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The Building Blocks of Faith”Who is the Holy Spirit?”
As we build one block on top of the other one, we begin to build a firm foundation of our faith. We begin to understand the what’s, the why’s, and the how’s of our faith. This process goes on for a lifetime. Remember, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” Faith brings into reality what is only hoped for right now and not seen with the natural eye. However, our faith pulls it into the natural realm and makes it supernatural. Faith believes, faith pulls, faith trusts, and faith comes directly from God. Faith pulls on the hem of God’s garment with such expectation, that He cannot refuse or deny. It gets God’s attention. (Mark 5:25-34)
God did not leave us without help. Jesus made a promise that He fulfilled and brought the Holy Spirit into our lives to bring support, comfort and help in the time of need.
John 14:16-17 (NIV)16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for He lives with you and will be in you.
The Holy Spirit has been called Helper, Comforter, Teacher, and Friend. He is a very present help in the time of need. Jesus fully understood the need that we would have for empowerment and help going forward. Now, the God that is on the inside of us is the Holy Spirit of God.
Jesus himself had to be baptized with the Holy Spirit before He did any great works by God in His ministry. His true ministry did not begin until the Holy Spirit empowered Him. It amazes me that we fool ourselves into thinking that we can truly do anything great for God without being totally baptized by the Holy Spirit.
John 1:32-33 (NKJV)32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
I believe when we are baptized into the Spirit of God, not only are we endued with power, but God says, “You are my beloved Son/Daughter, in you I am well pleased.” We are instantly baptized into the ministry. When the “upper room” experience happened to the 120 that were in the room waiting on the promise of Jesus, the same experience happened to them. However, the people around saw “fire” instead of a dove.
Acts 1:4-5,8 (NKJV)4 And being assembled together with them, (Jesus) He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 2:1-3 (NKJV)When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The Holy Spirit is such a necessary part to our success, in our faith, and in our walk with God in this world. Jesus knew and understood the necessity of the Holy Spirit when He was going back to the Father. He let us know, I am going to send you one to help you and comfort you, because there will be times when your faith will feel like it’s failing, but He will help you and teach you and get you where you need to be spiritually. He is our helper and instructor.
Jude 1:2020 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
So, my beloved of God, use the Holy Spirit within you and allow Him to build your faith and keep you always and especially in the day of trouble. He will teach you all things, including the power that is in you.
Next week, we will be starting another series of devotionals and study.There are many things that can block our faith, we will be looking at 5 different things that can block our faith.
New Series Next Week:Faith Blockers“Fear, an Enemy of Our Faith”
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Sending you my love, Pastor Lynette
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Executive Pastor Lynette Roberts
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