The Holy Spirit Flows Within Us All
There was a question that was posed during my last sermon: Who has the Holy Spirit within them? And, surprisingly enough most opposed my thinking and thoughts on the matter. I believe that all of mankind was created in God’s image; we were entwined with the very breath of God. When God came down and knelt to create us, His breath stirred up the fine dust and His breath and the dust became one. He literally breathed life into us with His very soul. God loves us, no matter what we do, no matter what we say about Him, His Son and/or others (all being a creation of God) one simple truth exists—He love us.
When God created the heavens and the earth He spoke everything into existence, but when He created us He took His time to make a masterpiece. He did not cut corners, He did not skimp on the materials, He didn’t pay off the next contractor to do His work—He Himself got down in the dirt and formed us. He desires all of His creation to be saved. He desires all of mankind to come home to live with Him. His desire is for all of us to have happiness and peace. And, it was His great joy to give us the Holy Spirit.
Now, that is where the question is posed again: Who has the Holy Spirit within them? The other individuals of the church all believed that if you have accepted Jesus Christ into your life and accepted what His teachings are, then through this cognitive understanding of acceptance, we receive the Holy Spirit. But, I pose this to all who are reading this: Did those before Christ, the prophets, kings and holy people we read about in the Old Testament who were with no doubt servants of God, those men and women who were Jewish—did they not have the Holy Spirit within them?
Two examples I give you that both happened before they accepted Christ. The first is St. John the Baptist. He was endowed with Holy Spirit since he was within the womb of his mother. He preached, and he baptized people preparing the path for Jesus. How did he do this? Under whose authority and power was he able to have this ability to baptize and preach a truth that was beyond his learning? We do not doubt that St .John was filled with the Holy Spirit, even though he did not know Christ until he was in his thirties.
A second example is St. Paul - he was a man of influence and teaching. He persecuted the people that followed Christ and even killed some of them—all in the name of God. Then one day, Jesus came to him on his was to Damascus and knocked him off his horse and told him to stop doing what he was doing. Paul (Saul, at the time) had two choices that day: to ignore the Holy Spirit’s prompting or to follow the Holy Spirit. He accepted what the Holy Spirit was doing within him and he listened to what Jesus had to say. Paul wrote in Galatians 1: Brethren, I would have you know that the gospel which was preached by me is not man's gospel. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it; and I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus. Paul came to the revelation of Jesus through the Holy Spirit’s prompting, and urging. He then went on to become one of the most spirit filled men in history. I have no doubt that the Holy Spirit flowed within him even before he fully accepted Christ and His words—that is the only way that Paul could have accepted the truth.
As I said, it is a question I asked and received a great amount of resistance for my opinion on the matter. It is true, when Jesus ascended; He sent the Holy Spirit down upon us and made Himself seen. He gave us the understanding of the Holy Spirit, He gave us a label, and He gave us something tangible to see in the tongues of fire that floated above the followers of God as a sign that He was there. But really, God has never not been with us. That little voice within that tells us, every one of us—those who believe in Jesus and those who deny Him—what we are doing is wrong when we sin. Our conscience, that small still voice that stirs our souls, the urging and prompting that comes with accepting Christ as your Savior comes from somewhere.
I know in my own personal life, I cut corners all of the time. I usually pray twice a day, in the morning when I get up and in the evening when I go to bed. I do say some small quick prays during the day also when I have time. On Sundays we go to church and in the evening my wife and I read a devotional. I do write my hub and work on the novels all in dedication of God, but in the greater scheme of my life, for as appreciative as I am for God and His sacrifice for me—I do not spend enough time with Him. And the truth be told, when I am tired—I will pray quickly in the morning so I can get to work on time instead of waking up early to spend time with my God and Savior—I cut a corner! When I don’t feel good, I use the excuse of it being too far to drive, too much on me to go to church and sometimes I do not go—I cut a corner! What is my point? When my time is limited, instead of sacrificing time in my life to make God a priority, I sacrifice my priority of spending time with God to make time for my life. Christ is who has sacrificed Himself for me, to save me and to show me the way, but yet—I CUT A HUGE CORNER, when I do not spend ample time with Christ!
When a bridge is built and if the contractor decides that a few less support beams are needed to save money—what would happen, would we still drive over the bridge? If Michelangelo did not mix the paint correctly, or did not use the right brushes for the job, does the works he did become masterpieces that could withstand the many decades? If a mechanic changes the oil and decides he does not need to replace ALL the oil—would the car be safe to drive? Why then would God cut corners with us? Would a loving, all encompassing, and all knowing and wise God place us on this world without His Spirit to guide us? If we all were on His mind the day He hung on the cross and His desire was to save us all of his creation, would He waste His time with us, if their wasn’t part of Himself to lose? God invested part of Himself when He created man—His breath. Then God invested part of Himself when he gave us the writing of the Bible—His wisdom. God invested part of Himself when he sent His son to teach us the way, to show us the truth and to tell us that how we were living was wrong. He invested Himself the day His Son went to the cross and died for all mankind. With all of the investments in His creation, would He cut corners on the materials he was using to save us from ourselves. If it is God’s desire to save all of us and bring us home to Him—would He not use everything at His disposal to bring us the understanding of His love?
I will leave this writing with these questions: Who has the Holy Spirit within them? Who has the living God flowing with? Did He not come to save all of us? Did He not have us all on His mind when He gave His life for mankind? Would God die for all of us, if there was not part of Himself to lose?
I do not believe that God cuts corners - ever. When he does something, He does it with all His heart, His entire mind, and all His soul. He loves us, just as He loves Himself. What do you think?