Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What Does The Spirit Of Truth Do In Our Lives?








Is The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit So Important To Be Talked About?


Question : Someone I know was talking about "The Spirit of Truth", and how the Holy Spirit shows us the illusions of our mind, or the things we believe to be true about people but they are not, or the erroneous perceptions we have about ourselves, etc..., this has happened to me many times, God has shown me "the truth", about people and situations even though this was painful and horrible at the time.

I think this is what the Holy Spirit does, He shows people "reality" as it is, even if it means that we have to let people go, or we have to lose what we have. I have lost more since I have been a Christian than I have ever done before, as God keeps eliminating what is false in my life. But this aspect of the Holy Spirit is never really talked about, or at least I have never heard anyone talk about this. What is your perspective? Thank you in advance and Blessings....

Answer : Greetings to you in Jesus name! The world is working upside down, and we through practicing the truth of Jesus are again turning the worldly mind set downside up to make it work in the right godly way in which it is supposed to work. The whole world judges everybody and everything except themselves. But we as the people of God are told to judge ourselves first and not others of their faults and iniquities as the world does
(1 Cor 11:32). The people of the world condemn themselves by condemning and judging others rather than themselves first (Mat 7:1). God has clearly started the freedom of the Spirit and the kingdom liberty that he gives to reign spiritually in the lives of the people of God by making self judgment start first within the Church (2 Cor 3:17; Gal 5:1; 1 Peter 4:17). The world is already judged and condemned to be in darkness because they have not believed the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ so that they can be saved from sin, darkness and condemnation of the evil one, once a unbeliever dies he will be eternally judged immediately to be separated from the Presence of God forever after (John 3:18-19; 2 Thess 1:9).

When we encounter the truth of Jesus in our lives, many people who were our family members, friends and acquaintances might leave us and may even become our enemies
(Matt 10:34-39). But those who are eager to follow Jesus and grow spiritually in Him, must place their self life below the spiritual priorities, their love for their own family below the love for Jesus. Only then, without fail a believer will be able to stand for the truth of Jesus and please God in his God-given life time (John 14:6). Truth is like a sword that cut the flesh of soulishness away from our lives and replaces it with the spiritual guidance of the Holy Spirit (Heb 4:12-13). Truth is the reality of how God sees us and our situations in which the decisions we make might help us grow in spiritual relationship and intimacy with Himself. If we really want to grow spiritually, though it might cause pain, we have to allow the sword of truth to fall on us again and again (Eph 6:17). As much as the adage "without pain there is no gain" applies to the physical muscular growth of our body, the same applies to our spiritual part of our lives too.

When Jesus told to his disciples about His imminent death and his departure to heaven to be at the right hand of our Father God, they were very discouraged and heart broken. They felt like they were going to be orphaned without Jesus who until then acted as their father and mother who sustained them both spiritually and physically
(John 16:5-6). They had everything when Jesus was with them. But then, Jesus knowing how they felt inside their heart, told to them all, one of the greatest truth ever said till today. Jesus said, "7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you." (John 16:7-14).

Jesus was the personal spiritual guide who trained them all under His personal ministry for three and a half years to become His witnesses to the whole wide world. When ever they had any doubt about any thought, people, themselves and or any other thing regarding their spiritual lives, immediately they consulted Jesus to understand which is truth from the false deceit of the evil one. Jesus shone the light of God on themselves, others and Himself as long as He was with them
(John 9:5). But at the point of departing to heaven by dying on the Cross, He introduced a advantageous new Helper the Holy Spirit who can be with the disciples at all times and places by dwelling within them unlike Jesus who can be at only one place at a time (John 14:17). Jesus declared Himself as "the truth" (John 14:6) and in the same like manner He declared the Holy Spirit as "the Spirit of truth" (John 14:17, a) which in other words mean that there can be no other person like Jesus to tell the truth of the spiritual condition about ourselves, others and about God except the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised that as long as the disciples have the Holy Spirit to be within them, they cannot be a spiritual orphan because the voice of Jesus Himself will come to them through the Holy Spirit who will speak and repeat what Jesus will speak towards them from heaven (John 14:18; 16:13-14).

