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The Holy Spirit is a Personal Spirit Being. He is real. He is infinitely holy, infinitely mighty, infinitely wise and infinitely tender. He desires to use us and to express Himself through us. He is a Person of the Godhead, as are Jesus and the Father, and is therefore worthy to be worshipped and honored as God.
The Holy Spirit is not some mysterious and wonderful power that we in our weakness and ignorance are somehow to get hold of and use. This concept is utterly heathenish--not much different from the fetish worshipper who has his personal god whom he uses.
The consideration and use of the Holy Spirit simply as a power causes us to ask, "How can I get more of the Holy Spirit?" The recognition of the Holy Spirit as a Divine Person causes us to ask, "How can the Holy Spirit get more of me?" The conception of the Holy Spirit merely as a Divine influence or power leads to self-exaltation and pride. The concept of the Holy Spirit as a Divine Person keeps us humble before Him and dependent upon Him.
The Holy Spirit, as a Person, has lowered Himself to live within me. He has consented to impart His ways into me and to use me. A Person of Divine Glory has determined to live in me and to awaken me to Godís holiness, goodness, love and majesty. He encourages and woos me to live for Christ.
The Holy Spirit, as a Person, is to be as real to me as Jesus Christ was to His disciples. Just as Jesus was an ever-loving friend, helper, guide, and teacher for His disciples, so also the Holy Spirit is to be for us. He is not only by our side, as Jesus was for His disciples, but He dwells in our heart, ministering the peace of God to us every day. This is not just a thought to be accepted, but also a truth to be experienced.
The God-man, Jesus Christ, was the first human to be totally led by the Holy Spirit throughout His life on earth. Jesus is our example of living by the continual power and influence of the Holy Spirit. He modeled for us a life in tune with the plans and purposes of God. According to Hebrews 9:14, Jesus was even led to the cross through the power of the Holy Spirit. The person of the Holy Spirit, one of the three Persons of the Godhead, showed Himself mightily through Jesus.
Now Jesus reigns in heaven, filled with all of the glory and majesty of God. He is able to send forth the Holy Spirit of God to those who believe in Him; thus, we can be filled with the Holy Spirit. We must be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to live as God wants us to live. The Holy Spirit can develop in us the very character of Christ. We can be led, empowered, comforted and consoled by the Holy Spirit. He can be as real to us as He was to Jesus. This Divine Person, the Holy Spirit of God, can be our best and closest friend.
The church throughout the ages has recognized and honored the Holy Spirit as one of the Persons of the Godhead, including Him in songs of praise and adoration to God. An example is a hymn written in the 1600ís:
Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Several hymns are addressed to the Holy Spirit, inviting Him to come and to do His work among us. Martin Luther, in His explanation to the portion of the Apostlesí Creed that discusses the work of the Holy Spirit, concludes by saying, "For all which it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him [the Holy Spirit]. This is most certainly true."
Since the Holy Spirit is one of the Persons of the Godhead, and since He has a distinct personality and mission, we who love and serve God should understand the personality of the Holy Spirit and meditate on His mission among and within us. The next two sections briefly outline these things. As we meditate on the person and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, we can move from simply believing the truths about the Holy Spirit into actually experiencing them in our everyday Christian life. Pray that you will have revelation and experiences of the work of the Holy Spirit in your life.
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1. He has knowledge
2. He has a will
3. He has a mind and a purpose
4. The Spirit loves us
5. He has intelligence and goodness
6. He has feelings; He can be hurt
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1. He searches the depths of the heart
2. He speaks
3. He cries out
4. He prays
5. He speaks of Jesus
6. He teaches us
7. He leads us
8. He has authority to direct
9. He anoints for office
"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood." (Acts 20:28 KJV)
10. He comforts us
11. He communes with us
12. He gives us life
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Jesus spoke of some of the things the Holy Spirit would do. He said:
The Holy Spirit will convict us of sin. He will not condemn us, but rather He will show us what we have done wrong and what we could have done instead, as well as His ability to empower us to do Godís will. He will convince us of the joy and blessedness of doing what is right. Often we feel that we are missing something by obeying God rather than giving in to the ways of the world; the Holy Spirit will convince us of the results of evil as well as of the joy and rewards of doing what is right. He will also show the world their need to repent and to come into the love and knowledge of Jesus. He wants to enable all to receive and live in the righteousness of God, no longer being driven by their old sinful nature.
