GUIDE ME HOLY SPIRIT
AUTHOR - BILL TAYLOR
COPYRIGHT 2017 - BILL TAYLOR
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Teacher And Reminder
14 - 26: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will
send in My name will teach you all things and remind you of
everything I have said to you”.
“many voices in the wind” folks. Too many perhaps. I’d like to
think, all well-meaning. But there is only one Wind who has a voice
that we simply can’t afford ignoring. The same wind that blew
through the room at Pentecost two thousand years ago. The Holy
you hear no other voice but His, you will do yourself no harm. With
all due respect, I can’t nor can you, guarantee that being always
true for the others.
wonder at times if the “others’’ ever pause to consider, with
their many and varied versions of the gospel, that they may be
leaving a lot of sheep bewildered, befuddled and utterly confused as
they attempt to sort it all out. I’m reasonably sure that in part
there is something of value to glean from them all but at the end of
the day the Holy Spirit accompanied by God’s word is our only
filter of assurance. We no longer live in a day, if we ever actually
did, when simply because he or she said it, makes it true! That’s
cult thinking! If it doesn’t align itself with the word of God we
have every right to reject it, while not necessarily rejecting
everything the person states.
communicator is infallible other than One: God himself through His
Spirit. That’s not to cast dispersions on communicators nor create
paranoia amongst those who sit under their teaching, but rather state
an obvious reality. They aren’t perfect, no not one, nor are we.
we perceive them as such, because we like to think of them as such,
we do them and ourselves a terrible disservice.
our opening scripture confirms, we as individuals have been equipped
by God, through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirt, to discern
all things and are responsible to do so. It’s not meant to be
constantly argumentative but rather cautionary.
keeps men and woman off the pedestals that only Jesus is worthy of
occupying. When He is displaced, it’s us followers who are
responsible for “cult worship”. It’s us who are responsible for
“cult behavior”. Cults can’t happen without our co-operation!
There’s a fine line between loving the communicator and worshipping
we move into that secondary territory we do so pre-conceiving thus
pre-approving that all that is said is automatically correct. It
means we have given licence to them to say anything at all with our
stamp of approval pre-applied before they even open their mouths.
the “flesh” of followers that desire to elevate people into
spiritual “Rock Stars”. We do love our celebrities. In turn, it’s
those same celebrity’s flesh that eat it up! But we supply the
5 - 13: “So I say walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the
desires of the flesh”.
we need the guidance of the Holy Spirit every minute of every day.
It’s not optional. We are sheep and desperately dependent on our
Shepherd’s voice in all matters pertaining to our walk with Jesus.
Who is our Lord’s representative, voice, teacher, and reminder, in
the earth at this moment? None other than, the Holy Spirit! He has
been in that capacity for more than two thousand years. Jesus
ascended and the Holy Spirit descended!
14 - 16: “ And I will ask the Father and He will give you another
Advocate to help you and be with you forever”.
15 - 26: “When the Advocate (Holy Spirit) comes, whom I will send
to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that goes out from the
Father, He will testify about ME”.
if there is a spiritual “Rock Star”, Jesus is it!
what do we do with multiple gospels? They’re not new in that Paul
himself spoke of those who had left the true gospel to pursue others,
so there had to have been others to pursue.
don’t have to go back thousands of years to find examples of this
dilemma nor do we have to overtly emphasize what we see and hear
today as being the ultimate.
old enough to have witnessed a version of the gospel that included:
White and black water fountains, white and black washrooms, white and
black restaurants, white and black schools, white and black CHURCHES,
the business of selling and purchasing blacks as slaves, racism to
turn your stomach, the KKK, and the often excused murdering of those
who were black if their owners felt so inclined. All established in
the “Bible Belt” of the good old USA, using the bible to justify
itself, with for the most part, God’s people conveniently turning a
blind eye if not directly participating. God’s supremacy was
replaced with white supremacy as we saw pictures of Jesus hanging on
walls sporting white skin and blue eyes. How’s that for a version?
I’m not convinced that the spirit of that version is as dead as we
might like to think. It looks and sounds very much like the same
spirit that orchestrated 9 -11 to me! Terrorism is terrorism,
regardless of what the perpetrators are calling themselves.
where was the guidance of the
Holy Spirit during this rather infamous,
long-lived, dark time in Christian history? Ignored! Utterly ignored
in fact, leading to depraved behavior, all in God’s Holy name!
unlimited what evil can transpire, even with those claiming to be
Christians, when the Holy Spirit is removed from the equation and
replaced with the self-promoting desires of the “flesh”!
only protection and defense from “all other gospels”, is the
perpetual guidance of the Holy Spirit which means staying ever so
alert and sensitive to His presence and voice.
bible describes it as a “still small voice” therefore I’m
thinking, being still in our souls is a pre-requisite to hearing Him.
