KEY ROLES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, 04.12.18
1 John 4:1
Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.
Mighty Prevailing Prayer, by Wesley L. Duewel, 1990, Zondervan Publishing House.
God’s Holy Spirit performs many different functions. We will look at some of the most important ones here.
He is the Great Communicator: “A very special and exclusive connector, He is the Holy Spirit, the Great Communicator, through whom we can hear the Father’s Heart, receive messages that comfort, inform, give direction, warn, confirm, or experience the amazing presence of God” (http://www.vernasstudycorner.ca/2017/02/great-communicator-06-02-17/) and we will look more closely at the specific forms of communication, along with the various functions.
One of the primary roles of the Holy Spirit is to get our attention; to deliver messages to us. When the Father is trying to get a message to us, to advise, or to warn of an on-coming threat by the Enemy, He will often send His Holy Spirit to simply prompt, pull, and point to a particular action, need, or focus. It may come in the form of a Word of Knowledge, “given through the Ruach a word of knowledge according to the same Ruach,” (1 Cor.12:8), which just arrives out of nowhere, so-to-speak, because it will be something you haven’t even thought about. It may come through His Word, a vision or a dream, or a prophetic word from a third party, also. In whichever form, we are alerted to something the Father needs for us to know, or attend to, in some way. When God intends for us to know something, He will communicate with us. We need not run to Psychics, consult horoscopes, seek out mediums to consult with the dead, or even rely on intuition. We have a much better source whose information/message comes directly from our Heavenly Father, the only completely reliable source. What more could we ask for; what more should we need? It is, in fact, an offense to consult others instead of Himself – His Holy Spirit, God the Father, God the Son.
The Holy Spirit serves to teach us God’s Word: “the Helper, the Ruach ha-Kodesh whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything and remind you of everything that I said to you” (John 14:26). He is our greatest teacher. Even in the OT the great saints were taught by the Holy Spirit, for what other source could have so equipped the Psalmist that he could say: “I have more insight than all my teachers . . . . I have gained more understanding than all my elders” (Ps.119:99,100)? None other than the Holy Spirit Himself.
He also teaches discernment: “no one speaking by the Ruach Elohim says, “Yeshua be cursed,” and no one can say, “Yeshua is Lord,” except by the Ruach ha-Kodesh” (1 Cor.12:3). He will begin to bring to our awareness those situations and individuals which/who are not of Him, since we need to know the difference between someone operating/speaking out of God’s Spirit and those through whom the Enemy sends evil spirits to distract, confuse and take us off course. That is why John instructs: “Loved ones, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). Without discernment, we are vulnerable, targets of the Enemy’s deception.
He leads us to our giftings: “Now there are various kinds of gifts, but the same Ruach . . . to each person is given the manifestation of the Ruach for the benefit of all. . . . But one and the same Ruach activates all these things, distributing to each person individually as He wills” (1 Cor.12:4,7,11). Our purpose here is not that of focussing on the gifts and trying to determine which ones you have, but to realize that they ALL come from the Holy Spirit. So if we have the Holy Spirit, and we experience a lack in some area, we simply need to ask the Holy Spirit for that gift. James points out that many believers lack “because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives” (James 4:2,3). He is speaking, of course, about asking for selfish, carnal, and material things, rather than heavenly things, spiritual things which will equip us to live the Godly life. He points out that:
“if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,” (James 1:5), for “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father” (James 1:17). When we ask for things which are in line with God’s Word, we can be assured that they are in His Will; so let us ask in accordance with His Word. Spiritual Gifts are in His Word.
The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins: “When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment” (John 16:8). Even in OT times, when people were convicted of wrong-doings, it was the Holy Spirit at work: “David’s heart troubled him after he had numbered the people. So David prayed to Adonai, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done! But now, Adonai, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have acted very foolishly” (2 Sam.24:10). After considerable repenting, David pleaded, “take not Your Ruach ha-Kodesh from me” (Ps.51:13). We can know that the Holy Spirit had done His job of convicting King David of the things he’d done.
It is the Holy Spirit Who unites God’s people, for all true believers have access to the same Holy Spirit: “if Messiah is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the Spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Ruach of the One who raised Yeshua from the dead dwells in you, the One who raised Messiah Yeshua from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Ruach who dwells in you” (Rom.8:10,11); and “The Ruach Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Rom.8:16). By God’s Spirit we are intended to be in unity/oneness, “For in one Ruach we were all immersed into one body—whether Jewish or Greek, slave or free—and all were made to drink of one Ruach” (1 Cor.12:13).
It is the Holy Spirit who leads us to prayer. When prayer is forced, conjured up through the mind, based on carnal thoughts, copying how others pray, trying to be very eloquent and impressive, it will not flow as it does when it is led by the Holy Spirit. Prayer led by the Holy Spirit is spontaneous, unscripted, and just flows like a natural stream flowing down from the mountaintops. “The Ruach helps in our weakness. For we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Ruach Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words. And He who searches the hearts knows the mind of the Ruach, because He intercedes for the kedoshim according to the will of God” (Rom.8:26,27). Duewel advises: “Persevere in prevailing as long as the Holy Spirit gives you desire . . . . A holy concern, desire, or hunger in your heart for the welfare of another person, particularly for their salvation or a similar hunger to see God work in any particular situation, is always an evidence that the Holy Spirit is conveying to you the heartbeat of God. You can be sure it is the will of God the Father to grant that prayer in accordance with the intercession of God the Son and with the infinite desire of God the Spirit” (Duewel, 1990, pp.156,157).
We must be sensitive to the presence of the Holy Spirit, ever in attendance and anticipation of hearing/receiving from Him direction, messages, teachings, alerts, etc. Make it your goal to commune with the Holy Spirit throughout your daily tasks; stay tuned in and you will not miss a message. Don’t miss out on whatever He may have for you. The Holy Spirit wants to be your best friend. If you are not yet experiencing Him as your best friend, I suggest you step up your fellowship/communication with Him, and invite Him to become your best friend, for there is truly no friend like Him. You can count on Him 24/7.
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