Jesus further described the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He said, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come." (John 16:13 KJV) The Holy Spirit wants to lead us into all truth. He will reveal to us the truth about ourselves, about Godís love for us, about our need for Jesusí work, and about Godís ability to work in us His nature and character so that we want to obey Him and follow Him. He has come to witness to us, in our spirit, that we are God's children (Romans 8:16). He has come to pray for us as Jesus does His work of cleansing and building His temple, which is our heart. The Holy Spirit is sent to pray for us as Jesus reveals and cleanses anger, hurt, pain, fear, anxiety, etc. in our heart so that our heart, God's temple, will be prepared to receive the glory of the Lord. The Bible says:
"Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." (Romans 8:26 KJV)
The Holy Spirit will listen to what God is saying, and then will speak to us. He quickens the Word of God which He has already written, and He will also speak to us what He hears God saying to us in the present situation. The Holy Spirit will speak to us about the things that are coming, as well. He is our confidant, our counselor and our helper.
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Jesus spoke of the work of the Holy Spirit in making known to us the glory of Christ. He said,
On the day of Pentecost, Peter explained to the people the activities which were taking place. He said:
He went on to say:
JESUS is LORD and CHRIST. He is LORD! He has been exalted and glorified. He reigns, far above all principalities and powers. He lives in the presence of God. He is CHRIST! He lives in the Holy of Holies as our heavenly High Priest. He lives to make intercession for us. He lives to give us His righteousness. He lives to give us the gifts of repentance and forgiveness. HE IS MY CHRIST! HE IS YOUR CHRIST! The Gospel tells us that we too can reign and be glorified with Him. Jesus prayed that we would receive His glory so that we could be one with Himself and His Father (John 17:22). The work of the Holy Spirit is to reveal and impart to us the truths and the glory of Jesus Christ. By inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul wrote: "Öno man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." (1 Corinthians 12:3 KJV) The Holy Spirit can and will give witness to us and then to the world that Jesus is Lord and Christ.
The miracles the Holy Spirit empowered Jesus to do during His earthly ministry were an evidence of the glory of God that was with Him (John 2:11). Likewise, the supernatural healings that were part of Paulís ministry were an evidence of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Paul said, "And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power." (1 Corinthians 2:4 KJV)
When the glory of the Lord comes upon us--through the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit, of Jesus, or of an angel--our bodies may respond in various ways. Like Daniel, we may feel deep conviction of our unworthiness in the presence of God's holiness (Daniel 10:8-17). Like John, we may be awed at the absolute magnificence of a Holy Presence and fall down as dead (Rev. 1:17). The book of Acts speaks of the Spirit falling and of places being shaken by the manifestation of the presence of the Spirit of God. Accounts of the testimonies of leaders and participants during the outpourings of God's Spirit in the Great Awakenings and the revival meetings in the 1700's and 1800's attest to similar experiences.
I believe we must not "worship" the experiences, nor are we to reject them if they occur. Rather, I believe we should seek the ministry of the Holy Spirit, which is to declare and witness to the truth that Jesus is Lord and Christ. We should seek to know and experience the glory and presence of God so that we may be cleansed, healed, and filled with the His glory. Then our lives, actions, and presence will show forth the presence and glory of God. Others will then also know that JESUS IS LORD AND CHRIST.
A number of years ago we were privileged to conduct a healing service at a church in Monterrey, Mexico. After a time of worship, I shared a message from my personal testimony and of God's desire to cleanse and heal the hearts of His people and to build His church as a place of refuge and restoration for people from all nations. Following the message, we began praying for people as they came for ministry. We had healing teams assisting; they would pray extensively for the particular needs the Holy Spirit revealed.
As the ministry time began, wailing cries came from the back of the church; people were kneeling, weeping and crying out for mercy, as the Spirit of God began working deep repentance and confession in them. As the ministry teams prayed for people, God's presence began moving throughout the church. Demons were expelled; one woman began to receive sight in eyes that had been blind; little children were being touched, some even coming forward to pray for others, weeping and travailing with them. One of our ministry team members, a teenager, began trembling under the anointing of the Holy Spirit as she was praying for a woman; as the teenager laid hands on the woman and prayed, the Spirit fell upon the woman and filled her. Our interpreter and I moved throughout the assembly, praying for many who had physical and emotional disorders. We spent time explaining to some who were unfamiliar and therefore somewhat apprehensive about what was happening as the Holy Spirit moved upon all who were present. One man, sensing his wife being healed, openly professed a desire to receive Jesus. Another woman, witnessing God's love as He touched and healed a Christian we prayed with, came forward to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Many, including our YWAM interpreter and attending pastors, left for brief periods of time for personal reflection and meditation. This move of God continued for several hours.
