The Holy Spirit Within

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (John 14:17)

Jesus told His disciples that the Holy Spirit would be with them and in them. He was talking about the day that we live. If you are a Christian then the Holy Spirit is in you and He is with you. If you are not a Christian then simply ask Jesus to save you and He will. He does not require a complicated prayer.

Dr. Kenneth Hagin used to say that we should become more God inside minded. In other words, we need to become more aware of the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us. We often are intellectually aware or other people’s opinion aware when we need to be aware of the greater one living in our spirits.

The Holy Spirit lives inside of us. He should be just as real to us as any other person around us. Recognizing His presence is one of the major keys to unlocking spiritual growth. Far too many of us shut the Holy Spirit out of our lives because we are not recognizing His presence in our lives. He is a gentleman and will not force Himself upon us. We have to invite Him to have an active role. He is waiting for that invitation!

The Holy Spirit tries to guide us but we shut Him out and do not recognize His guidance. We don’t do this maliciously. He is being shut out of the majority of Christian’s lives because they have no knowledge of Him as a person. They think of Him as some force that flows in our meetings instead of a knowable person.

There are people who will look for some spectacular sign to show that they Holy Spirit is present. They seek a sign, hot flash, or even a cold flash and are disappointed when they do not get these things.

We have the Holy Spirit living inside of our spirits. His leads us through our spirit. If we are not spending time in prayer and meditating on the Word of God then we will struggle with identifying His guidance. The Bible tells us that it will be impossible for us to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6) and faith is built on the Word of God. If we have not spent the time to meditate in the Word until it has become revelation then our focus will be on the natural realm and external leadings.

Our lives will be totally transformed if we can just learn to be led by the Holy Spirit. I was faced with a difficult choice about one year after I became a Christian and no one had taught me how to be led by the Spirit. I went to my pastor and the counsel he gave me was not from God. Following his advice led me into a disastrous series of consequences that nearly ended my life. We can all look back and see points where we’ve listened to people instead of turning to God. People may get something from God for us but it will always be a confirmation of what He has already given us.

We need to learn to trust in our ability to hear from God. Young Christians will often let other people talk them out of what they have in their spirit. When my pastor gave his counsel there was a scratching inside of me that made it very uncomfortable to follow his advice. I spoke to him about this and he said it was a result of my spiritual immaturity. In hindsight it is clear now that the scratching was a result of the Holy Spirit trying to guide me away from the pastor’s counsel. A person could be right the majority of times but still get it wrong but the Holy Spirit will never get it wrong.

I am glad that we live in a covenant where each one of us can have a personal relationship with God that is not based on our position in the Church. Everyone of us can approach the throne of God boldly knowing that we will be accepted because of the blood of Jesus!

As we close this point let me say once again that you can hear directly from God. You can be led by the Spirit of God and can increase in your relationship as you spend time with Him each day!

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