How are you? I’m very well.
I got to learn doves are the symbol of the Holy Spirit. I didn’t know why, but our Creator knows it all.
In 2019, I had a chance to listen to Pastor R.T. Kendall’s sermon “Pigeon Religion.” Interestingly, he explained what the difference between dove and pigeon is. He was curious about it and met a few people to learn about it. They all said doves and pigeons are anatomically the same. But, Pastor R.T. believed there must be something different between the two and searched and studied. Finally, he was able to share his findings. I think they are very interesting:
· Pigeon - fight with each other, warlike, noisy, not bothered by noise, loves attention, take themselves very seriously, greedy, aggressive, depend on men for foods, eat junk foods, territorial, can be trained, dozens of pigeons fly together, have more than one mate;
· Dove – don’t fight with each other, peaceful, quiet, very bothered by noise (very sensitive), don’t want attention, don’t take themselves seriously, not greedy, not aggressive, eat the food only they can find, eat only nuts and fruits, not territorial, cannot be trained, one or two fly together at a time, have one mate for life
Interesting, huh? They look the same, but they have very different characters. I find it interesting his explaining counterfeit of the Holy Spirit and sharing his testimonies in his sermon “Pigeon Religion.”
Knowing the characters of doves, I was reminded of my late Korean pastor’s teaching. He said demons enter people by forcing them through, no matter whether they want them or not. But the Holy Spirit is Person. Unlike demons, He never comes into people, if they don’t want Him. He is Person, and He is sensitive. He comes to those who welcome Him and He dwells in them.
Would you like to invite and welcome Him and ask Him to dwell in you? And would you like to make yourself His dwelling place? I acknowledge that I often flied away the Dove when I was not kind, nor patient. But I’m grateful as He is always gracious and merciful enough to visit me again. I pray that you and I become His Holy Temple where He dwells 24 hours now and forever more, in Jesus’ name.
Have a bliss!
When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16~17)