Holy Spirit a gentleman?
- Originally posted by bellywater:
Is the Holy Spirit a gentleman? I want to know from your
experience! Please help!
He speaks in the burning bush. He speaks in the belly of the
whale. He leads in a thundering cloud by day and a pillar of
fire by night. Our God, our Awesome God is a consuming fire
Who shakes the mountain. The elders fall on their faces and
the angels cry out HOLY HOLY HOLY. He seizes our hearts and
minds and spirits, and in a twinkling of an eye He teaches us
of purity and love and passion beyond what our mortal beings
can comprehend. We are undone. By the standards of human
reckoning, the Holy Spirit, the very Shekinah of the Living
God is most certainly not always gentle...and even more
certainly is not a man.
No, the Holy Spirit is not a gentleman. It has been said that
He never comes unbidden, and never violates our will. He has
seized and transformed my will, and violated my stubbornness.
He has done me the loving and holy violence of touching my
lips and my heart with a coal of fire from the altar of His
presence. Of ruining me for anything but to live and move and
have my being in Him.
In her first encounter with the Lion Aslan, Lucy asks if He is
a tame Lion. No, He is most certainly not tame. Well, then is
He at least safe? No, He is not safe either. But He is GOOD.
Love and Let the Wind Blow,
Originally posted by bellywater:
Thanks firedancer. But where does the teaching about Him not
comming uninvited fit in? Is it wrong? If so then why do so
many believe it?
I think many believe it because they so desperately want it to
be true. It makes for a god who is much "nicer"...more polite
and fitting with their/our sense of spiritual propriety and
decorum. It also goes to the root of a control issue. We do
not naturally want an experience of God in which we do not
remain firmly in control. Of our senses. Of our behaviour. Of
our emotions. Now there are those "bruised reeds" who will
not be broken by His coming. At times He caresses and
whispers, comforts and coos. He woos us like a lover, bringing
us along a step at a time, and never more than we can handle.
At other times, though, He stirs inside us strangely and with
such fire and passion that we can almost feel the roar of the
Lion of Judah in the atoms of our being.
He never really comes the same way twice or with two different
people. He is infinitely wise and infinitely creative. And
infinitely loving. He simply packages His love in such a way
as to always catch us off guard, surprising us afresh with the
joy and power of His presence, or overwhelming us with His
Holiness and fire.
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