We closed the last post stating that the anointing is the Holy Spirit. When God’s power is in manifestation we are actually sensing a manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s presence among us.
When we experience joy or peace in a service or time of prayer we are sensing a person. This is challenging to our thinking because of tradition. Religious tradition has largely robbed the Church of an awareness regarding the Holy Spirit’s presence.
It is also challenging to our natural thinking that the Holy Spirit is referred to as manifesting in many different forms. We are always in the same body every time we see each other. He is a person that is described in many different ways.
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.
He appeared in a shape like a dove at Jesus’ baptism.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
He manifested as a mighty rushing wind on the day of Pentecost.
There are numerous other ways seen in the Bible. This is why many people are confused about Him.
The Holy Spirit is a person. He can manifest in any number of forms. Each one though is the same person.
A person has a mind, will, and emotions. The Bible attributes each of these to the Holy Spirit.
It will help us to keep in mind that the Holy Spirit is the second Comforter. Jesus was the first.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 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.
Jesus told His disciple that it was expedient (i.e., better) for them to have Him leave. The reason was that in doing so, He would open the door for the “other” Comforter to come. He was referring to the Holy Spirit.
Jesus’ relationship with the disciples is a picture of the relationship we can have with the Holy Spirit. He was the first Comforter. The Holy Spirit is with us just Jesus was with His disciples but He is also in us.
Did Jesus and His disciples spend time talking? The Holy Spirit will spend time talking to us.
Did Jesus answer His disciples questions? The Holy Spirit will answer ours.
One important point for us to consider is technically we do not pray to the Holy Spirit. Scripture instructs us to pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus.
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
There is a difference between prayer and fellowship. Prayer is a petition and fellowship is relationship.
We can talk to the Holy Spirit. He is standing by to help us in every area of life. Most will keep Him standing by though because they do no recognize His presence in their lives.
The Holy Spirit is a gentleman and will not force Himself into our lives. I’ve struggled with things in the past for days on end. Finally, at wits end I’ve cried out for an answer. In every case He would answer with a thought or prompting. The thing I had struggled with suddenly became clear. If I had just involved Him sooner my days of looking for an answer would not have been needed!
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
1 John 2:20
The Holy Spirit dwells in the spirit of every Christian. He knows everything about every subject and is available to help us at any time of the day.
One thing I struggled with early on is how it seemed that some people were helped by the Holy Spirit more than others were. These people were always testifying of His work in their lives. This bothered me because a lot of other people never experienced any help from Him. Over time I discovered the reason for this was that some had trained themselves to recognize His presence while others did not. He was just as available for the ones not receiving His help as He was for those who were.
The Holy Spirit is available to help us. We must train ourselves to acknowledge His presence in our lives.
The problem today is that far too many Christians are need led, problem led, or situationally led. This is not how the Bible teaches us to live.
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18
We cannot look to the things that are not seen without the Holy Spirit’s help. He is the source of all revelation knowledge and He is just waiting for us to look to Him for help.
Christians must learn to check with the Holy Spirit prior to making any decision or taking any action. This will require us to train ourselves to recognize Him; realize He is standing by and speaking to us; and respond to His direction. We will spend some time examining how to do this in upcoming posts.
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