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New Christians are often asked the question “Are you filled wit the Holy Spirit” or “Do you have the Holy Spirit?” and often times we do not know how to respond. In this post I will discuss exactly WHO (not what) the Holy Spirit is and the most effective way to use this special gift from God.
Who exactly is the Holy Spirit?
One common misconception about the Holy Spirit is that He is an “it” which is not so. The Holy Spirit is a person, not a power or an experience. When someone is seen talking in tongues or “shouting” in church people sometimes think that THAT is the Holy Spirit but in reality the Holy Spirit CAUSES these action, He is not the action itself. He is given to us by God as the seal of our commitment to Jesus Christ.
“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.” - John 14:15-17 NLT
Another important thing to know about the Holy Spirit is that he shares 3 common qualities with us; knowledge, will, and emotion.
1. Will - an ability to make ones own choices and decisions. The Holy Spirit is always available to help you make the right decisions. Some people may call it our conscience but to the believer it is the Holy Spirit that resides within us acting on our behalf.
2. Emotion- an ability to feel, have feelings, and have an understanding of someone else’s feelings. Yes, the Holy Spirit can understand our feelings. No matter what the feeling may be: joy, love, depression, anger, rage, etc.. He understands it all. Not only does He understand it, but He can feel it as well.
Ephesians 4:30 says, And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. So it is clear that the Holy Spirit doesn’t just live within us, but he shares our feelings as well.
3. Knowledge - an ability to know, understand, recognize, and decipher.
No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. — 1 Corinthians 2:11
Alot of people find this concept hard to believe but because we have the Holy Spirit we can actually know the thoughts of God. He also helps us to recognize and understand the things God may be trying to tell us. God sends us signs and wonders and without the Holy Spirit we would never be able to even begin to understand Gods plans for us or what he desires for us to do.
Why do I need the Holy Spirit?
Most people have no difficulty saying they need God in their life or that they need Jesus in their life but what about the Holy Spirit? You need Him just as much as you need the Father and the Son.
The Holy Spirit:
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