Ghost Stories (Week 1)
People are fascinated with the supernatural – specifically hearing and telling stories that detail occurrences of things “we can’t explain.” We will spend this month trying to biblically explain many things that we don’t understand.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Cf. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Recognition of spiritual warfare gives us the right perspective to handle it.
Most people don’t know what there fighting, and are shadow boxing the wrong thing. There is a spiritual warfare going on everyday in our lives, and God does not intend for us to face it alone.
5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
Who is the Helper?
John 14:16-17, 26
It is only the King James Version of the Bible which uses the term “Holy Ghost.” It occurs 90 times in the KJV, with the “Holy Spirit” occurring 7 times in the KJV. There is no obvious reason as to why the KJV translators does this. The exact same Greek and Hebrew words are translated "ghost" and "spirit" in the KJV in different occurrences of the words.
He is God, not an it: Acts 5:3-4
He is omnipresent: Psalms 139:7-8
He is omniscient: 1 Corinthians 2:10-11
He is eternal: Hebrews 9:14
He was personally involved in creation (cf. Genesis 1:2), empowers God’s people (cf. Zechariah 4:6), guides (cf. Romans 8:14), teaches (cf. John 16:13), restrains sin (cf. Isaiah 59:19), and gives commands (cf. Acts 8:29).
Whatever is going in your life, know that the battle is spiritual. How will you fight? Don't do it alone.
1 Thessalonians 5:19 Do not quench [Greek, "to suppress"] the Spirit.