The Holy Spirit is a person that we can have a relationship with but He is also just as much God as the Father and Jesus are. He can be as real to us as any other person in our lives.
We can develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit that is more real than any other relationship in our lives. It is in this relationship that we will find the answers to our questions.
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
1 John 2:20
This unction is the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He knows everything about everything in our lives and is available 24/7. We have access to His counsel and guidance at any time of any day and will always find Him patiently waiting for us to look to Him.
The unction John wrote about is the anointing accompanying the Holy Spirit’s presence. The anointing cannot be separated from Him and in a sense we can say He is the anointing.
Christians pray and cry out to God for Him to send His power. He is living inside of us but we must learn to look to Him. The one thing about Him is that He is a gentleman and will never force Himself into our lives.
The power is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. When the power is present in a service it is because we have made room for Him to move. This will require us to learn how to yield to Him.
Many people try and set the rules for a service. Churches will have the worship team approve song sets prior to service and have little flexibility for a change. They pray for Him to move but want to set the rules and this will never work.
I have heard people talk about experiencing the peace of God during a time of prayer. They were sensing Him. The more time we spend developing our relationship with Him the more aware of His presence we will be.
Many people struggle with the idea of having a relationship with the Holy Spirit. They view Him as an impersonal force but He is so much more. He is a person that is described as manifesting in many forms.
And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.
There are many more passages that describe Him. We see Him in one as a dove and in another as fire. There is so much more to Him than how He manifests in our midst.
Regardless of how He manifests, we must always remember that He is a person. I have heard people question how this could be with the ways that the Bible describes His manifestations.
One thing that has really helped me to understand Him is keeping in mind that He is the second comforter. Jesus was the first.
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Jesus said that it was expedient for us that He leave. The word expedient means better. He was the disciples comforter while walking on the earth but today the Holy Spirit is ours.
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.
Jesus prayed for the Father to sent “another Helper”. This helper is the Holy Spirit. I think that is important for us to notice that Jesus described the Spirit as “another Comforter”.
So what kind of relationship can we have with the Holy Spirit? Since He is the other comforter that Jesus prayed about we can assume our relationship will be just like that which Jesus had with His disciples.
Jesus was the first comforter. We are going to spend time in our upcoming posts looking at our relationship with the second Comforter.
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