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I was just reminded by my good friend, Catholic Friday’s Dave Vermont, that there is no such thing as a coincidence. “Coincidentally” that truth fits well in what I intended to write about today.

A few days ago, I received a Christian magazine in the mail which talked all about the subject of the Holy Spirit. I went to a conference over New Year's where I received a free DVD set called, “The fruit of the Spirit”. Then two nights ago, I answered a Bible question right at my church and won a free book…..the topic? Yup. You guessed it, The Holy Spirit. And it just so happens that I’m currently studying the Book of Acts for my morning devotions. And if all that isn’t enough, I randomly committed myself to 10 days of prayer at a  place that isn’t even my official church home. Which is amazing all in itself since I have been horrified to publicly pray and here I am praying in front of many strangers (who now are loved ones) for 10 days and we’re all praying for the One and only….Holy Spirit.

It seems only fair then that I give this all too often neglected member of the Godhead a shout out on my blog. A couple of things I have been reminded of during the past few weeks concerning the Holy Spirit.

First, He’s a person, not an It. I’ve been guilty of thinking about the Spirit like a mysterious power that is to be obtained as part of my Christian duty, as opposed to a person of the Godhead who is to be submitted to. The Holy Spirit has feelings (Romans 15:30), The Holy Spirit has intellect (1Cor. 2:11) and will (1Cor. 12:11). He can even be lied to (Acts 5:3)

Another interesting thing that stands out to me is that as Christians, if we are living according to God’s will, we should exemplify 9 of the Holy Spirits personality traits. In Galatians, we see that these traits are referred to as God’s “fruit”. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)

I think it’s pretty interesting that Paul doesn’t say that “the fruits of the Spirit are”, but instead, he uses a singular term saying “the fruit of the Spirit is”. I think he does this to show that these 9 character traits aren’t separate from one another. If you have one, you should have them all. It’s not that we should try and obtain some of the 9, but instead, we should allow the Spirit of God to live in us, and by default, we’d start to see the Holy Spirit’s 9 personality traits showing up in our lives. So when praying, it might be more appropriate to say, “Oh Lord, indwell me with your Spirit” than, “make me more patient”. Because on our own, we can’t get patience, but we can be transformed into God’s image, and have his fruit, his heavenly character traits, and therefore become more patient because He is patient and by submitting to Him, we can begin to take on his divine nature.

Before becoming a freelance writer who makes no money, I was an IT recruiter. So I’ve written quite a few resumes. I thought I’d take a shot at preparing a resume for the Holy Spirit in an attempt to really identify what He’s responsible for. So, here’s my attempt at doing just that.

 

Holy Spirit

Indwelling all Christians Lane, 77777

Comforting, Counseling, Helping, Convicting, Advocating, Interceding, Teaching

Objective: Truthful God looking for an opportunity to fill a repentant believer’s heart with the soul purpose of sanctification.

Major Accomplishments:

 

Created the WorldDay 1-6

Collaborated with Jesus Christ and God the Father to create the entire universe.

Led God’s people through Wilderness

Utilized my leadership skills to guide the Jewish people into the promise land.

Key Member in the Birth of the World’s Savior (approximately 4)

Directly responsible for initiating the virgin birth of Jesus Christ in his mother Mary’s womb

Empowered Christ’s Ministry. 27AD-34AD (approximate dates)

Descended on Jesus like a dove, thereby anointing Him to Preach the gospel the Poor, heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.

Raised Jesus from the Dead Approximately 31A.D

Directly responsible for raising Jesus from the dead after he was killed at the cross on calvary.

Empowered Church to preach the gospel

Fell upon the first Christian believers, empowering them for effective witness of the gospel of Christ.

God Consciousness Death of Jesus --- present

  • Convict non-believers of their faults in an attempt to lead them to Christ
  • Help people understand and interpret the Bible
  • Encourage and empower believers to be obedient to God’s commands
  • Help people to discern the differences between holy and non-holy things when making decisions
  • Convince believers in the life, death and resurrection of the Messiah while giving full glory to Christ.
  • Generously give gifts to God’s people with the purpose of empowering them for ministry, and enabling them to be His ambassadors in the world.
  • Indwelling believers and harvesting fruit in their lives. Fruit includes: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gratefulness, gentleness, and self control.

