26: The Holy Spirit can be quenched

In the final chapter of 1 Thessalonians, Paul ends by listing some general principles for living a productive Christian life.  And in the middle of these principles he says,  “Do not quench the Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19) The word “quench” could also be...

25: The Holy Spirit can be grieved

If you know me (us), you’ll know that there is a lot of banter in our house. As much as I enjoy winding Lisa up, the truth is I would never want to upset her. There is (or should be!) something in us that makes us uncomfortable with the thought of upsetting others,...

24: The Holy Spirit is our Teacher

I think being on lockdown has taught us many things. We have learned more about ourselves, our relationships and our God. The time spent staying in and looking inward allowed the Holy Spirit to teach us things we needed to know, and some things we had forgotten. As a...

22: The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth

Do you ever feel that integrity is disappearing? I certainly do, when over the last few months we have been bombarded with fake news, political spin and conspiracy theories. How many people do you meet every day that are genuinely honest and you know that what they...

21: The Holy Spirit works supernaturally

Reading through scripture it’s clear the Holy Spirit desires to act on our behalf, show up and be present in our very lives. Zechariah 4:6 describes how God shows up, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit”, says the Lord Almighty. God works...

20: The Holy Spirit may do unusual things

One of my earliest memories of church growing in the East End of London was attending a Saturday evening charismatic meeting with my parents. My dad would play the organ and I would stand next to him playing my trumpet.  My friend Jon and I used to call it “Uncle...

19: The Holy Spirit gives dreams and visions

What do you see? Before the nation of Israel went into the land that God had promised them, Moses sent twelve men to scout it on a reconnaissance mission. The scouts all reported back but there was a marked difference between what ten of the spies saw compared to the...

18: The Holy Spirit cannot be figured out

C. S. Lewis in his Narnia chronicles says of the Christ-figure, Aslan: he is not a tame lion. This has always resonated with me. The Holy Spirit is not tame, he does not bend to our wills, he does not do what we expect, he baffles us and sometimes freaks us out.  ...