What The Holy Spirit Does In Your Heart

To have sight without vision is to listen without hearing. You need the Holy Spirit to reveal what is not obvious to the natural eye and ear. Only He can give you divine perspective on things that happen. God can even be in the midst of your circumstances and yet you cannot perceive Him. Jesus told Nicodemus that he could only see the kingdom of God after he was ‘born again.’

John 3:3
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Being born again is the gateway to spiritual revelation or ‘seeing’ into the realms of God. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of revelation who reveals things that are hidden.

The Spirit of Revelation

1 Corinthians 2:9-13
9 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

Our natural senses cannot always ‘see’ spiritual things even though they are happening right in front of us. God’s Word has to penetrate or gain entrance into our spirits by ‘getting past’ our unrenewed way of thinking (Psalm 119:130). We need to pray for a ‘spirit of wisdom and revelation’ to reveal to us the things God has prepared for those who love Him.

Ephesians 1:17-19
…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe…

The Emmaus Road Example

Jesus had repeatedly told his disciples that He was the Messiah, was to be betrayed, crucified and rise again from the dead. When it all actually happened they did not believe it, at first. Even two of His disciples head out from Jerusalem on the Road to Emmaus, a few miles walk away. (Read the account in Luke 24:13-35).
As they walked, they conversed and reasoned with their minds (Vs 15). Their human tendency was to gravitate away from the will of God. Yet Jesus came to them and whilst the Holy Spirit restrained their natural eyes, He talked to them about the weekend’s events (Vs 16 – 27).

Their revelation of Jesus had fallen short of His true glory They saw Him only as a prophet and not the risen Messiah He was. They did not even believe the testimony of the women in the garden who had earlier seen the risen savior.

Jesus defines their problem: they were ‘slow of heart and full of unbelief’ without even knowing it (Vs 25). Jesus then focuses on the scripture, and plans to go on (Vs 26-28), but they constrain Him to stay (vs. 29) and they break bread together (Vs 30-31).

Their spiritual eyes are opened in the intimacy of that communion meal and they now knew Jesus ‘after the spirit and not the flesh’.

2 Corinthians 5:16-17
Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.

The Holy Spirit of revelation had ‘burned’ the Word of God into their hearts. Like a CD burner on a computer etches a message onto the disc.

Luke 24:31-32
Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. 32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”

As a result, they turned around and headed back to Jerusalem and back towards their destiny as disciples.

Right now ask The Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus to you in a fresh way. Perhaps you too will be turned around and make significant progress towards what God has called you to do.

‘Constrain’ the Lord (vs. 29), and invite Him to break bread with you. Do not move on without invoking His abiding presence in your life, family and church.

Then ask for the strength of the Holy Spirit to help you have a walk worthy of His calling on your life (Colossians 1:9-10). Why not pray that prayer right now.

Reveals God to You as Your Father

Romans 8:14-17
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ

Another key ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life is to reveal God as your Father. A father is one who gives life.

The Holy Spirit will primarily use Jesus as the way to understanding, enjoying and receiving from God as your Father. Jesus said: ‘He who has seen Me has seen the Father’ (John 14:9). God extended His hand of mercy towards you in Jesus. This is His custom (Psalm 119:132), and when you relate to Him as a loving Heavenly Father, He is pleased with your faith.

Perhaps you struggle with relating to God as your father is because of the imperfect example your natural father has given you. It is comforting to know that Jesus Himself had an imperfect step father in Joseph, who along with Mary misunderstood who He really was and even His calling ( Luke 2: 48). Yet he honored and grew under them.

Allow the Holy Spirit to help you develop a healthy relationship with God as your father, who, like the father in the story of the prodigal son, waits longingly for your return to restore and establish you in a position close to his heart.

You belong in God’s family as his precious son because of what Jesus did, so receive His love, acceptance and forgiveness.

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