Chapter 12 - Knowing more about the Holy Spirit.


Luke 1:35 - Then the angel replied to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.

 

This quote is part of the angel Gabriel's announcement to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and I would like to speak to you about the Holy Spirit. Do not forget, the true father of the Lord Jesus, the One who designed it in the belly of Mary, it is He, the Holy Spirit. This verse also clearly demonstrates that the Holy Spirit is fully God. There is much ignorance about the Holy Spirit. The world does not know him and those who are beginning to know him do not envision that He is a person in his own right. This lack of knowledge is responsible for many shortcomings in the understanding of the Bible as well as in the intimate approach of the Heavenly Father. Yet the Holy Spirit wants to have an extremely important role in your life today: He is the Comforter, the Witness, the Teacher, the Intercessor and the Worshiper, not discerning his voice and his action will plunge us in the darkness as to the truth.

 

I'm going to talk about these different roles of the Spirit of God, but I would really like you to start looking for Him, as a full being. He is God, He has the right to our love, our adoration and our prayer. The feeling of emptiness that you feel can only be filled by the Holy Spirit. It is necessary that He take possession of all your being, and that you are immersed in the anointing of his presence. The Holy Spirit wants to touch you, He wants to become your best friend, turn to Him, saying: Yes Holy Spirit, I need you in my life.

 

John 14.16 - And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper to be with you forever.

 

We started to meditate on the person of the Holy Spirit and the work He wants to do in your heart. One of his "missions" is to be "the other Comforter". The day I seized this revelation, my Christian life has changed profoundly. I understood that the Holy Spirit is a Comforter like Jesus, today it is He who stands beside us. As Jesus lived with his disciples, the Holy Spirit lives with us in the same way. I know that He is there with me during all my activities, whether at home, at work ... He goes through all the mountains and valleys of my life. I can always count on Him because He is my best friend. When the Bible speaks of the Holy Spirit, it uses a word that means: Comforter, Defender, Advocate, Comfort ... In New Testament times, it was your intimate friend who came to defend you in court. was the defense witness par excellence because he loved the accused. In this word, there is also a notion of consolation, to surround someone who suffers. The Holy Spirit defends us against all aggressors, He protects us and comforts us. It does a deep inner healing work, emptying our soul and our subconscious of all the sufferings of our lived. It enables us to become strong emotionally, to be stable and firmly rooted in faith, to be able to enjoy life with simplicity of heart. The Holy Spirit makes us good people because the love that He shows us carries us upwards, towards the character of God ... Invite him without further delay to become your other Comforter.

 

Acts 1.8 - But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”

 

If you have been touched by the Lord, you will certainly have the desire to speak about it around you. But often this good disposition of the heart comes up against shyness, fear or the difficulty of knowing how to go about it. The Holy Spirit is the Witness par excellence: Not only does He testify to our spirit that we are children of God, but He also teaches us to know the Son and the Father and how to speak about it with confidence. It is He who communicates the force of persuasion. He comes to testify our message by his supernatural conviction and through him, God touches the heart and the conscience of the people who listen to us.

 

John 14:26 - But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.

 

The Bible was written by about 40 writers, eras and social classes, but in spite of the 1600 years between Genesis and Revelation, the Holy Spirit gave extraordinary cohesion to the writings of these writers. men. To tell the truth, the Bible was fully inspired by the Spirit of God: The only one who can make us understand what He meant was Him. Without Him, the reading of the Word of God becomes "the letter that kills" and history serves as an example to demonstrate that in the name of God, human beings are capable of the worst abuses that are, driven by wickedness , anger and hatred. He, the Holy Spirit, dictates a conduct inspired by love, clemency and a respectful freedom. He is the Teacher, giving "life" to the Word of God. It helps us to have this Word take shape in us, that the words of the Book of Books become a daily reality for us. The Bible is absolutely not a book like the others, what God inspired is much more than a series of words, in his message there is a power of eternal life, the path of true happiness and an indestructible force of release. We face a famous challenge: Am I willing to let myself be taught? Are my spirit and my heart open for the Spirit of God to enlighten me? It is at the price of abandoning my prejudices and certain convictions that I can be led into the truth.

 

Romans 8.26 - In the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groanings too deep for words. 

 

There is so much to say about prayer and the Holy Spirit, where to start? Already, we can forget the prayers recited, they have no effectiveness. Jesus told us that it is those who do not know God who pray in this way (Matthew 6: 7). Let us also forget the formal and liturgical prayers that contain no life or feeling. Finally, and this is probably the most difficult, forget these prayers of complacency that aims to please without seeking the gaze of God on situations. This is why many "prayers" are not answered. The Holy Spirit knows exactly what the need is. He knows exactly what God thinks of the situation. He also knows how to formulate the prayer and his rate of answer is 100%. What God wants to hear are not beautiful prayers, well formulated: No, what He wants to hear is the cry of the Holy Spirit coming from your heart. You will be so happy that the Lord of Glory has a real conversation with you: This is the prayer.

 

John 4:23 and 24 - But a time is coming and is already here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers. God is spirit , and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

 

There is one more essential thing if we want to deepen this relationship with God, it is adoration. The dictionary gives this definition of adoration: Feeling passionate love, very great affection ... and in our case: towards God. Adoration has much similarity to conjugal intimacy between a man and a woman. Jesus Himself said: When you pray, enter your room and close the door (Matthew 6: 6) and the apostle Paul drew a parallel between these two relationships in 1 Corinthians 6,16 and 17. Of course we do not speak here a physical but spiritual relationship, from Spirit to Spirit. Adoration is a time when we are laid bare and God reveals Himself too. She is the culmination of a shared love. Without love for God, adoration is not possible (similarly, sexuality without love and commitment does not build anything). To fully live this moment of worship, I must let myself be led, I mean that I am in an attitude of submission and the Lord leads this moment as He wishes.I leave myself loved, secure and valued, fully dependent and partner. In this moment of intense spiritual emotion, there is a deep exchange between the Lord and me. It absorbs in me all my sufferings, all my frustrations and the limitations of my poor human condition to implant in me its nature.

 

These three elements are indissociable, complementary and interactive. Pray, read and meditate on the Word and finally have a close relationship with the Holy Spirit. If they interact in our life, we will definitely grow. We want to finish living with the Good Shepherd.