Why Do We Need the Holy Spirit?

We understand God as creator and the beginning of love, truth and justice. We accept that God is invisible, is the force in this world, but he is not from this world. He is so much bigger than this world and yet knows all the details about every person and thing that is here. We struggle with the Holy Spirit because we don’t really understand how an invisible Spirit can have influence in our life. With God it is a faith question. We believe God is there and created everything. When we talk about the Holy Spirit, we turn it into a logic problem rather than a faith question. How would he indwell us and what is his connection to the word of God? We understand Jesus because he came and lived on earth as our example. We can read stories of what he did. We can see what God created. But the Holy Spirit isn’t visible and doesn’t do things we can immediately see and that confuses us.
 
Why would we need someone who is invisible and who doesn’t do things we can see? If we can’t see it, is it even practical? Doesn’t God judge us on what we do or don’t do? Even when we know the rules, we don’t follow them. We understand what was said and what God wants, and we ignore him.
 
God wants us to worship him. But we run in late thinking of everything but God and wish it would be over soon. That is not a sincere deep allegiance from our heart to God in gratitude and appreciation of who God is and what he has done.
 
God wants us to forgive as we have been forgiven. It is so difficult to get past the feelings when we have been slandered or wronged and have a good relationship when they never recognized they did anything to us. In fact, we are sure they will do it again.
 
God wants us to love people who are rude and arrogant and the only way to describe them is an enemy. Even if it is not about a warm fuzzy feeling it is hard to even be nice to people like that. They go out of their way to make life difficult for us.
 
On top of that we are to show the love of God and find joy and peace in the middle of those situations? Yes, there is this intangible power and strength of God that we need just in order to get through the day. Most of our struggle is not practical action. It is in dealing with attitude, temper, character, lifestyle, and other people who will not act the way they should. It is hard to be Jesus to the world. Maybe that is why Jesus had the Holy Spirit when he lived here on earth.
 
Terry
Friday June 21, 2019

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