God’s Transforming Promises – Living by the Spirit

Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

God is so magnificent & powerful that one name cannot fully describe God. Our church’s name, Trinity, connects us to the three names that help us most to understand & experience God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit …

 

Which is why Jesus said in the Great Commission, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

 

The Spirit was God’s presence at creation (Genesis 1:2), and is the resurrected presence of Christ (John 14-17, Acts 1). The Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the Bible and inspires us as we study the Bible (II Timothy 3:16). The Holy Spirit also helps us to pray when we don’t know how to pray (Romans 8).

 

With perfect wisdom Jesus explained “… the Father sends the Counselor as my representative – and by the Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit – He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you,” John 14:26.  Consequently, our spiritual hunger is only satisfied as we open ourselves to the fullness of God’s presence.

 

My own yearning & questing for the Spirit was intense and frustrating until I learned the secret.  God, however, had never intended it to be a secret.  A gift? Yes.  Which is why spiritual gifts are called “grace gifts.”  A second blessing?  Yes, if we understand that there are continuous blessings of transformation which the Spirit ushers into our lives.

 

What then is the secret?  Yielding.  Yielding to the Holy Spirit…

 

The Holy Spirit gives us boldness to enact God’s will Acts 28:31.  The Holy Spirit gives us words to speak, Luke 12:12. The Holy Spirit connects us to creation, Gen. 1:1.  The Holy Spirit convicts our conscience, Romans 8: 2.  The Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we pray, Rom.  8:26.   The Holy Spirit bears fruit in our life, Galatians 5:20-22. The Holy Spirit counsels us, John 14:26.  The Holy Spirit enables us to be “in the Spirit”, Acts 10:9-6. The Holy Spirit “graces us with spiritual gifts” (talents) which we are to use in God’s service, Romans 12, I Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4.  The Holy Spirit inspires us as we read the Bible, II Timothy 3:16, Acts 8:29-30.

 

Therefore, live boldly, speak truthfully, care for God’s creation, repent from sin, pray thru the Spirit, receive the Spirit’s counsel, let the Spirit lift you up, pray for spiritual gifts, read the Bible expectantly.

 

And always let the Spirit transform you from the inside out, which proves itself as:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

 

Pastor Les Hollon

 

“How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[a] gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

- John 3:4-9 (NIV)

 

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

- John 14:25-27 (NIV)

 

In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper.

- Acts 13:1-5 (NIV)

 

This article was written by Les Hollon, Pastorof Trinity Baptist Church.  For more information about God and your place in His world, contact Dr. Hollon, click over to Trinity Baptist Church.

 

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Posted on 2 May, 2010 in Spirituality
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