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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Holy Spirit

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Author: Linda Dipman

Tori and I had gone to church to pray for healing over her heart. Her doctor warned her that she was endanger of suddenly dying of a massive heart attack. Urgently we had come to church believing that a miracle was her only hope of survival. We sat down in the sanctuary and I placed my hands over her heart. A supernatural warmth flowed into our bodies and ignited my hands turning them red and hot.  I felt a trembling within and suddenly I felt the Holy Spirit take up residence inside my body. The Spirit came lovingly and created a healing power that flowed within Tori's body putting her heart into remission.

Over the years I have recalled many times the day I met the Holy Spirit.  It was a time when God's will became my life purpose. I wanted to know my Heavenly Father and I actively pursued knowledge through my Bible and religious history books. I was changed into a different person who put God number one in my life. In my pursuit to learn about God I read stories in the Bible of how the Holy Spirit worked in people's lives.

            Luke 1:13-15:  "But the angel said to him, ‘Don't be afraid, Zechariah!  God has heard your prayer, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son.  You are to name him John.  How glad and happy you will be, and how happy many others will be when he is born!  He will be a great man in the Lord's sight.  He must not drink any wine or strong drink.  From his very birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit,'"

            John was filled with the Holy Spirit from birth because his ministry would proceed the coming of Jesus Christ. I learned that the Holy Spirit filled John on the inside and gave him messages from God to tell the people to make their lives better.  People were cleansed from their sins through the ritual of baptism.  And when Jesus came He was baptized just like everyone else.

Luke 3: 21&22: "After all the people had been baptized, Jesus also was baptized.  While He was praying, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit came down upon Him in bodily form like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my own dear Son.  I am pleased with you.'"

The Holy Spirit came into Jesus' life in the form of a dove and the voice of God.  Jesus immediately began His ministry. The power of the Holy Spirit gave Him the ability to heal the sick, cast out demons and to feed the hungry. It was a Spirit inside of ‘Jesus the man' that taught people all about God and how to surrender their lives to Jesus as their Savior. Jesus talked many times during His ministry about the Holy Spirit and the purpose of the Spirit. He assured his disciples that when he left them they would never be alone, the Holy Spirit would come into their lives and live with them. The Holy Spirit would then teach them God's will for their lives.  The power of the Spirit would give them the ability to heal the sick and do even greater things than Jesus. Most of all the Holy Spirit would give them the strength to overcome the evil's they would face in the world.

Acts 2:2&3: "Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.  Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak."

The Holy Spirit revealed Himself in supernatural abilities to speak languages the disciples and their followers had never learned. They were languages of Praise to God.  The Holy Spirit came with a mission to aid the children of God.  It was a mission that would help them win the battles Satan would fight against them.  It was a ministry that would teach God's children their life purpose.  It was a new way of understanding the world.  It was a knowledge they would need to know in order to win the battles against evil they would face in the world. 

When you study the works of the Holy Spirit, you are amazed at how versatile the Spirit can be. In the Old Testament Moses experienced the Holy Spirit in the burning bush that spoke to him.  Immediately Moses left everything he owned and went to Egypt to free Israel from slavery.  He was given the power to perform mighty miracles before pharaoh that destroyed Egypt.  Moses who was known to stutter became a great leader because the Spirit taught him what to say.  Moses taught the Jewish people the Laws God wanted them to know.  He led them into the Promised Land and gave them a home forever. His life became an example of what the Spirit can do when you surrender your life to God.

 The Holy Spirit has shown even a sense of humor when He stopped Balaam a prophet from cursing Israel.  The Holy Spirit entered into his donkey and it spoke to Balaam like a man, stopping the prophet from his madness. Samson encountered the Holy Spirit through his hair. He was the strongest man alive, but when his hair was cut the Holy Spirit left too. David met the Holy Spirit when Elijah anointed him with oil when he was only fourteen years old. David was given the power to slay Goliath the philistine giant with a small stone. He became the greatest king of Israel, because the Holy Spirit made him strong and gave him victory over the enemies of Israel.

It has been over twenty-five years since the Holy Spirit entered into my life.  The Spirit has stayed with me as I have faced countless battles that taught me valuable lessons of what is right and what is wrong in our world.  I cherish and love the Holy Spirit. He has given me supernatural strength and a determination to do what is right even when the world says I am wrong.  The Spirit is my best friend.  He has rescued me just in time when it seemed there was no hope.  Ask Jesus to let the Holy Spirit come into your life. The Spirit will change you from the inside out and change you into a better person.

Who is the Holy Spirit?  He is God the father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit, all wrapped up in one.  When God is in your life nothing you face in this world is too hard for you to accomplish.  The Holy Spirit will give you the power to overcome the hard things we will go through in the world.  The Holy Spirit is God. Let Him in and He will change your life forever.

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About the Author

Linda Dipman is the author of "I Want to Know My Future" and "The Game of Life It's Almost Over" She wrote these books after suffering persecution from her family, friends and church for being a homosexual. She was attacked by her church, thrown in jail for running with her children and deprived of justice from the courts. It was a defining moment that helped her to look back at what she believed was true about Christianity and find biblical answers to counter the false teachings of the church against homosexuals. It is her true life story and the answers she discovered from the teachings of the Holy Spirit.  She testifies that she survived the trauma of the terrible persecution only because of her deep rooted faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior. "God fought for my life because no one else would."

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