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Encountering Holiness

“And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” – Romans 5:5.

I think Scottish evangelist Oswald Chambers got it right when he said: “The Spirit is the first power we practically experience, but the last power we come to understand.”  Every pastor tries to explain the Trilogy, the concept of one God but three persons, in a way that people can quickly grasp.  Most use some type of example; i.e., a three leaf clover: one entity, but with three parts. To be fair, it’s really complex, and a concept that few have managed to get their heads around. The Bible clearly explains who the Holy Spirit is and is full of stories that show the Spirit as a vibrant, personal being.   

We learned from Hurricane Michael that life is not always going to be a smooth ride, nor is being holy. Fortunately, we will always have the Holy Spirit with us, working on our behalf. The Holy Spirit gives us the power and the wisdom to follow Jesus. Once we start a personal relationship with Jesus, the Holy Spirit ignites a desire to know Him and become more like Him. When Jesus introduced the Spirit to His disciples, He used the name Helper.”But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26 ESV)

The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. ”And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.” The Holy Spirit also guides us to truth: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.” (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit empowers us to live a life that reflects Jesus no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in. In other words, a more holy life.    

So as we strive to be more like Jesus, to be more holy, remember the Holy Spirit. In our quest to be more like Jesus, we can find help in books, online programs, and godly mentors, but the Helper wants us to go to Him first. Ask Him for wisdom, ideas, and guidance on how to be more like Jesus in our daily lives. 

The Holy Spirit has many things to tell you that will help you as you strive to be more like Jesus.  He can give you strength, help, comfort and guidance. By obeying Him, you can live the faithful life that you have longed for. You can have a better relationship with God by being in tune with His voice. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you see the Holy Spirit as a real person? Do you believe He is God? Do you speak to Him and hear from Him on a regular basis?
  2. How do you see the Holy Spirit helping you live the Christian life?
  3. What can you do this week to become more open to the teaching and guiding of the Holy Spirit?