Robert Morris, founding pastor of the 36,000-member Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, discussed the role of the Holy Spirit in a recent sermon and warned that unless believers begin to see the third person of the Godhead as a person, they will never develop a “personal relationship” with Him.
As part of a sermon series titled “A Way in the Wilderness,” Morris emphasized that believers don’t need to live in a wilderness or desert because the Holy Spirit is a “spring of living water inside us.”
“I don’t have to live in a dry land even though I live in a fallen world; I can live in a river of living water,” he said. “Jesus came so that you could have a dynamic, powerful river in you flowing through you and out of you, and His name is the Holy Spirit, and He’s like a spring of water.”
Morris explained that the Bible clearly says that the Holy Spirit “wants to walk alongside you.”
“How many Christians today have a Holy Spirit that’s not for use, He’s just for looks?” the pastor asked. “We have churches where He’s just for looks. We have other churches where He’s not for use.”
Scripture also says that the Holy Spirit will “guide you into all truth” because He knows all truth as the third person of the Godhead, Morris said.
“You have someone who is living inside of you who knows everything there is to know about everything, and He has committed Himself to be your teacher. So why don’t you ever talk to Him? Why don’t you ask Him how to raise kids? He knows everything about everything.”
Yet, some people are afraid to talk to the Holy Spirit, the pastor said.
“Here’s the reason I think people don’t talk to the Holy Spirit,” Morris said. “I think that they don’t see Him as a person. And you will never develop a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit if you don’t see Him as a person. Again, think about the word ‘personal.’ You develop a personal relationship with a person.”
“The reason I underlined the word ‘He’ is because the Bible never refers to Him as ‘it,’ and a lot of Christians do. They say, ‘we need it, we need the Holy Spirit.’ No, we don’t need it, we need Him. He’s a person,” the pastor continued.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett