The Purpose of The Holy Spirit
As a follower of Jesus Christ, it is of utmost importance to understand the defining work of the Holy Spirit, and what it is not. Without exercising discernment, a counterfeit seducing spirit may cloak itself and pass itself off as the genuine.
There is a lot happening in the counterfeit church system and it is of utmost importance to weigh and test today whether supernatural power of God is moving, or the paranormal manifestations of Satan. The purpose of the Holy Spirit is revealed in Scripture, which is the standard used to dispel any falsehood and questionable activities that many claim to be a movement of God.
There is an essential need to continue to be in step with Jesus Christ. When we are in step with Him, we are in sync with Him; when we are in sync with Him, we have the same purpose as He does. This can be defined as being in unity of Spirit with the Father and the Son.
For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully. - 2 Corinthians 11:2-4
What Paul was expressing here was the deception of receiving a different spirit through the teachings and activities of false leaders. These false teachers led many astray by coercing those to press beyond the spiritual boundaries of the Holy Spirit.
Do these following questions fit in with the Biblical purpose of the Holy Spirit?
- Is the Holy Spirit sent to entertain us?
- Is the Holy Spirit sent to give frenzied spiritual experiences?
- Is the Holy Spirit sent to create a euphoric state of mind?
“He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. - John 16:14
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. - John 14:16-18
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. - Ephesians 1:17
From these verses above, the Holy Spirit’s purpose is to glorify Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit helps to bring Jesus Christ to the one who has faith to believe. With the Holy Spirit in us, our purpose will be to glorify Jesus Christ.
- Are we to press the Holy Spirit for a spiritual manifestation because we want goose bumps?
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign. - Matthew 12:38-39
- What did Jesus mean when He said an evil and adulterous generation?
- Were the ones He was speaking to, actually committing adultery?
In a physical sense no, but in a spiritual sense, yes. The Scripture verse above is an example of pressing God to perform signs and wonders. By paralleling some of the activities that are going on in within the counterfeit church system with what Jesus was saying, we may come to a startling conclusion. Unfortunately, the graphic nature of what is happening in the modern church can be compared to having sexual intercourse with a mistress, but wanting all the benefits of being married too. This is essentially seeking gratification from other lovers in order to fill the carnal desires of what someone else doesn't do for you.
- Are we to seek out the Holy Spirit for chills, thrills, entertainment, and convenient gratification?
The modern church proclaims the manifestation of the gold, angel feathers and diamonds. In essence, they want the signs and wonders from God, but not God Himself. We commit spiritual adultery on Jesus Christ with a seducing spirit. It first starts in our hearts and then progresses to one of action.
The gospel of hedonism is that God will give you pleasure, riches, and happiness; we ring our little bells and believe the Holy Spirit is meant to attend to our every desire.
- Is the Holy Spirit’s purpose to feed our fleshly desires?
- Is the Holy Spirit meant to fill our special orders?
- Is the Holy Spirit and addition to our pantheon of hedonism?
God does not give out signs and wonders to amuse men, but they are ordained for a specific purpose.
“Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!” Then he said, “Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well? “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. - Isaiah 7:11-14
The idolatry of men crave spiritual manifestations. Many people flock to conferences with rumours of great signs and wonders. There is a sincere desire to experience "revival" and a manifest "movement of God," but it is a carnal desire. The spiritual manifestations that do occur are not supernatural, but paranormal. The effect is an insistence on the Holy Spirit to do what man wants. What happens is that a seducing spirit takes the place of the Holy Spirit and spiritual adultery is committed against God.
- Does phenomena equate with the Holy Spirit?
- Do monetary rewards equate with the Holy Spirit?
The true and genuine purpose of the Holy Spirit is for you to be content with Jesus Christ and to desire Him only. God's desire is for you to have oneness with Jesus Christ. To have oneness with Him is to have oneness with the Father in unity of spirit.
Do you desire this, or is your desire to continue on as a "conference junkie" thriving on the temporary rush of the warm "revival" sensations? These short-lived sensations create a mass of glossy-eyed zombie's craving the next fix. The result is never being fulfilled, satisfied, or at true peace.
God is not a euphoric sensation, but a blessing.
“So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.” - Hosea 6:3
God is the rain, not the sensation of it. The rain provides conditions of growth because it is living water that is essential for development, well-being and satisfaction. The frantic pursuits of sensual experiences are the empty calories of carnal sensations, which include false revivals, paranormal activities, and entertaining seducing demonic spirits, which ultimately equates to adulterous apostasy.
- Are you fed up with all the running around?
- Do you notice the same faces and leaders around you at each conference?
- What is it that you are chasing after from city to city, or country to country?
- Doesn't Jesus Christ know where you live?
- Are you running after the "healing", "the anointing"," the revelation", "the fire", and "the blessing?"
The truth is that you can stop chasing and running after these paranormal signs and wonders because Jesus Christ is available exactly where you are. He truly the first thing you should be seeking after. He is not an idea, experience, or a religious doctrine, but the sustainer of our lives. He is the reservoir that we must draw off of, the one who sanctifies, and the one who fills us up.
- Do you labor to get faith?
- Do you labor to get healing?
- Do you labor to find love?
- Do you labor to get God to do something for you?
What can come between you and Jesus Christ is laboring against the Holy Spirit to get what you want by your own works. There is a difference between wanting Jesus Christ to do something for you versus wanting to do something through Him.
The Holy Spirit gives genuine spiritual gifts, but there is a counterfeit that needs to be exposed and brought to attention. Many are being deceived and drawn farther away from the true reality of Jesus Christ.
The exaltation of Jesus Christ is the discerning factor. Jesus is enough; not an add-on to a bag of tricks. It is one or the other; if you try to have both, spiritual adultery is committed.
There is a cost to being a follower of Jesus Christ.
- Are you willing to follow Jesus Christ no matter what the cost?
Many desire to make a name for themselves and have power over men. They seek after the demonic gifts and manifestations. They are practitioners of white magic, just like the story of Simon the sorcerer in Scripture. All the achieved positions, reputation and financial gain is the sickening result of the compromise many have chosen over the true fulfillment that is in Jesus Christ.
So this joy of mine has been made full.“He must increase, but I must decrease. - John 3:29-30
For Jesus Christ to become our sole identity, we must decrease in order for Him to increase in our lives. Many have it the other way around. How are you defined? Is it about you, or about Him? Do you need to “step down” in the body of Christ? Those who need to “step down” have elevated themselves above Jesus Christ and His people. In the Kingdom of God, we all need to step down from our carnal fleshly positions and purposes. A true follower of Jesus Christ falls down at His feet, exalts the name of Jesus Christ, steps aside, allows Him to move and follows Him.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. - Galatians 2:20
It is no longer about you, but Jesus Christ!
God doesn't elevate the messenger, but the One in the message!
You see, it is the Son of God who is to receive all the praise and glory. The purpose of the Holy Spirit is the same.
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