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The Holy Spirit Is Generous!
Series: The Sevenfold Holy Spirit
Psalm 51:12, 145:8-9
In this series about the Holy Spirit, we first talked about the fact that He is God. Then we talked about how the Holy Spirit is a free gift, given to us by Jesus at the moment we are saved! We also talked about how to begin recognizing His presence in our hearts and in our lives as we move throughout our day.
Before we begin studying His sevenfold name, we want to look closely at one more aspect of His nature: His generosity! We want to study His beautiful, giving heart, because knowing how generous He is will build our faith to receive the blessings that come with His other names.
The Holy Spirit is generous: overwhelmingly, unendingly generous. He LOVES to give.
Psalm 51:12 tells us this fact:
''Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.''
The Holy Spirit, God Himself, is extremely generous. He LOVES to pour out on His kids.
We often tend to forget this aspect of who God is. We know that He is powerful, but that's only intellectual knowledge. Our lives don't get changed by knowing in our heads that He is powerful.
But when we suddenly get a deep, gut-level, heart-impacting revelation that our God is generous? That He WANTS to pour out all of His blessings on us? That nothing makes Him happier than to be able to bless His kids? THAT is a life-changing revelation! THEN, our faith begins to rise up!
Look at Psalm 145:8-9:
''The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.''
Related: God Wants To Kiss Your Life With Mercy
In this passage, the word ''gracious'' literally means ''to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior;'' to bestow; to show favours.*
''Gracious'' doesn't just mean that the Holy Spirit is nice, kind, or pleasant to be around (although, of course, He IS all of that). ''Gracious'' actually means He's bending down to our level, giving and giving and giving to you and to me. Yes, He's giving to you right now-yes, you! He's good to ALL; to everyone; you included.
Wow. That must be why He says ''His tender mercies are over all His works.'' I know that outside of Christ, I don't deserve any tender mercy, goodness, or blessing. But in Christ! Because we are in Christ, when God looks at us, He sees the righteousness of Jesus.
And being righteous like Jesus makes us blessable.
So how do these things help us get to know the Holy Spirit better?
Imagine that your best friend is a huge giver. Imagine that she has plenty of money, and she spends bunches of it giving gifts to people. For example:
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