John 14:26 – The helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
The fruit of revelation came with the teachings of Jesus. All those that heard Jesus’ teachings were amazed because He did not teach in the way they had become accustomed. He taught “with authority” to which Jesus was not just repeating what the writers of the Old Testament had written. He brought revelation to the Scriptures. He revealed their true meaning and fulfillment found in Him. This became revelation to many of those who heard Him. Not only did Jesus explain the Scriptures accurately, He demonstrated them through signs and wonders.
The Holy Spirit is the great teacher of truth. He does not concern Himself with theoretical views, but absolutes that will transform our lives. For the believer, He is the source of all reality. Jesus is teaching His disciples about the Father sending the Helper. The Helper would teach them “all things.” The Holy Spirit is our helper too. Truth comes from the Spirit of Truth who lives in us. We study and listen to messages by Bible teachers, but seeing clearly is rooted in the Spirit of God giving us revelation power. The Holy Spirit’s purpose is to transform our thinking. When we learn the teachings concerning past revelation, it helps to establish us. For example, the “just shall live by faith” or the “priesthood of every believer” are truths that were revealed to past generations. When we hear and receive from the Holy Spirit on a personal level, it can have a great impact and bring dramatic change into our lives. That change not only changes us, but will also affect others.
George Whitefield, one of the great revivalists during the first great awakening is an example of what I am saying. God gave him a simple revelation, “preaching could be done outdoors.” It seems simple to us, but in the liturgical church of the mid-1,700’s it was not only unusual, but thought by many to be heretical. He was mocked and persecuted.
This simple revelation produced dramatic fruit. By age 24, Whitefield had preached to over 40,000 people in outdoor settings. He persuaded Wesley to do the same. Whitefield made six trips to America and once preached to 23,000 people in Philadelphia. There were estimates that during his life, he preached to half the population of the colonies, from Georgia to New England.
Father, in the name of Jesus, I ask for the Helper to teach me all things that You would have me to know. Give me simple revelations that would have dramatic fruit in my life and in the lives of others I touch.
ishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me’ ” (Matthew 16:24-25). Part of entering into life with Christ is the putting off of the flesh which is rooted in the old nature, also called the old man. Oh, the absolute genius of our God! God becomes human in the Son. Christ lives the sinless life; He dies in our place as our substitute. God the Holy Spirit raises Him from the dead, enthrones Him as a resurrected man seated at the right hand of God the Father. The Spirit of God is poured out in the earth to bring forth a new creation. We choose to put the old nature to death and we choose to receive the new man. We live life through the power of God’s Holy Spirit. What power has been given to man! What eternal joy is ours to possess! What victory over death and hell!
Once again, the Scriptures put the onus on our choosing to “crucify the flesh”. The ability to crucify one’s flesh is utterly impossible! You can hammer the nail into one hand, but someone else must hammer a nail into the other. That is why the Lord has set us into a community of believers. It takes another to finish the job of crucifixion. Sometimes it takes more than one, a few to hold us down while others drive in the nails.
Beloved, this is a serious matter and not to be taken lightly. In a marriage, often our partner has the hammer to help finish the job of crucifixion. Many run to another hoping to escape, but it does no good because our flesh still needs to be crucified. This is a part of Christianity that none of us like, but it is so necessary if we are to attain what God has for us in this life.
As the Holy Spirit was with Christ in His time of death, so will He be with us. God promises, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you, so that we confidently say, The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me” (Hebrews 13:5-6)? “I will never” literally means, “I will never, no never, leave you.” David declares, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me” (Psalm 23:4).
Let us be bold in the Lord and face our cross even as Christ faced His for us. Power will be released from His death on the cross and in His resurrection. Power will be released as we step into the new realms of His kingdom. By His power, we can guide others into the glorious freedom found in Christ Jesus our Lord!
Galatians 5:21 – I forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
As we think about our relationship with the Holy Spirit, it should lead us to His nature. We know He is holy. We know He is spirit. Christ has given each believer His “holy” nature. In the early church, there were those who embraced forgiveness and eternal life, but who had not been fully converted. They did not understand that God, in the power of His Spirit, was raising up a new kind of man in the earth. Those born of the Spirit are now holy and not continuing to practice the base nature of the flesh.
The apostle John said, “No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him” (1 John 3:6). This is a pretty difficult Scripture to understand in the light of the normal battling of the flesh. John is saying, if you abide in Him, you no longer practice the habit of sin. Your nature no longer is a “sinful nature” controlling you. We have received His nature that should be dominant in how we conduct ourselves. If we insist on making a habit of continuing to practice sin, it is evident we have not truly seen the Lord and certainly do not know Him.
Entering into the kingdom of God is not exclusively some future event, but it begins now, by entering into His life under His authority. This is evidenced by the fact that our life is to be lived under the control of the Spirit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus only lived to do the will of the Father. He demonstrated a kingdom of God walk throughout His entire life, even by His death on the cross. Heaven becomes the end of the journey which ends at His Throne. It is there at the Throne “we will all appear” (2 Corinthians 5:10). There we will give Him an account of our life and the works done. Repentance and forgiveness bring us to the Throne. Kingdom work brings rewards from Him. When all is said and done, only Jesus stands worthy to receive all the praise, honor, and glory.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any practices of the flesh that are hindering you from entering fully into His kingdom. Repent, and forsake any such practices. Ask the Lord to fill you with His Holy Spirit to help you in yielding to His Kingly rule.
Galatians 5:16 – But I say, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
Walking by the Spirit is a choice one makes on a daily basis. Once you begin to practice walking by the Spirit, it becomes something like breathing. You don’t have to think about every decision or choice you make. Supernaturally, you just do it. It is supernatural in that you know it is the Holy Spirit who is leading your decisions and lifestyle.
