Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hearing God, The Holy Spirit

Through the inner still, small voice of Holy Spirit.


First, to fully understand how this works, you must first understand, who the Holy Spirit is. The Holy Spirit, in some translations, the Holy Ghost, is not a spook. He is not a concept. Nor an Idea. The Holy Spirit is a very real Person.

Everybody who becomes a Child of God, gets the Concept and Idea. You accept Jesus's Sacrifice for you. His blood for your blood. His suffering for your suffering. His death, that you may live. Then the Holy Spirit comes and Adopts you into the Family of God. Jesus said..
"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;"{John 14: 16}
Oh, ain't that nice? It's a beautiful Concept. We will morn when Jesus goes away, but we should not, because another will come and we can cry on His shoulder, and He will comfort us. But that's not it. In the very next verse, Jesus said this..
"Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you."{John 14: 17}
A little bit later Jesus told us, that we need not worry. Why?
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."{John 14: 26}
Again, what a beautiful Concept. What a great Idea this is. We no longer have to learn from the World, we now have a new Teacher that will Teach us all things. However, to fully understand the Reality, you must fully understand who the Holy Spirit actually is.

Genesis 1:
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." When there was yet nothing, The Holy Spirit was there. Then a little bit later in Genesis...
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" In the original language, the word "our" means three or more. We are created in the imagine of God. We have our Mind. Our knowledge and wisdom, Will and emotions. Fashioned after God the Father. Our Body. Fashioned after the flesh of God, Jesus, Our Spirit. Who we really are, the thing that lives on. Fashioned after the Holy Spirit. We are three, yet one.

But wait, it doesn't say Jesus was there. Really?
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."{John 1: 1}
A little bit later...
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."{John 1: 14}
So God, The Word, {Which became Flesh, Jesus} and the Spirit, were there in the Beginning and have always been. Then to fully understand who the Holy Spirit is, we need to go back to John 14..
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
He said "I" shall come to you. He is already there? Of course. So what He is telling them, is that the Holy Spirit is Him, He is God. Three yet one. That when the Flesh dies, and He goes to be with the Father, the Spirit, who never dies, will come and dwell in us.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
Again, "I" in you. Not some spook. "I." Jesus. The Holy Spirit is equal to Jesus. He IS Jesus. Jesus IS God. Are you following?
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Read that again. "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and WE will come unto him, and make OUR abode with him." What is He saying? Remember, OUR means three or more. Jesus said WE will make OUR abode with him. The very real person Jesus, the very real person the Holy Spirit, and even God Himself, will live IN us.

Now you can fully appreciate this Passage..
"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."{1 John 4: 4}
Now you can understand this Passage..

1 Corinthians 6:
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Once you say the Prayer of Salvation, once you ask God to set you free from the Laws of Sin and Dead, the old you, the Body, dies. You are dead. You are then transformed into a new Creature where the real you, the Spirit you, is now in total control. Second, The Holy Spirit comes down from Heaven and dwells in you, with you. You now have the power of Faith. You are now going to live on long after the Body dies. Who is the Holy Spirit?? Think about that.

So here you are a Child of God, with the Holy Spirit in you. Do you NOT think that The Holy Spirit cannot talk to you. Guide you. Keep you safe?

We all have that little voice in our heads. Most of us anyway. We know Right from Wrong. We know when we should or should not do, this or that. Some call it a Conscience. As a Child of God, you can call it the Holy Spirit. You could, and you would be accurate, call it God Himself.

Ever been going about you day, when all of a sudden you hear that little voice, "Stop." Or something like, "Go there." "Talk to this Person." Something to this effect? You may have no idea why, but can I suggest to you, do it? You do not have to understand it at the time. You may never understand it. But it may just change someone's life. It may even change yours.

If we have God Himself, the Alpha and Omega, The Beginning and the End, the Creator of all that Is, Was, and ever Will Be, living inside of us, He knows better than we. Does He not?
"And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left."{Isaiah 30: 21}
God will never leave you nor forsake you. He is with you always. Unless YOU chose to walk away. Unless YOU chose not to listen. Unless YOU chose to put the cares of this world over His Will. His Plan and Purpose for your life. He is with you always. Be with Him always. Trust in Him to know better than you. Learn to listen to that voice. Understand what that Voice is. Who that voice is. He is there for you.

Next time we will talk about how God can and does, speak to us through Circumstances.

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

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