Not to Wait?

Jesus told the disciples to wait until the Holy Spirit is sent to them, Luke 24:49. Just as the disciples had to wait for the Holy Spirit, Jesus too had to wait until the Spirit of God indwelled him. It’s clear to see that without the Spirit of God, Jesus could not complete his ministry. It’s wonderful to know that God’s timing is perfect.

He Gave Power to the Disciples!

So the disciples waited for the Spirit to come upon them. Not only did they wait, but they waited with joyful hearts, praising Jesus. I love that image of them waiting for the promised Spirit and had to think about my waiting on the Lord. Though I know His timing is perfect, goodness, it can be hard to wait for his answer. Let’s remember to turn to scripture when we struggle with being patient with God. Here are a few verses to help.

Romans 12:12
"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation,be constant in prayer." 
Psalm 27:14
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."
2 Peter 3:9
"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
Exodus 14:14
"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."
Isaiah 30:18 
"Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!"
2 Peter 3:8
"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day."
He Gave His P0wer to Peter!

Jeannie gave a great example of the power of the Holy Spirit at work, in Peter. It was Peter who struggled with being loyal to Jesus and all that He offered. He was a man who cared very much what his peers thought of him, and he was the one that denied Jesus 3 times. I share this because it is so important when you see Peter after receiving the indwelling of the Spirit. He was bold and confident, speaking with authority on Jesus.

He Gives His Power to Us!

Let’s think about that for a minute. The Spirit of God was sent to Jesus when it was his time to start his ministry. The Holy Spirit was sent to the disciples when it was time to start their ministry after Jesus ascended to heaven. When we believe in faith that Jesus is our Savior, we receive the Spirit as well. Therefore, it’s with a sense of profound peace that I know he gave his power to us as well. Did you catch that? The Spirit of God lives in US! I don’t know about you, but that stops me in my tracks and gives me goosebumps all at the same time.

But wait, there’s more; think about what the power of the Spirit does. It makes us alive with the power of God, it gives us the confidence to share the gospel with others, it has the power to transform hearts for His glory, and the power to live boldly in Jesus. Can you say Amen! I know it would be easy to be intimidated by that, but friends, if the power of the Spirit can do all that is mentioned above, let’s not fear it; let’s rest in faith that He will give us the power to activate him in our lives.

Knowing he lives in us, we must make Him feel welcome in our lives. Just because He lives in us doesn’t mean he is fully at work in us. We need to spend time in prayer with him, asking for his guidance.

He is the Spirit of Truth!

One important role the Holy Spirit plays is to lead us to the truth, Jesus! The Spirit will always lead us back to Jesus. He is our personal guide to know Jesus more intimately. The Spirit will never lie. He is completely trustworthy and faithful. He guides us in the Truth. I have to say; I never again want to walk this world without the best guide, the Holy Spirit.

I pray you will welcome him into your life as your guide for this turbulent world we live in.

"I am the way and the truth and life."John 14:6

Believing life is better lived with the Holy Spirit!

Don’t Miss Out by Jeannie Cunnion-Daring to believe life is better with the Holy Spirit!

Week Two- Chapters 6-10

For a recap of Week One.

Please read Ephesians 1

He is Equal

We continue this week with more insight into who the Holy Spirit is. Not only did we see that He is Equal to God and Jesus, but he is essential. There is no way we can live the life made solely for us without the Holy Spirit. Why do you say, why do I need the Holy Spirit? Is Jesus not enough? I admit I went many years believing I had all I needed because I was saved and Jesus lives in me.

I absolutely love how Jeannie answered those questions. She reminds us that we are trying to be a witness for Jesus, and to do that without the power of Christ–the Holy Spirit–we would be frustrated and discouraged.

Did you catch that? The POWER of Christ, the Holy Spirit, is within us. To try to be as like Jesus as we all strive to be, with his POWER, to do all things for HIS glory, would be impossible without HIS power. The Holy Spirit.

This is why the Holy Spirit is essential. When you put your trust in Jesus, the Spirit of God is fully available to you.

Jeannie uses a quote from Robert Morris.

“Having the Holy Spirit’s power available to us isn’t the same thing as making ourselves available to the Holy Spirit’s life-changing power. We have to yield. Our stubborn, prideful selves have to submit. We have to receive.”

He is Better Than Self-Help

If I were to ask, have you ever read a book meant to change something about yourself, what would your answer be? I’ll be honest and say I wanted to fix myself as much as the next person over the years. A friend would tell me how great a certain book was and how it helped her; of course, I had to run out to get it, hoping it would help me too. It’s no surprise to me that I did not make it through one of those many books. Truthfully, I never read one where I agreed with the concept of the ‘self-help’ that was being given.

The author would say one thing that I could identify with than follow up with many things I disagreed with. Many of these books boast of methods to help people feel better, mainly by concentrating on themselves. Friends, if we put all this effort into fixing our problems, we miss something amazing. We miss that the Almighty God indwells us and is just waiting for us to let him empower us to fight out battles in HIS might for HIS name.

