Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Holy Spirit

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
––Rom 8:5-6


The Holy Spirit is derived from the Hebrew word ru’ach and the Greek word pneu’ma.  According to the Bible, Spirit has different meanings:

• An Active Nature
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
–-Gen 1:2

• The Breath of Life
The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak ….
––Rev 13:15

• The Wind on Being Born of the Spirit
“The wind blows wherever it pleases.  You hear its sound but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.  So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
––Jn 3:8

• Animating Force
If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, all humanity would perish together and mankind would return to the dusk.
––Job 34:14-15

• An Individual's Attitude
But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.
––Num 14:24


From these insights of the Holy Spirit we can conclude how people pray is important.  Joyce Meyer (b. 1943), a Christian author explained, “Many people feel so pressured by the expectations of others that it causes them to be frustrated, miserable and confused about what they should do.  But there is a way to live a simple, joy-filled, peaceful life, and the key is learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit, not the traditions or expectations of man.”  Meyer’s thoughts were echoed differently by a Trappist monk and priest, Thomas Keating (b. 1923), who stated, “If you accept the belief that baptism incorporates us in the mystical body of Christ, into the divine DNA, then you might say that the Holy Spirit is present in each of us, and thus we have the capacity for the fullness of redemption, of transformation.”

So in praying we would say like Saint Augustine (353–430 AD), a Christian theologian and philosopher: “O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.”  Let us be receptive of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.      


  

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