Monday, June 1
Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.
Relationships are with people, not with objects. What constitutes a person? A person has a personality. They have a soul which houses their mind, will, and emotions. The mind is where thoughts are derived. The will is how our desires come about. Emotions demonstrate a person’s feelings.
The Holy Spirit IS a person, NOT a thing. He is not weird, although the enemy has gone to great lengths to try and make people think otherwise. When I was growing up, two types of believers spoke of the Holy Spirit often. In one group, the women wore no make-up. In the other group, women wore too much make-up. These extremes cause people to shy away from getting to know the best friend ever.
The enemy also tries to make the Holy Spirit’s focus just about speaking in tongues or getting slain in the Spirit. Yet, Galatians 5:22-23 clearly shows that each of these gifts is for us. The gifts of the Spirit in our lives is the attitude and demonstration of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
As our best friend, the Holy Spirit wants to help us think the way God thinks. The Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead or Trinity, the three in one of our amazing God! The trinity is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each has a descriptive function.
1. God is omniscient, which means He is all knowledge yesterday, today, and forever.
2. God is omnipotent, meaning all-powerful.
3. God is omnipresent; His presence can be felt and sensed.
He has given us physical senses to see, hear, smell, and taste. God has also graciously given us spiritual insights to know what is going on in the Spirit in the same way. For instance, taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). Your best friend has things from God for you and wants to be of great help to your spirit, soul, and body.
With love and prayers,
Pastor Sherry C.