Over the last couple of weeks, we have been looking at the acts of the Holy Spirit in revivals at different times and in different countries, trusting that God will also move in these days too. We will not see much of God’s work among us until we get our lives right with God through a turning from our sin to the Lord. The Spirit of God needs to have the reins of our heart strings, so that He can empower and use us for His glory. The Holy Spirit is the One called to be with us as our Helper, or in some translations, our Advocate. Let’s look at how the Holy Spirit came alongside and used a man named Samson in the Book of Judges. Let me ask you a question about Samson, have you ever formed an image in your mind as to what he looked like?
3But Samson lay there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron (Judges 16:3).
I often imagine Samson to be a hulk-like person, after all, how did he manage to carry off the gates of the city up to the top of the hill? (Judges 16:3). How big and heavy would the gates and posts of a city be? I know this will shock you, but I like to believe that he was a little guy like me. Why think in terms of Samson as being small and thin? He seemed to have incredible strength, but if he were a colossal muscleman, why would the rulers of the Philistines each pay Delilah eleven hundred shekels of silver for her to find out the secret of his strength? (Judges 16:5). The Philistines were so convinced by what they saw of Samson that they were ready to pay big money to find out the secret of his strength so that they could overcome him (and perhaps to use the secret themselves). If he were big and strong, they would not think there was a secret to his power. The Scriptures tell us three times that the secret of his strength was the Holy Spirit Who would come on him and give him supernatural strength:
The Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat (Judges 14:6).
Then the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon him. He went down to Ashkelon, struck down thirty of their men, stripped them of everything and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle (Judges 14:19).
As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands (Judges 15:14).
Also in the Old Testament, Exodus 31:3-5, we read of the Spirit of God filling Bezalel with artistic talent and skills in metalwork to create and design things for the Tabernacle of the Lord.
In Judges 6:15, we read of the Holy Spirit giving leadership gifting to Gideon, who proclaimed his spiritual bankruptcy. The Holy Spirit was gracious to him and in verse 34, rested on him and gave him leadership, courage and direction to fight and gain victory over an army of 135,000, when all he had with him was 300 Israelites. You are not alone; you and the Holy Spirit make a powerful team when you have God the Holy Spirit on your side, working in you and through you.
As the Church, we must get out of thinking that the Holy Spirit is some Jedi force. He is a person who wants close relationship with all who call on the name of Christ. Notice the following scriptures about the Holy Spirit being a person:
Ephesians 4:30. (He can be grieved)
1 Thessalonians 5:19. (The Spirit’s fire can be quenched)
Hebrews 10:29. (He can be insulted).
Acts 1:16. (He can speak. The Holy Spirit spoke….”)
Acts 5:3. (He can be lied to).
Acts 7:51. (He can be resisted)
Acts 15:28. “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit…. (He thinks)
Romans 8:14. “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the Sons of God.”
John 14:16, He can counsel you and be with you. “…He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.” The Greek word used here is paracletos, and means, “one called alongside’- a counselor, helper, and an encourager.
If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit has been sent to be alongside you forever. You are not alone even though you may feel lonely. This One called alongside will comfort and counsel you with His presence and love. The Holy Spirit is not an “it,” He is a “He.” It is time to begin treating Him as God as much as we do the Father and the Lord Jesus. Keith Thomas