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Day 21 – The Role of the Holy Spirit

Welcome to Day 21, our final Devotional for our 3M Fast.  There is a lot of confusion around the person of the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit?  The simplest answer is, the Holy Spirit is God.  There is but one true and living God that exist eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  These three persons are one and make up what is called the Godhead or the Triune God.  Many wonder if the Holy Spirit is a “person” or a “spirit” or something else.  The Holy Spirit is a Personal Being.  He’s not an “it!” In scripture, the Holy Spirit is generally referred to as “He.”  He has a mind, emotions, and a will.  He also possesses the same attributes as God, which is seen throughout scripture.  The Holy Spirit knows us thoroughly and knows the depth of God as stated in 1 Corinthians 2:10 (ESV).  The Holy Spirit is saddened by our sinful actions according to Ephesians 4:30 (ESV).  The Holy Spirit is truly the Comforter and Counselor whom Jesus promised He would be, as recorded in John 14 verses 16 and 26.  The Holy Spirit comes to reside within a person the moment they accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.  The moment we believe that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again for the forgiveness of our sins and recognize Him as Lord and is the way to receive eternal life, the Holy Spirit resides in us!  The Holy Spirit was sent as a helper for mankind in the place of Jesus after He physically left the earth, according to John 16:7.  The Holy Spirit is described as our advocate who prays and intercedes for us and reminds us of what He has heard from Jesus.  The Holy Spirit is the one who gives spiritual gifts to every believer.  The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, guides us away from evil and toward righteousness.  

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It’s the Holy Spirit that brings scripture to mind when we need them.  The Holy Spirit is always with us and seals us as God’s possessions until the day of redemption.  The Holy Spirit was present and active at creation (Genesis 1:2, 1:26) and He glorifies Jesus (John 16:14).  The Holy Spirit dwells in every believer and is their source of strength when your faith feels weak.  He is the one that gives us the ability to choose right from wrong when we are faced with temptations and produces godly character in us which is the Fruit of the Spirit!  The closer you allow yourself to get to God, the more you’ll experience His Holy Spirit.  How amazing is it, that we have God in us wherever we are and will always have a divine Friend to help us face anything we come up against.  The Holy Spirit is a precious gift to every believer, and He is one who should be treated the same as we treat God the Father or Jesus the Christ; the Holy Spirit is equal with them but unique in the role He plays in our lives.  In order for the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, we must be willing to allow Him to show us the areas that need improvement.  Once we do that, we are even closer to being transformed into His image!

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