We Are Children of God.
The final mission of Jesus was to introduce the Holy Spirit – into our mind, into our body, and into our life.
John 14:15-21, 23-26 shows the promise of the Holy Spirit.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another [Counselor], to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him, nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. I will not leave you orphaned; . . .”
I will not leave you orphaned. How often have we felt orphaned? The Bible says, that we are children of God, but many have felt orphaned and left alone before. The promise of God is, “I will not leave you orphaned.” I am with you at all times. “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
“Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.”
Jesus is saying, “Listen, I’m not the one talking here. Something’s talking through me.
I’m hearing it for the first time also.”
“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the [Counselor], the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”
Jesus told His followers that after the ascension they were to go to the upper room in Jerusalem. Today, we can consider the upper room as a high, peaceful place in our consciousness.. Think about this – we are the temple of the living God. So we can consider/imagine the upper room today as inside of us. We can visit the upper room at any time, and have that experience with God. This is where the Holy Spirit comes, where the Holy Spirit descends upon us, and we find new power – power beyond anything we can imagine.
A few years ago, Sir Oliver Lodge was quoted as saying this: “There is energy enough in one cubic inch of ether to run a forty-horsepower engine for 40 million years.” I like that. The power that is available to us in God is beyond all human conception. It’s beyond our comprehension, even for those who are in the ministry because as much as we know, there is so much more to God. There is more to our realization of this Power that can come to us at any time and remain with us. It is so all encompassing and wonderful that words cannot adequately express it.
Jesus knew we needed a personal helper, a very individual helper. This individual helper is ours this day and every moment of every day. It is the power of the Holy Spirit.
People often ask, “Who is this Holy Spirit? What is this power that has been given to us by Jesus Christ?”
The apostles knew the Holy Spirit as the third person in the trinity. The Father is always the first, the Son is second, and the Holy Spirit is third. God is everywhere present. We have God’s Word speaking in us right now. It has spoken to us in the past. This Word says to us, “My child, with me you can get through this. With me, you can be healed.”
We have heard that Word. Now, our mind might have taken over, and said, “Oh, that’s nonsense. I won’t have any part of that!” And that’s our free-will to do that. But we have heard the Word that was given birth by God. We can work with the Word. We can also speak the Word of God through the power of our own spoken word.
The Holy Spirit is the movement of that Holy activity of God inside of us, outside of us, into manifestation and demonstration. The Holy Spirit is the infinite “breath” of God, as the Son is the infinite “Word.” God is located anywhere we may recognize Him. If we, right now, recognize that we are not alone, that we are not orphaned, that we have a power that is with us, we are recognizing, not in any church, Bethel, or this message, but we’re recognizing God and God’s power directly. It seals us to an identification that forever changes us, and who we think we are. It seals within us an idea that we are more than flesh and bones, that we are not out there alone trying to recreate everything, and rebuild the wheel. We are immersed in God’s help that is ever-present and available to us right now.
To the extent that you and I identify ourselves with God, the only source of existence, we become Spirit in expression, until finally the union is so perfect that it attains a perfection. That is the time we can say with Jesus Christ, “I and the Father are one.” In making our demonstrations, we work with the conviction in our heart that we are one with God. In the times of silence, we know that we are one with God, and we know that all will be revealed to us.
We cannot find God without lifting up everyone around us because of what we are radiating from our mind, our consciousness. These true ideas are charged with an uplifting Spirit. We are bringing Divine ideas into reality just by our willingness to read this and accept some of these ideas for ourselves, as ourselves, and for others through ourselves.
Jesus said that we are co-existing with God. Jesus said that we are interacting, inter-communicating with God at all times. He also said that there is a highness to this experience. The highness is to receive the Holy Spirit. “He breathed on them and said unto them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.'” Listen to the power of the spoken word for us.
We bring every thought into safekeeping, to the obedience of Christ. We commit all our works unto God’s good, and our purposes are established. Every plane of consciousness in us is transformed by the renewing of our mind. And so it is. Amen.
The power of the spoken word lies within every one of us. We can begin by freeing the little small ideas we have, and fill our minds with thoughts of God’s plenty. We must realize that all power is given to us in heaven and on earth, as Jesus said. He told His apostles that they should receive power when the Holy Spirit had come upon them. They were told to go to that upper room. Within us we find the upper room which is within our consciousness where spiritual perspectives begin the formation of new ideas.
When our soul makes complete union with God, there is always an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This is the true glorification that comes by the acknowledgement that God is with us; true glorification, the acknowledgment by God that the child is indeed lifted up and glorified. Thus we can be assured of an inner guide that is willing to direct us. This is talking about each of us individually.
When we let the Holy Spirit come into our full awareness, God’s perfect plan will unfold in our life. All the good thoughts, words, and prayers are put into action with power and authority. The Holy Spirit is very important to anyone who has a need of serving and/or healing. We all need to be filled, and refilled, with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
As we open ourselves to the Holy Spirit, we are renewed, healed, and restored in mind, body, and soul.
The Holy Spirit will take over when we let it speak through us, lead us, heal us, and fill our heart with love, compassion, and understanding. Since the Holy Spirit represents God in action, we need to use this power to act through us, to heal us, and to speak through us. When we have prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to take over, it’s going to flood our whole being, not so much with excessive emotional feeling, but as a warm, loving presence that literally speaks and acts through us.
Act as if you already have the Holy Spirit –
The person who would have fruit from the tree of life, must reach up and get it. He, or she must aspire to it first, and then in prayer, and true word, act as if he had already received it; he must go right ahead living the Gospel, healing the sick, even if the healing is spiritual and personal, and doing other commandments of the Master, exactly as if he were already filled with the Holy Spirit. When the disciples of Jesus wanted to forbid those who were doing works in His name, He said, ‘Forbid them not.’ So everyone who goes ahead and does the very best he knows in the name of the only true God whom we love and worship, will be by virtue of their works draw down upon himself the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
What is this going to give us? It is going to give us an inner “revelation of our power and the possibilities of our own being. It is the light that is going to bring to our notice the inner mechanism of our soul and body. Where our eyes have seen only flesh, blood, and bones, the searchlight of the Holy Spirit discloses the presence of secret springs and living streams of energy and life.”
Let us pray.
We pray, this morning, in the Holy Spirit, the whole spirit of God. We turn problems over to the Holy Spirit.
Lord, help us to relax and let the Holy Spirit direct the working of our minds. Guide us into “paths of righteousness” that we can be open to the comforting, sustaining presence of the Holy Spirit as we are uplifted. Show us that feeling of power and strength within us knowing it’s nothing I am doing; it is the Holy Spirit.
Father, we ask that the Holy Spirit expresses itself through you and brings order and harmony into our life and work. We pray that the Holy Spirit takes command of our affairs, and that we are prospered through new avenues of supply. May this loving, powerful action of the Holy Spirit take command of our body and renew and restore us.
In the name of Jesus Christ we pray.. . . Amen.