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24th March 2022

The Great Gift of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God with us, tabernacling with us & living within us.
He is the Spirit of the Lord & brings unto us the wonderful nature of the Trinity.
He is also the seal & promise (down payment & guarantee) of our glorious inheritance & future with God (Ephesians 1:13-14).
The great Old Testament prophet Isaiah outlines the perfect (totally complete) nature of the Spirit of God who lives within us.

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
His delight is in the fear of the Lord,
And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; Isaiah 11:1-3

This is a Messianic prophecy about Christ who would be the restorer & redeemer of Israel.
The same Spirit that rests on Him now resides in us. How wonderful is that.
The Spirit brings a wealth (a complete perfect set) of Godly characteristics to enrich our lives.
Wisdom from God. Understanding to grasp & lay hold of the things of God.
Counsel is the ability to rightly discern right from wrong. Might is strength & courage (fortitude or Spirit strength).
Knowledge enables us to discern & discover the will, ways & word of God.
Fear of the Lord is reverent wonder & awe & enables us to see our great need of God in our lives.
What a wonderful & mighty resource the spirit of the Lord is for us.
Equipping & empowering us to live for God in God’s world, God’s way. So good!

In enabling & empowering us to live for God the Holy Spirit does so with clear purpose.
He is always seeking to affirm Jesus & testify of Him & about Him.
The Holy Spirit is always bringing affirmation (comfort & encouragement) to believers.
The Spirit of God is always affirming & making known to us the Word of God.
Revealing Christ the Living Word through the written words of Scripture.
Bringing God’s perspective to all we experience & encounter.

We can easily see what a wonderful & hugely resourceful gift the Holy Spirit is for us.
The third person of the Trinity living within us, bringing the very life of God to us & empowering us to live for God.
Abiding within us & affirming us at all times.
Providing strength & power for us to make Christ known & helping us to know Christ through His Word.
How important it is for us to develop deep friendship & relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Christ won us & He wants to win others through the work of His Spirit in us & through us.
Will we let the Spirit lead & guide us in that divine purpose.

For Reflection

  • Do I recognise the Holy Spirit’s divine characteristics in my life?
  • How is the Holy Spirit affirming me right now?
  • Meditate on the seven amazing characteristics of the Spirit of the Lord.

A song related to this theme:


Heavenly Father,
We thank You for the amazing resource of Your Spirit,
How wonderful that you abide within us.
Help & strengthen us to grow & develop in your attributes,
That we might lift Jesus high through our lives & testimony,
And bring great honour & glory to Your Name.
This we ask in the mighty Name of Jesus,

Written by Gareth Jones

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