Learning with the Spirit
When I became a Christian, I knew the Bible taught that when we became Christians we received the Gift of the Holy Spirit to live within us. But I certainly did not understand much about the Person of the Holy Spirit. Even today, there is still much I need to learn about the Person of the Holy Spirit and His ministry. Someone has compared our understanding and learning about the Holy Spirit to a baby learning and understanding what to do with their hands. When a baby is born, the baby does not know nor understand about their hands. It is fun to watch them grow in their understanding and learning of the use of their hands. Babies soon learn to hold their own bottle. As they become a toddler, they learn to pick up everything and then quickly learn the meaning of “No!”
Watching our grandson, Lincoln, grow in his understanding of the use of his hands is a lot of fun! One of the first things he learned to do was point and grunt. The other thing he loves to do with his hands is to take hold of the steering wheel of my truck. As children grow, they learn how to use their hands. They learn how to hold a pencil and write; how to make their own bed; how to play the piano; how to hold, throw, and catch a ball; how to wash the dishes; and so on. We observe a similar process in the Christian life growing in our understanding of the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit within us.
The Bible teaches us much about the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit. One of the things we learn about the Holy Spirit is He provides us with power to live the Christian life in order to please God. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us” (NASB). Romans 8:13 says, “For if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirt you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (NASB). The Holy Spirit gives us the power to overcome the lusts, passions, and desires of the flesh. The flesh has very strong lusts and desires. The battle between the flesh and the Holy Spirit within us rages constantly. However, the power of the Holy Spirit is greater than the power of the flesh, if we will yield to the Holy Spirit. Someone has given the analogy that there are two teams of horses within us pulling in opposite directions ~ the power of the Holy Spirit and the lust of the flesh. Which team within us will win? The one to which we say, “Giddy-up”! Sunday, May 24, we will begin a new sermons series about the Holy Spirit. May we come with a hunger and thirst to learn more about the person and the ministry the Holy Spirit.
Greater is He Who is in you!