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Are Your Tenets of Faith Intact?

We must accept the devil’s existence and then work with God, who has all power and authority, against him.

“Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Be firm in your faith and resist him.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)

The Holy Spirit: God with Us

The Barna Group’s statistics regarding the beliefs of American Christians in regards to Holy Spirit is equally unnerving.

Overall, 38% strongly agreed and 20% agreed somewhat that the Holy Spirit is “a symbol of God’s power or presence, but is not a living entity.” (The Barna Group)

The Holy Spirit is one-third of our triune God (God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit).  He is more than an abstract concept or moral conscience.  The scripture speaks for itself in this regard.

One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.” Luke 3:21-22 (New Living Translation)

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. John 16:13-14 (New Living Translation)

The Bible describes God’s Spirit as a being who helps and intercedes for us (Romans 8:26), loves (Romans 15:30), discerns between right and wrong (Acts 15:28), and more. The Spirit, like God and Jesus, is a true being, a comforter and a counselor to God’s people.

The reality is Satan would love to discredit himself, make Christ’s followers ignore his existence and the reality of the Holy Spirit. The Truth is quite the contrary. The devil is a real being. The good news is that after Jesus ascended to Heaven, He sent us the Holy Spirit, a more powerful being than that of the defeated Satan (John 14:15-20).