My Best Friend, The Holy Spirit – Part 2
– by Siva Moodley
The Holy Spirit is a person and has a personality. Firstly, He has a mind (Rom 8:27). Secondly, He has a will. The Holy Spirit decides which gifts we are to receive. “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.” – 1 Cor 12:11.
Acting according to God’s Will
We are to earnestly desire the best gifts, but the final decision lies with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit therefore makes His own decisions – but these decisions are always in line with God’s Word (John 16:13). Even Jesus had the ability to make His own decisions, but chose to submit to the Will of the Father (Matt 24:42; John 5:30; John 14:10). The Holy Spirit is attracted by hunger in a person and makes a decision on His own to move towards that individual. “And Jesus said, somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.” – Luke 8:46. The Holy Spirit did not consult with Jesus, but went ahead and healed the lady that was so desperate for a miracle. Realising this had happened, Jesus turned around looking for the person.
Third, the Holy Spirit grieves
(Is 63:10; Eph 4:30). He can be easily wounded by the way we talk and behave (Eph 4:30-31). For example, when a child of God engages in gossip, or becomes bitter, the Holy Spirit is wounded. The wounding is so deep that it is as the pain one feels at the loss of a loved one.
Fourth, the Holy Spirit is responsible for the joy in our lives
(Luke 10:21; 1 Thes 1:6; Gal 5:22). He is so full of joy that it radiates from us and is infectious. While happiness is an emotion, joy is the state of our heart and level of relationship with the Holy Spirit. The more time I spend with the Person of the Holy Spirit, the more intense my joy becomes and at times I end up laughing because my human body cannot contain so much joy.
Fifth, the Holy Spirit gives love
(Rom 15:30). Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up with love at his murderers and asked God to forgive them. (Acts 7:55-60). The Holy Spirit floods our hearts with such great love that we are able to love our enemies. Without the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to love our enemies.
Sixth, the Holy Spirit teaches
(John 14:26; 1 Cor 2:13). His name is teacher and He gently teaches us everything we need to be successful on the earth. The Holy spirit teaches us everything we need to know concerning our gifting and ministry. However, the teaching of the Holy Spirit is not just limited to spiritual matters. I have written many academic exams carrying qualifications in 12 different fields of study. In most of those exams, it was the Holy Spirit who taught me the subject matter. The Holy Spirit also taught me how to be successful in business. God is interested in every area of our life, 24/7, and it is the Holy Spirit who will teach you if you will allow Him to.
Seventh, He testifies about Jesus Christ
(John 15:26). The Holy Spirit’s agenda is to always reveal Jesus Christ in every need. For many, this is the only picture they have of the Holy Spirit, yet God the Holy Spirit is interested in every area of our life and wants us to succeed in our careers, business, ministries, as a parent, as a student, as an artist, as a leader, in sports, in health, financially, emotionally, and in relationships.
Eighth, The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin
(John 16:8). It is not our job to convict or condemn the world of sin, but rather to preach the Truth of the Gospel in love. By ministering God’s Word, the Holy Spirit is then able to convict sinners. In the absence of the Holy Spirit, intellectual words and persuasive language is used to convince someone to change but only the Holy spirit can convict that person. Someone convinced might change their mind later, but someone convicted will need to fight and overcome their heart before they can change their mind.
Ninth, The Holy Spirit leads us
According to Scripture, sons are led by the Holy Spirit, not children (Rom 8:14). A sign of spiritual maturity therefore is the ability to be led by the Holy Spirit, and not how much of the Word or experience a person has. Every believer can mature to the point that they too can be led by the Holy Spirit daily. In this series in JOY! Magazine, I will teach you how to be led by the Holy Spirit. For a very detailed teaching on this subject, I recommend my CD set, The Person of the Holy Spirit. This article will be continued in the next issue of JOY!
Siva Moodley is a pastor, preacher, and author, he also has a daily TV show. For the broadcast schedule, more info on his ministry or to purchase his new series on the Person of the Holy Spirit, call 011 792 2266 or visit sivamoodley.com
JOY! Magazine (June 2018)