If Holy Spirit is our God-given Helper to be fruitful and full of wisdom and comfort, why then are so many people leery of Him? There are three main reasons.
#1. We live in a fallen world where there is a spiritual battle. We have an enemy whose purpose is stealing, killing, and destroying anything that resembles the Kingdom of God on earth. Primarily, he is after your connection with God. In a natural war, it makes logical sense to attack the power source leaving the troops to fend for themselves. The same is true in the spiritual realm. This is the epitome of orphan living. God sent His Son so we could deeply connect with Him. What is the point of mentally knowing God but not being able to experience His love, power, and help in your time of need? The enemy wants us to be mental believers. God wants us to be interactive children who trust Him, know Him and experience Him. The sad part is that the enemy cannot take Holy Spirit from us, so he strives to blind us from seeing Him and plants lies to distort the truth about him, so YOU choose not to partner with Him. Friends, it is time to stop allowing the enemy to dictate your battle plan. God has given you all that you need to be full of joy, fruit, and peace. Do not deny the gift of Holy Spirit.
#2. One of the biggest reasons why people have a distaste for the things of Holy Spirit is not that they do not want the Spirit of God. They most likely had mothers who did not manage their emotions well and were afraid Holy Spirit would make them feel out of control and unsafe as they did with their mom growing up. Holy Spirit is not female, but God designed the family unit to model after God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit, who all have unique roles in the godhead.
God/Father – is where we get our provision, protection, and identity.
Jesus/Siblings – is where we get our companionship/friendship/sense of belonging.
Holy Spirit/Mother – is where we get our comfort, nurturing, and teaching.
Moms, it is okay to be on a journey of becoming who you are as a Daughter. One of the greatest things you can say to your child when you make an emotional mess is, “I am sorry that Mom reacted/yelled/got impatient/didn’t listen to your heart. Do you know Holy Spirit would never ______?” Restore them to the TRUTH about who Holy Spirit is, despite your weakness, so they do not transfer their earthly experiences onto the godhead. The goal is not to become perfect parents but to bridge our children to the One who always will be perfect.
#3. I once did ministry with a mom who was hungry for deeper encounters with God yet seemed to have a wall up. Like she wanted more but didn’t. As we processed with Holy Spirit, she got really snippy and said, “Well, I don’t want to be like THAT,” and recalled a story of watching someone at church do weird stuff in the name of having an ‘encounter with Holy Spirit.’ We asked Jesus to show us about that encounter, and clear as a bell, she heard Jesus say, “That was not Me.” My friend had the discernment that what she was witnessing was not really the move of God, but all these years, she denied her discernment and then blamed herself for not being more hungry for Him. God wanted her to see that HE is safe, and not only can she trust encounters with Him, but she can trust Him to give her discernment when something is not pure.
Holy Spirit is your friend! Which example above describes your journey with Holy Spirit?