To experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to know His acts, what He can DO, and only the beginning of knowing Him as a person. For the Holy Spirit of God is a person and this third person of the Trinity (Trinity being the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) is both wooed by people and quenched by people.
He will speak to one person and find obedience in the heart.
He will speak to the next person and find rebellion in the heart.
He has the capacity to enjoy us and He has the capacity to be grieved by us. He is more sensitive to you and me because He lives here on earth, with us. He seeks our companionship and seeks to teach us, lead us, and talk to us.
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Judea, Planet Earth, He was called “Emmanuel”, meaning “God with us–God lives with us!” When Jesus left Planet Earth, He commanded those who followed Him closely not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now . . . you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. (Acts 1).”
Simply put, Jesus went up, Holy Spirit came down. Jesus paid for our access to Holy Spirit’s presence with His own blood. This was His plan from the beginning.
I am writing this blog to the mature in Christ in hopes that you are still hungry for God, after all your years of serving Him and walking with Him. I hope that the Christian that has known God for years will latch onto this revelation as one who STILL has great thirst to KNOW the Holy Spirit of God intimately! For God even said of Moses, before the birth of Christ, “He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel (Psalm 103:7).”
Do we want to know the Holy Spirit’s acts? Or do we want to know His ways?
Holy Spirit’s acts are evident in the writings by Dr. Luke and sprinkled throughout the book he wrote that is most aptly named, Acts.
You see, being filled with the Holy Spirit endues us with power for service and endues us with hunger to know Him like never before. Holy Spirit greatly desires both our service and our fellowship.
Now, Jesus wasn’t exactly the easiest person to get to know. He welcomed little children, gruff fishermen, and harlots yet he refused the intimate friendships of the educated and learned. He looked for people who were hungry and teachable, not puffed up and know-it-alls. Holy Spirit is the same for Holy Spirit and Jesus and the Father are One. Holy Spirit seeks people who are sensitive to His presence, listening for His voice, and most eager to obey Him–even to the death.
I repeat this question for you to ask yourself, not to confess to me, because I am no one. The question is:
Do you want to know the Holy Spirit’s ways? Or do you want to know the Holy Spirit’s acts?
For the next few blogs I want to look at what scriptures say about the “Seven spirits of God”. We will look at scriptures, so if this is a new thought to you, read on! Let’s look at what John the Apostle saw, in heaven:
Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God (Revelation 4:5).
The 7 lamps ARE the 7 Spirits of God.
What is that about?!
Well, look at this verse:
And I looked, and behold…in the midst of the throne…the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth (Revelation 5:6).
Confused? Well, let me put it this way. God’s Holy Spirit is one Spirit but He is also multifaceted in character, service, and personality. God decided to let us know emphatically in the Bible that there are 7 spirits of God in heaven and he’s sent them to the earth.
Is this backed up elsewhere in scripture? Oh, yes! Next week I want to open God’s Word and teach on each individual light on that lampstand. For now, I’ll leave you with these scriptures to ponder:
NKJV: Isaiah 11:1-5
1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. 2The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.
Isaiah 4:3-5 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning, 5 then the Lord will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy.
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.