I read a story this week from a message preached by Bill Bright years ago. He shared a story of a man who lived in Texas during the Great Depression named Mr. Yates. Now, Mr. Yates was a sheep rancher, and he wasn’t able to make enough on his fields to pay the principal and interest on his mortgage. He eventually had to live on government subsidy. One day, a seismographic team from an oil company came and told him that there might be oil located deep beneath his fields. They asked permission to drill a wildcat well, and he signed a lease contract. Around1,000 feet below the surface they struck a huge oil reserve. The first well produced over 80,000 barrels of oil a day. That well, and subsequent wells on his land produced oil for many years to come. And Mr. Yates owned it all. The day he purchased the land, he received the oil and mineral rights. Yet, he had been living without the benefits of what he already owned inside the land. He was a multimillionaire living in extreme poverty.
Ask yourself this question:
Is the Holy Spirit unused or unleashed in your life?
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. 18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
The Holy Spirit is often the least talked about person of the Trinity. It’s easy for us discuss God the Father as we can point to the father figures in our own lives. Jesus the Son can be discussed because Word became flesh (John 1), and we have the stories of his life. How do you describe the Spirit?
Francis Chan states, “The church becomes irrelevant when it becomes purely a human creation. We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives and church be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God.”
Christ mentioned to his disciples that He was sending the Helper to be with them when He left. This person was of equal value and worth as Jesus Himself. This person Jesus was referring to was the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament was shown on prophets. The Holy Spirit was with Jesus during his earthly ministry. In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit came down to dwell IN believers! Gary Burge points out that the Holy Spirit functions as the substitute presence of Jesus Christ in the eyes of the believers, because He has many commonalities to the ministry of Jesus as seen in the book of John:
|Activity||Of Holy Spirit||Of Jesus|
|Given by the Father||14:6||3:16|
|With, in, by disciples||14:16-17||3:22; 13:33; 14:20|
|Not received by the world||14:17||1:11; 5:53; 12:48|
|Not known by the world, only believers||14:17||16:3; 8:19; 10:14|
|Sent by the Father||14:26||Ch 5, 7-8, 12|
|Spirit of Truth||14:17; 15:26; 16:13||14:6; 16:13|
What does the Holy Spirit mean to Christians today? John 14:12-15 can help us with this question:
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
The Holy Spirit Gives Us…
- The ability to do greater things.
- The ability to see answered prayers.
- The ability to obey God’s commands.
Are you spiritually struggling to make rent and pay your daily bills? Do you feel like you’re living in emotional poverty? Have you ever considered that if you are a Christian that you are a spiritual multi-millionaire if you can discover the limitless power of the Holy Spirit within you? Is the Holy Spirit unused or unleashed in your life today?