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  • The Presence of the Holy Spirit
    Friday, 06 January 2006 @ 10:51 AM SGT
    Contributed by: Benyamin
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    Expressions The Holy Spirit, the most neglected Person in the Trinity is a Person. He is the Spirit of God and He is God. He has a mind of God and He represents God on earth. I believe many churches and Christians neglect the Holy Spirit very often in their ministries and worship services. Remember, without the Holy Spirit, ALL of us can't come before God because of our sinfulness. The Holy Spirit purifies us and set our hearts right with God so that we can come close to God.


    Do not grieve the Holy Spirit.
    The Scripture reminds us not to grieve the Holy Spirit. To greive is to bring sorrow to someone. In many cases, we are guilty of bringing sorrow to the Spirit of God because of our sins and disobediences. He is greived because of our sins and disobediences and He is quenched because we rely on our own strength and abilities rather than on Him.

    Do we know that when we quench the Holy Spirit by doing things our ways, by being self-willed and relying on our human intellect and strength to do God's work, He simply depart from us? He is so sensitive, but not over-sensitive. What I mean by the Holy Spirit departing from us does not mean that He no longer living inside us, but rather, He will not be present to anoint us or further empower our preaching, teaching, service to God, our worship etc, when we reply on our own strength more than we rely on Him.

    What makes the Holy Spirit depart from a person?
    Disobediences and sins will cause the Holy Spirit to diminish in a person's lives and when the person does not repent, the Holy Spirit will just live the person's spirit and heart and evil spirits (whom the person is opened to sin), will take over and be an influence in the person's heart and life. Examples from the Bible is King Saul, and the Lord's disciple Judas Iscariot.

    What causes the Holy Spirit not to empower us in what we do?
    We know that God is our Helper, our Strength and our Fortress. We read that in Psalm. However, we know it in our heads but not in our hearts. When it comes to the real life, I am my own strength, I am my own fortress and I can only help myself. You see, many of us only have a mental knowledge of God's Word but does not have it in their hearts, therefore, when problems arise, we stumble easily.

    Do you realise that King Saul lost his anointing when he yield to his own strength and fear?
    Do you realise that Samson lost his anointing and power from God by constantly doing things in his own strength? He did things his way and with his own abilities.

    If we do not submit to God's Word and Spirit, but exalt ourselves, our knowledge over God's and our strength over God's, God's Spirit will not further participate in our works.

    May we take warning, not to rely on our own human intellect and strength but rely on God's Word and Spirit.

    God loves you!

       


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