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Sweet Holy Spirit

I wonder how many of us actively pray and ask the Holy Spirit to be our companion in our daily lives. Very often we struggle with things because we do not have the Spirit of God living inside of us. It’s really simple to get the Spirit of God indwelling in you. Once you accept Jesus as your Lord and savior and get baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, you have the Holy Spirit living inside you. Just like any other friendship, we only have to cultivate and strengthen the relationship through constant communication and quality time.

The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Holy Trinity, He is the living and breathing Spirit of God. In my sermon this afternoon, the preacher said that he had heard the trinity likened to the sun. God the Father is the sun, the originator, Jesus Christ is the light that we get from the sun, and the Holy Spirit is the heat from the sun.

There aren’t an awful many passages in the bible where the Father, Son, and Spirit are evident at the same time. But one very important example is found in Matthew 3: 16-17

“16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Jesus promised to send us the Holy Spirit in Acts 1:8, the Spirit of power, who will make us witnesses unto God even to the ends of the earth. The Holy Spirit is the comforter, the paraclete, and the counselor of the believer.

Romans 8:26-28 highlights the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives:

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

All emphases in the above passage are mine.

We know God’s purpose for us through the Holy Spirit who reveals it to our hearts, we understand God through His spirit which enables us and reveals the deepest things of the earth to us.

The power of the Holy Spirit is the gateway to spiritual power, without which we cannot live our full essence as christians. Unless we have the Holy Spirit living inside us, we will succumb to the pressures of life and sin on the outside of us.

The dwelling place of the Holy Spirit is the heart of the believer, that is why in 1 Corinthians 6:19 the bible says

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own”

The Holy Spirit longs to dwell with each one of us and give us the full benefits of a Christian life. Until we make Him our closest companion, our lives in God are incomplete.

I hope that we begin to earnestly desire the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Imagine how much easier our lives would be if we had the Holy Spirit as our companion at all times. The good news is that we already do, we only need to spend more time in the scriptures which were inspired by the Holy Spirit, and let Him inspire our lives also.

Most of my thoughts in this post were inspired by the sermon titled “Who is Holy Spirit?” by D.K. Olukoya.


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Hey, my name is Alheri and I'm obsessed with Jesus. This blog is me keeping my promise to Him for answering a prayer. Purple is my favorite color and my favorite scripture is Jeremiah 32:27 which says "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?" (KJV) You can contact me at msalheri@gmail.com

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  9. Wonderful post Alheri! I am in a Bible Study by Beth Moore right now called, “Jesus the One and Only.” It also touches on the Holy Spirit and the Trinity. Such amazing grace we have been given and the gift of the Holy Spirit is almost too much to comprehend.

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  10. Do you believe that speaking in tongues in the only sign that the Holy Spirit dwells within us, or does God allow the Holy Spirit to communicate with us in a state we are comfortable in? Hopefully that makes sense.
    Every morning before work, I ask the Lord to have the Holy Spirit guide me throughout that day. However through my journey with the Lord, I haven’t spoken in tongues. Maybe I haven’t reached that point, if there is a specific point, or that is not necessary in my journey…

    Thank you for sharing the post,

    LovJas💞

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    • As I understand it from 1 Corinthians 12:4-10, speaking in tongues is only one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and that not everyone receives the same gift.
      “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; … To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.” (ESV)
      I am not sure if that helps at all?

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      • Yes, that is very helpful! Thank you for providing that scripture, but that was one worry I had: I’ve seen people speak in tongues and experience the Holy Spirit and I’ve even tried to clear my mind and allow God to speak through me too, but maybe I was trying too hard. Awe, I’ll see in the future.
        I’ll definitely be reflecting on that scripture though.

        Thank you!

