Yesterday began our 3 week journey in understanding the power of the Holy Spirit. Centuries ago the Celtic Christians referred to the Holy Spirit as the “Wild Goose.” It was a term reflecting the true nature of God. A term reflective of the fact that God’s spirit cannot be tamed or controlled.
The concept of the Holy Spirit can be confusing. There is a lot of information out there and we can easily find ourselves disconnected from this relationship we can have with God.
When it comes to the Holy Spirit there are so many questions. Who is He? What role does He play in my life?
Need to Know:
The Holy Spirit is mentioned over 800 times in the Bible and we are introduced to the Holy Spirit in the second verse of Genesis and continues to be present throughout the Bible.
Though the Holy Spirit is described in the Bible with many different titles, we can know very plainly He is a real person and someone we can know dearly.
Pastor Mark led us through a journey of John 14:16-18 which gives us a beautiful picture of the part the Holy Spirit has in our lives.
John 14: 6 NLT And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another ADVOCATE, who will never LEAVE you.
The word ADVOCATE is also translated COMFORTER or HELPER. The word itself cannot be described with just a one word definition.
He does life with us.
Comes along side of us.
He is with us every stretch of the way.
We can communicate with Him.
Have community with Him.
Be one with Him.
One of my favorite translations of this verse is how the Holy Spirit is described as our ADVOCATE. The Holy Spirit inside of us is like one who represents us at a court hearing and standing by our side pleading our case.
The Holy Spirit is on our side.
He is in our corner.
He’s there for us as a helper, comforter, encourager, and the list goes on and on.
He is all this and more. That’s what makes His place in our life so amazing.
When Jesus’s disciples lived this out and heard these words first hand they were just hours away from seeing Jesus die on the cross. Jesus was leaving them. Jesus was leaving but the Holy Spirit was entering.
That’s why Jesus said:
John 14: 17-18 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth…I will not ABANDON you as orphans—I will come to you.
I love that no matter how alone we may feel at times we are not ABANDONED. We are not alone. God, like a father concerned about his children, promised He would not leave them. Nor will He leave us.
Where we go the Spirit of God is with us.
Today we can know there is power in the Holy Spirit.
No obstacle is too big.
No issue is too small.
No love is more real.
He is with us.
The journey has just begun.