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The Holy Spirit in the Church Today

Hello and thank you for joining our community blog conversation.  The emphasis of our discussion is based upon "The Holy Spirit Today."  It is a very interesting and thought provoking topic, because throughout the course of time as we journey down the paths of modern views, ideologies and philosophical dogma, there are many people who intellectually have eliminated and dismissed the very notion that God is real, and believe that the Holy Spirit is a cleverly conjured up myth.  Contrary to the popular opinion of our day, the first generation Church comprehended the validity, reality, and importance of the Holy Spirit much better.  Their response was very clear and evident before all to see. Today, you must know where you stand and why.

First of all, in the Bible the Holy Spirit is spoken of as being synonymous with God in both the Old and New Testament Scriptures.

Isaiah 6:8-10, "Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. v.9, And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. v.10, Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed."

Acts 5:3-4, "But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?  v.4, Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God."

Hebrews 3:7-8, "Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice,  v.8, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness."

Note:  "Holy Ghost" - The words Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit are interchangeable.  Holy connotes that which is "most holy thing", or "Holy One", hagios in the Greek.  The word "Ghost" is interchangeable with "Spirit" and refers to "Spirit of God, Spirit of Truth, Spirit of the Lord".  It's described as pneuma in the Greek, which pertains to air, wind, breath, and life giving spirit".  The Spirit of God is the efficient source of all power, godly affections, emotion, and desires of Christians who are being led by Him.  Ref. Romans 8:1

Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

Secondly, the Holy Spirit is coupled with both the Father and the Son.

Matthew 28:19-20, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: v.20, Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

1 Corinthians 12:4-6, "Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. v.5, And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  v.6, And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all."

2 Corinthians 13:14, "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen."

Third, personality is ascribed to the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures, and there are distinctive characteristics that are made very clearly and evident.

1)  Knowledge - 1 Corinthians 2:11, "For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God."

2)  Mind - Romans 8:27,"And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

Note:  The Greek word for "mind" is phronema {fron'-ay-mah}, which connotes "thoughts and purposes".  (Ref. Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 8:28)

3)  Will - 1 Corinthians 12:11, "But all these [spiritual gifts] worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will."

Note:  When we cooperate with the Holy Spirit, He will manifest Himself to us and work through us.

Romans 8:27, "And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

Note:  The Spirit of God knows the will of God, and prays through us accordingly. Ephesians 5:18, instructs us to "be filled with the Spirit."  Therefore, if we are filled with the Spirit, He will reveal the mind and will of God to us.

4)  Love - Romans 5:5-6, "And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  v.6, For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly."

Note:  The Holy Spirit is the one who pours love into our hearts as Christians, and motivates us to lead others to Christ.  The Holy Spirit loves the sinner, and His ministry is to bring them out of sin into the saving grace of Christ.  Without the love of the Spirit the Cross is lacking in power and strength.

5)  Intelligence and goodness - Nehemiah 9:19-20, "Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go. Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst."

6)  Grief - Ephesians 4:30, "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."

Note:  As Christians we are instructed not to "grieve", "make Him sorrowful or offend" the Holy Spirit, who has "sealed" us which connotes to be "marked for security from satan" until the day in which we receive our resurrected bodies.  Refer to 1 Thessalonians 5:23.

1 Thessalonians 5:23, "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Note:  This is why it is very important to ensure that we are led by the Holy Spirit, and follow after holiness.  Sin grieves the Holy Spirit beyond what we can imagine, but the Father is pleased when His people worship and serve Him in Spirit and in Truth. John 4:23-24.

My prayer is that this deeply thought provoking discussion has been meaningful to you, and that it encourages and enables you to acknowledge God in all of your ways enabling the Holy Spirit to minister in and through your life exceeding and abundantly beyond all you can ask, think, or imagine.  He's God and He is able to do great things in you and through you in Jesus name!

Be sure to "Share" this Community Blog on your social network sites, and encourage others to grow in the knowledge of God's Word.  Thank you for taking time to join us in sharing your comments as well.  Optimum Blessings be unto you in the name of our Lord and King Jesus Christ!