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    • This will be quite lengthy but I am trusting you will read till the end. I don’t think Alheri actually meant speaking in tongues is the only evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Obviously, from scripture it is not. The influence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer goes beyond speaking in tongues but also includes it. And there are a lot listed in the new testament.
      Some ways the Holy Spirit helps the Christian is:
      1. Revelation and interpretation of the word of God – both written and living (Jesus). [2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 16:12-13; John 14:26]
      2. Through the Holy Spirit we are lifted unto a supernatural plane of living and get to taste of the power of the age to come. [Hebrews 6:4-5]
      3. In the place of prayer, He gives supernatural direction, power and ability when we pray. He does this through some of these ways but the list is not exhausted:
      – He comes to help us pray because we cannot pray. There are certain prayers we must pray but cannot pray because of our weak and finite minds, but the Holy Spirit helps us to pray in such times (mostly these are prayers of intercession). And until we’ve engaged in such prayer, we don’t birth certain things. This is a sacred experience every Christian can have. [Isaiah 66:8; Galatians 4:19]
      – He renews our mind, illuminates it and guides us to pray according to God’s will. Only a renewed mind can find out God’s will even in the place of prayer. [Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23]
      – He puts the right words in our mouth even as we pray.
      – In 1 Corinthians 14:2&4, Paul talks about an unknown language. This is a language not known to men. This is a language when spoken, only God understands (Such profound privilege). We share Gods secrets when we speak this language. We also edify ourselves when we speak this language. This language is tongues. This tongues (prayer language) is different from the gift of speaking in diverse kinds of tongues in 1 Corinthians 12. To not speak it is to miss all these benefits.
      – In 1 Corinthians 14:14, Paul states two important things: He speaks in tongues – which renders his mind unfruitful. He also prays with his mind in a known language. We must not use one at the exclusion of the other; they must go hand in hand for a rich prayer life.
      You see my dear, speaking in tongues might not be compulsory and it is not the only sign that you have the Holy Spirit, but it is very necessary for a deeper and richer spiritual life especially in the place of prayer.
      One way I’ve always used to explain the gifts of the Holy Spirit and our response to them (since I first heard it) is the imagery of the story of Abraham sending his servant to look for a bride for his son. When the servant found Rebecca, he gave her gifts right at the river, he gave her more when they went to her father’s house. All the gifts the servant carried were for the prospective bride and family. A refusal of the gifts – especially the first one would’ve been a refusal of the master of the gifts (Abraham and Isaac). Now Abraham in this story can be likened to God, Isaac to Jesus, and the servant to the Holy Spirit. Just as the servant went with gifts looking for a bride for Isaac, the Holy Spirit has also come with gifts to prepare the bride of Christ for Him – which is the church. Now you’ve accepted the first gift which is salvation so you’re now part of the bride of Christ awaiting His return for us. But apart from salvation, the Holy Spirit has a lot of other gifts for the bride – of which you are part – and you (the entire church for that matter) can choose to take them or not. They are for us. It’s not a matter of “whether or not it’s necessary for our walk or not ot whether we’ve reached that point or not”, because obviously it is. It is a matter of, will we ask for what is rightfully ours? Will we accept it if it is being offered? I think salvation is accepting the marriage proposal of Jesus Christ and that qualifies us for eternity with Him. But all the gifts are ours and intended for our enjoyment here onearth. So Instead of thinking and settling with the belief that you might not need it, I will encourage you to renew your mind and begin to think you need it and you deserve it. And pray earnestly for it. I trust God with all my heart to give it to you without hesitation. [Luke 11:13; Romans 8:33]

      Also on the possibility of God allowing “The Holy Spirit to communicate with us in a state we are comfortable in”… What I believe is the Holy Spirit is always moving. He’s been moving since the beginning and he hasn’t stopped. To keep in step with Him, we have to be moving too. He seldom relates to us in our comfort zones. Moving is not always comfortable and it is so in our relationship with the Holy Spirit. He will always stretch us and stretching is uncomfortable. So if we are looking to be in our comfort zones and still keep an active relationship with the Holy Spirit, I think we will lose Him and not even realize it long after he’s gone. He will always be calling us higher. He will always be calling us deeper. I pray that makes sense?

      Stay blessed!

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      • Thank you for the thoughtful response, it does make sense! I think I may not be ready, in terms of receiving the gift from the Holy Spirit. I understand I need to trust God through this uncomfortable stage; I haven’t truly surrendered myself and I think once I do, I will be ready for that gift.
        Thank you again.
        You stay blessed as well!
        LovJas💞

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