Mom, there are two Gods.
Really? Tell me more about that.
Well, there’s God and Jesus.
You are right, but there’s actually a third one too, the Holy Spirit.
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Have you ever tried to define the Holy Spirit to a 4 year old? Or the even more comprehensive definition of the Trinity?
It can be quite challenging!
Especially when in your mind, the definition is complex and not quite fully clear.
The Holy Spirit can be a hard concept to grasp. I can look around at creation and understand a Creator. I can read my Bible and understand a Son coming to die for us, but it’s harder for me to wrap my mind around the Holy Spirit.
One who is said to dwell within me, and within every believer.
At least for me, He feels the most mysterious.
In scripture, the Holy Spirit is pictured as a dove and wind and fire, but those are just symbols of Him. The Holy Spirit is a person. He is the third member of the Trinity. He has been there since the beginning and played an active role in creation, He then spoke messages through His prophets, and then we get a clearer picture of who He is on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out on believers leaving them empowered to go and share the gospel message in every language.
But y’all, the Holy Spirit isn’t just for then. He’s not just for Bible times.
The Holy Spirit is for today!
And He is actively working and moving to draw people to Himself. And because He has authority over all creation, He can draw people to Himself in creative ways, including using me and using you. How amazing is it that we are invited to share in the Holy Spirit’s work of drawing people to Himself?!
When we become a believer, the Holy Spirit permanently indwells us, and then from there, He reveals and applies God’s truth in ways that transform us to grow in love for God and obedience to Him. The Holy Spirit also fills us, equipping and empowering each of us for the specific work that God has for us and to be a witness for Him.
All throughout the Bible, we see God’s heart for people. One of those verses is Hosea 7:13, “…I long to redeem them…”
By the power of the Holy Spirit, Hosea spoke a prophetic message of warning to the people of Israel, but also a message of hope and restoration. In essence, the message that God spoke through Hosea was:
You have chosen to walk in darkness, but I long to bring you into the light. Come to me.
And that message wasn’t just a message for then, it’s for today.
I long to bring you into the light, come to me.
The Holy Spirit does not begrudgingly want to bring people into the light for no reason, He wants to bring them into the light because He loves them. He wants to redeem them. He wants to restore them. He wants to have eternal fellowship with them.
God wants all people to experience the glorious life He has for them now and in the days ahead.
This life that He offers people now is not a life full of sunshine and roses. The life He offers now is often scarred with pain and suffering, but amidst the pain and suffering, through Him, we also experience freedom, we experience peace and rest, we experience joy, we experience love like no other.
And then, the life that He offers for eternity is a life full of sunshine and roses. It is a life where there is no pain or heartache or tears. The eternal life that He offers is absolute perfection because we are with Him.
I literally am jumping out of my chair as I am speaking this aloud!
God wants people from every tribe, language and tongue to be with Him for eternity!
And the Holy Spirit wants to use you in His mission to draw all peoples of the earth to Him.
Are you willing to be used?
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” Isaiah 6:8.
I was so hoping you would do this on your blog. THANK YOU!!
Thanks Wanda! It certainly went a little different direction than it went at BSF, but I just kept writing as the Lord kept giving me words!
Indeed, the Holy Spirit is our best friend and mentor. I appreciate this devotional dedicated to Him and His work.
Hallelujah, He is! Thanks for reading and commenting Bonnie!
Faith is mysterious. Love is mysterious. At least we do have the Holy Spirit to show us the way through the mystery. Every time I think I have it all figured out,I am shown by the Holy Spirit that I don’t. I am thankful that I don’t have it figured out, just believe.
And I’m thankful that we don’t have to have it all figured out, because God does! Just keep walking in faith! Thanks for reading!