Our Guide Meeting
The Holy Spirit asked me to provide an introduction for Him so that He could move into your life in greater measure. He sent a dream a few years back: It was the first dream the Holy Spirit ever interpreted before I even knew it was a gift He gives to people. This dream shows us not only how to get to the Secret Place but also what role the Holy Spirit plays in that trip:
I left an Indian encampment with a minister I was learning from (dark-haired man) and two people I lovingly referred to as “Hippy,” a long-haired man who smoked a pipe with vision causing materials in it and “Linebacker,” a large woman who was bigger than most men. Dark-haired man led us to an old dock with a canoe that had seen better days. He was in the front, followed by Hippy, me, then Linebacker at the end of the boat.
Many other boats went with the current, but we headed across it until we became stuck on a patch of lilies and grass. “Oh no,’ I thought, “now what are we going to do!” There was a shoreline in the distance, but it was too far to swim.
Using her palms like paddles, Linebacker stoked her hands through the water and we surged forward. She did this over and over until the boat was resting on the shore.
When this dream is interpreted it shows some important things we need to be aware of in order to visit the Secret Place:
- Dark-haired man: Jesus
- Hippy: Smoke is water vapor in the air. The Holy Spirit who brings visions from the spirit realm.
- Linebacker: The strength and power of the Holy Spirit
Jesus has much in store for us if we will worship Him: Water in this dream is worship.
The Holy Spirit (Hippy) reveals Jesus to us, this is why He was between me and the Lord. It is the Holy Spirit who will help us focus on Jesus at the front, leading the boat during worship.
This is how the Lord will guide us into the Secret Place through the power of the (Linebacker) the Holy Spirit.
Also, please note: You must be in the middle of the Spirit to get to the Secret Place: right between Linebacker and Hippy! To visit the Secret Place you must have a strong relationship with the Holy Spirit.
A relationship is developed between two people. To provide a stable foundation you will need to know:
- Who is the Holy Spirit?
- Why does He want be with us?
- How can the Holy Spirit be with us?
Who is the Holy Spirit?
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:3 KJV)
Where shall I go from Your Spirit? or where shall I flee from Your presence? (Psalms 139:7 AKJV)The Holy Spirit was upon the Earth from the beginning. He is omnipresent: everywhere. The Hebrew word, ruwach (rü'·akh), translated “Spirit” is a feminine word. Females give birth to things, symbolic of bringing new things into this world. When the Holy Spirit has a rightful place in our hearts, He will bring many things into our lives.
Cast me not away from Your presence; and take not your Holy Spirit from me. (Psalms 51:11 AKJV)In this verse the Hebrew word qodesh (kō'·desh) translated “Holy” is masculine. God first created Adam in His likeness, then He removed half of Adam and made Eve. There is both a female and male aspect to the Holy Spirit. He is tender and kind, nurturing like a mom. He is also strong and powerful like a man.
At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)This was directly after Jesus was baptized in the Jordan. Here we see all three aspects of God which is where we get the word “trinity:”
- Jesus in physical form of God as a man
- Holy Spirit as a dove coming upon Jesus
- God as Father, stating He is pleased with His Son
And he that searches the heart knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:27 AKJV)
And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30)The Holy Spirit has a mind like a person. Grief is an emotion, it is sorrow. The Holy Spirit has feelings and we need to respect then.
But they rebelled, and vexed his Holy Spirit: therefore He was turned to be their enemy, and He fought against them. (Isaiah 63:10 AKJV)When we grieve the Holy Spirit, He may become frustrated or irritated with us. At this point He stops working in and through us. It is important to know what grieves Him. In the next verse we get a list:
- evil speaking
Harboring these things makes the Holy Spirit sorrowful and may cause Him to be quiet and withdrawn. If we keep reading we will see other things that will deepen our relationship with Him:
- be you kind one to another
- forgiving one another
As Christians we should walk with one another in love. God is love and walking in these things will allow the Holy Spirit to flow more freely in our lives.
Why Does the Holy Spirit Come?
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of me… (John 15:26 AKJV)
The Lord gave a great description of the Holy Spirit which is interpreted here as “Comforter.” If we look to Strong’s Concordance we see the greek word paraklētos (pä-rä'-klā-tos) means a legal representative in a court of law as well as a friend, helper, aid (comforter). All of these things refer to the Holy Spirit.
His first and primary purpose is stated here as well: to testify or reveal Jesus to us. Jesus is seen first in the Word of God. The Holy Spirit will help us understand the Bible and apply it to our lives. The disciples found the Holy Spirit would reveal the Lord to the world in several ways.
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit... But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will. (1 Corinthians 12: 5 & 11 AKJV)There are gifts of the Spirit which HE gives as HE wills. These gifts are placed into categories:
- word of wisdom
- word of knowledge
- gifts of healing
- working of miracles
- discerning of spirits
- divers kinds of tongues
- interpretation of tongues:
These nine gifts will work in many different ways in different people, these are the categories that describe the function. We must remember that the Holy Spirit’s purpose is to reveal Jesus through these things. If there is no glory given to the Father or Son, then it is not the work of the Holy Spirit.