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  • Scott

    Scott January 17, 2011

    Praying for the Holy Spirit, how?
    Or are you praying to the Holy Spirit?

  • Jessica

    Jessica January 17, 2011

    I’m so glad you asked that!  I was just wondering the other day if/why some people pray to the Holy Spirit.  I couldn’t find any place in Scripture to support it and I figure since He is responsible for helping us pray, it wouldn’t make any sense to do so.  But since He is God, I can’t imagine why there’d be anything actually wrong with it?  Would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. 

    When I say pray for the Holy Spirit, I mean, pray for the convicting of sin, for guidance, understanding of Scripture. Pray for the power of Gods Spirit to work in our lives.

  • Dave VT

    Dave VT January 17, 2011

    Jess,

    You got his address wrong.  It should be:

    Saint Peters Square
    The Vatican, Rome

    grin

  • Jessica

    Jessica January 17, 2011

    Dave, you crack me up.  I’m working on a response for you.  Very interesting stuff.

  • JamesBrett

    JamesBrett January 17, 2011

    good post, jess.  creative and interesting.  my feelings are that churches tend to fall toward one (poor) extreme or the other when it comes to an understanding and acknowledgement of the Holy Spirit and his work.

    many overlook the Spirit completely or assume his work has come to an end, or even believe that he only works now through scripture.  they ignore (or plainly disagree with) the idea of indwelling, though they might accept the idea of spirituals gifts (just not the miraculous ones).  christianity becomes about what i can accomplish on my own.  these churches often lean towards legalism and (nearly always) discount anything that might be attributed to the power of God in a miracle.

    others plainly worship the Spirit, and desire him greatly.  they chalk every idea they have up to his prompting and become—in their minds—bibles to themselves.  scripture is then often ignored; study is seen as unneeded—unless it is to provide my own “special” and spiritual interpretation that the Spirit gave me.  they may believe that not only do miraculous spiritual giftings still occur, but if you don’t have one of those gifts, then you’re not a christian at all.  and christianity becomes more about miracles and prophecies than it is about being a disciple of Christ, learning to live as he lived and act as he acted.

    i’ve painted two stereotypes, in an attempt to describe the two extremes (although i’m sure there are actually more extreme positions than these).  it’s not that i think every church finds themselves in one of these camps.  but most seem to lean to one direction.

  • Andrew Pearce

    Andrew Pearce January 19, 2011

    I like your observation Jessica of Pauls statement of a singular conglomerate of the fruit that is born of the Spirit and produced in the lives of those who have submitted their will to God. As we surrender to God, we are in fact making divine petition that He would take complete control of our lives. If we are sucsessful at doing so, then we allow Him to work through us, displaying His character, which are the fruit of Having the Holy Spirit dwelling within us and directing us. If we humble ourselves and submit, He will work through us, and when He works through us, it is His character that becomes manifest in our lives, there fore as we go about our day, love, peace, joy… flow from us as it is not I, but Christ that lives within me! I believe the greatest strugle of mankind is that of Humility. I wrestle with this in my own life. I love the book by that title “Humility” by Andrew Murray, and reccommend it to all who will seek to serve our Lord Jesus Christ with all of our hearts. Blessings! Andrew:)

  • Scott

    Scott January 21, 2011

    I have learned by mournful experience that the last thing a man finds out and understands, is his own state in the sight of God. Well says the Holy Spirit, that we are all by nature “blind,” and “deaf,” and “dumb,” and “asleep,” and “beside ourselves,” and “dead!” Nothing, nothing will ever convince man of his sin but the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Show him hell, and he will not flee from it; show him heaven, and he will not seek it; silence him with warnings, and yet he will not stir; prick his conscience, and yet he will remain hard. Power from on high must come down and do the work. To show man the sinner which he really is – is the special work of the Holy Spirit of God.

    J.C. Ryle

  • Nike ACG Wildedge

    Nike ACG Wildedge April 11, 2011

    I like your observation Jessica of Pauls statement of a singular conglomerate of the fruit that is born of the Spirit and produced in the lives of those who have submitted their will to God. As we surrender to God, we are in fact making divine petition that He would take complete control of our lives
    curt

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