For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:20 KJV
Glorify God in your body and in your spirit…that’s a huge mission; one that human strength and activity alone can’t accomplish.
That’s why I am thankful for for the prophesy in Isaiah 61:1-3 begins with: “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me…and concludes with …that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. Isaiah 61:3b KJV
From these verses and many others it is clear that one of the roles of Holy Spirit in a believers life is to help us glorify God.
Let’s look closer at this picture of “trees of righteousness”
There are all sorts of trees. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.
While I am fascinated by trees, I am saddened by Bonsai Trees. Oh I realize they are valuable. A friend of mine purchased one for $600.00.
I am saddened because trees are designed to be big!
You climb in them, swing on their branches, or rest in the shade of their bushy canopies. The bonsai trees are too small for any of those activities. Mature trees will reach heights of 50 to 150 feet, but a mature bonsai tree will only reach 12 to 14 inches. Bonsai trees are not dwarfed by genetics; they are miniature by deliberate design. The blueprint locked inside the DNA of the young seedling promises a mighty giant, but that destiny is deliberately altered to create a bonsai.
What makes a bonsai?
To grow a bonsai, the taproot is clipped, and the branches are pruned. Then, the developing seedling is planted in a shallow container. The bonsai reaches maturity, but it never reaches its potential. The miniature lives in a shallow dish, while its giant relative grows unconstrained outside. Locked inside every bonsai is the unfulfilled potential to kiss the sky.
The reality that there are bonsai Christians goes beyond sad to heartbreaking. A bonsai Christian is the result of unrealized and unreleased potential—God-implanted potential. God’s incorruptible seed was destined to produce believers who would be called “…trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified” (Isaiah 61:3 KJV). You are called to be like a tall, magnificent tree, visually displaying the nature and glory of God. You are called to be like a giant sequoia, a tree of righteousness, so God can receive glory from your life. He doesn’t get glory when you live your life chained and defeated by sin or stunted with tiny faith and miniature results. Too many believers live satisfied and content as bonsai Christians instead of being the giants God intended.
The giant sequoias that grow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains are among the oldest and largest living things of the earth. The bark on these towering wonders is over 12 inches thick. A picture doesn’t capture the enormity of the sequoia. These supersized giants are spectacular, reaching heights of 250 feet. When I stood at the base of the General Sherman tree, named for its exceptional stature, I commented to my husband, “Look how small the branches are.”
My husband read the sign to me: The lowest limb was so high that it appeared to be very small; yet, it was six feet, eight inches in diameter, more than the average man’s height. I felt like a tiny bug in comparison to their towering majesty.
Although God put the seed of potential in every believer to live super-sized Christian lives, too often we live like a bonsai with bonsai results.
Something is missing.
That something is actually “Someone.” We are missing precious Holy Spirit. Our unbelief has frozen Pentecost into a myth or a relic of the past, like a dinosaur. Whether by deliberate neglect, fear of the unknown, or skepticism, we have pushed Holy Spirit into a dark corner in the basement of our lives. Our inability to produce desired results leaves us questioning Him instead of questioning our beliefs and values. One of the benefits of Spirit filled living is having Holy Spirit help us glorify God,
Oh yes, we have an abundance of activities, programs, and ideas – but no power. We have plenty of knowledge but little wisdom. We know how to compromise, organize, and economize, but we refuse to evangelize. Every believer has the DNA to be a spiritual king, but we have dropped the scepter and shirked away from the responsibility. We live as if Christianity was another self-help program, picking and choosing scriptures as though they were suggestions. We employ self-discipline to produce righteousness and holiness just as we would if we were trying various tips to stay on a diet. Our theology insists Holy Spirit exists, but divorced from His living presence, we live like deserted, hopeless orphans.
Fire of Holy Spirit
If the early church needed power, why don’t we still need it?
Did God intend for the church to be born in a dynamic fire only to fizzle out?
Or, has the lid of wrong teaching kept us from expecting and experiencing the infilling of Holy Spirit?
Has unbelief cut our taproot, so we fail to reach for and receive the deep things of God?
William Robinson Clark said:
“I believe that the cause of the general ignorance on this subject is that God will not reveal His fullness to a partially consecrated soul. Until our whole being is yielded to Him we cannot understand these things. God only reveals His fullness to those who are willing to go all lengths with Him.3”
The key is found in Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:17-21
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
It is God working in us and through us that brings God glory. God has more for you! Holy Spirit came just like Jesus promised to do immeasurably more than we can ask or think! That’s huge! But it is according to His power, not ours. And that power is at work in us. Don’t miss what God has for you!
So many benefits come with being filled with precious Holy Spirit. I’ve listed 7 benefits that are too good to miss.
Would you like to know more about Precious Holy Spirit?
Let’s dedicate our hearts to discover God’s truth. What is the truth concerning Holy Spirit? We all have questions but some don’t seem to have clear answers; others are simple to understand when you know where to look.
- Who is Holy Spirit?
- Do you receive Holy Spirit at the same time you receive salvation?
- Is there a second work of grace?
- Have tongues stopped?
I’ve written a book to answer some of those questions.
The truth is hidden in the seed of a mystery. Unlocking the mystery will enrich your life beyond your wildest dreams. In these seven lessons, I will take you on a journey through Scripture to unlock the mystery of Pentecost. Old Testament Pentecost reveals the Word. New Testament Pentecost reveals the Holy Spirit.
Precious Holy Spirit as an updated title of Pentecost Lost. The New name reflects the contents of the book more accurately.
P.S.There are so many ways to use the book “Precious Holy Spirit”.
The book “Precious Holy Spirit” is great for :
- new converts,
- gifts for your staff
- small group Bible studies.
- I hope you’ll check out the first chapter on line.