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“The Spirit of the Lord began to stir him” (Judg. 13:25).
The Holy Spirit is active in both Testaments. He communicates God’s will, Jesus’ lifestyle and His own influence into stony hearts so they become living stones. The Holy Spirit influenced Samson’s life as a young person and as an adult (Judg. 14:6, 19; 15:14; 16:20). Robert Murray McCheyne said to his congregants, “I fear you do not know the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe. I fear many of you are strangers to the visits of the Comforter.”
There are times in the lives of the Lord’s beloved when they make particular glorifying and mortifying decisions to leave more and more of the old Adam behind. The mortifier moves in the power of the Holy Spirit because He is the purger of sin desiring purity in His habitation. He enables your victory over your corrupting worldly principles.
God exhorts Christians to “walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16, 25). God’s Spirit of Holiness is your Commander-in-Chief who cannot be defeated when precisely obeyed. Scores of Christians live defeated lives because they refuse the Conqueror’s specific commands. He commands holiness, whereas they desire almost holiness. They are fearful that if they become too holy (one cannot!) they will lose friends, dollars, popularity, comforts, et cetera. Will you ever come to the place where you desire to climb with Moses from the plains of Moab up Mount Nebo to Pisgah and look across the river Jordan upon the land flowing with milk and honey?
God’s Spirit is called the “Spirit of Christ” (Ro. 8:9). He purifies, awakens your conscience, enlightens your understanding of God, and informs your mind to appropriate thoughts, subdues your illicit desires, sanctifies your affections, dethrones the world from your heart and implants holy principles. The Holy Spirit reveals to you the sinfulness of sin, the preciousness of godliness and the value of Christ as Savior and Lord.
The Holy Spirit gives life (Jn. 6:63). Life in the Spirit commences in grace, continues in grace and is completed in glory. Nonetheless, your benefit from this life is proportioned to your dependence upon Him in this life. The nature of this eternal life is eternal; the source of this eternal life is God; the provider of this eternal life is Jesus; the certainty of this eternal life is found in God’s word; and the enjoyment of this eternal life is in the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit has all the characteristics of God because He is God (Acts 5:3f., 9). He is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. He saves, empowers and illumines. He speaks when He wills, to whom He wills and through whom He wills.
If Samson had not quenched the Holy Spirit, he would not have suffered at the hands of the Philistines. You desire the governance of the Holy Spirit. You yearn for Him to draw you to Himself even as He did the Apostle John in Revelation 1. Tragically, many of those attending church are more spiritually refined than they are stirred by the Holy Spirit. Is the Holy Spirit stirring you?