But make no mistake about it: We must hear Him, otherwise we are
dangerously flying solo. He’s all we have been given and is more
than enough. Sent from the Father to guide, lead, and transform us
into being reflectors of our all-together lovely One Jesus.
Holy Spirit is not a “funny feeling”, in fact there’s nothing
funny about Him at all! He’s very serious within the context of His
earthly ministry and would like us to take Him as serious as He is!
He’s promised and sent to us by the Father but not obligated, as in
having no choice in the matter. I actually believe He resides through
invitation not obligation. That’s something to be taken seriously!
A Spirit Life Bears
5 - 22 & 23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and
self-control. Against such things there is no law”.
lived out in the Spirit has tangibly transcendent qualities not of
this world therefore needs no law as its overseer! It displays what
God describes as “fruit” as to its character. Its “fruit” is
the confirmation as to its existence. Those who walk in the Spirit
should therefore be obviously different to the alternative.
in the Spirit is heaven’s antidote for life in the flesh. They
cannot successfully be lived in conjunction with each other. They
have nothing in common and as we know, a little leaven leavens the
1 -1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 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 and God
said: “Let there be light and there was light”.
Spirit of God was hovering”. I so appreciate this descriptive of
the activity of the Holy Spirit as “hovering”! A life lived in
the Spirit can at times have a vagueness in our minds.
we to be walking in a state of heavenly bliss permeating our
existences with every breath? Is it that our feet aren’t to touch
the ground? Are we to experience a sense of being carried as opposed
we know He is omni present. We equally know He indwells us. But when
I think of Him ”hovering” it brings to me a sense of clarity,
which is important if I have chosen to walk this walk. It helps me to
see the question from the Holy Spirit’s viewpoint. I really don’t
want my imagination or lack of, to be the determining factor.
this is how I see it. The Holy Spirit, in an omni-present fashion,
“hovers” over our lives as He did over the waters in Genesis. He
goes behind us and before us. He is on our right and our left.
blankets us with all the magnificent attributes of His ministry which
include His all sufficient provision of “fruit bearing” spiritual
nutrients. His abiding essence encompasses all we need to sojourn in
His Spirit. We lack nothing as we abide under the umbrella of His
penned in the 23rd
Psalm, a perfect word pictorial to describe what a life walked in the
Spirit looks and feels like. David was many things, a poet being one.
His writings combined with his passionate heart for God, should
convince us that we really can’t go to a better source to fill in
the blanks thereby creating the complete picture.
we slowly peruse David’s descriptive, drinking in all its beauty
while allowing the quality revealed, to marinate on our hearts. David
never inferred that being led as opposed to leading, is easy, but he
did say it is amazing! When you think about it, are amazing and easy
even in the same family? The perceived potential of quality will
always determine the effort invested!
Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green
pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He
guides me along the right paths for His names sake. Even though I
walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are
with me, Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table
before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil
my cup overflows. Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all
the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
an amazing description of an amazing lifestyle! One that is being
offered by our heavenly Father. One that has been provided for by the
an added note: If David’s head is being anointed with oil, I would
suggest there’s a hovering taking place!
13 - 11: “Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial do not
worry beforehand what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the
time, for it is not you speaking but the Holy Spirit”.
Holy Spirit is the voice of God in the earth. We are His temple and
residing place. A life in the Spirit is one of occasion promptings.
More often than not they are impromptu. Jesus said in Mark: “Say
whatever is given you”. So rehearsing is replaced with
improvisation as we walk and talk with others. Many a Pastor has had
a set message planned only to find themselves going left or right
depending on the direction the Holy spirit wishes to go.
improvisational aspect in our walk with Jesus certainly adds the
fragrance of anticipation. We’re not to chase it but when it comes
our way, we openly embrace it as a gift of privileged trust as we
participate in another’s life in co-operation with God. As is
always the case with our Lord, we have the option of abstaining but
trust me, you really shouldn’t. When heaven pays an unexpected
visit to your neighborhood it’s always a blessing for all involved.
only scratched the surface of what a life walked in the Holy Spirit
looks, sounds and tastes like. It’s far more a thing of the
experiential than the explainable. At the very least I hope I have
enhanced an appetite for its consideration as a lifestyle. God simply
uses the available. It is He who qualifies as we surrender to His
Holy Spirit was sent to help us navigate our way through life with
all its many complexities, but also to make us usable vessels for God
to love others through. It’s an incredibly exciting life being led.
We get to know in a very tangible way, the reality of heaven hovering
over us, in us, and through us. What could possibly be better than
that! One life to live, let’s make it count!
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