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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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July 23, 2012 - Blowing the Dust off the Ghost

By Doug Clay

You know, many people simply don’t understand the Holy Spirit — therefore they ignore Him, or treat Him as an “it” rather than a Person. It’s almost as if He is the uninvited member of Trinity.

And, on top of that, He often gets credited for the weird and bizarre behavior that some Christians claim to do in His name.

People can identify God as a Father. They can relate to Jesus as God’s Son. After all, He became flesh and lived among us. But the Holy Spirit’s identity gets fuzzy at times because of inaccurate teaching, and unfortunately some unhealthy modeling.

The Person of the Holy Spirit is a part of the triune Godhead. He is distinct, yet associated with the Father and Son on an equal basis. The Holy Spirit played a part in the creation of the world. He was an active part of Jesus’ life and ministry, and through Him Christ was raised from the dead.

But did you know that the Person of the Holy Spirit does an awful lot for us today?

1. He makes known to us spiritual truths.

John 16:15 (NIV)

“All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.”

2. He produces new life in us.

Titus 3:5,6 (NLT)

“He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.”

3. He is constantly assuring us of our salvation.

Romans 8:16 (The Message)

“God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are.”

4. He gives us power over sin.

Romans 8:13 (NLT)

“For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.”

5. He helps us when we are weak and prays for us.

Romans 8:26 (NLT)

“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.”

I could go on and on, how He counsels, guides, protects, embraces, convinces, convicts. But my point is this: The Holy Spirit is not a ghost to be feared, but a Person, a real and active member of the Godhead who delights in treating the children of God with many spiritual blessings!

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.



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