No book is necessary when we have the fixer of all wrongs breathing life into us. Or should I say, breathing HIS life into us?

He Is Our Guarantee

To be given a guarantee on something is to be able to trust. To rely on what has been given to you. The Holy Spirit is our guarantee that we belong to God’s heavenly kingdom. We are daughters of the King. He gave up his life for us, and he will not let us go.

"When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession-to the praise of his glory." Ephisians 1:13-14

We are sealed up with the Holy Spirit, with the promise of eternal life in heaven with our Heavenly Father. This humbles me and fills me with such joy; I weep with gratitude and peace. Peace because I know my future is secure in Him.

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He annointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
He Makes Much of Jesus
Jesus said, "He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you. John 16:14-15

I loved how Jeannie wrote that the Holy Spirit is the one who woos us to Jesus. I love that word, woos! That is how I feel when I think of my feelings for Jesus, I am wood by him. I want to be with him. To know him is to love him. And he loves me.

One goal of the Spirit is to put the focus back on Jesus, always leading us back to him. That is an amazing honor to do what the disciples did, to point others to the goodness of our God. With the Holy Spirit guiding us, we will help to lead people to Jesus as well.

He Authored the Bible

If you are like so many of us, you may answer Jesus’s disciples if asked who wrote the Bible. That is technically correct; they are credited with writing it. What most of us have missed is that the Holy Spirit has empowered everything they say. As Jesus intended the Spirit to do, He breathed the words of the Bible into existence.

For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21

Men communicated the words of the Bible under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I love sitting back and digesting that. Human authors were writing and speaking what was shared with them from God’s Spirit. This makes scripture the faultless Word of God.

Let’s talk about God’s Word and the necessity of having it in our life. God’s Word is like my navigation in a world with so many twists and turns that it is easy to get lost, even when you are in your own neighborhood. The Word for me is a set of instructions that, without nothing, can be built. I need the Word like I need a tall glass of water on a hot August day.

Through God’s Word, he gives understanding. We know God’s Word is alive, but we also know it can be difficult to understand. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us understand it AND apply it as we study. I can remember when I would open the bible and read, and unfortunately, closing it up because what I read was not clear to me.

I know many of us have felt that, but I can assure you that by seeking Jesus with a sincere heart, the Holy Spirit will open the bible up to you.

So, I leave you this week with a heartfelt prayer. That the Spirit will open your heart as you read the bible, that a newfound sense of clarity and understanding fill you as you seek Him.

Believing life is better lived with the Holy Spirit!

Don’t Miss Out by Jeannie Cunnion-Daring to believe life is better with the Holy Spirit!

Week One- Introduction thru Chapter 5

Please read John 16

Last week, I finished our study, Truthfilled by Ruth Chou Simons, and I am thrilled to share my new study with you. This one is different for me as it is a book we are reading and discussing. Not my normal study. II am the type that loves a good thick workbook with my study with questions that lead me to dig into my bible.

My passion over the last few years have turned to obedience to my Lord. More recently, I have become fixated on the Holy Spirit. Who is He? What does He do, and how is he meant to work in my life. Therefore, my new study won’t be a big surprise. It’s Don’t Miss Out-Daring to believe life is better with the Holy Spirit by Jeannie Cunnion.

How my walk began

The way my walk has gone over the years, I am blessed to look back and see growth! Real spiritual growth. I like to joke and say my spiritual growth is similar to an onion……you know, layers! I grew up in a home where we went to church every week, were baptized, and had our first communion and confirmation. I truly believed in God and that Jesus died on the cross, but beyond that, there was not a lot of thought. As a result, there was a huge hole in my faith. I realize now I did not have the full picture, or should I say the full Trinity? 🙂

Relationship with Jesus

The one thing I was missing was the personal relationship with Jesus. I was lucky after years of study to correct that, but I will be honest and say I did not know the Holy Spirit. Yes, that’s right, as we will see in a bit, he is a person. That is why over the last few years I have been learning more about Him.

This study is going to help me do with the Holy Spirit what happened with Jesus. I will spend time with him, learn his purpose, and learn to love him for himself. It will be exciting to know his purpose and how it benefits us.

In the first week, we read and discussed who he is.

Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • He is to our advantage
  • He makes his home in us
  • Never leaves us
  • He is God
  • Last but not least, He is a person

One of the things I took away from him being to our advantage was that he is our helper. The Holy Spirit is God in us. Isn’t that the most exhilarating thought you can have? It completely blows my mind that I walk around with a piece of God in me!! Do I hear an Amen!

But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, "Where are you going?" But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:5-7
How he helps us.

With Jesus leaving, he was able to send us our amazing Helper. Sit back and let that soak in; think about those words. HE LIVES IN US! We must remember He lives in us!

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper 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

Did you notice verse 16? That he will be with us forever, he will never leave us. He is in our souls forever. He will be our constant companion.

And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20
Learning who he is!

I will be bold and say I never did see the significance of the Holy Spirit. I really didn’t know who he was, nor did I give him the acknowledgment he rightly deserves. My heart nearly exploded when all the dot’s connected for me. HE IS GOD! I have known about the holy trinity all my life, but my lack of knowledge robbed him of his holiness.

