I thank God for the Holy Ghost! It truly is a comforter; my comforter.
As I grow in Christ and learn the simplicity of who God is, I am taken out of the sensationalism that is portrayed of living for God. I say that because, I have noticed that when it comes to the “Holy Spirit”, a lot of Christians get so wrapped up in the motions and just focus on the beautiful evidence of speaking in tongues. The true essence, power and benefits of The Holy Ghost tend to get overpowered by sensationalism. It gets to the point that I wonder if some believers that claim they have it, really have it, because it’s more than speaking in tongues, it’s a characteristic change within one’s self. People who speak in tongues and use that same mouth to curse someone, have a spirit, but I don’t think it’s the Holy Spirit. Hence the term “Holy” Spirit. –Spiritually speaking- there is a such thing as speaking in a tongue that is not from God, but that is another topic for another day.
These past 3 months, have taught me the depth of John 14:16:
“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. (17) Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him, for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you (18) I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you… (19-21)
…and it just goes on and on.
I now understand the fullness of those scriptures. I personally have experienced having comfort in the most trying times. Those times have taught me that The Holy Spirit is more than a feeling. It’s more than jumping up and down and running across the church, it’s more than all of that. Those are just in the moment emotions, and a lot can be imitations of what we have seen others do when they “catch the Holy Spirit”.
God did not send us His Spirit to put on the image of a Christian in church; it’s for living in the world. It’s to help us live a saved life in an unsaved world. It is to help us to be set apart and be holy.
See, the dangers of always relating it to an emotion or feeling is that when that feeling goes away, and you are put in a difficult situation, when you react in your flesh, you will question whether you still have it. When you sing at your church and you didn’t hit that note like you did last service when you left everyone “slain in the spirit”, you will question whether you are truly anointed. When you start praying and others expect you come with a prophetic word but you have nothing at the moment, you start to question yourself.
It’s more than a feeling.
A lot of Christians love and boast on the Holy Spirit when it helps them sing a song better or rather preach and teach better. However, I like to thank God for His spirit when I’m at work and I’m stressed out and it tugs on me to go to the bathroom and pray. Or the time when I’m alone in my room and the devil tries to tempt me or even my flesh tries to tempt me and the Holy Spirit brings scriptures to my memory that there is no temptation that is greater than my God that I cannot escape. Or the times when I’m driving home and feeling stressed from my busy schedule wondering how will I be able to balance everything out, and The Holy Spirit literally encourages me and speaks to me letting me know that I must be still and know who God is.
I always thought that having the Holy Ghost meant I would be on a high all the time with God. I thought it meant, I would have these super spiritual powers that would let me speak in tongues on demand, prophesy on demand, and pray heaven down on demand. I was so focused on the emotions of having the holy ghost, that I forgot the true essence of having it.
It is a gift, from God. It gives us the power to love the unloving. The joy to keep when we are faced with troubles. The peace to look to when everything seems chaotic. The power to endure struggles. The patience to wait on God. The ability to be slow to anger but quick to gentleness. The ability to do good when it’s so easy to do wrong. The faith to remember that God is not a man that He should lie, He will never leave nor forsake us as we step out on faith. The words to speak, the power to do what God has called us to do.
It is like having Jesus here when I feel like I’m alone. It is a teacher, a guider, and an encourager. It is our job as individuals to truly let God have His way in us through His Spirit. We limit God when we take the simplicity away from the gift. There is a special anointing that comes along with having The Holy Spirit. There are special benefits that come with having The Holy Spirit. We must get out of the sensationalism mindset that has been passed down to us and remember the simplicity of the power of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 KJV
(22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
John 14:26 KJV
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”