22 Comments to The Holy Spirit in the Church Today:

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Nikki Godbolt on Thursday, April 11, 2013 6:58 PM
Wow, we truly need the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in this day and age. There is so much that is going on, but knowing that the Spirit of God is living on the inside of me gives me peace. He alone is our Comforter and he will never leave us alone. No matter what we go through in life, the Holy Spirit is there to guide us through the storm. Thank you Jesus for sending us, Holy Spirit!! God Bless!!!
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Apostle Bethina Williams on Friday, April 12, 2013 7:28 PM
Nikki, thank you for sharing your comments on our community blog. It is beyond wonderful to know and understand the love of God for us in sending His Holy Spirit to indwell us, and be with is at all times. According to the Scriptures He has sealed us and will be with us "unto the day of redemption" when Jesus Christ returns for His people. (Ephesians 4:30) Be encouraged to allow the love of God by His Spirit to fill your heart everyday and share it with everyone you meet so that they may also come to know Him by His Spirit working through you. God bless you.

Marsha Wilson on Saturday, April 13, 2013 1:56 AM
I thank God for the Holy Spirit he is such an intricate part of the believer's life. He leads, guides, comforts, imparts, helps, and does so much more. There is not one area that the Holy Spirit is not involved in our lives or with the plan of God in some way or another, and that's a good thing. I often echo what David said, "don't take your spirit away from me". What an awesome power source we have!Shalom
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Apostle Dr. Bethtina Williams on Saturday, April 13, 2013 3:53 PM
Marsha, thank you for sharing your insightful comments concerning the Holy Spirit's influence and affect upon our lives. It's always a joy to see your comments. Kingdom Blessings!!!

Pastor Olugbenga Adesanya on Saturday, April 13, 2013 3:51 PM
The Holy Spirit is the invincible person sent to us by Jesus to make our lives visible and colorful.
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Saturday, April 13, 2013 3:58 PM
Pastor Adesanya, thank you so much for taking time to share your comment on our community blog. May the Lord bless you, your family and ministry richly!

Rema Villar Rufino on Saturday, April 13, 2013 5:08 PM
Amen and Amen...I Praise my Lord! Truly you are a living God. Hallelujah!
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Saturday, April 13, 2013 5:55 PM
Rema, thank you so much for sharing a brief comment on our community blog. It's nice to have you join the conversation, and share your thoughts with us. God bless you!

Toiya Moffatt on Sunday, April 14, 2013 6:31 PM
No servant can experience and or demonstrate the power of God without the Holy Spirit. No servant can truly serve God without the Holy Spirit. Throughout scripture, before releasing His disciples to fulfill the great commission, Jesus Christ always expressed with great emphasis the necessity of the Father's Spirit as seen here in, John 14:26," But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." The Holy Spirit is many things to us as believers, but the concept that I believe is the most important to remember as Christians is that we need Him. Optimum Kingdom Blessings Apostle
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:08 PM
Toiya, thank you for sharing your comments on our community blog. You're right, the Holy Spirit not only teaches us and brings all things to our remembrance, but He also empowers us for service. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we are equipped to do the greater works of God in the earth. Praise God for the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit to manifest His Kingdom everyday. God bless you!

pam wright on Monday, April 15, 2013 6:22 PM
I want to say thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for us because by doing so the holy spirit forever lives in ME. Praise GOD! Apostle thanks for ministering to us.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 4:18 PM
Pam, thank you for sharing your comments. The Holy Spirit makes the difference in our lives and has sealed us unto the day of redemption when Jesus Christ returns for His people.

Latresa Lawson on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:00 PM
Wow this is an awesome teaching on the Holy Spirit! This lesson is truly needed in such a time as this, when so many people are not sure what they believe. I am grateful for the Holy Spirit, He is my comforter, He encourages me, He motivates me, He inspires me to keep going, and most importantly He loves me! Oh how He loves us so!! Thank you Lord for never leaving us or forsaking us!! Blessings!!
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:04 PM
Amen Latresa, the Holy Spirit is our Comforter, Guide, and so much more. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us on the blog. When you consider who the Holy Spirit is and all that He provides and does in our lives you can't help but praise God for His unfailing love towards us in sending another Comforter to abide with us always. God bless you.

