To help you understand the impact and importance of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life, the Bible uses various symbols to describe Him.
The Holy Spirit is likened to the wind. He can come to you as a mighty wind, bringing God's awesome power as He did at the day of Pentecost. His power will give you great boldness and fully equip you for what God has prepared for you today. The Holy Spirit can also come to you as a gentle breeze, cooling you and delighting you with His sweet presence. Like the wind, the Holy Spirit is also the breath of God that quickens you and brings you spiritual life. The Holy Spirit is the atmosphere of heaven that your spirit breathes.
The Holy Spirit is likened to a dove. As a dove, The Holy Spirit can come upon you in a tender, gentle way as He did when He came upon Jesus after His baptism in the River Jordan. The Holy Spirit will also hover over your life as He hovered over the waters at the time of creation. This hovering is likened to a bird as she flutters over her young with her wings. Like the protective bird, the Holy Spirit guards your life and watches over the good work that God has begun in you.
The Holy Spirit is likened to a river. He moves in your life in a flowing motion, directing you one way, and then another, according to God's will and purpose for your life. His life in you never becomes stagnant or stale. He is an abundant river within you. The headwaters begin at the throne of God and flow out with mercy and grace. He flows deeply within you, and His sparkling clear waters brilliantly reflect the sunlight of Jesus' perfect love.
The Holy Spirit is likened to fire. He is the flame that lights the candle of your spirit and causes you to look upon Jesus' beautiful face. He illuminates your way and opens your understanding, causing you to see things you've never seen before. His flame is also a purifying fire that burns away the empty things in your life, leaving only those things that have an eternal value—gold, silver, and precious stones (1 Corinthians 3:12).
The Holy Spirit is likened to oil. The Holy Spirit is the One who is poured out upon you like a healing balm—to soothe, to calm, and to comfort. He is the One who renews your strength, revives your spirit, refills your cup, restores your strength, and refreshes your spirit. The Holy Spirit is being poured out upon you today.
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