Scripture reading for the day: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen." – 2Corinthians 13:14
We culminate almost all our services with the benediction from 2Corinthians 13:14. In that brief but profound statement, we attribute grace to the Lord Jesus and love to God the Father who gave us His Son. When we come to the blessed Holy Spirit, we rather emphasize communion, interaction and fellowship. The Hebrew name for God the Holy Spirit is ‘Ruach Hakodesh’. ‘Kodesh’ emphasizes His holiness but the term ‘Ruach’ means breath or wind. By virtue of this term which means breath or wind, we know without a shadow of a doubt that the Spirit of the living God is the source of all refreshing. Interestingly enough, on the Day of Pentecost, there was a sound as of a rushing mighty wind that came from heaven. The Spirit also took Elijah up in a whirlwind. As a child of God, you are in-dwelt by the Spirit, comforted by His companionship and empowered by His outpouring upon you. The blessed Holy Spirit is in us, with us and upon us. God has granted us unfettered access to the Spirit of Refreshing.
Having said all the above, it is important to point out that the blessed Holy Spirit is not just wind or fire or a dove or rain. These are all symbolisms of the Spirit. I am inclined to believe that He is the most versatile person of the Godhead, meaning that He is capable of taking different forms at different times for different reasons. More important for our devotional today is the fact that the Holy Spirit is a person; meaning that He has a mind of His own, a will and emotions. In fact, He has emotions to the extent that He can be ‘grieved’, ‘quenched’ or ‘vexed’. Believe it or not, He can also be jealous. It is by virtue of the fact that He is a person that you and I can commune with Him. Communing with Him means partnering with Him, fellowshipping with Him and talking to Him. It means sharing our thoughts with Him and receiving His thoughts through the word or through our inward witness. It also includes yielding to His Lordship and guidance in our lives. In the Acts of the Apostles, we witness the Spirit leading and guiding the disciples and telling them what to do. Like Solomon said in the book of Proverbs, we are not to lean on our own understanding but rather, in all our ways we should learn to acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths. In this dispensation, the Holy Spirit is our Lord and Shepherd and we shall not be in want if we cultivate a meaningful and ongoing relationship with Him. He is the one who makes our fellowship with the Father and the Son a reality.
The Holy Spirit was the main companion of Jesus while He walked upon the surface of the earth as a man. He facilitated His birth, anointed His ministry and raised Him from the dead. Jesus was so highly protective of the Holy Spirit and He warned the Pharisees and Elders that there would be dire consequences if they blasphemed against Him. In the closing chapters of the Gospel according to John and at the end of His ministry in general, Jesus strongly recommended the companionship of the Spirit and commanded the disciples to tarry for His outpouring. Without Him, it was impossible to carry out the commission that had been given to them. As mentioned earlier on, He is our Lord and Shepherd in this dispensation and every benefit that the psalmist had in Psalms 23 is ours through Him. David wrote and sang out that; "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. "He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake." (Psalm 23:2-3) Lying down in green pastures, being led beside the still waters and having our souls restored, are all forms of refreshing that we experience through our communion and companionship with the Spirit. Every relationship has to develop. Endeavor to have a vibrant one with the Holy Spirit.
Memory verse: "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul. he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake." – Psalm 23:2-3
Pastor Charles Amaning
Resident Pastor, Christ’s Oasis Ministries