BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.
There are many people today who do not understand about the Holy Ghost. They do not know who it is; nor what it is; nor how it affects our lives, but there’s one thing for sure, whether you understand or not the Holy Ghost is a must in everyone’s life.
There are people who say it is a misprint. But the Holy Ghost is no misprint, and it’s time everyone learned for themselves what the Holy Ghost is.
The dictionary meaning is: “The Spirit of God” Many people call it the Holy Spirit, and that is what it is. You may call it the Holy Spirit if it makes you feel comfortable, but you are taking away from God if you do, for Ghost is the Spirit of one who has died, appearing to the living. And that is what Jesus did, He died on the cross of Calvary and on the third day rose from the tomb, and showed Himself to many of his disciples. Anyone who denies the Holy Ghost is saying that Jesus did not die on the cross; therefore he did not rise from the tomb on the third day, then there is no resurrection. But if you believe the Bible, St. John 20:26 tells us, “And after eight days again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them then came Jesus, the door being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.”
Notice that the scripture said, the door was shut and Jesus appeared in the midst of them.
Jesus tells us in St. John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” Jesus is speaking of His death and resurrection. He is telling his disciples, “I must go away. It is necessary for you that I die upon the cross. To be buried and rise the third day, and to ascend up into heaven or else the Comforter will not come unto you.” And who is the Comforter? Check it out for yourselves. St. John 14:16, 26 tells us that the Comforter is the Holy Ghost. “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost. Whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
Jesus had to depart before the Comforter could come, but before Jesus ascended up into heaven, He told His disciples not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise. Acts 1:4-5 “And, being assembled together with, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. There were eye witness of Jesus ascending up into heaven. He departed as he said he would. And on the day of Pentecost when all the disciples, including Mary, the mother of Jesus were all gather together in the upper room as they had been told by Jesus, waiting for the Comforter or the promise. The Comforter did come as Jesus had promised on the day of Pentecost. Acts 2:1-6
The dictionary lets us know that Comforter means: an intercessor or helper. And we find that an intercessor is one who pleads for another. Romans 8:27 “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
The scriptures in Acts 2:1-8 lets us know that they all received the promise. They were all baptized with the Holy Ghost. Now the Holy Ghost did not come back to earth on the day of Pentecost and fill the disciples with his divine power and then just disappear off the face of the earth. No, for we serve a true and living God.
Many people feel that it only happened back then, only in the days of the disciples, but don’t let nobody tell you that. They will tell you that things like that don’t happen today. God says “I change not.” He is the same yesterday, today, and for ever more. He is still filling men and women with the Holy Ghost today as He did the disciples on the day of Pentecost. God does not want to withhold the gift of the Holy Ghost from any of us. Revelation 3:20 lets us know, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
Acts 2:39 we find that, “For this promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” This promise was not to the disciples only, but it is also for anyone even today, if we will open the door of our heart, when Jesus knocks, when we hear his voice. This is a promise, He made to you and to me. “Be still and know that I am God.”