As Jeannie says in her book, the Holy Spirit is God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit coexist as the eternal (no beginning and no end), omnipresent (existing everywhere at all times), omniscient (knowing everything), omnipotent (all-powerful), Godhead.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2
He has a purpose to fulfill!

We also discussed his purpose. God, the Holy Spirit, does specific work in us. Jeannie quoted J.I. Packer as saying,

“The Christians life in all its aspects–intellectual and ethical, devotional and relational, upsurging in worship and outgoing in witness, is supernatural; only the Spirit can initiate it and sustain it. So apart from Him, not only will there be no lively believers and no lively congregations, there will be no believers and no congregations at all.”

That is quite a statement that I too, wanted to share, think about it. Jeannie challenged us to look in the mirror every day and remind ourselves that God Almighty is the one who indwells us by HIS HOLY SPIRIT. He is the power of God inside us.

In his image!

I know for many people, the Spirit was seen as a dove, rushing wind, or maybe a burning flame. It is easy to see him as a symbol, but it’s important to know that he is a person like God and Jesus.

Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea, and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27

Read the first sentence of the verse. Did you catch the ‘us’ in there? We were created in the image of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, all of them their own person.

Please read John 16

Last week, I finished our study, Truthfilled by Ruth Chou Simons, and I am thrilled to share my new study with you. This one is different for me as it is a book we are reading and discussing. Not my typical study. I am the type that loves a good thick workbook with questions that lead me to dig into my bible.

My passion over the last few years have turned to obedience to my Lord. More recently, I have become fixated on the Holy Spirit. Who is He? What does He do, and how is he meant to work in my life. Therefore, my new study won’t be a big surprise. It’s Don’t Miss Out-Daring to believe life is better with the Holy Spirit by Jeannie Cunnion.

How my walk began

The way my walk has gone over the years, I am blessed to look back and see growth! Real spiritual growth. I like to joke and say my spiritual growth is similar to an onion……you know, layers! I grew up in a home where we went to church every week, were baptized, and had our first communion and confirmation. I truly believed in God and that Jesus died on the cross, but there was no real commitment beyond that. As a result, there was a huge hole in my faith. I realize now I did not have the full picture, or should I say the full Trinity? 🙂

Relationship with Jesus

The one thing I was missing was the personal relationship with Jesus. I was lucky after years of study to correct that, but I will be honest and say I did not know the Holy Spirit. Yes, that’s right, as we will see in a bit, he is a person. That is why over the last few years I have been learning more about Him.

This study is going to help me do with the Holy Spirit what happened with Jesus. I will spend time with him, learn his purpose, and learn to love him for himself. It will be exciting to know his purpose and how it benefits us.

In the first week, we read and discussed who he is.

Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • He is to our advantage
  • He makes his home in us
  • Never leaves us
  • He is God
  • Last but not least, He is a person

One of the things I took away from him being to our advantage was that he is our helper. The Holy Spirit is God in us. Isn’t that the most exhilarating thought you can have? It completely blows my mind that I walk around with a piece of God in me!! Do I hear an Amen!

But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, "Where are you going?" But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:5-7
How he helps us.

With Jesus leaving, he was able to send us our amazing Helper. Sit back and let that soak in; think about those words. HE LIVES IN US! We must remember He lives in us!

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper 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

Did you notice verse 16? That he will be with us forever, he will never leave us. He is in our souls forever. He will be our constant companion.

And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20
Learning who he is!

I will be bold and say I never did see the significance of the Holy Spirit. I really didn’t know who he was, nor did I give him the acknowledgment he rightly deserves. My heart nearly exploded when all the dot’s connected for me. HE IS GOD! I have known about the holy trinity all my life, but my lack of knowledge robbed him of his holiness.

As Jeannie says in her book, the Holy Spirit is God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit coexist as the eternal (no beginning and no end), omnipresent (existing everywhere at all times), omniscient (knowing everything), omnipotent (all-powerful), Godhead.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2
He has a purpose to fulfill!

We also discussed his purpose. God, the Holy Spirit, does specific work in us. Jeannie quoted J.I. Packer as saying,

“The Christians life in all its aspects–intellectual and ethical, devotional and relational, upsurging in worship and outgoing in witness, is supernatural; only the Spirit can initiate it and sustain it. So apart from Him, not only will there be no lively believers and no lively congregations, there will be no believers and no congregations at all.”

That is quite a statement that I, too, wanted to share, think about it. Jeannie challenged us to look in the mirror every day and remind ourselves that God Almighty is the one who indwells us by HIS HOLY SPIRIT. He is the power of God inside us.

In his image!

I know for many people, the Spirit was seen as a dove, rushing wind, or maybe a burning flame. It is easy to see him as a symbol, but it’s important to know that he is a person like God and Jesus.

Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea, and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27

Read the first sentence of the verse. Did you catch the ‘us’ in there? We were created in the image of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, all of them their own person.