Hey everyone and welcome back to Serenity in The Spirit!
The ‘Who is God?’ series is coming to an end :( but I hope it has given you an insight into who God is and how much He loves you. He protects us, He humbled Himself to become human for us, He forgives us daily, He listens to us, He answers our prayers, He heals the sick and He gives us serenity. As the popular saying goes: God is good, all the time and all the time, God is good.
This post will be about God the Holy Spirit, the final identity of the Holy Trinity for us to explore.
So, who is the Holy Spirit? Simply put, the Holy Spirit is a spirit that lives within those that have chosen to give their life to Christ. The Holy Spirit can fill places as well as people and those that experience the Spirit of God can feel its presence in a number of different ways. Some people may feel warm, some may feel cool, some may feel overwhelmed (in a good way) and begin to cry, some may feel intense joy and begin to laugh, some get itchy palms, some may feel a strong desire to do something of God’s will (e.g. forgive someone who has hurt them), some may feel at complete peace… the list goes on.
The Holy Spirit empowers those who believe. It can convict you (this means that you may know that what you are doing/saying is wrong) if you are doing something displeasing in the eyes of God. It is important to reiterate that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are all God and therefore, they all have the same message. The Spirit acts within us and helps align our actions and words to God’s will. It is described as a ‘Helper’ (John 14:16& 26).
Flesh vs Spirit
Walk by The Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to The Spirit (Galations 5:16)
Many Christians believe that daily life is a battle between flesh and spirit - our Earthly desires vs what God desires for us. The desires of the flesh can lead us to things like sexual immorality, hatred and jealousy all of which are not God's desires for us (Galations 5:19-21). What God desires is an intimate relationship with us and through this relationship we can experience love, peace, gratitude, self-control etc. (Galations 5:22-23) also known as (some of) the fruits of the Spirit. By praying daily, studying the word (the Bible) and acting in accordance to God’s will, Christians believe that they are able to reap the fruits of the spirit and in doing so their life and the lives of those around them will be enhanced.
Allowing the Holy Spirit to dictate your actions and words is also a way of worshiping God. Personally, I believe that our whole lives should be an act of worship, that everything we do should bring glory to God and the only way to achieve this is through the Holy Spirit. We cannot battle the desires of flesh on our own, we need God’s strength (received via the Holy Spirit) to overcome and His guidance to keep us on the right path.
The truth is, God calls for us to do things that are extremely difficult to do using only our own strength. This includes common Christian practices like loving our enemies, putting God above all else and keeping the 10 commandments. I believe it is actually impossible to do these things without the Holy Spirit to guide us. Often we are not even conscious of when we are not in line with God's will. We will refuse to forgive someone or gossip or pick and choose when we put God first and this is where the Holy Spirit comes in. It helps us become aware of when we are not aligned to God's will. A crucial step when walking with God is recognising when we are in the wrong, we can then ask God for forgiveness and for a change in heart for the things we find difficult to overcome.
I often look at the Holy Trinity as:
- God the Father – a listening ear and advisor
- God the Son – an example of how we should be living
- God the Holy Spirit – a helper to help us live like Jesus
This concludes the 'Who is God?' series. I really hope you have enjoyed reading and learning about who God actually is and why some people choose to place Him at the centre of their lives. It is not easy, and often who He really is can be incredibly hard to comprehend - even for Christians! This is because of His greatness, His compassion and His limitless love for us even though we do not deserve it.
If you have a moment, check out this album introduction track from one of my favourite albums titled Limitless by Trey Mclaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar - it perfectly sums up God and His power.
See you soon with a brand new series :)
Song of the post: Your Spirit - Tasha Cobbs Leonard ft Kierra Sheard