My Best Friend, The Holy Spirit Part 6
– by Siva Moodley
Thank you for the testimonies and feedback that I continuously receive from these articles and our daily TV programme. The Holy Spirit is my best friend and I want you to know Him. Let’s continue with the next set of personality traits of the Holy Spirit:
He can be insulted:
“How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?” – Heb 10:29
The Holy Spirit is not common
We insult the Holy Spirit by undermining Him, by treating Him as common. The Holy Spirit is God, equal to the Father and Son. When we ascribe the Holy Spirit’s miracles to satan, doctors, and others, we insult Him. In the story of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11), this couple lied to the Holy Spirit by lying to His Apostles. Ananias and Sapphira looked upon the Holy Spirit as common, equating Him to the Apostles. They were not afraid to lie to the Apostles because they knew that they were not omniscient. Yet, Ananias and Sapphira also put the Holy Spirit in the same class as humans. They insulted Him by treating Him as common. Peter’s immediate response was, “Why have you lied to the Holy Spirit? You have not lied to men but to God” – Acts 5:4. He was saying, “Why have you insulted the Holy Spirit?”
Consequences of insulting
Ananias and Sapphira paid with their lives for insulting the Holy Spirit. This might seem extreme, but we need to understand the wickedness of this couple. The power and presence of the Holy Spirit was so tangible and public in their environment. A well-known man (crippled from birth) was publicly healed at the Gate Beautiful (Acts 3). The Jewish religious authorities were amazed by this miracle and marvelled (Acts 4:13). With a small earthquake, the Holy Spirit fell again and filled the church with great boldness (Acts 4:31). Supernatural unity and reverence for the anointing on the Apostles caused even the wealthy to share all they had (Acts 4:32-37). With so many miracles and manifestations taking place, Ananias and Sapphira were more interested in being recognised, even if it meant lying and insulting the Holy Spirit.
Be careful not to judge
The Scriptures say that, “Every mountain shall be made a plain, because it’s not by might, nor even by power, but by My holy spirit.” – Zec 4:6-7. When honour is given to some might or power, and not rightfully the Holy Spirit, then He is insulted. When He is made out to be incapable or incompetent, He is insulted. When the Holy Spirit is made out to be weak or mocked at, He is insulted. When the power of God is present, be careful not to judge the Holy Spirit by negative comments.
How do we insult Him?
When we declare miracles are not for today, we insult the Holy Spirit. When we declare God cannot change our situation, we insult the Holy Spirit. When we declare a preacher healed someone, we insult the Holy Spirit. When God is moving and we walk out or attend to our cellphone, we insult the Holy Spirit, by declaring social media, phone calls, or an appointment is more important. I am giving these examples for us to understand that the Holy Spirit is sensitive and He can easily be insulted by our actions/behaviour.
Walk in reverence
Therefore, when He is present, we need to walk in reverence and great honour. When He is present in my meetings, there are times when no one is allowed to walk or even speak. Children are never allowed to run near the altar. I know He loves this honour because there has never been a meeting in 30 years of ministry where He did not turn up and change lives. There has never been a meeting where people were not delivered or healed.
Join me for Healing School (26-30 Sept) and other conferences. Visit sivamoodley.com for more info. For a very detailed teaching on the Holy Spirit, I recommend my Cd set, “The Person of the Holy Spirit.” This series will be continued in next issue.
JOY! Magazine (October 2018)