My Best Friend, The Holy Spirit Part 7
– by Siva Moodley
The Holy Spirit is my best friend and you can know Him as your best friend too. This series is continuing with more traits of the Holy Spirit’s personality:
The Holy Spirit forbids:
“Paul and his companions travelled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.” – Acts 16:6-7
He saves lives
One of the ways the Holy Spirit leads us is by forbidding us. He will use either a stop sign or a red light in our hearts to say no to our plans and intentions. This ‘red light’ is initiated by a sense of fear, uneasiness, discomfort, disagreement, impending evil, or misfortune. Sometimes, while preaching, a ‘stop sign’ will manifest in my heart telling me that the Holy Spirit now wants to demonstrate. I was once forbidden by the Holy Spirit to travel on a road, only to find out later that an accident occurred at the same time. I have been forbidden from entering into contracts, buying certain equipment, inviting certain guest speakers, going to certain places, and so forth.
Listen to Him
Our Lord Jesus taught His disciples on prayer, directing them to ask, “Lead us not into temptation” – Matt 6:13. We know that temptation does not come from God (James 1:13). The Holy Spirit leads us away from temptation by forbidding us. I thank God the Holy Spirit forbids me when I don’t know better. If everything else is a ‘go’, but the Holy Spirit forbids, listen to Him. It has saved me from much pain and loss.
The Holy Spirit cannot be lied to:
“Then Peter said to her, ‘How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.’” – Acts 5:9
The Holy Spirit is God
He is omniscient (all knowing), according to 1 John 3:20. He is also called the Spirit of Truth (John 15:26). When we invite Jesus into our hearts to be Lord of our lives, it’s the Person of the Holy Spirit who enters. For some it is easy to forget that He lives inside every believer. When we talk to other believers we are also talking to Him. When we lie to fellow believers, we also lie to Him. In matters of faith, when we lie to one another, we dishonour Him. In reality, we are treating Him as ignorant. It’s easy to disrespect the Person of the Holy Spirit when we have lost all reverence and fear for Him.
How do you dishonour the Holy Spirit?
Remember, whatever we honour, we attract – and whatever we dishonour, we repel. Many have repelled a powerful relationship with the Person of the Holy Spirit by dishonouring Him in other Christians. They spend hours fasting, praying, and seeking God, yet so easily will mistreat/lie to another believer. It’s similar to those who speak ill of churches or its leadership. Without making right, they begin fellowshipping at another church, not realising it’s the same Jesus in both churches. By dishonouring the Holy Spirit in the first church, how will they now have favour in the second? No beloved, the Holy Spirit cannot be lied to or dishonoured.
He knows your heart
Even when we declare things that’s not real in our heart, we lie to everyone, even ourselves – but not to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is an expert in searching the deep things of the heart (Rom 8:27). He works from within to expose the motives and desires of the heart. He takes away the heart of stone and gives us a heart of flesh. David said it best when he declared, “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.” – Psalm 23:3. Take note that the word “restoreth” is in present tense. David was saying that the Holy Spirit works on him daily. We know that David was riddled with rejection, betrayal, adultery, murder (Ps 42:1-6), yet God had done a great work in David, making him one of Israel’s greatest kings. No wonder, Jesus introduced the Holy Spirit as the Counsellor. When we are broken as believers, the Counsellor reveals our heart.
Don’t miss out!
This series on the Holy Spirit will be continued in the next issue of JOY! Visit sivamoodley.com for information on upcoming conferences and other. For a very detailed teaching on the Holy Spirit, I recommend my CD set, The Person of the Holy Spirit.
Article source: JOY! Magazine (November 2018)