By Stormie Omartian –
Led to Receive
God has more for you than you can imagine. But if you don’t know who God is in every aspect of Him, you will not be able to receive all He has for you.
First of all, you must know that God is one God. But there are three distinct, eternal, coexistent persons in the Godhead:
God, who is the Creator of all things
Jesus, who is God’s Son—and also God
The Holy Spirit, who is God’s Spirit—and also God
God, His Son, and His Spirit are inseparable. They are always together in one another, yet separate (John 14:10-11). Three separate persons, yet one God.
God has always existed and will always exist. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were together at creation. When He created man, God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26, emphasis added). Man is created in the image of God.
God is not created. He is. He always has been. And He always will be. Jesus, God’s Son, is not created or made. He was begotten by Father God.
The Holy Spirit is not created or made either. He proceeds from God.
Regarding these three manifestations of our one God, we must recognize their distinctions but not separate them from one another. They are equally important. If we ignore any one of these three aspects of God, it is to our own detriment. We will never understand all that God wants us to know about Him without having full knowledge of each representation of Him. You will spend a lifetime coming to new levels of understanding about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and still never exhaust all there is to learn.
My goal is not to divide God into parts in order to focus on one part more than another. There is one God, and He does not divide Himself up in order to accomplish something. But I do want you to better understand one aspect of who He is because I believe He is the least known and the most neglected in our personal lives.
Before we go any further, let’s get one thing straight. Yes, God is everywhere. And He is seen in countless ways in the earth He created. But the power of His presence is only personally revealed to those who believe He exists and choose to have a relationship with Him on His terms. He rewards them with many things, the greatest of which is His presence.
When I hear people strive to disprove God’s existence—against all evidence to the contrary—it would be laughable to me if it weren’t so pathetic. For some, their unbelief has hardened their heart to the point that even if God appeared in person and they fell prostrate before Him in fear and trembling due to the unbearable magnitude of His presence, they would still reject Him.
I feel sorry for the enemies of God. I am sad they will never witness God’s life-altering beauty, or experience His transforming love, or know the completeness of His presence, or understand the security, confidence, and joy to be experienced by following the leading of His Spirit in their lives. They will never be empowered to move beyond their own limitations, nor will they be moved by the magnitude and fullness of His communion with them. They will continue to be severely lacking while believing they lack nothing.
There are people who say they believe in God but not in Jesus. These people will never know the salvation, liberation, healing, and redemption He has for them in every part of their life. I have heard people say, “I could never believe in a God who sends anyone to hell,” as if we get to choose the type of God we want to believe in. Can you imagine a designer God who gets a makeover into our image—whatever that is at the moment? What a scary thought! Besides, God doesn’t send people
to hell. That’s the place they end up when they don’t believe and live the way they must in order to avoid it.
It’s true that there are unbelievers who are good people, who act more Christian than some Christians. And it doesn’t seem fair that they will end up in hell for eternity while some horrible person, who has done evil for his entire lifetime, can receive Jesus at the end of his life and wind up in heaven with believers who have devoted their entire life to the Lord. But, again, we don’t have a God we can design for our own purposes. He is God and we are not.
Others believe in God and Jesus but deny the existence and power of the Holy Spirit. Yet, without God’s Spirit working in their life, they can never be shaped into the beautiful image of Christ. They will never experience Him accomplishing something in and through them that is far greater than anything they could ever do on their own. Denying the Holy Spirit will always limit what God can do in their life.
I am certain you want to know all there is to understand about following the leading of the Holy Spirit or you would not be reading this book. The first step is to make certain your relationship with God is established the way He wants it to be. Even if you have already begun a relationship with God, read on to see how it can grow deeper. There are four blessings God wants you to receive right now:
• the relationship with God you need
• the gift of His Holy Spirit you cannot live without
• the freedom and wholeness He has for you
• the inheritance He has prepared for you as His son or daughter
Taken from: Lead Me Holy Spirit. Copyright © 2012 by Stormie Omartian. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon 97402. Used by Permission.
The Holy Spirit wants those who know Him to hear when He speaks to their heart, soul, and spirit. He wants to help believers enter into the relationship with God they yearn for, the wholeness and freedom God has for them, and the fulfillment of God’s promises to them.
Stormie Omartian is the bestselling author (more than 23 million books sold) of The Power of a Praying® series, which includesThe Power of a Praying® Wife Devotional and The Power of a Praying® Woman. Her many other books includeJust Enough Light for the Step I’m On, The Prayer That Changes Everything®, and Praying the Bible into Your Life. Stormie and her husband, Michael, have been married more than 39 years and are the parents of two married children. http://www.stormieomartian.com/
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