As the Spirit began to lift, we spent time worshiping our great and very present God. During the time of sharing which followed, each of the Mexican people present had a personal testimony. "God touched me tonight." "Jesus healed me." "Jesus filled an emptiness in my heart." "Jesus lifted a weight from me and filled me with joy." Such thoughts were commonly expressed with tears of joy by God's beautiful Mexican people. Those of us who had seen God use us simple people to minister to these precious ones could only weep with joy with them as they shared the new levels of joy, cleansing, and healing they were experiencing.
Following the meeting, the local assembly invited us to share a meal of Mexican food they had prepared for us. This allowed us to receive the Christ-given gift of giving which these special people had. They truly gave out of their need in order to bless and feed us. During this time, we learned that, during the service, God had healed the back of the local Pastor's wife as she was helping in the meal preparation.
We too were (and still are), being touched, convicted, cleansed, and healed through the presence of God at this meeting. Upon leaving our Mexican friends, we could only say with them, "Gloria a Dios" ("Glory to God"), and "Jesus es Senor" ("Jesus is Lord"). Truly, the Holy Spirit had done a work among us--all of us, Mexicans and Americans--for we all knew in a deeper way, "JESUS IS LORD AND CHRIST."
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God wants us to be filled with His very Spirit. Jesus, the Son of God, came into the world and showed us as human beings how to live by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit. Now Jesus reigns in heaven, having been crucified by men and raised from the dead by the Holy Spirit (Romans 1:4). He has been exalted by God, and sends to His people His Spirit, the very Spirit of God. Through Jesus, God has provided the way for us as humans to be filled with His Holy Spirit.
The Bible admonishes us not to be drunk with wine, but to "Öbe filled with the Spirit." (Ephesians 5:18 KJV) The Bible also says:
I, perhaps more than anyone, continue to need to walk in an ever-increasing fullness of the Spirit of God. As an alcoholic, I became convicted by the Holy Spirit of the sin of drunkenness. When I was in AA and came to realize that the 12- steps were the product of an ungodly spirit, my only (and best) recourse was to seek the total freedom that only Jesus could offer through the truth of His Word, ministered by the Holy Spirit (John 8:32). The admonition to "be not drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit" became both a command and a promise; I learned that by being filled with the Spirit of God I would be able to "ÖWalk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." (Galatians 5:16 KJV) Drunkenness is listed by Paul as one of the sinful results of living in the flesh and not in the Spirit. Today I know that by letting the Holy Spirit guide me, letting Him control and manage all of my desires, and letting Him bring me into an ever-increasing knowledge of the glories of Jesus Christ, I can remain free from the bondage of alcoholism and enjoy the freedom and peace that Jesus promised His people.
What are some considerations in becoming "filled with the Spirit"? How can we walk in the "fullness of the Spirit"? In His mercy, God has taught me some things I would like to share with you. I do not pretend to have reached my full potential of being filled with the Spirit. I still need to grow in the understanding and fullness of the Holy Spirit in this life, knowing that the measure of the fullness of the Spirit in this life is still only a portion of the fullness we shall obtain when we receive our new bodies, and see Him who is "filled with all the glory and fullness of God."
1. Knowing and Receiving the Holy Spirit in All of His Fullness.
Being filled with the Spirit requires us to know and receive the Holy Spirit in all of His fullness. Some people have a limited view of the work of the Holy Spirit. They might only know Him as the One who brings us to Jesus. Certainly, this is a very important work of the Holy Spirit, but there is more. He is also called our Helper, our Counselor, the One who is called to work with us--ever encouraging and teaching us, communicating to us the things that are ours in Christ (1 Corinthians 2:12-14). He is called to bring us into the living relationship of the Lordship of Jesus (1 Corinthians 12:3). He is called to impart to us the righteousness and the power of God, so that we can be the people God has called us to be (Acts 1:8; Romans 5:17; Romans 14:17). He is called to be the One to bring us into the judgments of God, so that we can be cleansed from our sin, know and experience our full identity as Christians, and know what things are best for us (Isaiah 4:4). We no longer have to live under the whims and passions of our flesh and the world; we can know and follow the judgments of God (John 16:7-11). He teaches us all about the life and character of Jesus, and He develops in us the very nature Christ (John 16:14). He imparts to us a holy fire so that we can have a zeal for the things of God (John 2:17). The Holy Spirit can give us wisdom and revelation of the things of God (Ephesians 1:17).
