Behind every bad guy in Star Wars, there’s an even worse and darker character. In the original Star Wars we discovered that Darth Vader was actually only doing the bidding of the more evil, Darth Maul. In the recent movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Han Solo has a brief conversation with the dark character, Kylo Ren on a bridge. Kylo had switched over to the dark side and is being influenced by the supreme dark leader, Snoke.
Han Solo looks at Kylo and says, “this is not who you are” and offers to help him leave the dark side and be led by the “good” force. It’s pretty obvious that the story creator, George Lucas, has some understanding of human beings being led by a force outside of themselves.
Here’s my question to you, do you believe the Holy Spirit is just a force of good – or do you believe He is a person, as in the third person of the Trinity? Is He knowable? Does He have a personality? Is He personable? (I’ll address these things tomorrow and in this weekend’s sermon at Anchor Church).
It’s possible that you are Unitarian and do not believe the Holy Spirit is God – if so, I’d like to invite you to reconsider this over the course of this series. The Holy Spirit is not just a power or just a force. He is a knowable person.
Getting to know the Holy Spirit is not possible with natural eyes and ears. In order to know the Holy Spirit, you have to recognize that He is a spirit, and you must communicate with Him and know Him through your spirit and the Word of God.
Before we got saved, our entire lives are rooted in our physical senses – what we can hear, see, smell, taste and feel. These things shape our understanding and frame up our “way” of knowing what we know. But when we are “born again” by the Spirit of God, we have an opportunity to know the Holy Spirit in our lives. In order to experience Him as He is, we have to start developing and knowing Him through our Spiritual Senses.
Only when you start spending time with the Holy Spirit – and knowing Him through the Word will you start hearing Him clearly. Intimacy with the Holy Spirit comes after communicating with Him regularly. The Spirit wants to lead you by the Word an by His voice – which illuminates and reveals to you what to say, what to do, where to go and how to live in this world.
The beginning of being Spirit-Led is choosing to welcome the Holy Spirit into your life and beginning to listen to Him.
Holy Spirit, thank You that You are good and you still speak to people. I choose to trust you and not rely on my own thoughts, feelings and emotions. Your Word is the Word of God and I invite you to fill me with your word. Help me hear your voice and recognize your leading. Use me to bless others according to what you show me. In Jesus’ Name, amen
For Further Study: Job 32:8; Romans 8:14-16; I Corinthians 2:6-16; I John 2:27