The Holy Spirit.
The Spirit of Christ.
The Holy Ghost.
The Third Person of the Triad.
This is Who we will be (for lack of a better word) studying over the next few weeks.
Who is He?What does He do? How do we live by Him? In Him? Is He a partner, partaker, or is He power?
Why do we feel like we don't feel Him all the time?
Questions. Answers. Mysteries. Revelations.
These are what I hope to uncover for us. As usual, I have a mentor, a guide that will help us in our study, and I so encourage you to get this book as soon as you can.
It's The Indwelling Spirit by Andrew Murray. Yes, yes, it's good ol' Andrew again, but I can't help it, he's my favorite.
Do you ever feel like you know Jesus, but wish you knew Him better? Do you ever wonder why you don't feel Christ all the time? Are you ever frustrated with yourself because you feel like you'll never understand Him or never know all that Bible stuff?
Do you ever wonder if the Spirit is really in you? Maybe that doesn't bother you as much as wondering if He's really doing all that people say He does.
Do you have a sense of powerlessness? A lack of knowledge? Weakness?
Or, do you know the Spirit, but sense there is more? More to know, more to uncover, more to understand?
I can answer yes to every one of those questions. I've wrestled with each one and rejoiced in the moments I feel like I "got" it. But is that the goal? "Getting it"?
I must break it to us, the only "getting" we should be after is getting more of Him so that He is glorified!
There it is. The word we will have weaving all through this study. We'll come back to it over and over---glory. That word is the red thread of truth found from Genesis to Revelation and is God's primary goal for Himself: His glory.
I fear that for most of my life, and even now, I do not fully live in a place where I allow Him to have the most glory all the time. I dare say I don't even know how to do it. I fail so miserably at it. Even Romans 3:23 backs me up, "...for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."
I can't do it. You can't do it. It is only Himself who can bring Him the most glory and He has given us Himself to see it come to pass. And so what does that mean for us? Do we stop trying to glorify Christ? Do we see our attempts at worship and adoration as merely false attempts, unable to really do Him justice?
Maybe. Possibly. Most likely.
What! Stop glorifying Christ! Have you lost your mind, Natalie! You crazy!
Hmm, that's not what I said. I asked if we stop trying, attempting, striving. If we fall short of it then how are we ever to do it?
By His Spirit.
And thus, the can of worms is open.
Oh, I am heavy with this. Heavy with what I will learn, what we will learn and be changed by.
Here, just to give you a peek, here are some of the topics:
The Deposit Given
No Confidence in the Flesh
The Spirit and The Word
Yielding to the Spirit
Praying in the Spirit
Freedom from Sin
Just to name a few. I'm not exactly sure how long this study will be. Possible 3 weeks (3 days a week--M, W, F)) maybe four. Please leave a comment with some of your questions. Hopefully, we'll get to them in our study.
For now, I leave you with this:
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:25