Episode 17: Why the Holy Spirit Is So Important i Our Walk

Why did God give us his Holy Spirit to be with us everyday? Why is he so important in our lives?

Transcript/Show Notes:

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Welcome to Everyday Discipleship Every Day, where we discuss discipleship in the 21st century, guided by biblical discipleship, a Christian worldview and individual needs while discipling our children as well. I’m your host, Terrie Hellard-Brown, and I’ve been launching my discipleship book on my blog. You can find it at TerrieHellardBrown.com, and I would love for you to check it out. You can download the chapters for free there. So right now, we’re on a break from our podcast and we’re in between season one and season two, but I wanted to come to you each week and just bring you a little short video sharing some scripture or sharing some thoughts or covering some things that I felt like I hadn’t dealt with fully when we talked about something. So last week we talked about forgiveness and shame and guilt and what that can do to us as believers, and today I wanted to talk about the Holy Spirit.

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We were reading in 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. I’m going to be reading from the New Living Translation. Let’s start with verse 6. “Yet, when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world who are soon forgotten. No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God, his plan that was previously hidden even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began” in verse eight, “but the rulers of this world have not understood it. If they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. That is what the scriptures mean when they say no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him,” verse 10, “but it was to us that God revealed these things by his spirit, for His spirit, searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.

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No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own spirit, and we have received God’s spirit, not the world’s spirit. So we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.” So that ends with verse 12. And these scriptures just really kind of hit me because now I grew up in a pretty healthy church where we learned about the Holy Spirit. It was a very conservative church. We were not charismatic except when it came to singing. We enjoyed our music, but you know, we didn’t speak in tongues, we didn’t see a lot of healings other than praying for someone to be healed and seeing God heal them as an answer to prayer. We didn’t see a lot of the supernatural gifts at work in the church. Since then, I have been miraculously healed of a very long-lived condition.

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I had fibromyalgia and God healed me of that, and I will share that story at some point. So I do believe that God still chooses to heal at times and to do miraculous things at times like that, but I didn’t grow up in that kind of church, but we didn’t ignore the Holy Spirit like some churches do. And I’ve seen, especially in the denomination I grew up in, that it was like a knee jerk reaction to the abuses of the gifts of the spirit, to then just kind of throw them out because we don’t want strange things happening in our services, and I don’t think that’s the best way to handle something. If someone has something a little bit wrong, that doesn’t mean we throw everything out, we find the truth and we stick with the truth, and if possible, bring them along with us if we think that they’ve misunderstood something.

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I also had a friend who was in a hyper charismatic church, and we didn’t agree on everything theologically, but we were friends, and we were both pastor’s wives and she said she confronted some people in her church because she said, “You’re treating the gospel like witchcraft. You’re using the words of God as like there’s some sort of spell and if you say them right that he will do what you want.” I thought that was really wise of her to see that, that when you’re using the word of God as a mantra or a formula to make God do what you want or to make the Holy Spirit do what you want, that is not honoring God, that is abusing the word of God and it is really wrong, but I wrote down some things and I’m probably just going to try to read them to you because I don’t think I can say it that well, but it really struck me.

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So in these scriptures it just hit me that if we’re afraid of the Holy Spirit because we shy from the supernatural or we feel we lose control, are we really committed to God If we’re thinking we’re still in control? That’s one of my questions, but we are missing the guidance of God through the Spirit. If we ignore the Holy Spirit, we’re missing his guidance. We’re basically walking through life blindly because, right here in the Bible, it tells us, his spirit reveals God’s plans to us. He reveals God’s mind and heart to us. He opens up God’s word and gives us understanding. There’s a scripture that also says you don’t need anyone else to teach you because the Holy Spirit will teach you what the Word of God says, and that doesn’t mean you should never have a teacher. It’s just saying if you pray and you trust and listen to the Holy Spirit, he will open up the word of God to you and give you understanding.

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If we’re ignoring the Holy Spirit, we’re ignoring the whole guidance of God and his work and presence in our lives every day. The Holy Spirit is a vital part of us following Jesus Christ and being his disciple, and one of the things too is we say we believe in one God. We say he is a trinity. He’s in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, but he is one God, and because our brains cannot comprehend this, this is really beyond what the human brain can accept and understand. It’s just beyond our reality. It’s one of those things that we believe by faith, but we actually mess it up all the time, and when we try to explain it, we can’t explain it well, and it’s because it’s beyond human comprehension. What we wind up doing is either ignoring the Holy Spirit and pretending he is not God.

