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MONDAY 5 Minute Devotion

MONDAY 5 Minute Devotion

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The Holy Who

By Max Lucado

excerpt adapted from Help Is Here


Jesus doesn’t want us to think of the Holy Spirit as an it or a thing. The Spirit is a person. And, like a person, the Spirit has intellect, emotions, and will.

  • The Spirit speaks to the churches (Rev. 2:7), intercedes for the believer (Rom. 8:26) leads and commands the disciples (Acts 8:29; 16:6–7).
  • The Spirit appoints elders (Acts 20:28), searches all things (1 Cor. 2:10), knows the mind of God (1 Cor. 2:11), and teaches the content of the gospel to us (1 Cor. 2:13).
  • The Spirit dwells among and within believers (1 Cor. 3:16; Rom. 8:11; 2 Tim. 1:14), distributes spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:11), and gives life to those who believe (2 Cor. 3:6).
  • He cries out from within our hearts (Gal. 4:6) and leads us in the ways of God (Gal. 5:18).
  • He helps us in our weaknesses (Rom. 8:26), works all things together for our ultimate good (Rom. 8:28 the message), and strengthens believers (Eph. 3:16).
  • He can be lied to (Acts 5:3–4), grieved (Eph. 4:30), insulted (Heb. 10:29), and blasphemed (Matt. 12:31–32).

This list would surprise most people. According to one study only four people in ten believe that the Spirit is a divine person. The rest of those surveyed either don’t have an opinion or choose to believe the Spirit is more like a power surge than a divine being who empowers and teaches us.(2) That’s regretful. How does one have a friendship with electricity?

Can you join me in a pledge? I hereby resolve never to call the Holy Spirit an it. The Spirit is a person.