2. Receiving the Holy Spirit Into All of Our Being.
The Holy Spirit wants to fill our entire being with His presence and desires. He wants to work in us the nature of Christ so that we can be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19). Our whole being is to be sanctified by the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Paul encourages us to yield each of our members to God to be used by Him for righteous purposes, and to repent of the unrighteous ways in which we have used our members (Romans 6:19). As we welcome and receive the work of the Holy Spirit into our entire being, He will show these things to us.
In particular, our conscience needs to be cleansed and restored to its rightful purpose. Through the blood of Jesus, this can be done. The Holy Spirit, speaking through the writer to the Hebrews, says, "How much more shall the blood of Jesus...cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve the living God" (Heb. 9:14). Our conscience --our inner sensing of what is good or bad--can be made alive to the things of God. The Holy Spirit can impart the nature of God into our whole being. We can love what God loves, and hate what God hates. We can receive and understand Godís ways as His Spirit transforms our mind (Romans 12:1-2). The blood of Jesus and the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit can cleanse and renew our members (which includes our emotions, attitudes, ideas, will, hands, feet, brain, etc.). We can live for God, and no longer be enslaved by living for ourselves. We truly can experience the purposes of God, who sent Jesus to take our old self-centered nature upon Himself so that we could receive His very nature into our being and learn to enjoy living for Him who died for us and rose again (2 Corinthians 5:15). We can know the reality of being a temple of God, having His Spirit live in our very being (1 Corinthians 3:17). We truly can be sons of God, led by His Spirit (Romans 8:14).
3. Receiving the Holy Spirit into All of Our Situations and Relationships.
The Holy Spirit, resident in us, desires to be manifest through us. We need to release Him into each moment of every day. We need to let Him rule and lead us in every relationship. As we do this, we will find that we have tried by ourselves to rule or control certain situations or relationships. We will find that we have used guilt and shame to motivate and control others. The Holy Spirit will bring His gentle work of conviction to us as He reveals these things. He will convict us, lead us to confess our sins, and show us the righteousness of Jesus available to us so that we can live in new ways (John 16:7-11). We may find that we still hold grudges or resentments toward some. We may find that we need more of the wisdom and strength He is able to impart to us so that we can pray for and forgive those we have resented, and show love to those who have grieved us. We may be asked to confront some who continually hurt us, encouraging them to come into the repentance and life-changing ability God wants to give them. As He shows us His will and teaches us His ways, we will become more sensitive to His leading and more dependent upon His power (Philippians 2:13). Our personal quiet times will be enriched as we learn to commune with Him and listen to His voice. We will find the disciplines of the Christian life to be very necessary in order to maintain and increase our spiritual sensitivity. We will truly become "spiritual houses" and be the special people God has called us to be (1 Peter 2:5). We truly can be Godís children, knowing Him, living for Him, exalting the life and work of Jesus, our glorified and risen Lord.
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1) In the Old Testament, God had promised to send His Holy Spirit into the world to live within His people. What would be some of the effects of His Spirit living within us, according to?
a) Ezekiel 36:27
b) Ezekiel 36:31
c) Joel 2:28
d) Zechariah 12:10
2) Before Jesus went to the cross, He spent time talking to His disciples about the Holy Spirit. What were some of the names and ministries of the Holy Spirit described by Jesus?
a) John 14:16,17
b) John 14:26
c) John 16:7-10
d) John 16:13
e) John 16:14,15
3) Receiving and Experiencing the Holy Spirit
a) Before Jesus left the disciples, He prayed that they would receive the Holy Spirit. What did He say in John 20:22?
b) What was His promise in Acts 1:7,8
c) What happened later? Acts 2:2-4
d) The disciples prayed for and received "additional" fillings of the Holy Spirit. What happened in Acts 4:23-31?
e) What did the disciples do in Acts 8:15-17
f) What happened to Peter and to those he preached to in Acts 10:19,20,44-46
g) What was the disciples' experience in Acts 13:52
4) Paul outlines some of the works of the Holy Spirit in his letters.
a) What are some of these as listed in Romans 8:1-16
b) What are some mentioned in 1 Corinthians 2:10-14?
5) Man has a spirit--an inner voice, an inner perception, an inner sensing. Because of sin and satanic oppression, our spirit has become weakened, impoverished, and often dysfunctional. Being a Spirit, God communicates His love, nature, and power to us through our spirit. The Bible says:
This is why Paul prays for spiritual revelation and growth for his people:
List some specific things Paul is praying for:
What is Paul specifically praying for in this passage?
