Who is the Holy Spirit?

The exact identity of the Holy Spirit is clothed in misconceptions and misunderstandings.

Some people think that the Holy Spirit is some kind of mystical and magical force/energy.

Other people perceive the Holy Spirit as being a kind of impersonal power that God has given to those that follow Christ Jesus.

Let us look, for a moment, at what the Bible has to say about who or what the Holy Spirit is.

Careful study of the Bible will reveal that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

And the Bible also reveals to us that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, who has a mind, emotions and a will, all to himself.

Many scriptures make it abundantly clear that the Holy Spirit is God including Acts 5: 3-4 when Peter takes Ananias to task for lying to the Holy Spirit and tells him:-

“You have not lied to man but to God”.

We can also clearly see and understand that the Holy Spirit must be God because he possesses the same traits and characteristics as God.

God’s omnipresence is also to be found in Psalm 139: 7-8:-

Where shall I go from your spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there!

And again, in 1 Corinthians 2: 10-11, we see God’s omnipresence:-

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
And, as we have already discovered, the Holy Spirit must be a divine person because he possesses a mind, has emotions and a will.

The Holy Spirit thinks and knows:-

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God

(1 Corinthians 2:10).

The Holy Spirit can grieve:-

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

(Ephesians 4:30)

The Holy Spirit intercedes for us:-

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

(Romans 8: 26-27)

The Holy Spirit makes decisions according to His will:-

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit.

To another faith by the same Spirit, to another the gifts of healing by the one Spirit.

To another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

All these are empowered by one and the same spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills.

(1 Corinthians 12: 7-11)

Therefore, the Holy Spirit must be God, the third person of the Trinity (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

As God, as well as being the Holy Spirit, He can easily function as the Comforter and Counsellor that Jesus promised that He would be:-

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.

(John 14: 16, John 14: 26, John 15:26)

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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What Is Truth?

Jesus is real. Even in your storm, Jesus is real. He loves you more than you can possibly imagine.

It doesn’t matter how much you have sinned or how much you have been hurt or abused. He loves you unconditionally.

Jesus paid the price for your sins so that you can live a free life. You don’t have to die to find true peace. You can find peace in this lifetime.

The bible is real and true. Miracles didn’t only happen in the bible; they can happen in your life today! The truth is that there is a way to overcome the consequences of sin. Even the scientists and archaeologists cannot deny the events that are recorded in the bible.

Who is the Solution? 

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus was God in the flesh. He came to this sinful world, was tempted, yet lived a pure and sinless life.

He took our sins upon Himself and gave His life upon the cross as the price for all of our sins and then He died and rose again. He is now in heaven, praying for you and waiting to be the Lord of your life.

How can I be saved? 

It’s as simple as A B C. There is no need to sacrifice any more or take any vows or oaths. You do not need to perform any religious acts. Just: –

A – Admit that you have sinned and need forgiveness

B – Believe that Jesus is Lord and that He died for your sins

C – Call on the name Jesus so that He may come into your life and ask Him to be your Lord and Saviour.

If you want to receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour say this prayer within your heart.

“Dear Heavenly Father,

You said if I call upon Your Name I will be saved. I am now calling upon Your Name. I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for my sins.

And now, as I repent of my sins and ask for your forgiveness, I confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour’

Thank you for saving my life.

In Jesus name

Amen”

With many grateful blessings

Geoffrey

Truth

We are all seeking after truth. The problem is that we have to a large extent lost confidence in the purveyors of truth. So much of what is presented as truth, as in objective reality, is simply subjective opinion, canvassed for the purpose of bolstering someone’s cause in the hope that more of us will climb aboard. Politicians speak less truth and more majority opinion.

Strangely, our common perception of truth meaning both accuracy and correctness didn’t enter the English language until the mid-13th century. The word in its original sense meant ‘fidelity, loyalty, covenant’.

Certainly there is a sense of reliability and trustworthiness, yet not the demand for proof beyond contradiction. In this sense, all truth invites us to exercise a measure of faith in its veracity.

As Katey and I first navigated our way through childlessness, then encountered the mountain of MS, it was the faithfulness of God that we most craved. There was little space or need to debate theological truisms, we required contact with the source of our hope, God himself.

