It seems like I wasn’t the only one who was this many years old in discovering Abraham’s Bosom. If you didn’t read that devotional last week, then you need to check it out by clicking here. One of my favorite comments came from Susan, who said, “I am 78 years old have gone to church my whole life and never heard this before, I had to check you out (I”m sure you would have wanted me to). My pastor said she is right on keep reading that blog.” She is right; I love that she checked out my message, and I always encourage everyone to check out any message that you hear, even the ones from your pastor. We are humans, and humans make mistakes.
Today’s devotion is about another discovery that I made a couple of years ago, although more of you might already know this one. Today, I am talking about the Trinity of the Bible.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
I have attended church my entire life. Like a lot of you, there have been times where attending church wasn’t a priority to me, but I have always found my way back. So, I’ve sat through countless sermons and have heard the above verse many, many times. To tell you the truth, it actually confused me a little. I know God the Father, and I know Jesus the Son, but the Holy Spirit is where I got lost.
The name Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost conjures up images of ghosts and spirits of the haunting nature. I imagined the Holy Spirit was more like a feeling that would overwhelm me. Or maybe even a cloud that would surround me. But, I never “felt” the overwhelming feeling, and I never saw a cloud, so I thought that I didn’t have the Holy Spirit and that I must be doing something wrong.
A couple of years ago, my preacher talked about the Holy Spirit, and he mentioned that the Holy Spirit was a person. WHAT?!? My mind was blown! Why hadn’t I been taught this before?
So, like Susan, I decided to do some research and listened to more sermons about the Holy Spirit and His role in the Trinity. I think most of us know the God is our Father. God is our provider! Jesus is the one and only Son of God, and Jesus is our Savior! Both God and Jesus are GOD; they are one.
30 I and the Father are one.”
I even have a small problem wrapping my head around that concept, but I understand that both God and Jesus are Gods. Now, for the third part of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also God. The Holy Spirit is our helper here on earth. God, our Father, is in Heaven, sitting on His throne. Jesus the Son is in Heaven, sitting at the right hand of God. But, the Holy Spirit is here on earth with us at all times. He is with you when you are praying, and He is with you when you are scrolling social media. He never leaves your side.
When you call out for help, it is the “job” of the Holy Spirit. One sermon I listened to put it like this, God created the Heavens and the Earth. He provided for us, and then He gave us His Son. That was His “job,” so to speak. Jesus came to earth and lived there for 33 years. He showed us how to live our lives, and then He became a sacrifice for our sins. As He died on the cross, he said, “It is finished.” His “job” on earth was done. But, He told of an Advocate or Helper than would come in His place, the Holy Spirit. When you call out to God for help, God the Father and God the Son pass the “job” of helping you off to the Holy Spirit. HE is the God here on earth to help you, guide you, teach you, and strengthen you, all for the Glory Of God. He is the nudging you feel when you should repent. He is that nagging feeling when you need to give money or help out a friend. He is there to try and help you avoid sin.
Romans 8:9-11 (MSG)
9-11 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!
He, the Holy Spirit, is a person that lives within us. We all need to invite and welcome Him into our lives, into our hearts, and ask that He show us the direction we need to go. Thank you, Lord, for providing for us, for giving us your one and only Son, and for leaving us with an Advocate here on earth!
To God Goes The Glory!
Have Blessed Sunday!