Here We Still Stand: God the Holy Spirit
Dr. Jerry Watts
Senior Pastor Elect
“We believe and teach that the Holy Spirit is the presence and power of God at work in the world, especially in human lives. The Spirit is at work in convicting sinners of their need for God’s grace, and in empowering people for effective Christian living. The Spirit produces “fruit” in the lives of believers as expressed in the fifth chapter of Galatians: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Sin describes our condition and our actions…what we are and what we do. All of life is affected by sin. Sin separates us from The Lord causing discord and brokenness with God and with others. Sin is expressed not only in broken relationships, but in personal greed, unloving Thoughts, disobedient actions and hurtful deeds as well.”
And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.
I often like to remember that God is out ahead of us. When God led his people out of Egypt this could be physically seen through a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. While we may not see the cloud or fire today, God the Holy Spirit is just as present with us now as He was when He led His people into the wilderness oh so long ago.
Our brother in Christ, Mike Peters who is now with the LORD in glory would often pray come Holy Spirit – convict, convert, and consecrate! As this dear brother and our statement of belief reminds us, the Holy Spirit makes Christian living possible by transforming our hearts and helping us walk by faith. It is not about how “good” your faith is, but how good our God is who leads us into a daily life of discipleship. The Holy Spirit is also our advocate and comforts us with His presence. I encourage you to read Romans chapter 8 to hear more about the work of the Holy Spirit. Along the way we will never be led into a wilderness alone, the Holy Spirit is with us! God is before us and behind us, yes, HE is with us! So, let us pray with confidence for God’s Word reminds us, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,” (Ephesians 3:20). That power at work in us is the same Holy Spirit with His people in the wilderness in Exodus, the same Holy Spirit that rose Jesus from the dead, and the same Holy Spirit in whose name you were baptized under as a child of the living God!
Let’s us remember God is out ahead of us!