Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost (according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia) is ‘a term found in English translations of the Bible, but understood differently among the Abrahamic religions’.
‘............................... For the majority of Christians, the belief in the Holy Trinity implies the existence of three distinct holy persons being one eternal Triune God. Although the New Testament does not have a formal doctrine of the Trinity and contains no discussion of the Trinity as such, it speaks of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit’ (Matt. 28v19).
Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the ‘Spirit of Truth’ (John 16v12 NIV) and in my experience that is what I have recognised it to be, a medium by which God speaks Truth to His people.
For years I have known there is a small quiet voice that communicates with your thoughts and over the years I have primarily ignored it especially if it goes against what I want to do. I then become emotionally traumatised when disaster presents its self and realise how foolish I was to be disobedient. Then I would hear that same gentle voice say ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you (Heb: 13v5) and somehow I find the strength to pull myself together, brush myself off and move forward. On the other hand sometimes I act upon what has been revealed and would tremble and break down in joyful tears when I realise the prevention of destruction by my obedience to this Spirit of Truth.
One major vivid experience that has impacted my life and for me validates the existence of the Holy Spirit was in the early 90’s when I was contemplating ending a destructive relationship. I knew I should not have entered it, but it was someone I fantasized about in my teen years, so for me this was a dream come true. Although I identified this was bad association early on in our relationship, at the same time I was having so much fun, so didn’t want to let go. This was my second serious relationship; my first (straight out of college) was very dull and boring so for me (13 years later) this was it!
My relationship became more destructive as the year rolled on, with my partner being out of work, his dysfunctional behaviour became more noticeable and I had nowhere to turn; it was then I remembered my God and plucked up the courage to get down on my knees to pray. Previous to that night I had turned my back on spiritual things and pursued the pleasures of the world. For 2.5 years I stayed out of Church knowing that if I went to Christian meetings while in this relationship I would be a hypocrite, and I was not prepared to be seen that way.
While I was there on my knees I broke down in tears, weak and feeble not knowing what to ask for, I just knelt weeping and asking God to have His way. That night just before dawn I was woken by a song in my head and I began to sing ‘Why do you seek love when you have sweet love, I’ll always be with you in everything you do’. It felt like a broken record in my head as I must have sung it over 4 to 5 times. I felt so awake with so much positive energy running through my body. I don’t know when I fell back to sleep, but when I woke up at the normal time, I remembered the words of the song and wrote it down and taped a typed version to the inside of my wardrobe. Still not knowing for sure where this song came from, but knew it felt Divine.
The events that happened after that were strange and unexpected as our relationship ended and I was back attending my Christian meeting feeling safe as I renewed my relationship with God. However, over the years from time to time I would remember my outburst in song early hours of that morning.
Seven years later (the year 2000), I was invited to ‘The Gathering of the Champions’ lead by Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo. This event was a week-long huge Christian convention with Christians gathering from all over the country and Christian Public Speakers invited from all over the world. One particular speaker that caught my attention was Dr Mike Murdock. His presentation was on the Holy Spirit and he explained the rich relationship he had with the Spirit of Truth with such passion it left an impression on me and I was lead to buy one of his books relating to the Holy Spirit.
Each day as I journeyed to work I found a little corner of the bus and buried my head in this book to learn about this Spirit of Truth and the blessing I could gain from having a rich and fulfilling relationship with Him. He was described as the comforter, our guide and teacher of truth and of things yet to come, the voice of God and many other attributes. The last page asked for the reader to invite the Holy Spirit into my life. By now I was convinced that this spiritual relationship was what was missing from my life. This invitation would allow the Spirit of Truth to live within my body, making it a temple of Holy Spirit (1 Corinth 6v19). I began to repeat the prayer softly and slowly, in that moment I felt I was the only person in the bus, tears began to fill my eyes, even now as I write this section of my experience my eyes are filled with tears. After I repeated this prayer and said AMEN I closed my eyes and I heard this small quiet voice whisper in my ear. ‘It was me singing to you’ the voice did not have to tell me the song or the date I connected straight away. My body felt weak and my tears became uncontrollable. I began to tremble as I heard ‘I have always loved you and have never left you’ at that time the scripture at 2 Tim 2:13 (NLT) came into my thoughts ‘If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is’. Knowing I had left the Church for 2.5 years I did not consider that God’s Spirit was with me or would reveal himself to me in song, but after feeling physically and spiritually broken and turining to God in prayer my Faith was honoured that night as God’s Spirit reached out to me.
This was my first real experience of God’s Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, and the VOICE of Jesus. Jesus said (speaking about the Holy Spirit) ‘He will speak ONLY what He hears and He will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring Glory to me; by taking from what is MINE and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is MINE. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is MINE and make known to you’ (John 16v13-15).
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