It is impossible to spend any real time contemplating the person and work of the Spirit without being led to prayer. Similarly, it is impossible to spend much time in prayer without regard to the Spirit. The Spirit and prayer are intimately united. We can’t have one without the other.
The Spirit Of Holiness part 2—Walking. Throughout Christian history Bible teachers and theologians agree that Christian transformation cannot be separated from the work of the Holy Spirit. Wherever you turn in the Bible—to the gospel of John, Luke-Acts, or the Apostle Paul, even the Psalms—you see the prominence of the Holy Spirit imparting the reality of God to individuals and communities of faith.
Individual experience and Christian traditions vary considerably about how one experiences the Holy Spirit. Transformation into Christ is a complex event, so one would expect considerable variety. But what matters for both individuals and communities is this—that we are vitally walking and in touch with the Spirit of God.
In the New Testament, the Spirit is most often referred to as the Holy Spirit. Not the Happy Spirit, or the Missional Spirit. Not the Prophetic Spirit, or the Surprising Spirit. But the Holy Spirit. At one point, in Romans 1:3, Paul even refers to the Spirit explicitly as “the Spirit of Holiness.” Could it be that this is integral to who He is and what He has come to do in our lives?
“The Holy Spirit is… none other than that member of the eternal Godhead who brings to bear in the life of God’s people the fruits of the victory won by Christ in his life, death and glorification. The ministry of the Spirit is in this sense a ‘spilling over’ from the throne of God of the blessing wrought by Christ for sinners.” (Bruce Milne, Know the Truth, p.180).
This past week I received an email which said in part “I hope that you will expand on the idea that the conviction of the Spirit is not the same as guilt emotions.” As Scott and I want this series on Everyday Life In The Spirit to both teach about “experienced faith” and address your questions and issues around life in the Spirit. Today I want to speak on “Guilt feelings are not the voice of the Spirit”. Most of our guilt experiences are from values, demands, expectations of others—parents, friends, culture, & self which you internalized and before which you should on yourself and feel guilty. The Holy Spirit has no involvement in conviction here. This is learned false guilt. True guilt has little to do with guilt feelings and according to the Bible is based on an estranged relationship. What part does the Spirit have in convicting one of true guilt? Listen up and find out.