Katrina Madden on Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:47 AM
Amen! This Blog is right on time. In the hour that we are living in we as children of God need to be led by the Holy Spirit in every aspect of our lives. He keeps us, leads us & comforts us. I know I would be lost without him. One other thing, by being filled with the Holy Spirit, I have noticed a strong compassion for others, to whom I would normally have no compassion for. We need this, because without that compassion we would not reach out to others. So we can't keep him to ourselves we have allow Him to work through us to reach out to others!
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 4:22 PM
Katrina, the Holy Spirit is our Comforter and eternal Companion. He gives us a genuine heart of love for those who don't know the Lord and need a Savior. It's the Holy Spirit who causes us to be moved with compassion for those who are hurting, dying and lost in sin. Without Him, I truly believe that little would be done to share kindness and compassion to humanity. Thank you for sharing, and God bless you.

TRACIE FIELDS on Thursday, April 18, 2013 8:01 PM
The Holy Spirit enables and empowers the believer to do all that God has called each and every one of us to do. The Holy Spirit that dwells within us enables to do everything and anything that we would not otherwise be capable of doing. No believer can do the will of God without the Spirit of God living on the inside. The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, (Luke 4:18) Because of the Holy Spirit inside of us we don't have to fear anything . When the Spirit of God is active and alive within us others are drawn to Christ.
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 4:05 PM
Tracie, thank you for sharing your comments on our community blog. The Holy Spirit indwelling us takes away all fear and doubt. 2 Timothy 1:7, says, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." There is no fear in God, because His perfect love removes all fear and His Holy Spirit assures believers that we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us; or better yet, who indwells us. Stay strong in the Lord, and filled with the Spirit everyday! God bless you.

Candice Mimms on Thursday, April 18, 2013 9:25 PM
When we operate in the Holy Spirit, we are allowing God’s will and His word to be demonstrated through our lives. We are displaying His power, His goodness, His love, His wisdom, His peace… God’s original plan for man was to be fruitful and to have dominion. He never intended for us to be fearful or lacking in any way, shape or form. His design for our life is great! It is a masterpiece! I’m so glad He didn’t leave us or desert us. He’s allowed us to have so much through the death and resurrection of His dear Son Jesus Christ. And He’s provided the Comforter to help guide us on the right path, the path in which He originally intended for us to walk on. God Bless!!!
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 3:51 PM
Candice thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights with us on our community blog. According to 2 Peter 1:3, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue. Your insight to how much the Holy Spirit means to us is absolutely correct in that He indwells us and ensures that the fullness of God's plan and purpose for our lives is carried out and completed, as long as we are faithful to cooperate with Him. I look forward to hearing from you again. God bless you.

JD Smith on Sunday, April 28, 2013 3:17 AM
What an on time message for this hour! Jesus said in Jn 6:63 ..."The flesh profits nothing. It is the Spirit that Quickens. My words are Spirit and they are life" and Apostle Paul agreeing with Jesus by the Holy Spirit of God said ... "the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life" (2 Cor 3:6b). Here is an analogy God gave me and it applies well to individuals and even whole churches or denominational doctrines...What is the difference between a skilled surgeon and a 'quack' surgeon, both use scapel but each get different results in & for their patients...what is the difference? Anything wrong with the scapel or instrument used? Its in the hands that wield it because the hands are connected to heart, mind and spirit of that Doctor. Such is the Word of God, NOTHING WRONG WITH IT!!! Its in whose hand & mouth that uses it for unless I am led of and by the Precious Holy Spirit of God I can take the Words Of Christ and gut someone with them. Instead of dispensing healing, help, and deliverance we make people like the woman with the issue of blood (life/spirit)worse and not better and prolong their agony and condition. NO MORE SLIGHT HEALING WHEN YOU FLOW WITH JESUS IN THE HOLY SPIRIT!!! An excellent passage rich in revelation and instruction for the Christian is Ez 47:1-12, the language and subtleties in this passage speaks volumes and is connected to Jesus' Words..."Out of your bellies SHALL flow Rivers of Living (Moving/Fresh)Waters"! Thank you Apostle Beth for releasing that which you have tapped into! God Bless you and multiply you and the impact of this Word on a Global scale!!!
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Robert Watson on Monday, July 22, 2013 6:21 PM
The Holy Spirit is very important. He makes God's Word clear to you and makes your words clear to God.
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