This morning I was considering Jesus, what it must have been like for the disciples to walk with a man who was actually the very God. They saw Him do what no other man could do. He opened blind eyes, healed the lepers, caused limbs to grow out on those who had been born deformed. In fact, the Bible says the world couldn’t contain the books that could be written if everything Jesus did were written down. No wonder we love Him. There was no one like Him.
Yet He explained to them that He had to go away to His Father, knowing this caused them sorrow; but He promised to send the Holy Spirit. How blessed we are to have the Holy Spirit! No longer do we have to walk around with a man and try to stay with Him wherever He goes. The Holy Spirit is in us! The Lord promised that the Holy Spirit would guide us and teach us all things. How marvelously true this is.
When I awoke this morning and began to pray to Father, the Holy Spirit rose up in me with both light and joy. Light that shines over my life and opens my eyes to areas I need to surrender to Him, and joy because I am so happy to do so.
It is such a marvelous plan that God the Father had to save us. Only God would have been willing to come as one of us, subjecting Himself to all the cruelty of men, in order to save those who would believe. For Him to die for us, rise from the dead, conquering death is almost impossible to comprehend. Then to return to those who receive Him, as the Holy Spirit, what an unexplainable blessing. He teaches us all things. He convicts the heart, and yet so lovingly encourages repentance. He is our constant companion.
Before Jesus left He told the disciples they would have tribulation in the world, troubles and hardships, and we do. But He also told them, “Be of good cheer. I have overcome the world”. He explained that it was necessary for Him to leave so that He could send the Holy Spirit.
Before Jesus ascended to the Father, He told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father. “Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” The baptism of the Holy Spirit is for us to “receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My Witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8. Jesus also said in John 14:12, “Truly,truly, I say to you , he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to the Father.” How awesome to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. As Pentecost approaches, let us celebrate the Holy Spirit coming to us.
These days are days that are full of trouble, but the Holy Spirit is with us. We need Him now more than ever. He can tell us what and when to speak. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can pray for the sick and see them healed. We can pray as he leads us, and see the results of our prayers. All of this comes from the power of the Holy Spirit. God is the one to receive the glory.
He will teach us all things, but we have to listen. How precious is it to have Jesus living in our hearts and empowering us to do His will! The very God who created the heavens and the earth lives in us, and this morning , as I had my coffee, He talked with me.