by Omolola Oriogun
While in my living room with some of my friends; we were chatting, shouting on top of our voices, laughing, enjoying ourselves and a movie was playing. I discovered that even with the loud din, a particular friend was totally out of our world. She wasn’t aware of all we were doing and that bothered me so much.
I called her attention back to the present, with a dull, angry face, she looked at me and said, ‘I’m not just in the mood to talk or do anything jare’. After excusing her from the whole frenzy, I thought to myself, if human beings have good or bad moods, ‘does the Holy Spirit have moods too?’ This brings me to my next write up.
A mood can be defined simply as “a conscious state of mind or predominant emotion.”We can expect the Holy Spirit, as a divine Person, to function in a conscious state of mind and to express emotion in righteousness. It is only our unredeemed human psyches that create “bad” moods that are sinful.
The moods of the Holy Spirit are the frames of mind HE uses to express HIMSELF, revealing HIS divine purpose for particular situations. Often, these moods are expressed through human vessels. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit; 1 Cor. 3:16, and the Holy Spirit does much of HIS work through us. As we learn to recognise the different moods of the Holy Spirit, we can better understand what HE is doing and why, we can more fully cooperate with HIM in fulfilling HIS purposes for our lives.
A study of GOD’s Word reveals seven distinct moods of the Holy Spirit:
1. The Convicting Mood–» John 16:8 Conviction may be defined as ‘an act of pleading, beseeching or reproving.’ The Holy Spirit comes to us in this frame of mind to make us GOD-conscious and aware of our sinful nature and sinful acts. Conviction from the Holy Spirit is NOT condemnation. Conviction is constructive and full of hope. When the Holy Spirit convicts us and we acknowledge our sin, we find relief in repenting of it and experience joy in accepting forgiveness. The Holy Spirit’s convicting work will result in our coming closer to CHRIST, not in our wallowing in despair.
2. The Counselling mood–» John 14:26; 16:13-14. The counselling mood of the Holy Spirit reveals the divine Teacher. Every new revelation and realm of light we discover in GOD results from the work of the Holy Spirit, who comes to teach us and guide us into all truth. JESUS, as the best teacher of HIS time, stayed with HIS disciples, revealing GOD to them and now HE handed it over to the Holy Spirit, who reveals GOD to us so that we can walk in a personal relationship with HIM and then share that relationship with others.
3. The Compassion Mood–» Rom. 12:15; Lk. 19:41-44. Natural man cannot feel godly compassion. He may feel pity or sympathetic concern, but human emotions without GOD do not express true compassion. True compassion is revealed only in the nature of GOD. It is a mixed passion, one compounded of love and sorrow. It involves suffering with another, commiserating with his/her distress and desiring to show mercy to him/her. It can only be revealed in human hearts through the work of the Holy Spirit. JESUS wept over the city of Jerusalem because the Jews missed the day of their visitation. HE was not offended that the Jews did not receive HIM, but grieved. He had compassion on them because of the ignorance and hardness of heart that kept them in darkness. When the Holy Spirit within us causes us to feel HIS compassion for a person, we weep with that same kind of brokenness and love. The more we walk in the Spirit, the more tenderhearted we will be. We will feel the same burdens operating in and through us that CHRIST feels when HE looks on a sinful world.
4. The Cleansing Mood–» John 2:13-17 When JESUS cleansed the temple in Jerusalem, He made a whip of small cords and drove out the money changers. HIS zeal was motivated by divine indignation at the defilement of the temple that GOD had intended to be a house of prayer, of power, of purpose and of purity. When the Holy Spirit comes to cleanse our ‘temples,’ HIS zeal against sin still causes HIM deep distress. HE comes to our hearts to cleanse us of all unholiness so HE may dwell within us. HE patiently shines HIS light on every area of unrighteousness until HE has fulfilled HIS divine purpose of cleansing our temples and making us holy. In this cleansing mood, the Holy Spirit may seem angry and harsh to us. We may feel the scourge of cords driving out the wicked thing that is defiling our lives. Yet, if we understand correctly, we will be grateful that divine love is walking through our temples.
5. The Commanding Mood–» Mark 4:39 When a storm threatened the disciples’ lives, JESUS rebuked the wind and the waves. In this instance, HE revealed the commanding mood of the Holy Spirit. He stood in that small boat and cried, ‘Peace, be still’. We seem to enjoy the commanding mood of the Holy Spirit more than the others. We love to say to the enemy, ‘We command you to…’ However, we must remember that, as with all the moods of the Holy Spirit, HIS commanding mood is motivated by love. One thing we must realise is that bossiness is not motivated by love. Anyone who does not display a broken spirit and who is not teachable may simply be displaying a carnal desire to rule when commanding a situation. We can be thankful for the true commanding mood of the Holy Spirit that has authority and power to change any and every situation for GOD’s glory.
6. The Conquering Mood–» 1John 3:8 In this mood, the Holy Spirit is joyful, triumphant and victorious. This means that JESUS came to outdo and undo everything the devil ever did! For this reason, we can shout, ‘Hallelujah!’ When the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and cleanses our temples through repentance, we sense this triumph and joy of GOD’s presence in our lives. We cannot help but rejoice, praise and shout about the goodness of GOD. He has conquered the sin that was trying to destroy us, and we are now free to enjoy HIS blessings.
7. The Communion Mood–» John 16: 7-15 GOD’s ultimate desire for mankind is to commune with HIM, reveal HIS great love and articulate HIS will to man. GOD is able to do that through the communion mood of the Holy Spirit.
The attributes of the Holy Spirit are:
a. The Holy Spirit is the Speaking GOD and
b. HE is a Teller.
As powerful as JESUS was in HIS time, HE could not reach the entire world except for those around all the places HE went. But now through the Holy Spirit, JESUS is everywhere in the world.
If you’re not hearing GOD dear friends, it’s either you’re not listening or you’re not communicating.
The communion of the Holy Spirit is encouraging, strengthening and GOD’s support. Emulate the moods of the Holy Spirit that GOD recognises than the foul carnal moods that are not found in HIS word.
I rest my case.