The Holy Spirit in all His Characteristics was declared by Jesus to be like Himself in all essence of spiritual guidance of teaching right from wrong, giving comfort, giving courage to be a witness to all people around us and compassion towards our weakness
(John 14:26; Acts 1:8; Rom 8:26-27). Father God in heaven made a pact with Jesus and promised Him that if He by faith will leave and submit all the disciples of His and return back to heaven trusting the Father to send the Holy Spirit and guide them in to all truth (John 17:11, 14-15; 14:16), then surely the Holy Spirit will be sent, but until then it is not possible (John 16:7). So according to the understanding of His apostolic disciples at that time, once Jesus goes away to be with the Father God in heaven at His right hand of sovereign authority over all the world (Mark 16:19-20; John 16:28), He will be able to send the Holy Spirit to all disciples for the supernatural spiritual guidance from heaven, which will be equal to and even more than the effect of Jesus walking with all disciples in the flesh and guiding them in to all truth about God and His ways (John 16:7; 15:26-27; 14:15-18, 26). The greatest advantage of having the presence of Jesus and the promise of Jesus in which He said, "lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen." (Matt 28:20) was made possible through the Holy Spirit who made Jesus to be real and alive at all times and places to His disciples by coming within them to deliver the voice of Jesus and His presence to them personally.

Jesus clearly described that once the Holy Spirit comes in to the world on behalf of Jesus to be a mouth piece to Him, the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. In other words, the believers will be convicted when they follow the thinking of the world instead of the thinking of Christ so that they can be able to walk in the perfect will of God for their lives
(Rom 12:2; 1 Cor 2:16), then when the believers sin, they will convicted to repent of it through confessing it to God and be clean from it (Heb 4:4-6; 1 John 1:7, 9). Then the Holy Spirit will speak to them how they cannot be accused or condemned for the sin or mistakes they have done because of becoming the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:1; 2 Cor 5:21) and finally the Holy Spirit will speak of the truth of the defeat of Satan and all his evil powers at the Cross, and how the sins of each believer and the requirement of the wages of sins demanded according to the justice of God have been completely paid by Jesus in full and wiped off by Jesus who had taken it out of our way and have nailed it to the Cross, so that we could contact God without any difficulty about our failures, because God has already forgiven all our trespasses (Col 2:13-14; John 19:30). Praise the Lord!

The above precious ministry of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for all believers because when we sin, we can again believe Jesus to help stand against its deceitfulness
(Heb 3:12-14; 1 John 2:1-2), then when we are condemned by the evil demons for our sins, we can be able to overcome it by declaring how we have become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus even though we do not see Him because He has gone to Our Father in heaven and we see Him no more (2 Cor 5:21; John 16:10), and finally to rebuke and drive away all the demons of hell by confessing against them and reminding them of the judgment that had taken place on the Cross of Calvary two thousand years ago, where the ruler of this world has been judged and thus have ceased to have any authority over us who have become the children of God in Christ Jesus (Rev 12:10-12; Col 2:15; Matt 28:18-20; Luke 10:18-20; John 1:12).

Thus we must understand that there is no substitute for the ministry of the Holy Spirit who gives us liberty in our Christian lives and makes us grow spiritually to bring Glory to God through Jesus Christ in our lives
(2 Cor 3:17-18; John 16:14). Without the Holy Spirit of God we cannot be guided in to all truth without any error creeping in to our lives to deceive us. But with the Holy Spirit's guidance, we can get light of the truth on ourselves, others and God Himself because the Holy Spirit will only tell us what Jesus wants to tell to us from heaven, of how we should with wisdom act in order to walk in the exact will of God. Like Jesus was the Light of God on earth as long as He was present, we too can be a light of God to all those who are in the earth without it (John 9:5; Matt 5:14-16). When we follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we will be able to experience every kind of spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus that the Father God has stored for us in the heavenlies, which if known by us through revelation and faith, have the power to shake the world with the light of heaven on earth (John 16:15; Eph 1:3). Be a light house of God for the darkened world which is searching for a beacon of hope to know and experience the reality of truth!

Much Blessings.....







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