I was originally an atheist and therefore my knowledge of God let alone the bible or even the Holy Trinity was a biased point of view, my Family had passed down to me. Therefore when I became a Christian in 2006, I learnt about the Holy Spirit and even though I had met him a few times during worship and/or prayer, it was a very limited relationship.
I thought that the spirit was Gods “helper” and it was Gods way of communicating with us (through our spirit and his Holy Spirit.) Although this is true in one way, I have since found that the Holy Spirit is the person that we turn to for help, protection and guidance.
He is just as powerful as God and Jesus Christ because they are one being. So why do we not give him the respect and love the spirit deserves?
The Holy Spirit has also been on the Earth since creation began (Genesis 1:2) God was our creator but in the verse it was the spirit who was on Earth to create everything that God spoke.
Foremost, we need to be careful not to grieve the Holy Spirit. In both the Old Testament and the New Testament, there is scripture warning people against this. In Isaiah 63:10, it says “they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy” and in Ephesians 4:30 it says “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” It is so important, that this message is reiterated in both parts of the Bible.
It is also the only thing that is unforgiveable in The Lords eyes. Mark 3:29-30 “But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.” That is how important the Spirit is.
How do we grieve the spirit?
You must first understand “to grieve” indicates the Holy Spirit holds a personality. Only a person can be grieved; therefore, the Spirit is a divine person in order to have this feeling.
Secondly, to “grieve” the Holy Spirit is to obstruct a godly life; for instance when a believer sins against God and follows his or her own worldly desires. The correct path is the one that leads the believer, closer to God. So by living like the pagans (Ephesians 4:17-19), by lying (4:25), by being angry (4:26-27), by stealing (4:28), by cursing (4:29), by being bitter (4:31), by being unforgiving (4:32), and by being sexually immoral (5:3-5) is to grieve the Spirit. So – to act out in a sinful way, whether it is in thought or in both thought and action.
In the Old Testament, Moses received direct communication from God Father (Exodus 3:6) He was guided by him. In the New Testament, God Jesus taught the disciples (Gospels) In modern day society – we have the Holy Spirit!
Jesus promised the Spirit to the disciples in John 14:15-17 “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you”
Although the Holy Spirit is powerful and divine, he is also patient and waits for you to welcome him into your life. He will then transform you and if allowed, a relationship with him will develop like none other, to guide you. 2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
God gave us free will and therefore we can either follow the world that we live in today or follow the will of God “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” Galatians 5:16-18.
How do we know when the Holy Spirit is speaking to us?
Read Romans 8:16 “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” You KNOW when the spirit is trying to tell you something because he speaks right into your own spirit.
The Holy Spirit has many roles to play in our lives and he will continue to help us in many ways if allowed. For example (this is not an exhaustive list)
- The Spirit guides us into all truth (John 16:13)
- The Spirit leads us (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:18; Matthew 4:1; Luke 4:1)
- The Spirit empowers us (Luke 4:14; 24:49; Romans 15:19; Acts 1:8)
- The Spirit distributes spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4, 8-10; Hebrews 2:4)
- The Spirit gives us access to God the Father (Ephesians 2:18)
- The Spirit teaches us (1 Corinthians 2:13; John 14:26)
- The Spirit gives us joy (1 Thessalonians 1:6)
- The Spirit comforts us (Acts 9:31)
- The Spirit helps us to pray (Romans 8:26)
In my previous Church (before we moved to New Zealand) I used to say the following scripture at the end of each service:
2 Corinthians 13:14
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
For seven years I spoke those words and didn’t really digest what that scripture meant. If you break down each part of the verse, it again proves what I mentioned earlier – that the Holy Spirit is the one who is with us today.
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ” – this occurred when Jesus died for me.
“And the love of God” – I know God loves me because he sent his only Son to die for me.
“And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” – Fellowship in the dictionary says: synonyms of companionship and friendship.
The Holy Spirit is here and we can have a personal relationship with him NOW.
All you have to do is ask.