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Episode 5: Who is the Holy Spirit?

In this episode, Kathryn (aka Isla Fisher) and Alli (aka Anna Kendrick) scratch the surface of the character of the Holy Spirit and how it works in our daily lives.


What (or who) is the Holy Spirit?

As part of God's plan, when Jesus died and rose, He left us the Spirit to be with us always, which acts as our helper, counselor, and our guide (John 14:26 , John 15:26 & John 16:7).

The Spirit will bring to us remembrance of all Jesus taught. Ephesians 6:17 refers to the Spirit in this way:"the sword of the spirit is the word of God". Everything the Spirit leads you to will be aligned with the Bible, and goes hand in hand with what Jesus taught and lived.


How do we access the Holy Spirit?

Ephesians 1:13 tells us that when we believe in Jesus, we are forever sealed with His Spirit: "When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit"

1 Corinthians 1: 21-22 also reminds us that God has "anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come." We can rest in the fact that when we believe, our souls are a home to God's Spirit; and it will never depart from us.


What does the Spirit do in us?

-The Spirit convicts and interprets the ways of God to us (read more about that here)

-The Spirit unites us (Matthew 18:20)

-Helps us in our weakness, empowers us to do great things! (John 14:12)


"Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." -John 14:12


How do we practically live by the Spirit?

-Live life with others; honestly and transparently

-Allow the Spirit to have space in our lives

-Keep short accounts with God

-Spiritual Breathing (exhaling by agreeing with God about your sin, then turning away from it; inhale God's love and forgiveness over you, and replace anything negative with God's truth)

-Create a spiritual atmosphere around ourselves. Ephesians 5:18-20 says "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."


An example of David (the King of Israel) exhaling his sins (confessing to God), and breathing in His mercy can be found in Psalm 32:1-5:

"Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin."


Action Steps:

  1. Practice pausing before quickly speaking and acting, allowing there to be room for the Spirit to be at work in your conversations, encounters, etc.

  2. Try spiritual breathing & keeping short accounts with God

  3. Reflect on how you can create an atmosphere around you that encourages spirit-filled living

Resources:

Thirsty: A Devotional on Living a Spirit-Filled Life


Listen to the episode here! As always, we hope you all have a beautiful and well-watered week, and please give us your comments, feedback, prayer requests, or just write in to say hello!