A whisper amongst the noise (part two)

I sometimes think there’s a bit of confusion about the HolyTrinity. I mean there’s no confusion about Jesus, there’s absolutely no confusion about God, but then there’s the Holy Spirit. Like God and Jesus, the Holy Spirit is, for lack of a better a person or entity. Maybe it’s the phrase “Spirit “or “ghost “that makes people view it as this non-substantial thing. Which in reality could not be further from the truth. The Holy Spirit has been here since creation…
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.<span class=”footnote” data-fn=”#fen-NLT-1a” data-link=”[a]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top”>[<span class=”footnote” data-fn=”#fen-NLT-1a” data-link=”[a]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top”>a<span class=”footnote” data-fn=”#fen-NLT-1a” data-link=”[a]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top”>] 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. -Genesis 1:1-2
It’s in the Gospel of John that we learn that not only was Jesus there as well…

“In the beginning the Word already existed.
    The Word was with God,
    and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.”          -John 1:1-2

…but we also learn who the Holy Spirit is and how together they tie into God’s plan.  What’s important here, I feel, is in these instances we are being taught that the Holy Trinity or Godhead truly exists as three separate and yet one at the same time. I’ll pause for a moment because as I sit here writing this, having been reading and thinking about this for quite awhile, it’s still such an prodigious idea to wrap my brain around…..
     ….And we’re back! So before I get into who the Holy Spirit is(yes I said who), I need to clarify what Christ did/does for us first. To fully understand one you need to know the other. For the sake of this letter I’m only going to keep using the Gospel of John (hopefully you’ll take the time to read or reread it when I’m done), my own personal thoughts, and secular music.  Now as much as I love Christian music, when I hear something in secular music it blows me away. I don’t know if it’s the writer’s intention, divine intervention, or just my interpretation but hearing Gods message in something that, at face value, you’re not to expecting to is awesome. 
     So as I know I’ve mentioned in the past, I spend a bit of time on/in/under the water. Accordingly, so much of my faith is tied to the water.  To be able to see the grace, power, and face of God in the waves is absolutely one of my personal blessings. A while back I had written something comparing about how surfing, more specifically the few moments before and the instant the wave grabs you, to truly living our faith. The short version is that to when you surf, truly surf, it’s an all or nothing situation.  There are times when just paddling out is a battle, and people who don’t know look at you like you’re insane or mock you for putting yourself through it. Then once you’re there and you turn to catch the wave, if you don’t put everything into you’re not going to make it.  Then there’s the moment. Like a hand, you feel the wave grab your board…it’s at this moment, which lasts less than a second, you have to decide to trust…trust that when you pop up you and the wave will be one…and when it happens, whether it lasts a few moments or an eternity, there are no words to explain the way you feel.  And that feeling is what drives you to paddle back out again and again no matter how tired you are, regardless of what anyone else thinks or says, regardless of any fears.  That is how I describe my faith.  In John 14:6 Jesus says “I am<span class=”crossreference” data-link=”(H)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-26675H” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%”> the way<span class=”crossreference” data-link=”(I)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-26675I” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%”> and the truth<span class=”crossreference” data-link=”(J)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-26675J” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%”> and the life.<span class=”crossreference” data-link=”(K)” data-cr=”#cen-NIV-26675K” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%”> No one comes to the Father except through me.” The way. That’s exactly what He does for us.  He provided us with the way. And regardless of how society or hierarchy (especially lately it seems) want to change the rules, there is only one WAY.
      Knowing what awaits us in heaven, coupled with the true peace I feel whenever I block out the noise of life and let myself hear His words and actually live the way He taught us (even if it’s just for moments at a time) is the reason that I strive everyday to be the man that God intended. 
     Here’s where it gets deep. In John 14:5-14 there’s a conversation between Jesus and the Apostles and they ask about when He leaves what will they do. Jesus tells them that He’s the way, but they will have to travel it. Awhile back I was listening to Chris Cornel’s “I am the highway” and I was struck by how familiar it sounded.  That’s when it hit me that if you listen to it from the perspective of Jesus saying these words to the Apostles it’s pretty awesome.  I’ll get into it completely another time, meanwhile if you have a moment, listen to it and see what you think.  But for the sake of today I’m just using the first line of the chorus. “I am not your rolling wheels, I am the highway..” and just like that the Word of God, the very essence of our faith, is not only laid out for us but we’re told what to do.  Jesus was never the vehicle.  We are.  He’s the ocean, the wave, and to follow him we have to paddle out or travel that highway. He provides with the way, but we have to choose to follow it.  To follow Him.    
     No matter how we romanticize it, it’s a daunting task. Reality is when faced with the same information, the Apostles, who had spent years with Him seeing all He had done and even performing miracles themselves, were afraid and unsure what to do.  And that’s where the Holy Spirit steps in. In John, Jesus tells us that He will ask the Father to send another advocate, and that this person will not be seen by the world because they don’t believe, but instead He will live within us forever.  
Within us. 
So no matter what we come up against in life we have to remember that inside each and every one of us us this person, this being that has been here since the moment of creation.  Who’s only job is to love us, guide us, and help us, and the only requirement is to believe.  Maybe it’s just me but knowing that God has provided us (as always) with the ultimate one to punch in the form of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, I find it difficult to let fear take hold of me.  
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Thank you for listening, and remember to always live the faith. God bless
#jesus #faithlikewater #holyspirit #godhead

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