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Is the Holy Spirit Like the Good Angel On Your Shoulder?

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The Holy Spirit is More than Jiminy Cricket

I believe that the most neglected spiritual resource is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, to those who are not secure in God’s word, is often called the ‘conscience.’ Many compare the Holy Spirit, crudely, to Pinocchio’s Jimmy Cricket. Some may imagine the Holy Spirit as the 'good angel' that sits on a shoulder, trying to ward off the temptations and offenses of the 'bad angel' perched on the other shoulder. Many individuals are in denial and refuse to recognize that the ‘still, small voice’ exists. Regardless, The Holy Spirit is the presence of God. The Holy Spirit is a treasure that we often take for granted.

In regards to the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, John 7: 39 mentions that the Holy Spirit has not been poured out quite yet. [1] John 14:12 reiterates this by mentioning that we will do greater things when the Holy Spirit comes, and this occurred when Jesus ascended. [2] In a grief-filled poem, David in Psalms 51: asked God to please not remove the Holy Spirit from him. He asked his Father not to remove His presence after David sinned with Bathsheba. [3]

The people of God are never cast away from his favor, however, the Holy Spirit’s presence can become quite diminished. The Foundations of Spiritual Formations mentions that “The Spirit is both indispensable and active! The Holy Spirit he can be quenched and grieved by the believer. [4]

The Holy Spirit is required in order to be more like Jesus in our everyday lives. People may neglect the Holy Spirit because they believe that it’s supposed to be a very loud, thundering, obvious voice, or sign. The term ‘still, small voice’ was mentioned in the Bible, to Elijah, when he experienced a victory over the Baal prophets in First Kings. Elijah was exhausted, tired, and in dire need of the gifts that the angel sent him by way of food, water, and rest. Elijah was worried, saddened and in despair with the thoughts of how Jezebel killed off a sizable portion of God’s prophets, except for him. After Elijah stood on a mountain, at the request of God, he watched as God sent an earthquake, fire, and strong hurricane-like winds. The voice of God was in none of these elements. After these earth-shattering events occurred, God spoke to Elijah in the infamous “still, small voice”. Why? This was God expressing to Elijah, and to us, that dramatic manifestation and mind-blowing revelations need not be accompanied by God’s whisper. God has the capacity to communicate in amazing, awe-inspiring ways, but speaking to us in a ‘still, small voice’ encourages us to tune into this word and to consciously drown out the interference of the world.

Ordinarily, when God spoke, accompanied with wind, fire, and strong elements, he spoke in anger or with a forceful tone. When God speaks to us, quietly, through the Holy Spirit, he is offering us his grace, his love, and mercy. He gently reminds us of the salvation we have through Christ. This Holy Spirit's voice breaks the ice over the hearts of human beings. It rocks their conscience. It fills their mind with the consequences of potential actions, and even guilt that has one turn to God for repentance and forgiveness. The Holy Spirit, in the same vein, inspires hope and encourages progressive movement. The Holy Spirit is only fine-tuned when we read God’s word, and purposefully live a life full of God and his Grace. When we silence, and quench, the Holy Spirit, we are more prone to our sinful nature. We are more susceptible to listen to Satan’s more alluring temptations and evil reasoning. If the Holy Spirit is a flame, we want to fan that flame and watch it grow as warm our hearts. The last thing we want to do is dampen this beautiful flame.

Paul, in Ephesians 4:30-22, reminds us that the way to avoid grieving the Holy Spirit is by getting rid of bitterness from our lives, as well as keeping rage and anger at bay. To maintain the Holy Spirit strong in our lives, we have to avoid brawling, slander, and other forms of malevolence. We must be compassionate and kind to one another, and forgiving as well, remembering how Christ God forgave us. [5] The Holy Spirit challenges us to turn from our selfish ways, which is a difficult thing to do in a world full of selfishness, hate, and Sodom and Gomorrah reminiscent morals.

References:

[1] Robb, Graham. Life Application Study Bible: King James Version Brown. Place of Publication Not Identified: Tyndale House Publishers, 2010.

[2] Robb, Life Application Study Bible (Tyndale, 2010)

[3] Robb, 2010

[4] Pettit, Paul. Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming like Christ. Grand Rapids, MI.: Kregel Publications, a Division of Kregel, 2008.

[5] Robb, 2010

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Comments

Mark Richardson from Utah on November 15, 2020:

Yes, I believe that the Holy Spirit is like the good angel. But, if we don't listen to it and/or follow it, it may stop trying to help us or it may be harder to notice.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 10, 2020:

I totally agree with your opening statement, and I like your idea that "If the Holy Spirit is a flame, we want to fan that flame and watch it grow." Thanks for your emphasis on the importance of the Holy Spirit.