This simple blog is devoted to the greatest privilege that man has ever been given; PRAYER.
There are times when the Lord just wants to commune with you. He does this through many avenues, such as prayer, praise, worship, meditation and the study of God’s Word. And the more you commune with Him, the more you will know Him and the other facets of the Holy Spirit’s personality.
• Compassionate. Compassion is a facet of the Lord that carries with it an inner emotion. In Greek “to have compassion” literally means to have the bowels yearn…a yearning deep within the intestine. This is more than just a sympathetic concern; it creates an identity deep within that brings about the miraculous.
Every place in Scripture stating that Jesus was “filled with compassion” brings with it a demonstration of the power of God for miracles. Jesus had compassion for the hungry and fed them all; He healed the blind, raised the dead, cast out demons and cleansed the leper. Jesus was always touched by the Spirit of Compassion when He saw His people like sheep without a shepherd. (See Matt. 9:36; 14:14; 15:32; 20:34; Mark 1.41; 6:34; 8:2 and Luke 7:13.) Counseling. Jesus said it would be advantageous that He go away and that He send a Counselor (Helper) to lead you and guide you into all truth. The Holy Spirit will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears, He will speak (see John 16). The Holy Spirit will teach and instruct through you.
A counselor not only gives advice but also exchanges opinions and ideas with you, helping you to reach a decision or set a direction. He is one called alongside to help.
This facet of the Holy Spirit counsels you and speaks through you to help you counsel others. Have you ever been to lunch with someone who had a problem or need? You opened your mouth, and out came wisdom that even you marveled at. You were such a help to that person, you decided to meet the following week and talk again. But the next week the same wisdom and counsel were not there. What happened? The power of the Holy Spirit was present the first time, but the next week He did not come in the same way:
But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you (John 14:26, Amp.).
• Commanding. This is the preemptory facet of the Lord. His command terminates all debate or action. Webster’s Dictionary says, “…implies authority, power to control, and to require obedience.” In Greek it means “to appoint or place appropriately, to appoint over and to put in charge.”
Jesus was in a boat with His disciples, and a storm began to rage. His disciples became afraid and woke Jesus up because they thought they were perishing. Jesus commanded the storm to cease.
And they [his disciples] came to Him and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And being aroused, He rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?” (Luke 8:24,25).
When you issue a command in the power of the Spirit of the Lord, you have the authority. You don’t have to ask for it or demand it; it is yours by virtue of the Spirit of God. You cannot issue a command and expect results unless the Spirit of the Lord so directs. Prayer is an important part of knowing the will of God. When Paul fasted, the Lord gave the instructions.
There are many places in the Word where the Spirit of the Lord spoke a command and others obeyed, both in the spirit world and in the natural. Jesus commanded the spirits to leave, while Paul commanded the people not to leave the ship when it appeared to be sinking.
• Conquering. This facet of the Holy Spirit is the overcoming power of the Lord, that which causes you to be victorious. It is also the joy, triumph and exultation that comes forth when you know a victory has been won.
This is what the Lord gave David when he overcame Goliath. He knew who he was in the Lord, and he went forth to conquer without fear or doubt (see 1 Sam. 17).
The joy of conquering was felt when Moses, Miriam and the children of Israel sang the song of deliverance when they overcame the Egyptians (see Exod. 15).
There are many examples in the Word of the conquering facet of the Holy Spirit. And this we know: We are more than conquerors in Him.
• Concert. When the Lord is moving in this facet. He moves through a melody within your heart. The dictionary describes a concert as: “An agreement of two or more in a design or plan; union formed by mutual communication of opinions and views; harmony.”
In this facet the Lord will bring comfort, joy, peace, direction, guidance, etc. Songs have ministered comfort and victory in times of grief, such as the song, “It Is Well with My Soul.” It might come in the form of a chorus, song, poetry or melody you are familiar with or it could come “hot off the press” from the Lord. You will see this facet work in harmony with all the other facets of the Spirit in a special way (see Exod. 15:1; Pss. 32:7; 147:7; Acts 16:25; Jas. 5:13).
Now you will be able to appreciate the different responses you observe in Christian gatherings. It’s exciting to watch the Spirit of the Lord move differently in and through one another. Follow the Lord’s leading in your own heart and let Him move through each person as He wills.
more to come….
Excerpt from Chapter 5 (Understanding the Holy Spirit) of “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves