Belmont Baptist Church

The Holy Spirit Can

Hello Belmont Family,

My prayers are with you and your family.  I am in constant prayer for your safety, health and faith.  So many of us and people around the world have lost all sense of certainty with the Coronavirus scare. No one knows what will happen next. So how do we stay sane when we do not know what’s lurking around the corner?

Well, let me say to keep your faith and trust God.  This has been on my mind and I am in deep prayer for the Holy Spirit that lives within me as my helper, comforter and strength to carry on and be strong and stay focused. I know that our God has this in His hands and is always in control.  We must all put our faith, hope and trust in the Lord.  Therefore, I would like to share with you a few thoughts, and provide scriptures about the Holy Spirit and what He can do in your life.

Who is the Holy Spirit?
There are many misconceptions about the identity of the Holy Spirit. Some view the Holy Spirit as a mystical force. What does the Bible say about the identity of the Holy Spirit? Simply put, the Bible declares that the Holy Spirit is God. The Bible also tells us that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, a being with a mind, emotions, and a will. The fact that the Holy Spirit is God is clearly seen in many Scriptures, including Acts 5:3-4. In this verse Peter confronts Ananias as to why he lied to the Holy Spirit and tells him that he had “not lied to men but to God.” It is a clear declaration that lying to the Holy Spirit is lying to God. We can also know that the Holy Spirit is God because He possesses the characteristics of God. For example, His omnipresence is seen in Psalm 139:7-8, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” Then in 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, we see the characteristic of omniscience in the Holy Spirit. “But God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For whom among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”

We can know that the Holy Spirit is indeed a divine person because He possesses a mind, emotions, and a will. The Holy Spirit thinks and knows (1 Corinthians 2:10). The Holy Spirit can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30). The Spirit intercedes for us (Romans 8:26-27). He makes decisions according to His will (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). The Holy Spirit is God, the third Person of the Trinity. As God, the Holy Spirit can truly function as the Comforter and Counselor that Jesus promised He would be (John 14:17, 26, 15:26).

Matthew 10:20 it says: “for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you”.

Luke 12:12 it says:For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

 Brothers and sisters, the Holy Spirit equips the called to do something (Hebrews 13:21). Thank God. What is it that the Spirit has urged you to say “Yes” to that you think you cannot possibly do? Remember, the Spirit’s got this! Be empowered, equipped, and amazed!

 Pastor Larry

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