We found that all the truths we assembled about MS and its impact, the accumulated neurological expertise on how best to manage the disease, useful, yet not especially comforting or reassuring. The facts were, in truth, of little value in enabling us to plot our course together through stormy seas.

What we desperately needed was the experience of knowing God was with us, while also assuring God that we chose to walk with him. It was difficult, as is true of all committed relationships.

We argued and we fought with the Lord, yet discovered God was both up for the fight and remained with us even as the dust settled. Here was covenantal love; and we responded by choosing to keep faith in God as truth. This was a robust love that could not break.

When Jesus describes himself as the Truth, he describes a love that was formed at the very birth of creation and which endures until the very end of time. And that’s a fact!

(Dr Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

God’s Truth

When sensing abandonment, life can seem overwhelming, and finding resilience to continue is tough. I was recently woken with a text message from my daughter, who had just arrived in America. It carried her sorry tale that the airline had lost her baggage, which carried her costume for a performance she was to do. Frustrated that she seemed unable to convince anyone to take her seriously, jet-lagged and alone in a new city, she turned to a somewhat distant and therefore impotent source of help: myself!

As a parent, no matter how independent your child, those emotional links that stretch the stomach taut never seem to leave. So, bleary-eyed and 5,000 miles away, I engaged in a text conversation with my daughter that in reality wasn’t going to change anything.

However, what it did do was to give her sufficient energy to make it to her hotel, buy a brand-new costume, perform when exhausted, and endure four days of travelling backwards and forwards to an airport before eventually retrieving her bag.

In the words of the psalmist, her heart did not turn back, nor did her steps depart from the way. This is the challenge at the heart of the Christian life; standing firm when the tide is flowing against you, your eyes cannot see clearly what lies ahead, and you lack the resources you assume you need to get by.

Following Jesus is about consistency. God’s truth, and so our true reality, is the fact that within the swirling tide of events, we keep our heart focused upon Jesus and keep standing firm in who we know God to be. It takes resilience, and often makes little sense to those around about us. We may look bewildered and bedraggled, and perhaps we are. Bowed down yet not broken, we step onto the waters of a raging sea with eyes on Jesus who alone can sustain our life, whatever our circumstances.

(Dr Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

There Is No Greater Truth Than Love

When I was young, clear eyed and sure of mind,
I saw the world a playground for my pleasure,
Where I was certain I would always find
Love, fun and endless treasure.

I saw no people’s pain or sorrow,
Counted not the rainy days,
Cared not for warnings of tomorrow,
But lived the moment’s selfish haze.

But time that whisks away our dreams,
Strips the world to naked sight,
Nothing now is what it seems,
The brightest day is darkest night.

I now look back with wiser eyes,
Hoping I have learned at last
To see the truth and not the lies
That rule the universe so vast.

Yet within the darkness one thing’s true
As true as the shining sun above,
In all the cosmos – old or new,
There is no greater truth than love.

Simon Barnes Written May 6th, 2006.

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Have a wonder-full day, in every way

With many joy-filled blessings

Geoffrey

The Art of Life

An elderly lady had achieved fame as an artist rather late in life. At the opening of an art exhibition of her work, she was being interviewed by a young art critic.

It was well known that she had had many problems and tragedies during her life and the critic remarked that none of her paintings seemed to reflect those difficult times, but were all bright and cheerful.

“Why was this so?”, the art critic asked.

“The art of life, “the old lady replied simply, “is using the shadows to emphasize the highlights!”

What profound words; we have much upon which to ponder from these truths!

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

FIVE MINUTES

While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground. “That’s my son over there,” she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide.

“He’s a fine looking boy” the man said.

“That’s my daughter on the bike in the white dress.”

Then, looking at his watch, he called to his daughter. “What do you say we go, Melissa?”

Melissa pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes.”

The man nodded and Melissa continued to ride her bike to her heart’s content.

Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his daughter. “Time to go now?”

Again Melissa pleaded, “Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes.” The man smiled and said, “O.K.”

“My, you certainly are a patient father,” the woman responded.

The man smiled and then said, “Her older brother Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I’d give anything for just five more minutes with him.

I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Melissa. She thinks she has five more minutes to ride her bike.

The truth is, I get Five more minutes to watch her play.”

Life is all about making priorities; what are your priorities?

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With Many Peaceful Blessings

Geoffrey