20: The Holy Spirit may do unusual things

One of my earliest memories of church growing in the East End of London was attending a Saturday evening charismatic meeting with my parents. My dad would play the organ and I would stand next to him playing my trumpet.  My friend Jon and I used to call it “Uncle...

19: The Holy Spirit gives dreams and visions

What do you see? Before the nation of Israel went into the land that God had promised them, Moses sent twelve men to scout it on a reconnaissance mission. The scouts all reported back but there was a marked difference between what ten of the spies saw compared to the...

18: The Holy Spirit cannot be figured out

C. S. Lewis in his Narnia chronicles says of the Christ-figure, Aslan: he is not a tame lion. This has always resonated with me. The Holy Spirit is not tame, he does not bend to our wills, he does not do what we expect, he baffles us and sometimes freaks us out.  ...

16: The Holy Spirit is Omnipresent

Psalm 139:7-10 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your...

15: The Holy Spirit can be provoked

We live in an angry time. If you wanted to, you could find something to offend or anger you online within moments. Even as I wrote this, I just saw a sponsored weblink for ’15 food snobs who love to complain’. We live in an age of outrage, of frustration. Ecclesiastes...

14: The Holy Spirit does not forsake us

RT Kendall uses the Old Testament story of David as a demonstration of the endless mercy and faithfulness of God. Even though he knew he had fallen short of his own standards, let alone God’s, he wrote Psalm 139 with this assurance: Where can I go from your Spirit?...

13: The Holy Spirit speaks through us

RT Kendall speaks about a time as a young man of 19 leading his first church. As the youngest adult in the congregation and only previously preached 5 sermons he felt inadequate and insignificant to deliver sermons to his church. It was more than 50 years later that...

12: The Holy Spirit prepares us for service

I’m a big fan of God-given dreams. I believe that if we are open, the Holy Spirit wants to show us parts of God’s plan for our lives. Maybe in quiet moments, you’ve heard the Holy Spirit tell you about something he has for you. Maybe you’ve received prophetic...

11: The Holy Spirit empowers for prophecy

I am not sure who your thoughts go to when you hear about prophecy, but mine tends to go to Elijah wide eyed, shaggy beard and ragged clothes. As I grew up in church I was glad our church elders didn’t have a habit of calling down bears when we called them baldy as...