Jesus told His disciples (John 14:15-18) ‘If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.’
It has been two and a half years since I invited the Holy Spirit to come and live inside of me. But only recently have I begun to understand who He really is. It’s true what the song says “the more I seek you, the more I find you, the more I find you, the more I love you”.
I had the notion that this Holy Spirit was just some kind of force that you could call upon when you were in trouble.
I now understand that He is a person, just like God the Father and God the Son (Jesus Christ). He is God the Holy Spirit. He is our Counselor, our Comforter and our Helper. The Holy Spirit is here with us to bring us all truth and to help us understand the Word of God. Through the Holy Spirit, God is present everywhere at the same time. God is omnipresent (all-present, everywhere, infinite, universal). The Holy Spirit was the source of power for Jesus’ ministry. (Acts 10:38) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Jesus did not preach or perform miracles until the Holy Spirit came upon Him at the Jordan River after He was baptized by John. He waited for the Holy Spirit to come upon Him and then He started to do His signs of wonders.
The disciples who walked with Jesus on a daily basis saw the sick healed, the blind see, the lame walk, the dead brought back to life and demons cast out of people. They experienced the real thing. Yet when Jesus was crucified, they were afraid because of unbelief and they hid themselves fearing that they too would be killed.
However, when Jesus rose from the dead and visited them, that is when they truly believed and He breathed on them and they received the Holy Spirit. Therefore, in order to receive the Holy Spirit, they had to firmly believe that Jesus Christ died and God raised Him from the dead. At this point the disciples received the New Testament’s salvation, in other words, they were saved from eternal damnation. Jesus then told them that he was leaving them to go back to the Father and He promised that He was going to send the Comforter (Holy Spirit) to be with them.
He said, if He did not go, the Holy Spirit could not come and it was better for them that He goes, so the Comforter could come and be with everyone who believes. Jesus also promised that greater works were going to be done by the Holy Spirit through the disciples. Greater works than what they had seen when He was with them. This is why He told them it would be better if He goes and the Comforter comes.
(Acts 2:1-4) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. This is when the Holy Spirit descended from heaven in person in the form of a mighty wind and filled each one of the disciples individually. They were baptized with the Holy Spirit. He transformed their lives forever. They were now able to understand the scriptures clearly because He is the interpreter of the Bible and also the author. He gave them boldness. They no longer hid, but came out in public and preached the Gospel of God, even when they were threatened not to speak the name of Jesus Christ. They were now being led by the Holy Spirit and He was directing them, showing them how to pray, how to preach and most importantly how to love. He gave them supernatural gifts to be used to advance the Kingdom of God, here on earth.
The Holy Spirit is able to give to every believer supernatural gifts. (I Corinthians 12:4:11) There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
These gifts are to be used to demonstrate through the power of the Spirit, that Jesus is alive and that His gospel is true.
We can grieve the Holy Spirit by living like the pagans, by lying, by being angry, by stealing, by cursing, by being bitter, by being unforgiving, and by being sexually immoral. (Ephesians 4:29-32) Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Only a person can be grieved, therefore, the Holy Spirit must be a divine person in order to have this emotion. Once we understand this, we can better understand how He is grieved. Just as we do not like to be grieved, so we should not grieve the Holy Spirit by refusing to follow His leading. Remember, He is living inside of us and wherever we go, we take Him with us, whatever we do, He is right there with us, so let’s not do anything that grieves Him.
How do we receive this wonderful Holy Spirit in our lives to transform us and to obtain all the blessings promised to us as believers?
We need to repent, i.e. to turn from our sins. Ask God. (Luke 11:9-13) And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Earnestly seek Him.
Don’t be passive and say “If God wants me to have this let Him do it!” No. Jesus said “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”.
- You must be thirsty (longing for it),
- You must come to Jesus
- You must drink (actively receiving within you).
If you want the Holy Spirit in you, you can say this simple prayer to the Lord:
Heavenly Father, I repent from my sins. Forgive me for all the wrong things I have done in my life, knowingly and unknowingly. I am thirsty for the fullness of Your Holy Spirit. I present my body to you as a temple. I pray that you fill me with Your Holy Spirit, and Lord let your Holy Spirit flow through my lips like rivers of praise and worship. Father, I ask this in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
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