A name is an indication of His nature, character, reputation, and identity.
Elohim, plural of El. Genesis 1:1 To be strong, powerful, mighty. Something (or someone) that is worshiped.
Yahweh – Exodus 3 – I Am Who I Am
What if we prayed the Lord’s prayer into reality? In this series, we have learned about the opening of the Lord’s prayer—hallowing God’s name and acknowledging His holiness, and hallowing the name of Jesus, allowing Him to be Savior (as His name indicates). Today we will learn about hallowing the Holy Spirit.
You can’t pray a Spirit-anointed prayer unless you hallow the Spirit and acknowledge Him as God, holy and powerful.
Just as you can’t effectively pray in the name of Jesus without respecting His name as holy, you can’t pray a Spirit-anointed prayer unless you hallow the Spirit and acknowledge Him as God, holy and powerful.
We are made in the image of the person of God to be able to have a relationship with Him, so we feel as God feels. Because God is a person (not a human, but a being), He has the ability to love, feel joy, and feel sorrow or grief. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is grieved when we don’t listen to Him or we act in a manner contrary to His leading.
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:29-30
When we are instructed to “let no corrupt word proceed out of [our] mouth[s],” this is not only speaking of curse words. It includes gossip, complaining, lies, deceit, cutting people down, etc. The Holy Spirit desires instead for us to edify and encourage others. Imagine what your life and relationships would be like if the only words to come out of your mouth were life-giving and life-building! When we fall short of this, the Holy Spirit is grieved, because He knows the potential our words hold.
Ruach - air in motion, breathe, spirit
Ruach Elohim - Spirit of God
The Spirit of God:
- is Omnipresent Psalm 139:7-10; Omniscient 2 Corinthians 2:10-12; Omnipotent (Genesis 1:2, Job 33:4; Hebrews 9:14)
- is called
- The Spirit of God (1 John 4:2, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 2:10)
- Spirit of Christ (1 Peter 1:11)
- Holy Spirit, Hagios (Matthew 28:19-20, 2 Corinthians 13:14)
- The Invisible Man, a ‘He’ (John 16:7-14)
- lives in you (John 14:17)
- has a mind (Romans 8:27)
- has a will (1 Corinthians 12:11
- loves you (Romans 15:30)
- speaks (John 16:13, Acts 8:29)
- speaks with a small, still voice (1 Kings 19:12)
- groans (Romans 8:26)
- reminds us what Jesus said (John 14:26)
- leads us into truth
- is heart and mind of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-12)
- is the presence of God (Psalm 51:11)
- is the powerful, guiding hand of God (Luke 4:18-19, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 12)
- can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30)
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of God. He is a person (not a dove, as He is sometimes depicted), and therefore you can talk to Him, listen to Him, and be comforted by Him just as you would with another person.
The Holy Spirit is with us to guide and direct us. He lives inside of us and reminds us of Jesus’ words. Day by day, He is guiding, directing, molding and shaping us.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:15-17
The Holy Spirit is our teacher. Even as Pastor Miles is teaching all of us as a group, each one of us can learn something different or hear a special meaning that applies only to our lives and relationships because the Holy Spirit is working and teaching us.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26
The Holy Spirit’s voice is still and small. It sounds like your conscience.
The Holy Spirit’s voice is still and small. It sounds like your conscience, but tells you Biblical and supernatural things and reminds us of biblical truth that He wants us to know.
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness…
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come." John 16:7-13
Because the Spirit lives in us, guiding, directing, and loving us, it grieves Him when we ignore Him or disobey. Are you listening to gossip? You may hear that still, small voice reminding you to walk away, but if you instead decide to participate in that gossip, God is grieved.
When you turn away and decide to do your own thing, the Spirit is disappointed because God has blessings, revelations, and opportunities just for you. He has these things waiting and wants to show them to you, tell them to you, etc. put if you push him away, ignore him, He is grieved, because you are preventing His blessings in your life.
But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9
God wants to reveal the blessings He has in store for you, things that you have never even conceived. What would happen if you hallowed the Holy Spirit and obeyed Him wholeheartedly without saying no or pushing Him away?