Experiencing the Holy Spirit…..
Personally we have experienced the Holy Spirit, through knowing Him and trusting Him, at one point He has sent up red flags at false teaching, which we immediately recognized. It was only years later, after careful study of Scripture that we recognized this was the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He was working in us and we did not know it although we experienced Him. In the effort of trying to counter this false teaching we were met with vicious resistance. That being said, we emphasize that the Holy Spirit will not lead you into believing false teaching. Jesus said, I am the truth, the way and the life, the entire Bible supports that and our choice has been clear, WE FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST, not man made doctrine. The question is always asked, what does Scripture say?
Under the New Covenant, when we become born again believers the Holy Spirit indwells us, to guide, lead, teach and comfort us, however, recognizing Him in these early Christian years may not be so easy.
Where is the Holy Spirit in so many Churches today? The Holy Spirit will enable you to discern and understand sound truthful teaching from the pulpit. He will enable you to recall Scripture you have read, further enhancing your understanding of God. He will always guide you in truth. The more we study the Bible the more we understand God and what His plan and purpose is for us as children of God. If the truth is not in us, we are not led by the Holy Spirit and we lack the ability to discern and understand. THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL NOT LEAD US INTO FALSE TEACHING OR LIES, HE CANNOT.
Let’s examine the manifestation of the Holy Spirit and how He led some of the people in the Old Testament.
Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, “Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
Making man in their image, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit means it is His Holy Spirit that God wanted mankind to have.
The Spirit of God the Father, His Son, the living God and the Holy Spirit are one, each having distinct purposes in the creation. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, and His main attribute is HOLY. Therefore many passages reference Holy in the Spirit. The Holiness of God is set before us in Scripture.
Isaiah 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.
Psalm 71:22 And I will also praise thee with psaltery, even thy truth, O my God unto thee I will sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
Psalm 104:30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created and thou renewest the face of the earth.
The prophets of old all had experiences with the Holy Spirit, they were led by the Spirit to compose God’s message. God is love, in His Being and His Spirit. Let’s look at the prophecy book of Daniel for another account of experiencing the Holy Spirit. In Chapter One we see that Daniel was true to his Lord God and would not defile himself with a portion of the king’s meat and wine. Verse 17 says Daniel and his 3 friends were given knowledge and wisdom and understanding in visions and dreams. In chapter 2 Daniel was given the wisdom to interpret the dreams of the king and he blessed the God of Heaven in verse 20 Daniel said “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever, for wisdom and might are his:” In chapter 3, faced with the prospect of the fiery furnace for not bowing to Nebuchadnezzar golden image, Daniel and his companions not only survived the furnace but were accompanied by a forth man. Nebuchadnezzar said in vs. 25 “Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the fourth is like the Son of God.” This is possibly the ultimate in experiencing God and His Spirit. Chapter 4 gives Daniel the opportunity to interpret another dream and declares in vs. 24 “that this decree is of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king;”
The Spirit of the most High God is moving over the kingdom of Babylon, giving charge to His most devout servant in order to further His purposes and His plans. Chapter 5 reveals in vs. 11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods and in the days of thy father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
Again Daniel found favor with the new king who had been instructed by his council to heed Daniel as one having favor with the gods. We know it is only the God Almighty whom Daniel believed and obeyed and the Spirit of God led the way. In chapter 6 Daniel survives yet another assault on his person, when he is put into the lions den at the age of 81. His faithfulness, never bowing down to other gods regardless of his circumstance, God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths’. Daniel is surely a true and faithful servant trusting the Spirit of the most High God to lead him. This is indeed experiencing the Holy Spirit.
We recently began attending a new Church in our community and the book of Daniel is being taught during the Sunday Service. Although this has been predominately regarded as a book of Prophecy, we are seeing it with additional insight. This insight into Daniel himself, being taken from his home as a very young person and forced into a life he had not anticipated. He was guided spiritually every step of the way, knowing the way of the Lord and trusting in His Holy Spirit to be with him. Daniel was a person of the way, knowing that his Lord God was the way, the truth and the life.
David says in Psalm 51:10-11 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11) Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
We have only scratched the surface of how the Holy Spirit has worked in the lives of so many Old Testament souls, God’s chosen people, Israel.
To be continued!
PRAISE BE TO GOD, FOREVER, AMEN