Today I am in Angola, Africa. I had a fantastic week in Bulgaria and now I am teaching hungry people here concerning Authority. Authority is the testimony of God, who gives life. Holy Spirit is God, and He is the one who gives us life in all things. True authority always gives life, it never seeks to take life. Yesterday was a full day with hungry people. The presence of Holy Spirit is good, intimate, and strong in these days. I am enjoying fellowship with Holy Spirit.
I have been addressing the reality of the Holy Spirit being God, even as Jesus and the Father are God. When we have access to the Holy Spirit, we have fellowship with all of God. Wherever God is, we can be; and wherever we are, He is. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so we can have fellowship with God through our fellowship with the Holy Spirit. It is a mystery of having fellowship with God, who is life. It is fellowship to become alive, to be an expression of life, and to know the life of God in all things. The gift of Holy Spirit is an amazing grace to men.
Sometimes when we fellowship the Holy Spirit we feel as though God suddenly comes to us. We can say that God came and we would be poetically correct, but we would be theology incorrect. Theologically, God is always with us, but there is something more than just theological truth. There is the need for fresh experiences with God. This is the mystery of things that are what I like to call, poetically correct. God likes things that are poetically correct as well as theologically correct. Is God smarter than a scientist? Surly He knows the facts of science and the facts of the way of the earth. Scientists cannot invent the things of creation, they can only discover the truth of them. The Scriptures were inspired by God, yet many things in the Scripture are written to be true poetically, not theologically. It is meant to induce an experience or to invite us to seek one. The Bible says that the sun rose, but theologically that is incorrect. The sun does not rise. Scientifically the earth turned in the direction of the sun, but the natural experience was that of the sun rising. It felt to us as the sun rising upon us. Our personal experience is that the sun rose. Holy Spirit is like that. When we turn in His direction we have an experience. The presence of God comes, but the truth is, we turned in the direction of the Holy Spirit and we have a poetic experience. I have grown to believe that poetic experiences are as important as theological truths and they are connected. To have an experience of God showing up, we have to turn in the direction of God. Where is God? God is in heaven, but God is also in the earth. He is around us, but can also be in us. He is in us, but He can also be with us. Jesus told His disciples that He would send a Helper after He was gone.
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
We can abide in God and He can abide in us. We must realize that something miraculous happens when we fellowship the Holy Spirit. When we take time to focus on the presence of the Holy Spirit, we experience Him. We feel Him. We realize He is here. He is always here, but only when we pay attention to His presence do we realize how near He is. Sometimes it feels like we have a time of prayer or worship and His presence comes. It is true, but He was there before we gave Him our attention. We could say that God came. We would be poetically correct, but not theologically correct. His presence is always with us, but our experience with Him is not always with Him. We are not changed merely by His presence with us. We are transformed by our own experiences with His presence in our lives.
God wants us to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Not just so we will have an intimate relationship with God, but so the kingdom of heaven can invade the earth. When we experience God’s presence in our lives it impacts our lives with heavenly power. God wants us to be in relationship with Him in this world so we will be transformed and we will bring the influence of that transformational life to this world. So, when the time proper time came Jesus became flesh and moved into the neighborhood. He moved into the neighborhood so that any and every one could have an experience with God. God wants us all to be disciples of the Holy Spirit. A disciple of Christ.
If you will, Jesus lived His life as a disciple of Christ. He was a disciple of the Holy Spirit. He was intimate with God as a man. He opened the door for us to be intimate with God as men and women. He came to reconnect us. To restore our identity, inheritance and influence as the children of God.
The Holy Spirit does not just give us information as to what to do in life. He gives us experiences that transform who we are for the sake of being life to this world. We should expect to have new experiences with Him each day. He is always present, but we must be intentional in turning in His direction within us, with us, and upon our lives to experience His rising in our lives. Be sure to fellowship with Holy Spirit today. He is ready and even interceding within you before you begin.
Ted J. Hanson