Do You Believe in Spirits?

What's in a Name?

Most of us believe there are atoms–matter made up of protons, neurons, and electrons–even though we cannot see them with the naked eye.  Perhaps you don’t believe in things you cannot see, but spirits, like atoms, are all around us.

As humans, we have a body, a soul, and a spirit.  We are limited by our finite physical bodies but our spirits are immortal.  Other spiritual beings, however, are not confined to the form of human flesh and they are all around us.  Yet there is one spirit over all–the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is one of the least understood persons of the Trinity, and many believers find it hard to see Him as God Himself rather than a force or emotion of God. God, who has made us in His image (mind, soul, and body), relates to us as three persons in one being.  God is not three “gods,” but one God.  But who is the Holy Spirit? In ancient times, names were descriptive of a person’s characteristics, and we can learn much about the Holy Spirit by looking at His many names and studying them in context of the scriptures.

Breath of the Almighty, Comforter, Eternal Spirit, Good Spirit, Holy Spirit, Power of the Highest, Spirit of adoption, Spirit of burning, Spirit of Christ, Spirit of counsel, Spirit of glory, Spirit of God, Spirit of grace, Spirit of holiness, Spirit of judgment, Spirit of knowledge, Spirit of life, Spirit of might,Spirit of prophecy, Spirit of revelation,Spirit of the Father Spirit of the fear of the Lord, Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of the Lord God, Spirit of the Son, Spirit of truth, Spirit of understanding, Spirit of wisdom…

The Holy Spirit lives inside each of us when we accept Christ as our savior:  “…having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.” Before Christ, the Holy Spirit  hovered over the ark of God.  Today, He is not in a manmade temple.  “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?”

This is mind blowing!  The God of the universe lives inside of us. There is no reason for any believer to live a defeated life when God dwells in him.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 16:19, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  Yes, there are spirits watching us, some for evil, some for good. “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life…”  (Duet. 30:19)

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