Breath of God

If we are going to be the children of God,” A. W. Tozer (1897-1963) insightfully commented over fifty years ago, “we must have the Spirit of the Father to breathe into our hearts and breathe through us. That is why we must have the Spirit of God. That is why the Church must have the Spirit of Christ.”1 What breath is to our body, the Holy Spirit is to the believer and Christ’s Church. In the Hebrew language, in which the Old Testament was originally written, the word for breath, breathe, wind, and spirit are all from the same root … Continue reading “Breath of God”

Wind of God

And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Acts 2:2 It was a crisp October morning as I sat in the car overlooking beautiful Montagu Bay. My vehicle was provided to my wife Emily and me by our gracious hosts, Sir Durward (the first Olympic gold medal winner from the Bahamas) and Lady Holly Knowles, during my week of ministry among the dear people at the Nassau Ebenezer Methodist Church. As I viewed the wide assortment of commercial and pleasure boats on the bay that … Continue reading “Wind of God”

The Spirit of Orthodoxy

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth.” John 14:16-17 Dr. Daniel Steele (1824-1914) served his Lord and the Methodist Church as a pastor, evangelist, college president (two colleges), professor (including Boston University), and as a writer to the church at large. He was the founding president of Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Steele served on the committee assigned to create a charter for Syracuse, which was designed to be a Methodist-affiliated school. Upon reading the charter’s first draft, he remarked later, it “would have suited a Muslim … Continue reading “The Spirit of Orthodoxy”

The Spirit of Truth

Introduction The Third Person of the Triune God has been given a variety of titles in the sacred Scriptures. He is called the Holy Spirit, Spirit, Spirit of God, Spirit of Christ, Helper, Spirit of grace, Spirit of glory, and many more names, descriptive of his multifaceted ministries. One name the Lord Jesus used in reference to the Spirit was the “Spirit of truth.” Three times during his Farewell Discourse (John 14 -17), Jesus calls the Holy Spirit by this name. In preparing his disciples for his imminent departure and the promised descent of the Spirit, Jesus announced, “And I … Continue reading “The Spirit of Truth”

The God-Thirsty

Thirst and hunger are two appetites and drives that are natural to the human condition. Man was created by God with the need to drink and eat in order to sustain his earthly, biological life and existence. Without either food or water over a prescribed period of time, death is certain. In satisfying our appetite for food and water under normal circumstances, rarely do we consciously process what we are doing when we take a bite of food or lift a cup to our lips. The acts of eating and drinking are so ingrained in our daily rituals, that they … Continue reading “The God-Thirsty”

When God Comes Near (Part 2)

As mentioned in the previous article of this two-part study, God is not only omnipresent in his creation, he is also present in a special way among those whom we might call God-seekers. We saw that one of the spiritual principles of the kingdom of God is that whenever God comes near—i.e., manifests himself through his Holy Spirit to a God-seeker—one of the results will be conviction of sin in the life of the sinner as well as in the life of a failing Christian. The outshining of God’s perfect holiness awakens in both the sinner and the Christian the awareness … Continue reading “When God Comes Near (Part 2)”

When God Comes Near (Part 1)

The Bible teaches us that God is everywhere present in his creation. The psalmist affirmed this truth when he prayed, “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways” (Psa. 139:2-3).1 Expanding further on this subject, he inquired of the Lord in verses 7-8, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are … Continue reading “When God Comes Near (Part 1)”