Holy spirit

Sam Smith: The Holy Spirit, Heaven in Our Souls | Opinion

“Now I’m going to the one who sent me, but none of you ask me, ‘Where are you going? Because I said these things, you are filled with sorrow. But I am telling you the truth: it is for your good that I am going. Unless I go, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send it to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment: concerning sin, because men do not believe in me; as regards righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can no longer see me; and with regard to judgment, because the prince of this world is now condemned. I have much more to tell you, more than you can handle now. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak to himself; he will only say what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will give me glory by taking what is mine and making it known to you. Everything that belongs to the Father is mine. That’s why I said that the Spirit will take of what is mine and make it known to you. [John 16:5-15]

The Holy Spirit, the 3rd Person of the Trinity, can be more misunderstood than any other faction of the Holy Word of God.

Max Lucado wrote: “Of the three persons of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit is the one we understand the least. Perhaps the most common mistake about Spirit is to perceive it as a power, but not as a person, a force without an identity. This is not true. The Holy Spirit is a person.

The Bible tells us how the Holy Spirit is a person.

He has knowledge. “For who among men knows the thoughts of a man, except the spirit of the man in him? Likewise, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. [1Coronthians 2:11]

He has a will. “And the same Spirit gives power for all these things. He gives everyone what he wants to give him. [1 Corinthians 12:11]

He has a mind. “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, for the Spirit intercedes for the people of God according to the will of God”

He has ailments. “I urge you, brothers and sisters, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. [Romans 15:30]

The Holy Spirit is involved in the new birth. Jesus said, “Unless a man is born of water and the Spirit…” (John 3: 5).

The Spirit sanctifies (I Peter 1: 2). The Spirit convinces (John 16: 8). The Spirit comforts (Acts 9:31) and teaches (1 Corinthians 2:13). He saves (Titus 3: 5) and purifies (I Peter 1:22). The Spirit also exercises power (Romans 15:13).

Max Lucado also said that we can think of the Holy Spirit as a father helping his son learn to ride a bicycle. “The father stays with the son. He pushes the bike and stabilizes it if the boy starts to tumble. The Spirit does this for us; It stops our steps and strengthens our stride. Unlike the boy’s father, however, he never leaves. He is with us until the end of time.

The Holy Spirit comforts us. If you have ever felt comfort in the midst of a storm, then you have experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit. Have you ever felt guilty or condemned for your sins? Have you ever understood a scripture in a new way? If so, it was the Holy Spirit helping you. He consoles and guides us. He brings us Heaven until we are called home to Heaven. Do you see why we need to know Him and understand Him? Do you see how much Jesus loves us so much that he would send the Spirit to us so that we are never alone?

I can’t wait to return home to Heaven for many reasons: I will see Jesus, I will see my loved ones; my mother, my daughter. I will have a new body without pain, without tears, without sorrow, without worries. I will live forever in paradise. One more reason, I will understand how God’s perfect plan has always been in place for my life and yours. We’ll see how it all fits together, every second of every day, from start to finish.

“Now we see things imperfectly, like confusing reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. Everything I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. [1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT]

While on earth, however, we can better understand by allowing the Holy Spirit to help us glean more of the Word of God. Never forget – the power of heaven lives in you.

-Dr. Sam Smith is the organizer of Butterfly Ministries and can be contacted at ssmithkate@aol.com.