I briefly spoke about the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit in my previous article, Holy Spirit: Comforter, Encourager, and Counselor, but I wanted to add more information about these fruits. These fruits are (more…)
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This past Sunday at church was a special day for prayer and worship. My pastor, Pastor Chiles, was praying for everyone that was involved in the church for them to receive and overflow them with the Holy Spirit. Having the Holy Spirit in your life is always a plus. If you want to enhance your Christian experience, than you need the Holy Spirit. He is an essential part of being a Christian. But many people don’t know who the Holy Spirit is and why He is beneficial to our life. So as an outcome most Christians ignore the Holy Spirit because of their lack of understanding of the word of God.
“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)
Who is the Holy Spirit?
After Jesus was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven, God sent another person in the place of Jesus. He did this so that the children of God can never be alone. Most will agree that the Holy Spirit is frequently misunderstood. One of the hardest parts for us to understand is that God exists with the unity of three persons, God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is equally important as Jesus or God. The Spirit of God is a person who is eternal, all knowing, omnipresent, and who can speak to us.
“But I will send you the Advocate—the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.” (John 15:26)
What is the Holy Spirit’s Purpose?
Though we can’t see him in human form like we did Jesus, He spreads God’s word within in us. You can think of the Holy Spirit as a bridge that connects you to God spiritually. When we pray, the Holy Spirit is the one that helps and intercedes for those prayers to God the Father. (Romans 8:26) So as Christians we are constantly in connection with God through the Holy Spirit.
“And the Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.” (Isaiah 11:2)
The Spirit of God is that voice inside telling you to take the path of righteousness. Most say it’s your consciences speaking to you, but it’s really the divine entity that is the Holy Spirit. He is God’s voice and He speaks with in us. The Holy Spirit is a teacher who guides, loves us, tells us what we should be doing for God. He does not judge. He only wants to show you the truth of who you are as a child of Christ. His only purpose since you took your first breath was to guide you and others to God.
Why Is the Spirit of God important?
He is Important because he makes us more Christ like and he assures us that we belong to God. (2 Corinthians 3:18, Ephesians 1:13) God requires us to spread his message of love; the only we can do that is with the Holy Spirit’s help. He gives us the tools and knowledge that we need to spread the word effectively. (Acts 1:8) Through this journey of evangelism and your life, we can be comforted to know that He is always with us to be witness to the world for Christ. The only way we can become better Christians and spread his message is to understand God’s word. The Holy Spirit is the one who gives us more depth in the word of God. (1 Corinthians 2:6-16) There are many things that we still don’t know and we can only find those answers through Him.
Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Want more info?)
The Holy Spirit gives us 9 fruits of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23) The fruits are necessary to change the quality of our life.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit (More in a later article.)
The Spirit also gives people certain abilities as they mature in Christ. These abilities are referred to as the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)
1. The Word of Knowledge
2. The Word of Wisdom
3. The Gift of Prophecy
4. The Gift of Faith
5. The Gifts of Healings
6. The Working of Miracles
7. The Discerning of Spirits
8. Different Kinds of Tongues
9. The Interpretation of Tongues
How can you get closer to the Holy Spirit? (More in a later article.)
To gain a deeper relationship with God, you need a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit. Most basic acts a Christian can do to develop the bond with the Holy Spirit is by prayer, reading the bible, meditation, and fasting. This will ultimately lead to sanctification and will transform your bond with God.