KNOWING THE HOLY SPIRIT, The person (Ruach HaKodesh)
Know you not that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (KJV)
As I have sat before the LORD, desiring to hear His voice, I was directed to a verse in Revelation, "I came to be in the Spirit on the Lord's day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega (Aleph and Tav), the first and the last and, what you see write in a book." (Rev 1:10-11). (KJV) These words were spoken by Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, to the Apostle John on the Island of Patmos. As he heard the voice of The Spirit, he was instructed to write. He also had his eyes opened to understand and see the details of the future. This revelation to John occurred at the end of his life-long walk with God and His son, Yeshua. Understanding the work of the Holy Spirit takes a lifetime; He is God and He will answer all our questions, teach us and guide us always with our best interest in mind.
SYMBOLS DESCRIBING THE HOLY SPIRIT
There are many symbols used to describe the Holy Spirit: a dove (Matt. 3:16), fire (Matt. 3:11); oil (Isa. 61:3), dew(Psa. 133:3), rain (Hos. 6:3), a seal (Eph. 1:13), a voice (John 16:13), and wind (John 3:8). These are all beautiful symbols to describe Him, but we must remember He is not just a symbol, but a PERSON. He has a personality. First and foremost we must remember one thing. He can be grieved. "But they rebelled, and troubled His Holy Spirit; therefore He was turned to be their enemy, and He fought against them" Isa. 63:10 (MKJV). The Apostle Paul confirms the prophet Isaiah; "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption" Eph. 4:30 (KJV).
I cannot think of anything more terrifying than to have the Holy Spirit fight against me. I know we can all look back at times when we were not respecting Him and lament the fruit that came from our disrespect. What is even more dangerous is to have known Him and then desert Him. The more we understand the person of the Holy Spirit, the more eager we will desire to respect and please God with our obedience. We will be more cautious of every thought and word. A short time before she went to Heaven, I was privileged to see Kathryn Kulman in one of her meetings. The respect for the Holy Spirit in the auditorium was unprecedented. When she appeared on the stage, she begged the audience not to grieve the Holy Spirit. I remember her saying, "He is all I have." You could have heard a pin drop. People were healed and I remember one rising from their wheelchair that night.
THE PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
When Jesus was instructing the disciples about what was going to happen when he left the earth, he told them He would pray to the Father and He would give them another Comforter that would abide with them forever (Jn. 14:16). Blessed be the name of the LORD! We have this Comforter dwelling within us for eternity. He helps our sufferings (Rom. 8:26), guides us (Jn. 16:13), sanctifies us (Rom. 15:16), searches all things (I Co. 2:10-11), teaches us (Jn. 14:26), speaks not of Himself, but testifies of Yeshua (Jn. 15:26). It is the Holy Spirit who instructs ministers as to what they should share with their congregation (I Co. 2:13). The Holy Spirit also warns ministers where not to preach (Acts. 16:7).
NAMES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Spirit has many names and titles, of which I will list only a few.
- Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and fear of the Lord. Isa. 11:1-3;
- Spirit of life. Rom. 8:2;
- Spirit of adoption. Rom. 8:15;
- Spirit of prophecy. Rev. 19:10;
- Spirit of grace. Zec. 12:10; Heb. 10:29;
- Spirit of glory. I Pet. 4:14;
- Spirit of the Son. Gal. 4:6;
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOUR ASSIGNMENT
I want you all to be encouraged today. Each of you has a special assignment from God. We are not the ones who decide our gifts or assignments, but by the work of the Holy Spirit we can discover our personal mission. "But all these work that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will" I Co. 12:11.(KJV) Acts 13:1 tells us that in the church in Antioch, there were prophets and teachers. As they ministered to the LORD and fasted, the Holy Spirit spoke. He said, "Separate Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them" (Acts 13: 2-4) (KJV). Man does not call us, position us, or even know the depths of what we personally were created for. We must depend on the Holy Spirit to speak, or risk the damage of letting our human logic cloud His accurate instructions or interpretations. We have to depend on the Holy Spirit for ALL of the instructions needed for our assignment.
Please take some time to review the scriptures I have listed above. No matter how long we have been walking with the LORD, what the news media is saying, the times we are in, the outcome of this year's election, our genders, our ages or any multitude of circumstances, we must personally get to know and respect the Holy Spirit.
Some of you may be asking, "What do I do next?" The Holy Spirit is the author of the Word of God. The Word of God is the mind of God. The Holy Spirit inspired chosen men to write the Word. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" 2 Tim. 3:16-17 (KJV). This is how you will know Him and know what to do: Sit quietly with the LORD; read and study His word. You WILL hear His voice and He will bring you answers. Is. 30:21 "And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left" (MKJV).
Blessings and hope,