Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Last week I introduced one of the ministries of JESUS IS Baptizer with the Holy Spirit. I want to continue on highlighting four key aspects of the working of the Holy Spirit.
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Scripture gives us this glimpse into the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Jesus went to the Father but he promised that he would send “another helper” to us so that we would “not be left as orphans”. The Greek word for Counselor is paraklet which means “one who comes along side.”
John 14:16 tells us that the Holy Spirit serves as a Counselor that will be with us and in us. Much as a lawyer or advocate comes along side to offer counsel, the Holy Spirit comes to our aid in our times of need.
Thankfully, this Counselor is also called the “Spirit of Truth;” therefore we have the assurance that his direction and leading will be accurate and not misleading.
The great UCLA coach John Wooden would often begin each year of practice by holding a basketball in full view of his players and proceed to make the following statement: “Guys, this is a ball!”
It seems so simple. Yet it’s often the simple, elementary things that are overlooked or forgotten. The Holy Spirit serves as a coach to Christians by reminding us of the foundational aspects of Kingdom life.
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26)
Not only is the Holy Spirit’s role to remind us of the Word of God but also to be a point of confirmation of the ministry of Jesus. John 15:26 tells us that the “Spirit of truth…from the Father, will testify about me (Jesus).” The Holy Spirit is a God-appointed advocate that testifies on behalf of Jesus. It’s already been established that he will only tell the truth – which is in short supply in the world in which we live. The truth is often replaced by lies spoken by people “who suppress the truth by their wickedness” (Romans 1:18).
When we are baptized with the Holy Spirit we have an available, internal source of confirmation in regards to Kingdom living.
Have you ever done something then had “that feeling” that what you did was wrong or inappropriate? That feeling is called conviction and it is a ministry of the Holy Spirit!
“When he comes (the Holy Spirit), he will convict the world of guilt in regards to sin and righteousness and judgment…” (John 16:8)
Thank God for the Baptism with the Holy Spirit! Jesus gave us a wonderful gift and a blessing to all believers that desire to operate in the fullness of the Kingdom.
Let the words of Jesus ring out in your heart:
“Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:22)
Are you seeking the Baptism with the Holy Spirit? Here’s what you can do now:
1. Understand the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is a gift from Jesus. It should be received with gratitude. It cannot be earned or merited.
2. Be fully persuaded that the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is both biblical and doctrinally solid.
3. Confess any known sins in your life and resolve to live a righteous life with God’s help.
4. Begin to worship the Lord with expressions of praise and adoration.
5. Express to the Lord Jesus, who is the Baptizer, a desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit, for his glory and your growth. The empowerment for ministry comes from the Holy Spirit.
6. Find someone to pray with you to receive the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. At West Salem Foursquare we would be more than happy to partner with you in that pursuit.