September 13, 2018
God the Holy Spirit is Our Victor
1. Center Down
Before you begin today’s spiritual excursion, please take a few moments to breathe! Take three slow, deep breaths, expanding from your abdomen; try not to raise your shoulders. As you inhale, whisper, “Holy Spirit…” As you exhale whisper, “You bring victory…”
2. Slowly read aloud the following Scriptures: (Feel free to pause at any time during your reading to reflect on, thank, praise, or acknowledge God’s stirring in your thoughts and emotions.)
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2, ESV)
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. (Joel 2:28-29, ESV)
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel…” (Acts 2:1-4; 14-16, ESV)
For further reading: Revelation 2. Helpful Videos: https://www.seedbed.com/the-person-of-the-holy-spirit/ ; http://tiny.cc/HolySpiritVictor
3. Concepts to Consider:
In Revelation 2, Jesus speaks this phrase, “to [the one] who has an ear, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. [To] the one who keeps on conquering….” It is repeated three times followed variously by three promises specific to the membership of each of the churches in Ephesus, Smyrna and Pergamum. Notice here that individual and corporate conquering (victory) is situated in close proximity to listening to the Holy Spirit. So how, then, do we “hear the Holy Spirit?”
First, let’s be clear that the Holy Spirit is NOT my intuition, a disembodied force, my conscience, or the voice of a fortune teller or my horoscope. The Holy Spirit is God. He eternally shares the same Divine Substance with Jesus and the Father, yet has His own distinct Personality.
Secondly, we can perceive the nudging of the Holy Spirit as a quiet internal voice that reinforces and encourages us in the teachings and ways of Jesus and the Father as found in the Scripture.
Thirdly, we can hear the Holy Spirit in prayer, both individually and corporately, especially as we attend to what God has already said in His Word.
Finally, we can hear and experience the Holy Spirit through His gifts that can manifest both individually and corporately.
There is the story of John Wesley (the founder of the Methodist movement) receiving a word of knowledge from the Holy Spirit that he should quickly usher the group he was meeting with out of the house where they were assembled. Within moments of them exiting the home, it exploded due to an errant spark from the chimney falling into a nearby barrel of gunpowder! God the Holy Spirit is alive and speaking today!
Honestly, hearing clearly and consistently from the Holy Spirit takes practice and mentorship from more mature followers of Jesus. Staying connected to the local church and to solid, doctrinally sound teaching is vitally important to attuning our “spiritual ears.”
4. Reflection Question: (You are encouraged to write, draw, or respond however the Lord leads to the following inquiries. To share your musings in a public forum where others can dialog and process with you, please go to http://tiny.cc/victoryn30 ).
1. Do you hear from the Holy Spirit? If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you have His Spirit within you. Take some time to stop and listen for His still, small voice… Write down anything you hear making sure it is consistent with the already revealed Word of God.
5. Prayer for Today:
Heavenly Father, we thank You for saving us through the sacrifice of Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. We thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to be our victorious instructor, guide, teacher and comforter. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for empowering us to be effective and victorious witnesses for Jesus Christ to those around us.
Mighty God, we have NOT received a spirit of fear; instead, we have received Your Spirit when You adopted us as Your children. We confess that the same Holy Spirit who resurrected Jesus from the dead now dwells in victory and hope within us. We decree that You, Holy Spirit, are our Comforter and our Helper. We depend on You to remind us of everything Jesus taught while He lived on the earth. You are God’s power source, and You are the Teacher of all truth.
Holy Spirit, continue to lead and guide our lives into all victory and hope. As we study God’s Word, reveal the Kingdom of God to us and within us and help us to share the Kingdom in this dark world. Show us those areas in our personal lives that we need to get in order so that we will not bring You sorrow by the way we live. Help us to get rid of all bitterness, unforgiveness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, show us how to be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven us through Christ Jesus.
Holy Spirit, what are the areas in my life that I need to surrender to You? List them:
Heavenly Father, forgive those who deny the existence or power of the Holy Spirit. Forgive those who have discouraged others from embracing the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Forgive us for not completely yielding control of our lives to the Holy Spirit. Father, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind us of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help us not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
Almighty God, the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it all belong to You. You are the God of gods and Lord of lords. You are the great God, the mighty and awesome God. You alone are worthy of praise because You alone perform such great miracles. In the majestic Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!
Optional Time of Centering/Soaking:
If possible, take some time, perhaps 5 to 15 minutes, to get into a comfortable position and simply allow the Lord to minister to you at a deep level (Psalm 42:7). Turn off or put down all distractions. Close your eyes. Hold in your thoughts a meaningful word, phrase, or image from the Scripture passages you read today. Release all other thoughts and concerns into the Presence of the Lord. If your thoughts wander, that’s okay, just gently return to your Scriptural word, phrase, or image. You may want to set a timer.