Friday, February 20, 2015

The Holy Spirit, Accepted or Denied.


I wonder sometimes why the Holy Spirit isn't discussed more often. I know that a while ago I discussed my discovery in understanding His presence and purpose. Amazement filled me with how humble He makes Himself known. No matter how powerful and sovereign the Godhead is, They know Their purpose. At the same time I feel it is important to recognize the Holy Spirit's significance in our lives. Understanding when He is near and knowing what He can do, makes God so real and close.

In Hebrews, it mentions the Holy Spirit actually speaking.

This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days... I will put My laws in their hearts, and in their minds I will write them.

He continues with, Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.

This is a promise that will define those who follow Christ. What sobered me, though, were the words I found later in the text.

Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which He was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

To put things into context, these words were written for the Hebrew Christians of the time. They were persecuted for believing in Christ and at the same time still had the laws of Moses engrained in their souls. The writer made a comparison in order to show the importance of what some could be denying if they walked away from what God was offering. He mentioned how if someone disobeyed one of the laws of Moses, death was the punishment. He then went to say that if the punishment was so great for just walking away from the laws of Moses, how much greater the punishment was for disrespecting the Godhead by making Christ's death of no meaning.


The discussion wasn't about keeping laws, it was about claiming to be followers of God but disrespecting Him by denying His gift. It sounds contradictory right? I mean, the Holy Spirit spoke earlier in the passage about putting His laws in our hearts. What I have found is that God is wanting us to get our priorities straight. He does not want us to omit the laws, He just wants us recognize what He has done for us. Then once we let our souls embrace this realization, we can let the Spirit do His work. Those laws will be so engrained into our hearts and minds that we won't know what hit us. It will take another soul approaching us, looking for Christ, for us to realize what has transformed us.

There is so much power in letting the Holy Spirit into our lives. I have seen it break people free from habits, empowered others to speak openly about their struggles, and refresh the hearts of those who have been at it in Christianity for a while.

Yesterday I was listening to My Soul Longs For You sung by Jesus Culture and it compelled me to really ponder the Holy Spirit. Strangely, it extended into today where I was reading the words about the Holy Spirit. When His presence rains, it pours! I was going to share the song here, but I found another one that anyone could use as a prayer. The lyrics are below if you have a hard time understanding. :)



Break me open 
God in motion 
Light my world with 
Fire and rain (2x)

Can You feel my heart 
As I reach for You? (6x)

God in motion 
Light my world with 
Fire and rain 

Break me open 
God in motion 
Light my world with 
Fire and rain 

I can feel Your heart 
As You reach for me (4x)


*bolded text taken from Hebrews 10*

2 comments:

Anita Murray said...

Excellent question.

Anita Murray said...

Hopefully all will accept the Holy Spirit