Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
Jesus was the original advocate, our comforter, called alongside to walk with us, encourage, and empower us in our walk. Jesus made it clear that upon his leaving, the Holy Spirit will be sent as another advocate, another comforter, called alongside to help us. So, we will not only have the Spirit alongside us, but within us, powerfully indwelling us with the presence of Jesus. It’s as if Jesus never left, but is still with us as he promised.
As you walk with Jesus and with others you will get to know the Spirit. He will become very real to you In your greatest weakness, need, desperation, and troubles. In a lot of ways the Spirit of God has been placed within us to be our spiritual adrenaline.
The Spirit gives you the possibility to enjoy a mighty and mature partnership with your Creator-God! I see it following a natural progression.FIRST-Possess the Spirit-You possess the Spirit when you place your FAITH in Jesus. SECOND-Possessed by the Spirit-Then you become possessed by your FAITHFULNESS, by practicing your spiritual habits. It’s not that you get more of the Spirit, but the Spirit gets more of you! THIRD-Practice the presence of the Spirit-This is as you learn to FOLLOW His lead. You will learn to cooperate with His nudgings and promptings as you grow older in your faith.
The last words of Jesus to his disciples were about the Spirit: After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized withwater, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:3-8)
This is why Paul spoke so emotionally about the Spirit in I Corinthians 3 and 6, when he said, “Don’t you know that your body is the holy dwelling place of God? Therefore glorify God in your body!”Don’t you get it? The very presence of God lives inside you right now, so maybe it’s time you ACT LIKE IT. SECRET #50: The follower of Jesus has the Spirit of the Master indwelling him like a refreshing fountain.