A lot of people recognize God. Some will acknowledge Jesus as God’s son. Few though, it seems, mention the third member of the trinity, the Holy Spirit. I am so thankful for the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. For it was He who drew me to God in the first place. It was He who convicted me of sin. Though I was only 7 years old, I knew right from wrong, and my pastor preached with God’s authority, that being wrong was sin, and that sin lead to eternal death in hell.
I am thankful, for now I will not be lost forever in the pitch darkness of eternal damnation, alone, and with the feeling of falling forever. For the pit of hell is bottomless. Mankind needs two things to feel human, time, and gravity. Time provides a schedule, a rhythm to life, and gravity helps us feel grounded. In hell neither exist.
Many years ago, I spent a few hours in jail. Shocked? Yeah, well, whatever. It happened. Anyway, I noticed there were no clocks, and I didn’t like not knowing what time it was. The only way to know was by what food items they served us. Pancakes; must be morning. Bologna sandwich and chips; has to be afternoon. Chicken; it’s got to be evening now.
The Holy Spirit also provides great comfort in the times when I don’t understand what is going on with life, or when my heart is breaking for one reason or another. He may not calm the storm, but He calms me down, and helps me know I will get through it.
More than leading me to Jesus, which accepting his work on the cross grants me access to the throne room of God, the Holy Spirit gives me power. Like Jesus promised us in Acts 1:8. The power I need to speak, and minister to someone in need. Honestly, many times I wouldn’t have a clue what to say, but I rely on the Holy Spirit. I open my heart to be willing, and then I open my mouth and God’s words come out. I know it is God, through the Holy Spirit, because I am usually just as amazed as the one I am speaking to at the wisdom, or love of the words spoken.
“But I promise you this—the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will be filled with power. And you will be my messengers to Jerusalem, throughout Judea, the distant provinces—even to the remotest places on earth!” Acts 1:8 (TPT)
Every person who believes in God should ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit. It is a separate event from salvation and water baptism. For the scriptures say that when Jesus came up out of the water, meaning after his baptism, then the Holy Spirit lit upon him. It was the work of the Holy Spirit that empowered Jesus to endure the cross. In his own human strength it was more than He could bear.
Just like there are three parts to an egg, the yolk, the white, and the shell, it is still only one egg. So there is Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and God, but there is still only one God. The three are one, and I will be forever grateful for all three, and the work they have done in my one life. If you choose not to believe in the trinity of God, you may find yourself someday with egg on your face.
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