The Spirit desires to make us a lover of people so we will instinctively respond in love. He wants to produce in us peace so that no matter what disturbances are happening around us, we are at peace. The Holy Spirit does not automatically produce these qualities in us. We choose to allow Him freedom to work and guide our lives for the glory of God. His nature is made up of the qualities Paul lists in Galatians 5 known as “the fruit of the Spirit.”
First, we allow the Holy Spirit to deal with our issues. That include our hurts, unforgiveness, perhaps childhood wounds, and whatever others might have done in the past to harm us. He wants to heal our heart. Secondly, He wants to establish us in the Word of God. It is the “washing of water with the word” (Ephesians 5:26), that renews one’s mind. This begins to help us think correctly. Many years ago, an early mentor of mine would say “God is a do right God and we must therefore do right.” In essence, he was teaching me to be led by the Spirit because the Spirit of God always leads us to do the right thing. Thirdly, we must establish “Spirit-lead habit patterns.” We choose to love another, we choose to be at peace and rest in God, and we choose to allow joy to be predominant in our lives. The Spirit of God will quicken our choices and empower us to live above the natural realm in His supernatural ability.
These three basic areas must be applied in our lives as we learn to be led by the Spirit. As we learn to allow the Spirit of God to lead us, the flesh begins to be brought under control. Paul expresses it like this: “You will not carry out the desires of the flesh” (emphasis is mine). Many saints struggle with “being led by the Spirit”. Many still carry unforgiveness toward people who have inflicted past wounds. There are those who read the Word of God as a religious obligation, rather than for application purposes. Finally, many have not broken old habit patterns and are still being led by their carnal, fleshly nature rather than the new nature which the Holy Spirit gives at the time of new birth.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas that are hindering you from being led by the Spirit. Forgive, forsake, and surrender to Him, as He reveals the objects which hinder your growth in the life of the Spirit.
Romans 15:30 – Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me.
Paul is writing to a church that he has not seen. He had longed to go to Rome, but the Spirit of God has had him focused on the Eastern Mediterranean. Many of Paul’s friends, and fellow laborers were there in Rome with the Roman saints. Paul is strongly calling for them to join him in his labors by praying for him to be rescued from those that are disobedient in Judah. That was a nice way of speaking about the Jews who wanted to kill him. He asked for prayers concerning his outreach to Jerusalem. He also asked them to pray about giving money to the poor saints living there. He asked them to pray for his ability to come to them in joy, by the will of God and to find rest in their company.
His request to the Roman Christians was in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit. Jesus is reigning as Lord in this present time. The Spirit has come to administrate the love of God in the earth. The Spirit always has unity in love as the core of His purpose. It is the love of the Spirit that makes unity possible. Unity must have as its purpose the will of God in order to be accomplished. Today, we hear a lot of talk about unity. It is awesome to see pastors throughout a city joined together in prayer. It is tremendous to sing songs from a great variety of streams. It is always a joy to know that denominationalism is taking a back seat. Many different groups are being joined together in the unity of the Spirit to accomplish God’s purposes in the earth. Paul is requesting prayer for himself from a large church in Rome. In fact, it was the only church in Rome. According to Paul’s greetings in the sixteenth chapter of Romans, it appears the believers gathered in houses, but related as one church in the city.
The Lord is at work restoring His Church to the simplicity of those early days. He is continually at work through His Holy Spirit, raising up His servants all over the world who are laboring for the same cause. That cause is the advancing of His kingdom in the earth. Today, prayers are offered for poor saints, and the suffering church around the world. Large amounts of money are being raised in the same spirit in which Paul raised money for the poor saints in Jerusalem. We are living in apostolic times, as God the Father, by the Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit prepare an end-time church to fulfill His purpose in the earth.
Ask the Holy Spirit to enlarge your vision for what the Lord is doing in these days. Ask Him to guide you in your prayers and to fill you with “the love of the Spirit” for all saints. Be generous toward the poor, especially those of the Household of God.
Romans 15:18-19 – For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit.
Some may think it is an egotistical statement by Paul to speak only of what Christ has done through him. One day, I received a letter from a sister in Christ, who felt she needed to write and tell me I was bragging of what Christ had done through me. Of course, I wrote her back, and thanked her for bringing this to my attention. I mentioned to her that I had taken her letter and shared it with other well-known pastors in our city. My purpose was to inquire of these pastors to find out if this might be true. They did not agree with her perspective and affirmed the reports of what the Lord had been doing.
It is easy to get caught up in drawing attention to self. One does need to be careful, and know one’s motivation in testifying about what God has accomplished. Paul had totally surrendered his life to Christ. Those that knew Paul knew that he had learned to die daily to himself. It was factual that the Gentiles were turning to Christ in large numbers. The reason for these massive amounts of conversions was the combination of “words and deeds.” There were numerous manifestations of “signs and wonders” which occurred through the power of the Holy Spirit. When God uses someone to bring about His purposes through one’s speech, deeds, and supernatural means, one would be expected to share the great things God had done.
We too, should be asking the Lord to use us for His glory. Paul gives us a model of a life surrendered fully to Christ. He also models the combination of words and deeds. Today, many have lots of words, but no real proof of lasting results. Paul’s ministry was based in “signs and wonders.” The same Holy Spirit that was working mightily in Paul is with us today. He has not changed! The church has changed, but the Holy Spirit remains the same. We definitely live in a different time, twenty-one centuries later. What is not different is that signs and wonders are still happening.Let us simply surrender to the Spirit of the Lord. Ask Him for divine appointments that you may speak and demonstrate His power in the life of others through your words and by deeds, even in signs and wonders.