Walking in the Spirit

Posted: August 4, 2010 in Blessings, Christian Beliefs, From Adventism to Christ, The Bible

The Holy Spirit in Three

John 14:16 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper who will be with you forever. That helper is the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him, because it doesn’t see or know him. You know him, because he lives with you and will be in you.
John 14:16-17 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

The Holy Spirit with Us

The Holy Spirit has been active since the first moment of Creation. The Spirit is the Spiritual Part of the God Triumvirate (God = Father, Son, Holy Spirit). Every person who has heard a still small voice or been drawn to spiritual thoughts or ideas has in fact been led in that direction by The Holy Spirit. Whether or not you even believe in the Holy Spirit it is working around the globe drawing people to the saving grace of The Father through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.

In the book of Exodus certain people were enabled by the Holy Spirit (Ex. 31:3). In the book of Judges a number of Israel’s warrior Judges were enabled in power by the Holy Spirit including Samson and Jephthah (Judges 11:29 and Judges 14:6). When Samuel anointed David the Spirit came upon him mightily and never left (1 Samuel 16:13).

In the New Testament Peter reveals that the Holy Spirit came upon the Prophets of the Old Testament to give them knowledge and wisdom (1 Peter 1:11).

The simple truth is that the Holy Spirit draws the interested party into a place where they become more interested in their spiritual walk. It is also possible that the Holy Spirit might warn you of something to protect you from danger, to bring you into a fuller spiritual walk. Eventually this walk with the Holy Spirit can lead to a commitment the Jesus Christ, a repentance of sins, and an acceptance of God’s gift of eternal life through the death of His Son Jesus Christ, and the amazing grace of God.

This leads to the second part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is IN You

Once you have been saved by grace through faith the Holy Spirit, the Spiritual part of God will indwell inside you. To put it in layman’s terms God moves in, and His Spirit restores your Spirit. This is called the work of Regeneration because while you were a sinner your Spirit was dead to God, it was cut off from its source. You were born spiritually ready for God, but since Adam willfully sinned everyone since has been born with a dead spirit (a spirit cut off from God) inside.

God’s Spirit fans the flames of our old Spirit and causes us to come on fire for the Lord. He takes out our old heart and gives us a new one, this new heart is one that has God’s Laws ingrained in it so we are naturally aligned to follow God is His leading. This can lead to a strange realization, it can seem as if what had once been an easy life is much more complicated. That’s because what wasn’t a sin to you before is now a sin, and your body alerts you to this sin and you get this new feeling of guilt towards this new sin.

Your old life before the Holy Spirit convicted you of sin might have had ups and downs but they were gently rolling hills so to speak. And you were driving over them in a nice shiny sports car, life was easy, fact and fun and there was never a dull moment even though things could be downright ugly and monotonous given the chance.

Your new life with the Holy Spirit is much different, for one it can seem as if you’ve traded in your sports car for a 10 speed with one gear that works and two flat tires. Those lovely rolling hills now seem like an un-ending Tour de France, one where every other stage is filled with category 1 climbs, the worst of the bunch. Climb and then descend, ad nauseum and then the chain seems to come off.

However you’ll learn as your life with the Holy Spirit continues that all your needs to live will be taken care of as long as you feed daily on Bible Study and Prayer. Once you’ve accepted the Christian walk you are called to be ambassadors for Christ to the others that you meet everyday. You will learn to go to the Lord early and live in a deep relationship with Him; and He in turn will help you grow in your knowledge and understanding of the Bible so that you become more learned in your beliefs, which in turn will make you into a better ambassador.

The Holy Spirit also seals you in Christ, booking your place in Heaven.

This leads to what I refer to as Stage 3…the Abiding of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit Abides

The Holy Spirit walks with you through the rest of your earthly life drawing you into a deeper relationship with the Lord each day that you walk with Him. Your Spirit will change to be more and more like His Spirit, for instance, my quick and frightening anger is gone, and my lust for online sin is virtually eliminated. In their place is kindness, self-control, and a Spirit willing and almost overwhelmingly ready to share my savior the Lord Jesus Christ with others.

I’ve show in recent posts how the Lord will work on you until you reach a state of perfection, and you’ll only reach that state of perfection on arrival in Heaven.

So even if you die before the Catching Away of the Saints, your spirit will go to be with the Lord and at that point in time it will be perfected for eternity.

The Holy Spirit abides with you until death, and I honestly think that Heaven is literally going to be filled with the Holy Spirit blowing on the winds so to speak.

Right Now

I walk in the Spirit daily and because of my situation the way the Lord has lead in my life is to call on a total reliance upon His marvelous grace. The way He has gone before me to prepare the walk I have taken in this life is just amazing; I am at peace in a world that is filled with uncertainty. That I believe is the most wonderful thing about walking in the Spirit, you have to let go of your life and let God fill it with Grace and contentment. It is a truly humble existence, it is a totally changed outlook on life and there is no place for the pride I once had about my accomplishments.

In the walk in the Spirit it is the Grace of God that provides and leaves no room for pride, this should come as no surprise since Salvation can only come from a gift as well. We are not to boast about ourselves, but we are to share our faith and the love that Christ gives us with others. Perhaps as we water the Spirits of those we meet we will cause their Spirit to once again open up to Christ so that they too can walk in the Spirit as well.

In Christ,

Ross

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