The loving Holy Spirit - He loves you dearly!
Many people today are scared of the Holy Spirit. They fear that they've done the unpardonable sin and are forever enemies of the this third person of the Godhead. This is a lie from the pits of hell, and the devil knows it! The Holy Spirit cares for us and loves us dearly. We are precious to Him, and there are many scriptures to give us an insight into the loving nature of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit spoke to me and prompted me to write this teaching about how much He loves us and about His loving nature towards us. I believe it will be a rich blessing to anybody who's struggled with fears of the unpardonable sin.
The Holy Spirit wanted to make us in God's image
Let's start at the beginning. When God made man in His image, they (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) said, "Let us make man in our image!" The Holy Spirit (along with the Father and Son) wanted to make you and I in His image and give us dominion over all other creation here on earth! You'll find this passage in the first chapter of Genesis:
Genesis 1:26, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."
It was the Holy Spirit who sent Jesus to heal and restore us!
If you turn to Luke chapter 4, you'll find that it was the precious Holy Spirit who send Jesus forth to minister healing, deliverance and restoration to us. Let's look at this passage in the Bible:
Luke 4:18-19, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."
Those wonderful things listed in the verse above were the desire of the Holy Spirit for us, and He sent us Jesus to minister that healing, freedom and restoration unto us.
It was the Holy Spirit who empowered Jesus to go about healing all who were oppressed of the devil, raise the dead, and heal the sick. It is that same Holy Spirit who empowers us today to go forth and do the same!
Acts 10:38, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."
The Holy Spirit is our advocate and intercedes for us
Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as our comforter. Look at this passage in the Bible:
John 14:26, "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost..."
The word Comforter in this verse comes out of the Greek word parakletos which means, "An intercessor, consoler: - advocate, comforter." The Holy Spirit is not only our comforter, but also an intercessor, consoler and advocate. Let's take a brief look at each one of these properties:
An intercessor is somebody who intercedes on our behalf. Take a look at this passage in your Bible:
Romans 8:26-28, "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
A consoler is somebody who is there to talk to and share your burden with. Merriam-Webster tells us that to console somebody means to help soothe their grief or to comfort them. The Holy Spirit is concerned about what is going on in our lives and wants to help us make it through the difficult times. He is there as a shoulder that we can cry upon and understands us.
An advocate is somebody who pleads our case before the Father. Just as Abraham pleaded with God not to destroy the city of Sodom, so also the Holy Spirit pleads on our behalf before the Father.
A comforter is somebody who understands our struggles and is here to comfort and help us. The Holy Spirit understands what you and I are going through, and is here to help us in our weaknesses and our times of need.
The Holy Spirit is working on our behalf behind the scenes in the spirit realm!
The Holy Spirit wants us to know what has been given to us
The Holy Spirit wants to tell us all about the good things that God has given us. He wants to make known these things unto us, so that we can take advantage of them.
1 Corinthians 2:9-12, "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God."
The Holy Spirit wants to show us the things which have been given unto us by Christ, so that we can reach out in faith and receive them. The Holy Spirit wants us to take advantage of what Christ has done for us and take hold of the many blessings (healing, deliverance, peace, joy, spiritual authority, etc.) that have been given to us!
The Holy Spirit of adoption
The Holy Spirit loved us long before we came to Christ, and desired to adopt us as children into the family of God. He testifies with our spirits, telling us that we are children of God.
Romans 8:15-16, "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God."
The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of compassion and love for those in need. Going back into the Old Testament, we find this passage:
Ezekiel 16:4-6, "And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all. None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the loathing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born. And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live."
The Holy Spirit wants to make known unto us the things of God
The Holy Spirit is here to teach us about the good things of God and lead us into all truth.
John 14:26, "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."
John 16:13-15, "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. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show (meaning, to reveal) it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you."
The Holy Spirit chose to make us His dwelling place
The Holy Spirit has chosen to make our bodies His indwelling temple or habitation. Take a look at these passages in 1 Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 3:16, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"
1 Corinthians 6:19, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"
The Holy Spirit wants to sanctify us
The Holy Spirit is here to take us higher in our walk with God and bring us closer in our relationship with Him. He is here to help us become more Christ-like and be sanctified, that is made pure and holy in our walk with God.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14, "But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Where the Spirit is, there is freedom!
The Bible tells us that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!
2 Corinthians 3:17-18, "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
He has come to set us free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:2, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."
It is the Holy Spirit who calls us to eternal life
It is the Holy Spirit who leads us to Christ. It is the Holy Spirit who calls people into the kingdom of God!
Revelation 22:17, "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."
Holy Spirit is the one who woos us to the love of Jesus, and makes the love of Christ real to us... He gives us revelation, understanding and wisdom and teaches us as a personal tutor would.