A paraphrase of each of Paul's prayers follows. I recommend your using them regularly for yourself, family members, and others close to you. (Insert in the blanks the name of the one for whom you are praying)
Father, I thank you for ______. Thank you for ______'s faith, and for his/her love for all the saints in Christ Jesus. I pray that You would give to ______ a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You.
I pray that You would enlighten ______, so that he/she would know the hope of Your calling, the riches of Your inheritance in the saints, and the immeasurable greatness of Your power available to us who believe; the same power which was operating in Christ when You raised Him from the dead and set Him at Your own right hand in heaven. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.
Father, I thank You for ______. Thank You for sending Jesus to die for him/her. I pray that he/she might be strengthened with might by Your Holy Spirit in his/her inner being. I pray that the life of Jesus might grow in ______, and that being rooted and grounded in Your love, he/she might understand with all Christians the greatness of Your love for him/her. Lead ______ to cast away all wrong attitudes, feelings, and thoughts, so that he/she might be filled with all of Your fullness. Thank You, Father. Amen.
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The Holy Spirit wants to impart to our spirit -- to our heart -- a sense of the supreme beauty and sweetness of the holiness, majesty, and glory of God's moral perfection or righteous character. He seeks to give us a love of the nature and character of God. Jesus said (of the Holy Spirit):
The Holy Spirit will show us "pockets of unholiness" in our heart. He will show us sinful attitudes and bitterness that are in our heart. Why? So that our old ways can be brought to death; so that our hearts can be purged and cleansed; so that the love and glory of Christ can fill all areas of our heart.
The Holy Spirit wants to bring us to an end of all our "self-improvement programs." He seeks to show us our need for absolute dependence upon God's life and upon His righteousness. Jesus said, "ÖHe [The Holy Spirit] will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness..." (John 16:8 KJV) The Holy Spirit shows us the old sinful ways so we can confess them--bring them to the cross of Christ--mortify them; so, we cry out for and receive more of Jesus--more of His glory--more of His life. Paul warns the Christians not to continue in their old ways, but to bring them to death through following the Holy Spirit. Then the life of Christ in the Christian will increase.
As we follow the Holy Spirit, letting Him renew us and show us the glories of Christ, we too will be changed into His glory. We experience more and more of the glorious life into which Jesus Christ has entered. As more of the Divine nature of Christ "takes hold" within us, we find ourselves wanting to do the will of God. We find that the lustful attractions of the world have lost their power. We find ourselves witnessing to the world the blessedness and joy of living a holy and righteous life. The Holy Spirit, speaking through Peter, says:
The life of Jesus becomes desirable through the Holy Spirit. The life of Jesus increases in importance to us as the Holy Spirit reveals our deep sin and our need of a changed life--a holy life-- a righteous life--God's life.
Holy Spirit, help me to see Jesus, to worship His character, and to seek His glory, which He wants to impart to me. Help me to follow You as You work in me. Help me to become totally dependent upon Jesus, and to know Him as my Lord and my Christ. Amen.
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About Cyrus Ministries International
Rich and Kay Fick are the directors of Cyrus Ministries International. God has anointed and called them to this ministry. Rich, an ex-alcoholic, has personally experienced Godís love, forgiveness, power, healing and restoration. Their ministry involves helping others come out of their spiritual, emotional, mental and physical bondages into the fullness of the Holy Spirit, enabling them to know and live in Godís plan and purposes for them. They minister to individuals, equip churches for ministry, and disciple others in breaking down spiritual bondages over individuals, families, generations, communities and nations. Their calling and vision is to see Godís people living in the spiritual presence and reality of Godís heavenly kingdom as Jesus manifests His life into them and through them on earth.
The ministry has taken them to churches and groups locally and to many locations in the USA, as well as other nations. (Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Romania, India, Israel, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, and Bolivia). As they travel, Rich and Kay minister healing, train leaders, and teach and disciple, as well as establishing ongoing networking relationships. Cyrus Ministries provides oversight to ministries and churches in other nations, helping them to come into their calling and destiny. Leaders from other nations are invited to come and spend time at the Big Rock location for training and impartation.
The Big Rock Ministry Center offers a meeting place for both small and large groups.Ü There are regular times of prayer, worship, teaching, impartation of the gifts of the Spirit, and fellowship.Ü
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