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Natural Man and the Supernatural Spirit

Posted Mar 12 2009 3:57pm

Practical Christianity

Imagine a world where natural man is guided by a supernatural spirit. This spirit would rest on every man, woman, and child. Wisdom and understanding would reign supreme instead of the chaos of Holy_spirit irrationality and assumption. We would follow supernatural counsel instead of the mystical and nonsensical magic of some psychic crackpot on TV.

We don't have to imagine such a scenario. That Spirit is available in our personal lives, despite the fact that it is not accepted on a world-wide basis...yet. He is a reality in the life of individual Christians.

The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:3 NRSV)

This passage describes the Holy Spirit who was sprinkled throughout the Old Testament, but whose presence floods the pages of the New Testament. Although the Spirit was present during the days of the judges, the kings, and the prophets He had a limited ministry.

When David was anointed king of Israel, "the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David" (1 Samuel 16:13). And according to Judges 15:14-17, the Spirit of the Lord landed on Sampson causing the ropes binding him to melt off. Then Sampson went on and killed a thousand men with the jawbone of a donkey... the jawbone of a donkey! A few verses later an understandably drained Sampson gets a much needed drink of water compliments of God. Upon taking in the water he was truly revived because the Spirit once again returned to him.

The Holy Spirit came and went as needed in the lives of the Old Testament saints. However, His ministry changed drastically after the resurrected Jesus returned to heaven at the end of His earthly ministry. Jesus said, "Nevertheless it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you" (John 16:7). And, according to Acts 2, He came on the day of Pentecost and all of Jesus' followers were filled!

In these New Testament times, the minute a person accepts Jesus and Lord and Savior, our natural man establishes a supernatural connection with the Spirit...also known as Truth:

This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with water only but with the water and blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is truth. (1 John 5:6).

We also establishe a supernatural connection with Jesus:

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. (1 John 4:13)

We also need to realize that there are other spirits lurking around out there besides the Holy Spirit:

...every spirit that confesses that Jesus has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. (1 John 4:2)

The Holy Spirit is an incredible part of Jesus and, despite the fact we are natural man, we have the privilege of being able to tap in to the supernatural Spirit. We would be crazy not to. But unfortunately, many Christians don't know about or understand the power of the Holy Spirit. People have many different ideas about His ministry, but my best advice is to study what the Bible says. Every Christian needs to tap into the supernatural power that Jesus has given us.

I am not going to give you a five-step set of instructions so you can discover the power of the Holy Spirit. All you have to do is flick the "on" switch. The biggest part of being a spirit-filled child of God is just knowing that the Holy Spirit is there to help all of us! Anytime you come across Scripture that talks about the Spirit, don't skim over it. He is a powerful part of the Trinity so get to know Him. And then call on Him.

Several years I was in a terrible storm that completely stopped the traffic on I-35 south of Oklahoma City. The interstate highway looked like a parking lot in both directions. By the time I finally decided to pull over I had already driven five to ten miles in sheets of rain so bad that I had to watch the white line on the side of the road as I drove.

It was a serious situation that had added pressure because my mother and five grandchildren (which included my own sons) were packed into my Suburban. I was responsible for some very precious cargo. As I drove through the 80 mile per hour sustained winds, I prayed for the Holy Spirit to take the wheel and guide my vehicle...which He did. We "weathered" the storm and saw how severe it had been when we watched the news that night. The storm had knocked over sheds, uprooted trees, tossed around farm equipment,blew roofs of houses and caused a semi-truck to jack knife a few miles south of where we parked to ride out the storm.

HolySpiritFire I knew the Spirit was available for such occasions and I called on Him. Although I was concerned for our safety, I was enveloped with a supernatural peace throughout the entire episode. That is just one example of why Jesus sent us His Spirit. Aren't we blessed to have a Savior who cares so much for us that He sends this wonderful Advocate to provide us with rest, wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and the righteous fear of the Lord?

Although the Holy Spirit makes for a great theological discussion, we don't have to be great theologians to connect with Him. We don't have to follow a five-step method or have a degree from some high-powered seminary to tap into His mighty ministry. Practical Christianity knows He is available and simply calls on Him. That is the crux of my suggestion to you: know Him and call Him. You are His child. You are His ministry. You are His beloved! 

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(c)2009 Shona Neff

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