Teaching about The Holy Spirit
Hey, Dad, who is the Holy Spirit? Hey, Mom, what is pentecost?
When a parent teaches about God the creator, there are the Genesis stories to point out. Our active God creates the sun, moon and stars; he forms the giraffe, the aardvark and the mountain goat; he shapes the waters and builds up the mountains. God the creator walks in the garden with Adam and Eve. He wrestles with Israel. He gives Moses the Ten Commandments. He is an active God with a rescue plan.
When a parent teaches about Jesus the Son of God, the Gospel stories are full of his marvelous acts. He shows his power over nature when he calms the storm. He has power over the supernatural when he casts out demons. His power over disease and death are evident when he heals the sick and raises Lazarus from the dead. He lives among us and teaches us about the Kingdom of God.
When a parent teaches about the Holy Spirit, what a wonderful opportunity it is to show your children that Jesus is fulfilling his promise to us to give us all the support that we need. In John 14:16, 17, Jesus said, "Then I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will help you and always be with you. The Spirit will show you what is true. The people of this world cannot accept the Spirit, because they don’t see or know him. But you know the Spirit, who is with you and will keep on living in you."
From this verse, we can teach our children that the Holy Spirit was sent by God to help us and always be with us. The Holy Spirit is our comforter.
The Holy Spirit is a truth-provider, so we can test everything with which we are faced, and the Spirit will help us discern things and figure out what's right.
The Holy Spirit lives in us. He's not beside us or in front of us, but he's in us. This is the best that it could be. We have God with us all the time to help and support us. What a gift!
Want some examples of what the Holy Spirit does? Check out the Book of Acts. This active agent pushes disciples to minister in places that they don't want to go. Miracle healings are performed, amazing escapes from prisons occur, and God's church is increased over and over again.
And it all starts with Pentecost. What an amazing event! God uses wind, fire and the speaking of many languages to bring 3000 people to the church. It's Babel in reverse!
The Holy Spirit has great power and can do amazing things today! Pray to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit to help you today to do God's Kingdom work. Don't worry if the job looks too big. The Holy Spirit will help.