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He’s not a part of the Trinity or we make him like different from God, and the truth is God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, God the Jesus Christ are all God. God came down, he died on the cross for us. He rose from the dead to conquer death and sin, he his spirit is the one who lives within us. It is God, and that doesn’t make us God, but that makes us able to be guided by God, and we need to somehow, by faith in what little understanding we have, grasp the Trinity as God and understand that there is a difference in the way we see them, but it is still God and the Holy Spirit at work in our lives is God at work in our lives. We need to wrap our heads around that as much as we can and not discount who’s who.

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And also there’s a whole warped theology going on in a lot of the churches because they do not see Jesus as God, and we need to understand that. So let’s go back to what I was saying about the Holy Spirit. So we are walking blindly if we ignore him. And the thing is, we also could very well hurt the church and hurt the purposes of God because we’re like trying to do things in our own strength and what seems right in our own eyes and in our own mind what we think we should be doing, we can become super religious and we miss what God is wanting to do because we’re not listening to him, and you know in Judges it said it over and over again. Everyone did what seemed right in their own eyes. Oh, that is so bad. That is bad news.

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Well, we see it today everywhere and it’s what we do when we don’t acknowledge the Holy Spirit, and I said, how arrogant of us, how ignorant of us to fear or hesitate to embrace God’s gift of His spirit. It is just unbelievable when we really think about it. It is pride and arrogance and ignorance to just not embrace the Holy Spirit and let Him work in our lives and how evil of us to try to make him into our own image of what we think God should be. We do that if we’re not careful. We make God into the image we think he should be or into our image of what we would do if we were in that situation, and we don’t acknowledge His godliness, his Godhead, that he is the God, the Most High God. He is the ruler of all things, the creator of all things.

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And we need to acknowledge His holiness and that his thoughts are not our thoughts, his ways are not our ways. They are far above us. And we don’t even comprehend probably a fraction of what reality is when we think of God, if we know enough to receive his forgiveness and salvation and be thankful for the relationship we have and to acknowledge the Holy Spirit that he has given us. When we are saved, it says that He gives us the Holy Spirit and we listen to him and know then what God wants us to do and God’s plan and to understand God’s word, but it is so evil of man to think they can control God. Do we think we’re higher than God? That we can tell him what to do, that we can say the right words? Like that one pastor’s wife was saying as though it’s some spell to force God or some formula to force God to do our will.

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That’s evil. That is blasphemy. That is awful, and yet we see it every day on tv. If we watch TV evangelists, we see the abuse of God’s word, the abuse of the Holy Spirit and trying to control God, and we are in such danger if we do that, we are to be submissive to him and follow him. That’s what a disciple is. We follow God, not the other way around. We don’t say, but God, you promised in your word that if I said this you would do that, and if I do this, you would do that. Like we can force God to do what we want him to do and when we want him to do it, and I’ve seen so many people get frustrated with God and angry at God for not doing their will, and it is evil, it is wrong. And so I just feel like we haven’t talked about that in our episodes and in my chapters I’ve been writing, we haven’t quite gotten to that yet, but I’ve just seen it.

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And then with the scripture we were looking at this weekend, it just really, really hit me. We have got to find a right relationship with the Holy Spirit. He lives in our lives. He is a part of our lives. He is a gift from God. He is his presence in our lives and he’s our comforter. He’s our guide. He’s the one who reveals God’s plan and God’s mind and heart to us. We are ignorant people who have deceptive hearts and double minds, and we need God and his spirit at work in our lives daily to live this life and to have any victory in our walk with Jesus. So hold on to the Holy Spirit, what little you understand of God and his spirit that he has given you. Hold onto it. Ask him to open his word to you and to help you understand if you’re new in your faith, just ask.

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I’ve shared this before when I was seven years old and I was a Christian, brand new Christian and I had a Bible, and back then you pretty much got a King James Bible, and so I had my King James Bible and I was reading it and I didn’t understand anything as a 7-year-old and it really broke my heart because I was so excited to know God and I wanted to know more and I wanted to grow and, and so I prayed and I said, God, help me understand your word, and you know, the very next day when I went to read my Bible, it was like a new language. I could read it. I understood it, and not that I understood everything, but I understood enough, and it was like I started learning God’s word and memorizing God’s word and it became alive in my life and it was just awesome.

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God is so faithful, and he is so awesome, and he will answer our prayers. So we need to trust that the Holy Spirit will guide us, direct us, and help us as we try to follow Christ as his disciples. Well thank you for being here today, and we will be back in July with our Season 2 of Everyday Discipleship Every Day, and so I hope that you will join us then, and in the meantime, I will have these short videos up that we are posting during this break. Our prayer is that we can obey Jesus’ command to make disciples as we reach and equip this generation of believers to reach and equip the next generation of believers with everyday discipleship every day.

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