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
that blew through the room at Pentecost two thousand years ago. The
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
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 the communicator.
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 food!
5 - 13: “So I say walk by the Spirit
and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh”.
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
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
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
so there had to have been others
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
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!
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”!
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 to walking?
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,
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 influence!
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
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!
23: “The 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 forever”.
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
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 Spirit’s
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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