Hello Wave Collective,
I shared this message recently at Wave Church and know it will also bless you.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
GET IN OVER YOUR HEAD
This is a message I recently shared at Wave Church and I know it will be a blessing to you too.
WHO IS HE?
- HE IS GOD
Acts 5:1-5 (NIV)
Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. 3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the HOLY SPIRIT and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to GOD.” 5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened.
Matthew 28:19 (NIV)
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
- HE IS A PERSON
John 16:13-15 (NIV)
13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
- HE IS IN CHARGE OF PRESENT OPERATIONS
John 16:7-11 (NIV)
7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
- HE IS GENTLE
Matthew 3:16 (NIV)
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
- HE HAS LIFE IN HIMSELF
Romans 8:11 (NIV)
11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
- HE IS CREATIVE LIFE
Genesis 1:2 (NIV)
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Psalm 104:20 (NIV)
You bring darkness, it becomes night,
and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
Acts 17:28 (NIV)
‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
HE IS LIKENED TO…
- THE SYMBOL OF “FIRE”
Matthew 3:11-12. (NIV)John the Baptist used this term in relation to Christ who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Acts 2:3.(KJV)On the Day of Pentecost there ‘appeared’ to the disciples cloven tongues like flames.
Malachi 3:1-4.Fire represents the purging presence of the Holy God
- THE SYMBOL OF “WATER”
Isaiah 44:3. (NIV)uses this symbolism in relation to the Holy Spirit (God uses the language of creation symbolism). Water is essential for the germination of seed, and to maintain its life until it comes to maturity as a plant.
Joel 2:28. (NIV)whilst not specifically mentioning “water,” uses the word “pour” which can only refer to the symbolism of water.
Revelation 22.Shows the sources of this “water” is God’s throne.
- THE SYMBOL OF A “DOVE”
John the Baptist saw the Holy Spirit descend “like a dove” upon Jesus as He received the Holy Spirit.
A dove is the emblem of all that is gentle and harmless (ie: without malice). Also, a dove can be easily frightened – we are not to grieve the Holy Spirit.
- THE SYMBOL OF “WIND”
Ezekiel 37:9-10. (NIV) and John 3:8. (NIV) establishes this principle
Acts 2:2. (NIV) relates this aspect particularly to the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. “Wind” suggests unseen force or powers which produces visible results.
Note: The Greek word translated “spirit” in the NT means “breath” or “spirit.”
- THE SYMBOL OF “OIL”
1 Samuel 10:1. (NIV) In OT times anointing a person with oil was the usual rite by which that person was consecrated and dedicated to a certain office (ie: King).
1 Samuel 16:13. (NIV)etc. relates this to the Holy Spirit
See Psalm 133. (NIV) re: the anointing applied to Aaron, the priest.
See also, Mark 6:7-13. (NIV)& James 5:14. (NIV)re: the relationship of “oil” to the presence of the Holy Spirit in the NT. Compare Psalm 45:7. (NIV)with Luke 4:18. (NIV)re: the anointing that Christ received.
Ezekiel 47:1-9. (NIV)The River From the Temple
The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side. 3 As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. 4 He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist.5 He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross. 6 He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7 When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. 8 He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. 9 Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live.
Ps 42:1. (NIV)
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
Jer. 2:13 (NIV)
“My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
Joel 3:18 (NIV)
“In that day the mountains will drip new wine,
and the hills will flow with milk;
all the ravines of Judah will run with water.
A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house
and will water the valley of acacias.
Zech. 14:8 (NIV)
On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.
1 – ANKLE DEEP, SPEAKS OF WALKING
2 – KNEE DEEP, SPEAKS TO PRAYING/INTERCESSION
3 – WAIST DEEP, SPEAKS OF OUR LOINS
Psalm 38:3-8 (NKJV)
There is no soundness in my flesh
Because of Your anger,
Nor any health in my bones
Because of my sin.
4 For my iniquities have gone over my head;
Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
5 My wounds are foul and festering
Because of my foolishness.
6 I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly;
I go mourning all the day long.
7 For my loins are full of inflammation,
And there is no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am feeble and severely broken;
I groan because of the turmoil of my heart.
4 – IN OVER YOUR HEAD
Ezekiel 47:6-7 (NIV)
6 He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7 When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river.
I pray these few powerful words will encourage and inspire you to seek God’s wisdom.