Jesus told us that the “world cannot receive” the Holy Spirit. He did not say that they would not receive Him. The world is oblivious to the Holy Spirit. Jesus provided us for two reasons why. First, they cannot see Him and secondly, they do not know Him.
Our first step in developing spiritual sensitivity will be to develop an awareness of Him in our lives. We can know Him because He dwells in the spirit of every person who has made Jesus the Lord of their lives.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding His ministry in the Church because a lot of Christians try to make everything about their life spectacular. They seek visions and try to hear voices. He does speak to us but His voice is very quiet. It is usually through a witness in our spirit which some refer to as a green light. The first place He will speak to us is through the written Word so the more time we can spend meditating in God’s Word the more familiarity we will have with His voice.
There are many voices in the world. Satan will try to trick us but we can have the witness of the Spirit leading us all day and all night. He will show us what to wear, how to accomplish tasks at work, and much more if we will cultivate our ability to hear His voice. He cares about every detail in our lives regardless of how big or small but will not force Himself into our lives. We can acknowledge His presence or ignore Him because God has given each one of us the right of choice to follow Him or not to. James tells us that we have not because we ask not (James 4:2). The Holy Spirit is interested in every detail of our life regardless of how small. He is God and He will never be too busy to spend time with us.
There are two keys to walk in the Spirit: 1. recognizing His presence in our lives and 2. reverencing Him as God. The Holy Spirit is God and we must learn to reverence His presence.
The major characteristics that we see in Scripture which point to the Holy Spirit being God are: He is eternal, He is omniscient (all knowing), He is omnipotent (all powerful), and He is omnipresent (everywhere). We should respect the Holy Spirit as God and reverence His presence.
Jesus was able to offer Himself a sacrifice for our sins “through the eternal Spirit”. Genesis 1 tells us that the Holy Spirit was moving on the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2). He was present at the very beginning when God created the heavens and the earth. Jesus told us the He will be with us forever.
The Holy Spirit is able to teach us “all things” because He knows “all things”. He is able to teach us “all things” because He is omniscient or all knowing.
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. (1 John 2:20)
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. (1 Corinthians 2:10)
The Holy Spirit searches the “deep things of God”. If we will look to Him, and learn to recognize His voice, He will reveal these things to us. It is comforting to think that someone who knows everything is dwelling in my spirit. This does not make me omniscient but it does mean I have access to the person who is at any time if I will just take the time to look to Him.
We will continue on with our journey of discovering the Holy Spirit and His ministry in our next post in the “Discovering The Holy Spirit Category”.
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