What do you think is the most important thing about you?
What you think about God is the foundation of your beliefs about life, family, identity, purpose, etc. Then your beliefs, in turn, set the course for how you live your life. In other words, your view of God affects every decision you make and every action you take.
In this post we’ll take a look at our view of the Holy Spirit. You’ll find it is often shaped by old covenant traditions rather than new covenant truths.
Seeing the Holy Spirit through the lens of grace without a mixture of law allows revelation of the Holy Spirit and His work to become clear.
Here is a list of 7 things the Holy Spirit most definitely does not do.
He does not:
1. Convict you of your sin
Jesus has forgiven all your sins – past, present, future – by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:26, 1 John 2:2). How could the Holy Spirit convict you of something that is done away with? How could He convict you of something He chooses not to remember (Heb. 10:17)?
John 16:8-10 says that the Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of the sin of unbelief in Jesus but that He convicts you, as a believer, of your righteousness. (for more on this see – “God will not convict believers of sin!”
He shows you that you are acting like someone else when you sin by convicting you of who you really are. There is a reason you sense an internal conflict when you sin. It is the Holy Spirit reminding you of who you are. Making you aware of the fact that you are not acting according to your righteous nature.
He isn’t a Fault finder who is pointing out your faults. He’s called the Comforter for a reason.
2. Empower you to strive for sanctification (or holiness)
“Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him“ (Col. 2:6).
Did you fast, pray or act holy to receive Jesus?
I don’t think so.
You received His Spirit by faith, not by works (Gal. 3:14).
Just as you’ve done nothing for your justification, so you need to do nothing for your sanctification. You can’t work at your sanctification because there’s nothing you can do that can make you more sanctified.
The Holy Spirit doesn’t empower you to strive for sanctification (or holiness) through fasting, praying, acting holy etc. Rather He empowers you to rest in the fact you are already sanctified.
Trust in the fact you have been sanctified and allow Christ to live His holy life through you (Heb. 10:14).
3. Waits to see if you’ll drop the ball enough times to waste your eternal position
When you were saved you were sealed with the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption (Eph. 4:30). The Holy Spirit personally guarantees your salvation and inheritance (Eph. 1:13-14, 2 Cor. 1:22).
It’s not about your faithfulness but His.
1 Cor. 1:8 says, “He will keep you strong to the end…” Jesus did the job that you couldn’t do, and He is faithful to keep you safe.
You didn’t save yourself, and you can’t keep yourself saved (Eph. 2:8). Your Christian walk is not about trying to maintain salvation but being maintained by Salvation.
Yes, we have the need to abide, overcome, obey, endure and persevere, but who will meet these needs? “My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).
How many of your needs must you supply to stay qualified for the Kingdom? None of them!
What’s your part in this? Just receive what God has already provided in Christ from a place of restful trust.
4. Teach you to keep the Law
You need to realize that you can’t keep the law (Rom. 8:3-4). Only Jesus Christ can successfully keep the law and live the perfect life. He lives in you and wants to reveal His love – which is the fulfillment of the law – and perfect life through you.
Watchman Nee said it like this, “God’s requirements have not altered, but we are not the ones to meet them. Praise God, He is the Lawgiver on the Throne, and He is the Lawkeeper in my heart. He who gave the Law, Himself keeps it.”
In other words, as you allow the Spirit of Christ to live His life through us, you’ll find yourself keeping the law effortlessly.
For more on this check out this article – “What’s The Role Of The Law In The New Covenant?”
5. Give you pain, hardships and sickness to teach you a lesson
Some things are of God, and some things of the devil. If it’s good, it’s God. If it’s bad it’s the devil (John 10:10). We embrace the good and resist the bad (James 4:7).
God never uses or allows pain and sickness to teach and train (discipline) us. He has the Word (2 Tim. 3:16) and the Holy Spirit (John 16:13, 1 John 2:17) to do that.
The Holy Spirit didn’t come to teach you with hardships. Yes, we suffer hardships for the Gospel’s sake, meaning persecution, but God is not the author of hardship and suffering. He does not teach with sickness.
If God were to use sickness as a lesson, then you should pray for the symptoms to worsen so you can really learn your lesson.
If you believe God teaches through sickness, then you are in conscious rebellion against His will if you go to the doctor to seek help.
If pain and sickness were from God to draw you to Him, pray that every family member becomes sick with cancer so they can all draw near to God. You wouldn’t wish that on them, why do you think God would?
6. Make you hungry, thirsty or desperate
Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and never thirst” (John 6:35). Unbelievers are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness and they shall be filled.
Once Holy Spirit-filled, it’s said you will never hunger, thirst or be desperate for more, since you are filled with His fullness (Col. 2:8).
“Any message or song that leaves you with a sense of lack and emptiness rather than completeness is a distraction from the truth” – Francois du Toit
Desperation is the language of an orphan.
You are a favored child whose needs, desires, and longings are provided for through the perfect work of Christ.
Extreme satisfaction is the earmark of Kingdom living as the Holy Spirit leads us to feast upon Christ’s finished work.
Eat, drink from the table of our Father and be merry.
7. Persuade God about us
The Holy Spirit is not trying to persuade God to enjoy us. Rather, He persuades us about the Father enjoyment of us.
The truth is He’s always been for you, never against you and has never changed His opinion about you (Rom. 8:31).
Your heavenly Father has never said anything negative about you. In fact, He thinks you’re awesome! He says, “You are perfect” thanks to Christ’s work on the cross (Heb. 10:14).
You can’t impress God with anything that you’re able to drum up by sweating and striving. He’s already impressed with you since you are His very own image.
Even if you would do nothing the rest of your life, God would be as impressed with you as He is right now. He loves you as you are, not as you think you ought to be. Whether you mess up or achieve great things, God will be equally impressed with you.
The Holy Spirit brings our conversation back to this point; the success of the cross. He didn’t come to persuade God’s mind about us, but to persuade our minds about God and what He believes about us.
Well, that were 7 things the Holy Spirit does not do.
Is there an area you need to rethink concerning the Person and work of the Holy Spirit?
What is something you were taught the Holy Spirit does that you’ve then found to be untrue?
Share your thoughts in the comment section