Discover your identity as a carrier of God’s presence, glory and power!Do you sometimes wonder how God can consider you a friend in light of your failures and defeats? Does your own insufficiency cause you to wonder whether the Holy Spirit truly dwells within you? Do you wonder why your own faith experience is so different from that of the heroes in the Bible?
Scripture makes it clear that communion with the Holy Spirit is the key to living the kind of empowered and authentic Christian life we see modeled in Scripture. The Holy Spirit works within us to form hearts that truly worship, minds that understand of the depths of God’s Word, and hands that accomplish the miraculous. This book will acquaint you with the mysterious third Person of the Trinity, helping you to draw closer to Him so that you may become a carrier of God’s Spirit—a chosen friend of God.
This book provides answers to some popular questions about the Holy Spirit…
- What is the Holy Spirit’s purpose and nature?
- What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and why is it an unpardonable sin?
- What does the Bible really teach about spiritual gifts?
- What does it mean to be friends with God?
This was a good Bible based book, with plenty of opportunities to use it as a study as well. Not only is there a good amount of scripture but David also adds his personal experiences as well. Not only his victories through Holy Spirit but also the challenges and questions that he had along the way. It was presented in an easy to understand way.
I liked that he pointed out that Holy Spirit doesn't play exclusive allegiance to any one denomination. Nor have only a spiritually elite, if there is such a thing. Holy Spirit is available to all. It should be reassuring to some that it isn't disrespectful to Jesus by wanting to speak with the Holy Spirit. You are not overlooking Jesus because no single person is more passionate about Jesus than Holy Spirit.
There is one important thing that I haven't heard mentioned before (anywhere) in Christian books. It's that as we begin to worship we need to focus on the image of Christ. Allowing Holy Spirit to inspire true worship in your heart. Like David said he simply follows the leading of the Spirit. Holy Spirit is like a river, just let Him flow the way he wants. It feels as though a gentle stream is taking me away (David's words). Having worshiped like this I think this is one of the best ways I have ever heard it explained!
Just continue to focus on the image of Jesus and worship.
There is plenty of other nuggets in this book for the new to Jesus and those who have known Him longer.
-Your body and your spirit exist in a different realm. Our body exists in the earthy realm, our spirit in the Heavenly real. Our soul bridges the two realities. .what a great way of putting it.
-A new take on Acts 5:15-16. We have misunderstood this. It wasn't the shadow of Peter that people got healed from..it was the presence of Holy Spirit ON Peter. It was WHO he carried that changed things around him. It was Holy Spirit on Peter that healed the people, not a shadow.
- I really enjoyed Chapter Six, The Spirit and You.