This simple blog is devoted to the greatest privilege that man has ever been given; PRAYER.
Because the Holy Spirit is a person, He has many facets to His personality. We could spend the remainder of this book studying the numerous traits within His character; however, in this chapter we will explore only eight.
Convicting or pleading. John 16:8,9 says that “He [the Holy Spirit], when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin. and righteousness, and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me.” It is this facet that draws a person to Jesus. The Holy Spirit keeps His finger on what is wrong until the issue is settled. He often operates this way in church services.
Billy Graham reportedly told a group of ministers in Greensboro, North Carolina, when asked, What is the secret to your ministry? “If there is a secret to my ministry, it is not my secret, it is the secret of the Holy Spirit. There are two things that I rely on heavily—first is the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, and second, I say ‘the Bible says.'”
Conviction can be a beautiful thing, but it can also be very painful. When the conviction of the Holy Spirit moves upon a person, many emotions are aroused. Don’t interrupt when the Holy Spirit is dealing with someone; wait upon the timing of the Lord. Pray and lend yourself as an assistant to Him.
I’ve never met anyone with whom God is dealing who does not become obnoxious. Unfortunately that’s when we often blow it because we react in a like manner.
Cleansing. The censorial nature of the Holy Spirit is the holy cry (righteous indignation) within you that causes you to hate sin or to take authority over the devil. The Spirit of the Lord rises up within you and causes you to hate the sin that destroys the people of God This is the facet of the Holy Spirit that Jesus operated in when He cleansed the Temple:
And they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to cast out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who were selling doves; and He would not permit anyone to carry goods through the temple. And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a robbers’ den” (Mark 11:1517).
Jesus was angry at the sin committed against the physical temple of God, not at the people. It is the same today, only now His children are the temple of the living God—one not made of stone. Today when the Lord desires to cleanse His temples (people), He moves through the cleansing power ofthe Holy Spirit.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:26,27 to “be angry, and yet do not sin-, do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.” When the Holy Spirit moves through you in such a way, you will experience God’s anger through righteous indignation, and yet not sin against the Lord. This kind of anger does not give place to Satan; it has an exact opposite effect.
A well-known Bible teacher describes righteous indignation in this way: “It is the Holy cry of the inner man by the Holy Spirit whereby the Spirit of God and the spirit of man in union cry out against that which is immoral, sinful, unjust and destructive to God’s kingdom and to the body, soul and spirit of man.”
This facet of the Holy Spirit not only moves in righteous indignation against the sinful nature of others but also against that which is sinful in you It can be painful when the Spirit of the Lord begins to deal with your own nature in those things that are not pleasing to Him. As you allow His Spirit to drive out that which is unholy and unrighteous within you, you too will experience His cleansing power and this facet of His personality.
Communion. This facet of the Holy Spirit desires a time of communion and fellowship with you Communion is the exchanging of ideas, opinions, thoughts or feelings. The word “communion” interchanges with the word “communicate.” The Lord wants you to come into His presence: He wants to share with you what is in His heart, and to hear what is on yours. In John 17, Jesus prays what is known as the High Priestly prayer. He prays to the Father for us to have the communion and fellowship with each other that They shared:
“I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who all believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as Thou. Father, art in Me, and I in Thee” (vv. 20,21).
more to come….
Excerpt from Chapter 5 (Understanding the Holy Spirit) of “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves