The Holy Spirit is not just a doctrine we ascribe to. The Holy Spirit is not just part of the trinity. The Holy Spirit is the One who is to come into our life, and the life of our congregations and bring the power and authority of God himself.
So convicting so challenging. That is AW Tozer in his teaching and reading. That is why we must at least read one of his books. I was challenged by this study on many levels. What the Holy Spirit is and what the purpose of the Holy Spirit is to the disciple of Christ. One of his most powerful statements A denomination does not unite us. If these things are the uniting factor, then we have failed to understand what being one in Christ is all about This is what makes the work of the Holy Spirit so universal but also so rare. Universal in the sense that anyone and any church can experience the work of the Holy Spirit when we surrender to the authority of God. Rare because surrendering is not our nature and many times we try this on our own effort and merit. The mystery of the Holy Spirit is that is the one that provides for you the ability to surrender. In my own experience and walk, it is when I empty myself of my desires and wants that I can be filled with the Holy Spirit and even begin to the surrender to the work. That is the main purpose of this study is to teach what surrendering looks like.
The enemy of the Holy Spirit is the wooing of the world. In his own words…”The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. Anytime a Christian is killed, two more come in his place. So they quit trying to kill them and set about wooing them. When they stopped trying to kill them and began to woo them they won.
Much to contemplate and chew on this one. I highly recommend.
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