Do You Know the Holy Spirit?

If you’re listening, it’s not difficult to hear Him. He communicates through faint impressions, dreams, visions, circumstances, nature, other people, and of course through Scripture. Most of the time, though He speaks in a still, small voice.

The Holy Spirit likes to talk about Father. He likes to talk about Jesus. He likes to talk about His love for us; His enjoyment of us; and His desire to help us, reach us, comfort us, pray with us, empower us, and guide us into truth—about God and ourseslves. He likes to woo us into His presence. He likes to engage our hearts in conversation and worship.

I imagine the disciples were shocked when Jesus told them it was better for them that He go away because unless He ascended to the Father, the Holy Spirit would no come to them (John 16:7). At that point the disciples didn’t have a relationship with the Holy Spirit, so they didn’t know what they were missing. But Jesus realized that without the Holy Spirit, His followers—including us—would not be able to fulfill God’s call on their lives. So He sent the Holy Spirit to be our helper, our teacher, our Comforter, our Advocate, our intercessor, our strengthener, the One who empowers us, the revealer of truth, and our standby. (See John 14-16, amp.)

The Bible confirms that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, co-equal with the Father and the Son (Acts 5:3-4). He is the co-Creator of the universe (Gen. 1:1-3) and the author of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16. He is omnipresent (Ps. 139:7-10), omniscient (1Cor. 2:9-11), and omnipotent, just as the other two persons are (Luke 1:35; Rom. 15:19). He is the one who overshadowed Mary and caused her to conceive Jesus in human form (Matt. 1:18; Luke 1:35), and He will glorify Christ forever (John 16:14).

Developing a relationship with the Holy Spirit is crucial for those who desire to discover and fulfill God’s will for their lives. He does so much for us! Just take a look at this list.

Loves us (Rom. 15:30)
Regenerates and renews our souls (Titus 3:4-5)
Convicts us of sin (John 16:7-9)
Teaches us (Neh. 9:20; John 14:26)
Guides us into truth (John 16: 13)
Leads us (Rom. 8:14)
Reveals to us the things god has prepared for us (1Cor. 2:9-10)
Speaks to us (John 15:26; 16:13-15; Acts 8:29; 10:19; 11:12; 13:2; 16:6-7; 1 Tim. 4:1; Heb. 3:7; Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6; 13, 22) and through us (Matt. 10:20; 1 Cor. 12:3; 14:2; Acts 2:4; 11:28; 21:4, 11)
Prays through us (Rom. 8:26)
Transforms us into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18)
Causes us to manifest His fruit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, good ness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—as we walk in the Spirit rather than in the flesh (Gal. 5:16-23)
Endues us with Christ’s power (Acts 1:8)
Gives us spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:1-11; Heb. 2:4)
Anoints us for ministry (Luke 4:18)

The Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit does all this for us and much more. And though He is able to make His voice heard to anyone at any time, truly knowing Him requires consistently tuning one’s ear to His still, small voice and following His leading.

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