Do you know the Holy Spirit as a personal friend, who is with you wherever you go?
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to do for us everything He would have done if He were still here in person. Jesus told His disciples:
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:7 NKJV)
In His human form, Jesus trained the twelve disciples and other followers. It would have been impossible for Him to train the millions of disciples who would come into the Kingdom of God later. For this reason, Jesus said He would send another Helper, the Holy Spirit, who would take His place in training God’s people. He teaches all things concerning the Kingdom of Heaven and the role we are to play in God’s work here on earth.
The disciples were familiar with the Holy Spirit because they had seen Him at work through the ministry of Jesus. This is why Jesus said:
“But you know Him, for He dwells with you and shall be in you.” (John 16:17 NKJV, emphasis mine.)
It’s important for us to get to know the Holy Spirit, this Helper from Heaven, on a personal basis. We get to know Him through the New Birth because He is the One who causes us to be born again after we’re saved. We can get to know Him on a deeper level through the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. We can also get to know Him more by fellowshipping with Him on a daily basis. The Apostle Paul referred to this relationship when He wrote:
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:14 NKJV, emphasis mine.)
The Holy Spirit wants to fellowship with us! He desires to share every detail of our day, and help us with everything we are doing. He wants to also teach us how to work in harmony with Him and rely on His strength, not on our own. The Lord put it this way:
” ‘Not by (your) might, nor by (your) power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6 NKJV, parentheses mine.)
The Lord doesn’t want us to rely upon our own strength. He wants us to depend completely upon His Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who will lead us and guide us. He will also empower us to do what we could not do in our own ability. God can accomplish what looks impossible through those who rely completely upon the Holy Spirit!
The King James Version translates the word fellowship as communion: “The communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14 KJV). We cannot have communion with the Holy Spirit without communication. He speaks to us and we must also speak with Him. This comes through tuning our spirits to hear His voice and by asking Him for leading and direction. Some people stumble over the idea of speaking to the Holy Spirit, but He is a person and we can speak to Him. He will speak to us in many different ways and we need to learn how to discern His voice. This comes from spending time with Him – and lots of it!
The Holy Spirit is our personal instructor in God’s Word. Jesus told His disciples:
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26 NKJV, emphasis mine.)
God wants us to open our Bible every day and ask the Holy Spirit to teach us from it. We will be amazed at what new insights He will show us in God’s Word. He has many things that He wants to impart to us so that we might reach new heights in Christ.
The writer of Hebrews also wrote:
“But solid food food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their (spiritual) senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:14 NKJV, word in parentheses mine and emphasis mine.)
We are all aware of our physical ears, but we also have spiritual ears. If we learn to exercise our spiritual senses, we will discern the voice of the Holy Spirit. When we recognize His voice, we need to pay attention to Him and do what He tells us to do. If we are found faithful in obeying Him in little things, He will entrust us with bigger responsibilities. This is the kind of relationship that the Holy Spirit wants with us!
You are holy, dear saint!
Have you discovered that you can have an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit? Let me know in the comments below!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]