Scared of the Spirit?
A devotional thought from Lizette Beard for “The Spirit’s Identity”
Romans 5:5: “This hope will not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
As you study what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit, does a part of you say, “Nah, I don’t want to.” For a long time, that was my reaction when someone wanted to talk about the Holy Spirit. I would think of acquaintances who talked passionately about the Holy Spirit, His blessings, and His specific affirmation of things in their lives that were actually contradicted in clear Bible teaching and wise Christian counsel.
I realized I had developed a dismissive attitude—not just with these individuals but sadly toward the Holy Spirit.
Because I had an impoverished biblical understanding of the Holy Spirit, I didn’t recognize many of the ways God had been at work in my life. My change in attitude has been a slow but steady journey; I’m still cautious. But when I began to read what the Bible says about the Spirit, the more I appreciated Jesus’ promise that the Father was sending the Counselor to us—who would teach us and remind us of everything Jesus had taught: “I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you” (John 14:25-26).
Pause and Reflect
• What hesitations, if any, do you have when thinking about learning more about the Holy Spirit?
• What comfort does it give to recognize that it was Jesus who promised that the Holy Spirit was coming and what He would do?