Credit Where Credit Is Due

As part of the Post-a-Day 2011 Challenge, The Daily Post at WordPress.com has been providing an optional writing prompt to get bloggers started. Although I won’t use their prompt on most days, I have already found one that I like. It was posted on Jan. 1 for use in Jan. 2 posts, but since I already had plans for Jan. 2 as part of Psalm Sunday, and then decided I wanted to do Music Monday, I decided to save it for a later day. Here is the prompt:

Name someone who deserves more credit than they get. And for bonus points, how to change things so they get more.

The first person I thought of when I read this was the Holy Spirit. Even in the Apostles’ Creed, all we say is “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” The Nicene Creed does have a bit more to say about the Holy Spirit:

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spake by the prophets.

The Bible, however, has much to say about the Holy Spirit. Beginning at the beginning, Genesis 1:2 says, “The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” The Holy Spirit of God has always existed and was instrumental in the creation of the earth.

Throughout the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit is revealed as powerful and magnificent. Many times, God filled prophets and others with His Spirit, giving them wisdom, expertise, knowledge, and strength beyond their natural abilities.

“Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze.” Exodus 31:2-4.

And the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. Then he gave the seventy elders the same Spirit that was upon Moses. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. Numbers 11:25.

At that moment the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him [Samson], and he ripped the lion’s jaws apart with his bare hands. He did it as easily as if it were a young goat. . . But the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon Samson, and he snapped the ropes on his arms as if they were burnt strands of flax, and they fell from his wrists. Judges 14:6; 15:14.

Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, the leader of the Thirty, and he said,“We are yours, David!We are on your side, son of Jesse.Peace and prosperity be with you,and success to all who help you,for your God is the one who helps you.”So David let them join him, and he made them officers over his troops. 1 Chronicles 12:18.

His Spirit made the heavens beautiful, and his power pierced the gliding serpent. Job 26:13.

But as for me, I am filled with power—with the Spirit of the Lord. I am filled with justice and strength to boldly declare Israel’s sin and rebellion. Micah 3:8.

The Old Testament also contains the promise, fulfilled in the New Testament, that God will give His Holy Spirit power to all who believe.

“Then, after doing all those things,
      I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
   Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
      Your old men will dream dreams,
      and your young men will see visions.
 In those days I will pour out my Spirit
      even on servants—men and women alike.” Joel 2:28-29.

In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit continues to be revealed as powerful, as well as beneficial to the believer. Jesus, the Messiah, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and thus is the Son of God. The Holy Spirit is the giver of life and the source of wisdom, counsel, and more.

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18.

The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35.

But when you are arrested and stand trial, don’t worry in advance about what to say. Just say what God tells you at that time, for it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit. Mark 13:11.

[Jesus said,] “You are witnesses of all these 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 24:48-49.

Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. John 3:6.

The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. John 6:63.

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate [Or Comforter, or Encourager, or Counselor], who will never leave you.  He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. John 14:16-17.

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. John 14:26.

That last verse is one of my favorites. I have personally experienced the Holy Spirit reminding me of something Jesus had taught me through my reading of the Word, of His teaching. When I need a verse to help me through a difficult situation, it is the Holy Spirit that brings just the right verse to mind. I may not always remember the Biblical “address” of the verse, or even what book of the Bible it is in, but I know where it comes from and Who has brought it to my attention.

I think that too often even Christians forget to give credit to the Holy Spirit when it is due. All of the charitable acts or service for our fellow man that we do are born out of the power and desire of the Holy Spirit. Even our faith itself is given to us by the Holy Spirit. I have quoted quite a few verses here, but I really haven’t even scratched the surface of the power and purpose of the Holy Spirit.

So that brings me to the second part of the prompt. What can I do to change things so that the Holy Spirit gets the credit He deserves? I will endeavor, with the help of the Holy Spirit Himself, to write about the wonderful things He deserves credit for in my life and as promised in scripture in the weeks and months to come. I’m going to be posting every day, so I’ll certainly have plenty of opportunity.

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9 responses to “Credit Where Credit Is Due

  1. I wonder if Christians fail to realize the power that is available to them through the Holy Spirit, and for what reason that might be…

    I love all the verses you’ve cited here, and remember reading them the first time years ago. I’ve enjoyed studying this post because it helps me see the clear connection between them, and understand how the Holy Spirit is working in my life.

    I’ve mentioned that as an independant Bible student my first time through the Word, I had no one to teach me, but also no one to mess up the truth or minimize the real (not symbolic) role of the Holy Spirit in me.

    Today when I pray for words that would bless and encourage, I hear words coming from my mouth, but with the lovliness and grace of the one who is in me. There’s more to it than just being smart and nice…

    I disolve in tears and can never forget what a gift this is for those who believe.

    Your post made my day… like a wonderful trip down memory lane, and a reason today to be so grateful! Hugs… : )

    • Linda, I don’t think a lot of Christians realize the power of the Holy Spirit and that they can take hold of and use that power for His glory and their benefit. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. It is encouraging to know that there are Christians who not only hear from the Holy Spirit, but follow through, and then give credit to Him for the words He gives. Peter and Paul were not eloquent speakers, but they converted crowds of people by saying what the Holy Spirit gave them to say. I know there are times I have also prayed for the right words in a situation, and there they are coming from my mouth, a wonderful gift from my God. Peace, Linda

  2. Ann

    Thanks, Linda

    I like this post mucho!

    “I think that too often even Christians forget to give credit to the Holy Spirit when it is due. ..” Amen.

    Some years ago I read “Good Morning Holy Spirit”. My eyes were open to a whole different world.

    Thanks for the reminder to give Him credit where credit is due.
    Blessings
    ann

    • Ann, I know I have the tendency to give the Holy Spirit here when I write, but it is much harder on the fly when talking to people who may not be in tune to that kind of thing to give Him the credit He deserves. I’m hoping to have His help working on that this year. Peace, Linda

  3. Amen! Good post! It inspires me to recognize the Holy Spirit in my own life, which I have always done, but I want to be more intentional in seeing His work in and through me.

    • Thanks for the encouraging comment! This was definitely one of those posts that He gets the credit for. The idea popped into my head immediately upon reading the prompt and there was no other that came to mind who didn’t get the credit they deserve. Peace, Linda

  4. When I read the title, I just knew who was going to get the credit! :) Thank you for doing that! Smiling as the Holy Spirit must have known as this challenge came to you, just what you would be posting about. God bless you and every opportunity you have to give His Spirit credit and glory.

    • Deb, I’m not surprised you knew where this one was going just from the title. You are quite good at catching on quickly to such things. :) God bless you and every opportunity you have to give the Holy Spirit credit, too. Peace, Linda

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