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Holy Spirit | Discipleship Prayer Day 4

Holy Spirit — Our Strength, our Comfort, our Helper and Guide.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

―  Romans 15:13 (NIV)

“Holy Spirit…Our Strength…”

By the power and strength of the Holy Spirit working in and through us, we become new creatures (2 Cor 5:17)—a new kind of person—in Christ, We can overflow with hope as we walk through life with the Holy Spirit as our:

“Our Comfort”

 Who doesn’t need a little comfort and encouragement once in a while?

In Scripture, the Holy Spirit is parakletos – helper, comforter, and the one called to be by one’s side.  The God of all compassion and comfort (2 Cor 1:3-4) has sent this parakletos to us (Jn 14:26), to set us free (2 Cor 3:17) and fill our hearts with God’s perfect love (Rom 5:5) as we move through this life facing difficulties of many kinds.

“Our Helper”

Hey, can I get a little help over here?

The parakletos – also meaning advocate – has been sent to us from the Father by Christ (Jn 15:26) to help us in our weakness and intercede for us when we don’t know what to do or say (Rom 8:26-27), to give us the power and boldness we need to be faithful witnesses of Christ in word and deed (Ac 1:8), and to be by our side forever, helping us to know and understand truth (Jn 14:15-17)

“Our Guide”

I don’t know where I am or where I’m going. Anybody got a map?

The Holy Spirit is given as our teacher and guide, making known to us all that Christ has revealed (Jn 16:13).  The Spirit of God, sent by the Heavenly Father teach us from the Scriptures, the written word of God – rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16) – while also reminding us of all that we have seen, heard, and witnessed from the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ.

The power of the Holy Spirit, working in us as comforter, helper, and guide, transforms us into powerful witnesses to God’s love and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Ac 1:8), taking us to places we might never have dreamed of going and overflowing with an unrelenting, optimistic hope that comes only by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 15:13).

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

―  Romans 8:15 (NLT)



→ If I must err, let it be in the direction of love… 

 

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Your Name is Holy (6 of 28)

“Your name is holy and worthy to be praised above all others.”

Post 6 of 28

The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.

—Leviticus 19:1-2

Old Testament “holy” — קָדוֹשׂ (qādôš) — sacred, divine, separate

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

—1 Peter 1:13-22

Coffee and hello
Hello, my name is holy.

New Testament “holy” — ἅγιος (hagios) — sacred, belonging to God

“Your name is holy” points us back to who God is—God is sacred, divine, and separate from everything else. The very word itself—holy—finds its meaning in God. That which is holy is that which is sacred and divine, like God. In the Old Testament, with its laws and emphasis on sacrifices and offerings, the emphasis of holiness leans heavily on separation, purification, and clearly outlining the difference between the secular and the sacred.

In the New Testament, the sacrificial system as it had been long practiced begins to fade. Holiness becomes more about the Church—the body of Christ in this world—becoming holy. Apparently, our name is also to be holy, too. No longer is holiness defined by specific times and places; rather, “holy” is determined by what we (the Church, these words were not written primarily for individuals) in the places where we exist and with the time that we are given.

In other words, the way we “live” (our words, actions, attitudes, etc) are not determined by the place where we stand (i.e. holy ground or sacred ground), but rather the holiness of the place where we stand is largely determined by the way in which we live as the body of Christ wherever we may be. The same goes for time—a particular time is not “holy” simply because it falls between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. in any given time zone on a day labeled as “Sunday” on the calendar.

I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies…

—Psalms 18:3

Old Testament “worthy” — הָלַל hâlal — Psalm 18:3 could more literally be translated “I call on Jehovah, who is halal. Most of us have at least heard the world halal in connection with Muslim eating habits. Halal food is food with is worthy, appropriate, or not forbidden to be eaten. Just as my Muslim friends are forbidden to eat non-halal food, so we ought not to praise any one any thing above the LORD, who is halal — most worthy, most appropriate, and in no circumstance is ever forbidden to be praised.

Why?

Because God is holy.

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See the prayer from which this post was taken here.

 

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Fruit of the Spirit (4 of 28)

The Fruit of the Spirit

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“And hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” — Romans 5:5

Paul in his letter to the Romans points to a key identity and role of the Holy Spirit in our lives; and it’s not merely the emotional “good vibrations” that come during times of public worship. Although people will often say things like “the Spirit was present” during such times, it is also relatively easy to elicit similar emotional reactions through a variety of carefully orchestrated “emotive buttons.” When we base the work and presence of the Holy Spirit on an emotional reaction or some other pre-determined set of actions and reactions, we can be can probably assume that what is being observed in not the Spirit at work.

The presence and work of the Holy Spirit is something very different. We should not deny that the Spirit can and does work in the midst of energetic, emotionally charged, and so-called “spirit-filled” times of worship…but we also cannot deny that it is just as likely that ordinary, seemingly mundane, moments are also regularly filled with the Spirit’s presence and work.

The work of the Spirt in the life of the believer is to encourage, strengthen, and empower one to carry out the purpose and mission for which one has been called, both collectively (as part of the Church) and individually (the specific plan that God has for individuals). For Paul, the key to that purpose began with God love being poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. In other words, the Holy Spirit works in our lives as a conduit of God’s love to us as well as being the One who emboldens, empowers, and encourages us to shower the world around us cooling mist of Christlike love.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

—Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

Love-Joy-Peace-the Fruit of the Spirit

The Spirit is living and active in the life of the Church as Comforter, Helper, and Guide as well as the One who convicts and converts. The Holy Spirit inspired the writing of Scripture in ages past, inspired its compilation, editing, and canonization, and inspires all who read and meditate on it through all time andin all places. But it is love—the same love poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit—that is the natural, spontaneous, uncontrived, not-manipulated, holy fruit of the Spirit that flows naturally from the authentic follower of Jesus Christ. The same love is the beginning of point of every other fruit that Paul gives—joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Where is the Holy Spirit living and active? Follow the trail of fruit.  The fruit of the Spirit.

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See the prayer from which this post was taken here.