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The Holy Spirit Study 1: Introduction

The Holy Spirit Today Day 1 – Introduction 

“The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD.” (Isaiah 11:2, NIV)

“I need an editor,” I sighed out loud as I pushed back from my writing desk. I gave my strained neck a little massage and took a turn about the room, allowing my tired brain a little space to breathe.

It is difficult to describe what launched me into a writing project much bigger than a typical blog or social media post. The Lord’s urging was so clear and undeniable. I couldn’t help but sit myself in the chair day after day and trust Him to give me words to collect thoughts and discoveries from years of Bible study.

The project was daunting! On more than one occasion, I spoke the same longing with exasperation, “I need an editor!” That perfect person to give me words, spark creativity, inspire fresh ideas, fact check details, interject differing perspectives, offer timely reminders. But most of all, I longed for someone to take the jumbled mess of words I had done my best to string together and make something truly beautiful out of them—something of substance and meaning, something that would touch and encourage hearts.

For months working on that project, although friends and family offered proof-reading help, no human editor was provided. I wisely concluded, “The Lord is my only Editor!” I was truly grateful for His presence and help at every turn.

The amazing truth is that we all have a Divine “Editor”! He touches and transforms our hearts, minds, and lives, reaching deeper and further than just refining our written words. The Father has given us the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, to be present and powerful in many ways:

  • He convicts us of sin and helps us understand God’s righteousness. (John 16:8)
  • He leads our hearts to proclaim Jesus is our Savior. (1 Corinthians 12:3)
  • He is our Comforter, Helper, and Advocate. (John 14:26, John 16:7)
  • He teaches us truth and reminds us of what Jesus has said. (John 14:26)
  • He intercedes for us when we don’t know how to pray. (Romans 8:26)
  • He affirms that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:16)
  • He dwells within our bodies – each one is His temple. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  • He grows a harvest of good fruit in our hearts. (Galatians 5:22-23)
  • He enables/empowers us to be His witnesses. (Acts 1:8)
  • He is the source of spiritual gifts given to each of us. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
  • He equipped men to speak in languages they did not previously know. (Acts 2:4)

In biblical accounts, the Holy Spirit came upon prophets and writers, judges, warriors and kings, artisans, humble servants, and evangelists to give them extraordinary wisdom, strength, understanding, courage, and skill—unexpected opportunities to experience His miraculous power! The men God used to write the Bible (2 Peter 1:21), King David (2 Samuel 23:2), Joshua (Numbers 27:18), Gideon (Judges 6:34), Bezalel (Exodus 35:30-35), Mary (Luke 1:35), Peter (Acts 4:8-10), and Philip (Acts 8:29) all serve as examples of the Holy Spirit’s impact in and through men and women just like us.  

The work of the Holy Spirit is vast and unfathomable, yet intimately personal. In a similar but far greater sense, the Holy Spirit is our Editor. He prompts us, inspires us, makes us pause and consider the Father’s perspective, realigns our thinking, teaches us truth, provides timely reminders, and rewords or refines what needs fixing. He is always working to transform our hearts and lives in the most beautiful ways, infusing them with substance and eternal significance!  

The Holy Spirit is also comforting and compassionate. Dwelling within us, He sees and knows how messy our daily experience can be. He offers healing and nourishment. He gathers up our tangled bits and redeems them, encouraging and equipping us to offer gifts that will honor God and comfort the hearts of others, too.

It is safe to say that we will barely scratch the surface of the breadth and depth of the Holy Spirit’s impact! But we pray that this little study will deepen our appreciation for Him and lead us to employ His help.

Join us for the next two weeks on vinetobranches.com as we seek to learn more about the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead, and how He is present and powerful in our lives today!

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13, NLT).

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