So two weeks ago, Dr. Fel began a new teaching series on a very interesting topic: The Holy Spirit.
Now, for someone like me who has grown up in church, I–more than anyone, realize how the subject of The Holy Spirit can quickly be confounding to someone. I mean, it’s not every day you spark up a conversation about “the good ‘ol H.S.” around the water cooler at work.
So what I thought I’d do this week is briefly share, what I believe, are some significant aspects of the Holy Spirit, and how He relates to each of us.
First, notice I said “He.”
Yes, the Holy Spirit is a person. We see this in His function in John 16:7 where Jesus calls the Holy Spirit a “helper,” and we see it in his emotions in Ephesians 4:30 when the Apostle Paul encourages us not to “grieve” the Holy Spirit, just to give a couple examples.
I think it’s important for us to realize that the Holy Spirit is a person, for the simple fact that He can then be–well, personal to us. I am a strong believer that whenever someone tries to have faith without a personal connection with God, that faith will be short-lived, or in the very least, limited in its intended impact.
We were made to be personal and connected, and God knew this, that’s why when Jesus left the earth, the Holy Spirit came. There was a divine “switch-er-oo” that took place when Jesus’ friends (and everyone else for that matter) didn’t have him around anymore. God knew that we would need to maintain relationship with someone. And that’s where the Holy Spirit comes in. He’s a person, and He wants to be personal.
This brings me to my second facet of the Holy Spirit: He’s a helper.
When Jesus was talking about that “switch-er-oo” (that’s just fun to keep saying) with His disciples, He was talking about how God will give us a “Helper,” (the Holy Spirit) that he may be with us forever (John 14:16).
That word Helper is translated Parakletos, meaning: an advocate, comforter, or put plainly, “Someone that’s come alongside to help.”
The Holy Spirit wants to come alongside each of us to help with whatever comes our way. Jesus was so adamant about how well the Holy Spirit helps, that a couple chapters later He actually said, “It’s better that I go away, that way the Holy Spirit will come.” (John 16:7)
I’ve experienced many, many ways that the Holy Spirit helps me in my day-to-day. This week I’ll mention just one:
- The Holy Spirit convicts us
Now, it’s important to understand the root of the word convict. The word translated “convict” comes from the Greek word elencho, which means “to convince.” The Holy Spirit convinces us of things, depending on the situation. For someone who hasn’t received Jesus as their personal Savior, he convinces them of the sin in their life that Jesus died to free them from. Likewise, for a Christ-follower, the Holy Spirit may convince them that a decision they’re making is the wrong one, and that the best thing to do is to stop.
What I’ve come to realize in my own life about the Spirit’s conviction is that it’s always coming from a place of love. Conviction doesn’t come from a place of God wanting to stop my party. It’s coming from the place of a good and all-knowing Father who sees more than I see, and is looking out for me–to enhance my party, and give me what’s best for me.
What about you?
Are you aware of the Holy Spirit in your life? Have you come to realize that He’s a person who wants to help you? Do you sense Him beginning to convince you of anything? Of sin and separation from God? Of unhealthy decisions you’re making?
Let this be your prayer today:
Holy Spirit, increase my awareness of you. Reveal Jesus to me. Reveal a God who wants to be personal with me. Reveal a God who wants to help me. I choose to believe you’re good. In Jesus’ name, Amen.