Day Twenty-One: The Promise of the Holy Spirit

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”  John 14:26

“When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.”   Ephesians 1:13

Ever had to explain the Holy Spirit to a child?  It’s a little difficult. Actually, explaining the whole Trinity to a child is difficult.  Trying to explain that God is three persons in one, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, is not something a child can truly grasp a hold of at such a young age.  Even adults have a hard time wrapping their minds around the Trinity.

So what is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.  God is first Father.  Then God is the Son, Jesus, who is fully divine and fully human.  Then God is the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is what God promises to all those who are believers.  The Spirit is what is alive and moving on this earth.

But how do we know the Spirit and how do we feel the Spirit?

When we accept Jesus as our Savior, God has promised that “we will be marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit”.  It’s God marking us as His children.  It’s the seal that means that we truly belong to Christ.  I like to imagine that God places a beautiful seal of a cross over our bodies.  And in fact we can see the cross by the way we stand.  Take a second to stand with your feet together and your arms stretched out to the side.  What shape does your body make?  A cross!  Isn’t that cool?!  We can see the seal of the Holy Spirit in the way our bodies are shaped…in the shape of a cross.

Feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit is amazing.  Have you ever experienced this?  One way I can explain it is that I get chill bumps all over my body…even when it’s not cold outside.  It’s like a breeze has blown over my body and I can just feel it.  When I am sitting quietly spending time with God and truly being still, then I get those chill bumps and I know that He is present and I can hear Him speaking.

I also can feel the Spirit when I know that I am supposed to do something.  It’s an overwhelming feeling where I know I am supposed to act on something.  The one example I can give is from one of my many shopping trips to Wal-Mart.  I was in line checking out and the man in front of me, after being halfway through ringing up his stuff, realized that he left his wallet at home.  I felt this strong feeling well up inside me and I told him I would pay for his groceries.  Once I said I would I began thinking why in the world I said that because I was doing good to pay for my own groceries!  But I knew it was the Holy Spirit and I was supposed to act on what I felt Him leading me to do.

In the verse from John 14 above, Jesus is talking to the disciples about what is to come after He leaves this earth.  I can just imagine what the disciples were thinking.  They were confused, scared, shocked, unsure of what was going to happen.  They might have even been thinking about how they were going to remember all that Jesus had taught them over the past three years.  If He wouldn’t be here on earth to help them, then who would?

Jesus knew everything those disciples were thinking, too.  He knew they would be worried.  And that’s when Jesus said that God promises to send the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit would be there to teach them and guide them and to help them remember everything that He taught them.  There was no need to fear and no need to worry.  (The next verse goes on to speak about peace.  Jesus knew after hearing that news, He needed to remind them about peace, too).

Just as Jesus promised the Holy Spirit for the disciples, He promises it for us, too.  When we believe in Jesus, we are marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit will guide us in what we should do.  The Holy Spirit will convict us of what we know we shouldn’t be doing.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of the teachings of Jesus and what we are to do.  The Holy Spirit is alive and present in all those who believe.

I often tell kids that the Holy Spirit is like the wind.  You can’t see it, but you can feel it and you can hear it.  You know when it’s moving because you can see the trees sway and you can feel the breeze on your body.  You can hear it because of how it affects the trees all around you.  It makes a sound when it moves.  Even if it’s just the softest of breezes, you can still hear the faint whisper of it.  And that’s what the Holy Spirit is like for us.  We can feel it, hear it, and see it moving.  We just have to be open to it and listening.

“Holy Spirit you are welcome here.  Come flood this place and feel the atmosphere.  Your glory God is what my heart longs for.  To be overcome by your presence, Lord.”  – Holy Spirit by Francesca Battestelli

Prayer:  Holy Father, thank You for the promise of sending us the Holy Spirit. May the Spirit guide us in decisions we need to make.  May it fill our bodies and give us peace.  May it overwhelm us and help us to feel your presence.  We are forever grateful for Your Holy Spirit and how it moves.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Journal

  1. Where in your life have you experienced the Holy Spirit?  How did you feel?
  2. What do you need the Holy Spirit to guide you in?

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