This weekend was quite interesting. I got to do everything I love to do on the weekends. I got to play and watch Soccer on Saturday, spent quality time with my family, and listened to a life application message from my ever inspiring and informative pastor. After an intense prayer session on Sunday evening with some brothers in church, the topic of the Holy Spirit ensued.
As I drove home, two questions came to mind. Why have many people refused to acknowledge the existence of the Holy Spirit and why have others made up some myths about the personality?
I am one who loves to juxtapose things I read and hear with truths from the Bible and. I am not an emotional listener. I do not do these to fault people or pick errors but it is simply an effort to avoid being blindly led to destruction by misinformation and emotional manipulation.
So, as I traverse through the scriptures on many occasions to avoid spreading harmful interpretation of God’s plan as embedded in His words, I personally discover verses that challenge things I have heard, believed, taught and practiced for many years about the Holy Spirit.
Together lets examine some myths about the purpose and coming of the Holy Spirit into our gatherings using three points.
1. The Holy Spirit does not come to just make our services, exciting, lively and give us ‘holy goose bumps’
The coming of the Holy Spirit is given by God for witnessing about Jesus. How I do I know this? Because the Bible says so:
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
Let’s read this short portion of scripture before we look at the next 2 points
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4 (NKJV)
2. The Holy Spirit does not come through hype
A lot of times we put in physical effort to hype people so they can summon the Holy Spirit into coming into services or fellowship which is truly meant to honor God or bring glory to his name.
That was not the case from the picture the scripture depicts here. The disciples were together in one of the usual meeting keeping hope alive and being steadfast to the promise Jesus made in Acts 1:8. I want to believe they have had several of such meetings in the past with full expectation that this is it! Today seems to be the day it will come but only go home still expecting it. Then on this day, not arranged by them, nobody was hyped like we do in our gatherings these days the Holy Spirit came without consulting or taking permission from any of them. How do I know this? Because the Bible says “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven…” Acts 2: 1.
3. The Holy Spirit is not to make people superstars.
One blunder I think the church is making is that we have made superstars out of people we believe have been chosen to be sole custodians of the presence of God. As a result of these we look forward to them being present in our church services or fellowships so the services would be great.
So, some people won’t come to church if the senior pastor travels. Some don’t listen to any other Christian speaker beside one from their local church because they believe every other preaching or service is void of God’s power or presence because one who carries the presence or commands the presence is absent. That is nauseating.
Let us subject the scripture we read twice a while ago to a little careful analysis.
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4 (NKJV) (Emphasis mine)
The Holy Spirit “filled the whole house” and not only where Peter was sitting. When the Holy Spirit comes it fills the whole atmosphere and not only where the senior pastor or Bishop sits or stands.
The tongues of fire “sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit”. I only laugh when I recall crusades where the preacher would be the one to tell the crowd the current location of the Holy Spirit or if he is kind enough, he informs or confirms to individuals that the Holy Spirit is on them so they can go ahead with charismatic display or Pentecostal gymnastics.
You cannot see words but you feel and hear their impact. You also cannot see the wind but you can see and feel its impact. The Holy Spirit truly exist. It is God’s presence inculcating divine ability in us to enable us carry out His will and not to make us superstars.
Avail yourself and He will fill, empower and use you to the glory of the name of Jesus.