My earlier blog post dealt with experiencing God. You can consider this a second installment. We tend to forget that when discussing God we are actually discussing three different persons. Each having distinguishable characteristics, yet, together, having the same. We know God the Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, however, we seldom consider the third person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit. Some refer to Him as the Holy Ghost, and today we discuss this important person of the Godhead.
We know from the writings of the book of Genesis that all three were present at the Creation as God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:" - Genesis 1:26. Verse one of the same chapter tells us that God created the heavens and the earth. Verse two tells us that the Spirit moved upon the face of the waters. The book of Colossians tells us that Jesus created all things, for, by Him and for Him were all things created. So, all three were present because they all make up one God. You will also notice that each person directs attention back to God. Angels have been recorded doing the same, directing humans not to worship them, but, worship God.
We know that God spoke to Moses, giving him the ten commandments, and, that Jesus appears in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. God tells Noah to build an ark and Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist. God parts the waters of the Red Sea and Jesus appears as a baby in the writings of the New Testament after being prophesied in the Old Testament. Jesus also lives, dies and is resurrected in the New. But, what about the Holy Spirit? What is His purpose since we already have God, the Creator and Jesus, the Savior and Redeemer?
The Holy Spirit is the One that allows us human beings to experience God. Without Him, we would understand nothing spiritual, we could remember nothing spiritual and we could not live spiritual. He convicts us of our sin, He teaches us to be righteous, He warns us of judgment. He equips us to be spiritual believers that edify others as we walk this earthly life. It is through His touch that we are able to feel God. Jesus, upon His ascension, knew this and promised to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit.
It was the Holy Spirit that blew into the upper room of new believers, filling each. You may tend to think that His duty was through after the first disciples were filled, however, you would be wrong. He does the same today in much the same way. I like that the Bible many times describes Him as a wind. Many times in my life I have had to get away, usually outside, to gather my thoughts. I close my eyes, whisper a prayer and immediately feel His calming breeze blow across my face letting me know that things will be alright. In that small moment when I feel so defeated, He encourages and uplifts me so that I can carry on. Talk to others, and, I believe, they will tell you they have had a similar experience. Or maybe you yourself have experienced this visitation from the third person of the Trinity. Again, Jesus called Him the Comforter, which is absolutely the perfect name.
Many hunters and outdoor photographers have told me that being out in nature is like going to church. The reason they feel this way is because the Holy Spirit speaks to them through God's Creation. Romans 1:20 states, "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" Perfectly said, we have no excuse for not believing in God the Creator.
I share these things so that you may desire and learn to experience God, the Father, the Son AND the Holy Spirit throughout your life. I have found it to be a crucial ingredient to maintaining a more calm, less stressed life. If you have found this or maybe my other blog posts helpful, please drop me a comment at the bottom of the blog post. Your feedback lets me know that my hours of study and writing are not in vain. I thank you for reading.
Now get out there and enjoy the adventure of experiencing God!!
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