Theologians teach us that God is three separate and distinct persons, not people, not personalities … persons. God, who is One, has personal relationships with each other and with us and even though they exist co-equally, the Holy Spirit is often neglected. That’s tragic because scripture continually emphasizes the role and fullness of the Spirit in our lives.
The Spirit (pneuma) is also translated breath, wind, spirit, or air; the words pneumonia and pneumatic are derived from pneuma. Sounds mysterious, and it is, but Jesus explained:
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. John 3:8 ESV
Believers have experienced two births: one physical and one spiritual. We’re given the gift of life both times but the second birth is essential for kingdom living.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. John 6:63 ESV
The Holy Spirit is not some random force but equally God with the Father and the Son. He lives within us, in our hearts so to speak, unlike the Father and the Son who dwell in heaven. The family of Zechariah, Elizabeth, and John the baptizer experienced the filling of the Spirit in their lives:
… he (John) will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. Luke 1:15b ESV
… Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:41b ESV
And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied … Luke 1:67 ESV
And let’s not forget Jesus’ mother and Himself:
The Holy Spirit will come upon you (Mary), and the power of the Most High will overshadow you …
Luke 1:35a ESV
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, … Luke 4:1a ESV
Well, you may be thinking, that was different; they had unique purposes, destinies, for their lives … so do you. After Jesus left this earth He released the Spirit to empower those who would follow Him in the future.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit … Acts 2:4a ESV
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit … Acts 4:8a ESV
… they were all filled with the Holy Spirit … Acts 4:31b ESV
… (Paul) be filled with the Holy Spirit. Acts 9:17b ESV
“And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52 ESV
We need to be filled as well with His Spirit in order to lead a victorious life, without it we may find ourselves unable to turn from sin, confused, and defeated. My prayer is that these messages will remind you that you can live the higher life, walk in victory and His peace and joy. May you, today,
… be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19b ESV