In the dream God sent to me, the Holy Spirit sat between me and Jesus. I was seeing Jesus through Him. What stronger revelation or testimony of our Lord could we receive than to visit with Him in the Secret Place? It is the Holy Spirit who helps us focus on Jesus so that our Lord can guide us as our Shepherd to the Secret Place.
How Can the Holy Spirit be With Us?
And I will come down and talk with you there: and I will take of the Spirit which is on you, and will put it on them… (Numbers 11:17 AKJV)This verse is speaking about Moses, upon whom the Holy Spirit rested. In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit only resided “upon” people, not in them. The Hebrew word ruwach (rü'·akh) is translated Spirit in the Old Testament and is also translated “breath” or “wind.”
He breathed on them, and said to them, Receive you the Holy Ghost… (John 20:22 AKJV)This is right before the Lord ascended to Heaven. When we accept Jesus as Lord, we receive the Holy Spirit. In order to receive the Spirit we must understand exactly what it means to have Jesus as our Lord.
Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, you were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body. (1 Corinthian 6:19-20 AMPC)For too many years we have focused on salvation being a “free” gift from God. We have taken those verses out of context. It is free because we don’t have to give a bull or goat to receive it. It isn’t for sale where we can use our material substances to purchase it. Also, it isn’t by our own efforts, but by the efforts of Jesus that we get to go to Heaven. However, to receive salvation we must give something: our lives. We become “bondservants” which are willing slaves to a Master, our Lord Jesus.
Notice the verses surrounding this revelation which reveal several key aspects of salvation:
- We are the new temples of God.
- The Holy Spirit can reside in us because of this.
- We don’t pay money for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- It is our duty to try and remain free of sin because we have been bought by God.
Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God… Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:3 & 5)The Jewish people He was speaking to knew that “being born of water” was the water that surrounds a baby which is expelled as they come into this world. When we take Jesus as Lord and receive the Holy Spirit our inner man, our spirit is reborn: we are born again. It is only with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit that we can remove sin from our lives.
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and stays for ever. (1 Peter 1:23)The Greek word anagennaō (Strong’s definition 313) means to be born again with your mind, will and emotions conformed to God’s will. This is what it means to take Jesus as Lord. It isn’t just so we can escape Hell, it is being willing to put ourselves aside and embrace God’s way of doing things.
And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven. (Luke 24:40 NLT)Even though we receive the Holy Spirit when we take Jesus as Lord, there is more that the Holy Spirit brings: He brings power. We see this happen in the Book of Acts:
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:4 AKJV)This was the first time that the Spirit of God filled man with power. It took a while for the disciples to realize that this indwelling of the Holy Spirit with power was for every Christian:
He said to them, Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? And they said to him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. (Acts 19:2 AKJV)Though Gentiles had received the message about Jesus, they didn’t know anything about the Holy Spirit.
Then said Paul, John truly baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Acts 12:4-6 AKJV)The baptism was a Jewish tradition used for many purposes. The one John was performing was a long-held tradition of God’s people. If you turned from sin or were married into a Jewish family, you would go to a natural flowing river which they referred to as “living water.” Being dunked under the water was symbolic of being cleansed from sin as well as being reborn as a new, clean person.
We must have a heart that is willing to turn from whatever the Bible says as sin and begin a new life with God to receive Jesus as our Lord. When we realize what it means, the water baptism is a powerful physical act that confirms what is in our hearts. Only then can we receive what is next:
And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied. (Acts 12:7 AKJV)Once your heart is right before God, you are now ready to be filled with the Holy Spirit. If you are willing to give your entire life to God where it is no longer your own, you are ready to receive the fullness of His Spirit. This is necessary if you want to visit the Secret Place for it is the power of the Holy Spirit that propels us into Heaven.
He asked me to tell you about Him. He wants to be in your life, to guide you, teach you, comfort you. You can ask Him to fill you now or at the end of the video at the top of the page you will find a prayer to receive the Holy Spirit in this way.
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Believers' Boot Camp series
Many people think of boot camp as a place you train for combat. Any veteran will tell you that basic training is about three things:
- Knowing what weapons are available
- Learning how to use those weapons
- Receiving orders and following them
Believer’s Boot Camp series is a collection of books which teach us how to hear more clearly from God with the goal to ready ourselves for a face-to-face meeting with our Lord, Jesus. The series reveals the “weapons and tools” God has given us and how to use them, so we can bring God’s kingdom to Earth. Each book in the series focuses on a single topic to clearly define one tool or weapon from our Heavenly Father.
The series uses the Word of God to reveal all that He has given us through Jesus. The Bible is our instruction manual and the Holy Spirit is our guide to understanding it.