322:  Sending Me to You in the Form of Him

322: Sending Me to You in the Form of Him

In John 14 we see Jesus, trying to encourage His disciples, telling them a wondrous truth.  He said, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another (allos— another, but of the same kind and essence, of equal quality) Helper, that He may abide with you forever” (John 14:16).

Or, to put it another way, Jesus said, “I’m leaving.  But I’m going to send Me to you in the form of Him— to be with you forever.”

Really?  But what does that mean?  And what are the implications of that amazing truth?

Much.  So much.  Keep listening to find out more.

The following is a study on the Holy Spirit.

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321:  Are You a Faker?

321: Are You a Faker?

A faker is defined as someone who presents a false or misleading representation of themselves or someone who is not authentic or genuine, a sham.

Many church members today are fakers.  And the person they fake out the most is themselves.  They believe they are saved because they prayed a prayer, or walked an aisle, or raised a hand, or were baptised, or whatever— yet true salvation never took place.  They became part of the great throng of baptised, unsaved, church members.

How?  How can that be?  Because they skipped a key step in salvation.  They went from God’s effectual call straight to conversion without the sovereign act of regeneration taking place.

And that makes them a faker.  And being a faker is a terrible place to be.

Want to know more about being a fake Christian and how to find true, authentic, genuine faith?  Then keep listening.

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320:  How to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

320: How to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

In his book, The Baptism With the Holy Spirit, RA Torrey reveals a Scriptural path of seven simple steps anyone can follow to be baptized with the Holy Spirit.  All seven steps are found or implied from Acts 2:38.

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

The steps include:

  1. You must be saved.  Truly saved.
  2. You must renounce all sin.
  3. You must be baptised.
  4. You must live a life of obedience.
  5. You must have a desire, a thirst for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
  6. You must ask.
  7. You must ask in faith and believe.

Do you want to know more about the abundant spiritual life and the indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit?  If so, then keep listening.

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Mistreating the Holy Spirit

Mistreating the Holy Spirit

Prayer of Forgiveness to the Holy Spirit

My Lord, I have mistreated You all my Christian life.  I have treated You like a servant.  When I wanted You, when I was about to engage in some work, I beckoned You to come and help me perform my task.  I have sought to use You only as a willing servant.

I shall do so no more.

I give You this body of mine, from my head to my feet, I give it all to You.  I give You my hands, my limbs, my eyes and lips, my brain; all that I am within and without, I hand over to You for You to live in it the life that You please.  You may send this body to Africa or lay it on a bed with cancer.  You may blind the eyes or send me with Your message to Tibet.  You may take this body to the Eskimos or send it to the hospital with pneumonia.  It is Your body from this moment on.  Help Yourself to it.

Thank You, my Lord.  I believe You have accepted it, for in Romans 12:1 You said, “acceptable unto God.”  Thank You again, my Lord, for taking me.  We now belong to each other.

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From Dr. Walter Wilson (1881-1969) regarding his relationship, or lack of relationship, with the Holy Spirit.  And I couldn’t agree more.  How about you?

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The Neglected Member of the Godhead

The Neglected Member of the Godhead

When I pray, I usually pray to Jesus.

“Why?” you ask.  It’s because I can clearly see Jesus in my mind’s eye when I pray.  I can see Him as a person with a personality, someone with whom I can relate.  I’ve seen all the Jesus movies and have read the Gospel accounts in Scripture, so I can easily visualize Jesus the man, Jesus the person, Jesus as my friend, when I pray.

With God the Father, it gets a bit more difficult to form a mental picture of Him when I pray.  In the Old Testament He’s revealed as fire and smoke and loud thunder and lightning flashing all around Mt. Sinai.  He’s somewhat scary, but I pray to Him nonetheless.  Why?  Because in the New Testament Jesus calls Him Father and reveals a deeper, personal, more intimate side of the Father that was previously unknown.  So for me as a father, I can comfortably pray to Him as my Father, the perfect Father, the only Father, as my Father in heaven (Matt. 6:9).

But when it comes to the Holy Spirit, things get even more murky.  How can I visualize and relate to the Holy Spirit when I pray?  When I think of Him I don’t view Him as a person like Jesus or the Father.  Do you?  He’s more like a gentle breeze or a soft breath or some power or force or energy emanating from the Father or the Son, as an extension of themselves.  He’s something invisible or Someone I can’t see yet I’m fully aware of the effects of His presence.  He’s much like the wind.  I can hear and feel the wind blowing and I know it’s there and it’s powerful and uncontrollable and sometimes frightening, but I can’t see the wind with my eyes or hold the wind in my hands or touch the wind with my fingers.

So it is with the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, I never truly relate to the Holy Spirit in prayer.  More often than not I find myself asking Him to give me power to pray to the Father and the Son.  And when He does and I experience His presence in my prayers, I never thank Him for His presence.  I thank the Father and the Son for giving me the “power” or “anointing” or “presence” of the Holy Spirit, like He’s some tangible, tradeable commodity, but I never thank the Holy Spirit for giving Himself to me.

And why is that?

Would the Holy Spirit Please Reveal Himself

Could it be I’ve eagerly embraced some false teachings about Him in the church I attend and the seminary from which I graduated?  Or, maybe I’m just afraid of Him and what He may do in my life?  Or, is it because I don’t want to end up like others who are self-proclaimed Holy Spirit fanatics and head off to “healing crusades” to be slain in the Spirit by some charlatan with a Rolex watch and a bad haircut?

Or, could it simply be I don’t know the Holy Spirit as well as I think I know Jesus and have denied, in my mind and in my theology, the reality of His personhood and His personality?  Maybe I’ve made Him into a non-person, an entity, a thing.  And by my lack of intimate knowledge of Him and my lack of desire to get to know Him more, I have relegated Him to the status of some second-class impersonal force coming from God and not as God Himself.  He is the name of something I want from the Father, a power or force or energy, to do the will of God in my life, but I have not viewed Him as co-equal with the Father and the Son even though I theologically believe Him to be so in my mind and doctrine.

In other words, I want what the Holy Spirit has to give me.  I want what He possesses.  I want the gifts He has to bring, the gifts of the Spirit.  And yet, sadly, at the same time, I don’t want the Giver of those very gifts.  It’s like I tell Him, “Empty your pockets and put all you have on the table and walk away.  I’m only interested in what you have to give me and not in who you are.”

And that just breaks my heart.  Does it yours?

Who is the Holy Spirit to You?

Have you even felt the same about the Holy Spirit?  Have you, maybe through misinformation or apathy or neglect or fear, treated Him as something less than God Himself?  Have you, like me, disrespected the very One who lives inside us as the “Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance” in Him? (Eph. 1:13-14).

Have you ever thanked Him for the things He has done in your life?  Or, like me, do you reserve your thanks for the Father and Son and treat the Spirit like an orphaned, second-place, also-ran?

If so, there’s so much we need to learn about the third Person in the Godhead.  There’s so much Jesus wants us to know about Him.  In fact, Jesus said it was better for us if He physically left this earth and returned to the Father (John 16:7).  Why?  Because if He did, He would send the One we ignore the most to be with us and in us forever (John 14:16).  The Spirit of Truth.  The Holy Spirit.

So join with me as we discover the personality and personhood of the God who lives inside us?

And just who is that God?  It’s not the Father.  He’s sitting on His throne in heaven.  And it’s not Jesus.  For He is now seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for us (Romans 8:34).  No, the One who lives inside of us and guides and directs us is none other than the very One we choose to keep at a distance, in the safe-zone, at arms reach, and out of our personal space.

And His name is the Helper, the Comforter, the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit— God Himself.

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