Meditations on the Holy Spirit

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Ephesians 3:16 (NKJV)

16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,

The Spirit is the secret to strength. When we are defiled through contact with the world we become weaker, just like Samson. He was told to not touch any dead thing, nor eat any grape, nor cut his hair, to be like the world around him. As long as he maintained a life of purity, he retained his strength. We are drained of the power of the Holy Spirit when we are polluted with the world. When we return to the Lord, His Word and Spirit, we are cleansed, and strengthened.

None of us are strong enough to walk the walk God has called us to, so it is by the Spirit that we can do this. Strength comes from the inner man. As we live in the Spirit, which means we live in prayer, meditation in the Word, worship and fellowship we will remain strong.

It takes enormous moral and character strength to not do certain things. This strength is ours as we walk in the Spirit. For a leader, it takes great strength to continue carrying the burden of the church and to dis-fellowship those people and influences that threaten to defile the entire body.

All believers will face times when they have to make a stand. The Holy Spirit brings us the strength we need for those times.

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Anointed

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Gen 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Gen 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

We are not told why the Earth was created empty, formless void and dark, but sufficient to say this is the first step in the creation of the Earth. The raw elements were created, yet unformed, the designs of God yet to be imprinted on the basic materials. The Holy Spirit was hovering over the dark, formless Earth. Today, the same is true. The Holy Spirit is hovering over all forms of formlessness and emptiness. He hovers over all darkness, waiting for the Word of God to be spoken, in grace and power, pronouncing the answer, not teaching about the problem, or trying to pave a path for people, but rather a creative transforming miracle of creation. Wherever there is chaos, confusion, darkness, the Holy Spirit is hovering over it, waiting for us to speak the Word of God to bring light and life.
People who are barren and in a wasteland life, empty in themselves, have the Holy Spirit hovering over them. This is an ultimate purpose of prayer – to declare the Words that harmonize with what the Spirit is wanting to bring and then He acts to materialize the Word. It becomes flesh, the Word incarnate.
We must look to the Lord to speak what He tells us to speak.
God does not hover over darkness to condemn it, but to bring light and life.
The word hover is used of a bird brooding over her eggs to hatch them.

‘The special form of this Divine agent’s activity is described as that of “brooding” (merachepheth, from rachaph, to be tremulous, as with love; hence, in Piel, to cherish young
Genesis. 1909 (H. D. M. Spence-Jones, Ed.). The Pulpit Commentary (4). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

We must hover in prayer with the Spirit without judgment but with vision and faith and proclaiming the Word of God over those situations of darkness, chaos and confusion He has called us to. We must continue to hover until the breakthrough. We hover in prayer with our imagination, seeing the finished result through prayer and faith.
We hover in prayer with our words, speaking of the situation  we desire as a completed reality.
The word hover is used of a bird brooding over her eggs to hatch them.
We incubate the situation until it hatches like the eggs of a bird. It takes time until they are fully formed. The warmth of our hovering is the very thing that brings the eggs to hatch.
The Spirit does not bring chaos but order, not confusion but clarity, not darkness but light, not emptiness but fullness, not wasteland but fruitfulness, not lack but abundance.
We live in the age of the Holy Spirit. The New Testament does not exist without the work of the Spirit. He is core and essential to the working of the New Covenant. It is the covenant of the Holy Spirit enacting in us all the reality of what the Word has declared.

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Anointed

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Lk 4:18
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;

He has sent Me  to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives

And recovery of sight to the blind,

To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

Lk 4:19
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

God’s fundamental attitude in our world is to bring good news to people who are not having a great experience in life and to heal, deliver, enlighten, resurrect, to bring joy to those who will hear.
We must know why the Holy Spirit  is upon us,  who we are to peach to, and what we are to minister to them.  When we do what the anointing is upon us for, preach what we are meant to preach, to the people we are meant to be preaching to, the full power of the Spirirt will move with us. This means we should not do what we are not anointed to do, not preach what we are not anointed to preach and not go to people we are not called to. Jesus told the disciples to not go the way of the Samaritans. Paul knew when he was to not go into Asia, and that he was not called to the Jews but the Gentiles. We must remain in the sphere of our calling because that is what we have been empowered for.
We are anointed to peach the gospel to the poor because people who are in a needy situation will hear. Those who are rich in life feel too proud to hear the gospel.
If we send someone to do a job and equip them for that, then we expect that job to be what they apply themselves to. Same with God. He sent Jesus for a specific purpose. Jesus understood what that purpose was and gave Himself fully to that purpose. What’s your purpose? What are you anointed for? It’s not that hard to know. What is your heart burdened about? What works and what doesn’t for you?
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to…..