The Holy Spirit is not a force or influence in our lives. He is a person that desires to have a relationship with every Christian. In addition to being a person, He is the third member of the Godhead.
We should rely on the Holy Spirit to teach us and to show us things that are ahead of us as we move through life. He is the one who will reveal the truths of Scripture to us and He will bring those truths to our remembrance when they are needed.
Christians have the Holy Spirit with them every moment of the day. To say that we do not remember something is equivalent to admitting we are not depending on Him. He is interested in every detail of our lives regardless of how trivial we may think they are.
Have you ever lost your keys when you needed them the most and ran around your house digging through everything to find them? We all have and the sad thing is that the Holy Spirit knew where the keys were while we ran around like a crazy person. If we had just taken a moment to stop and ask Him where they were, He would have gladly shown us!
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
1 John 2:20
The word “unction” means a special anointing or “enduement” of power. We have an anointing in our lives that enables us to “know all things”. This knowledge is not in our brains. It is in our spirits and it is available for us to tap into.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Our spirit knows all things. The Holy Spirit was sent to lead us into that truth and explain it to us. Every Christian should be walking in supernatural revelation but most do not simply because they do not recognize the Holy Spirit’s presence in their lives.
We have all had moments in which a decision was made that logically was the correct one but something did not feel right about it. When this decision did not work out for us, the usual response is to say that we knew something wasn’t right! It was the Holy Spirit showing us the decision wasn’t right but we did not acknowledge His direction.
How many of us consistently trust the Holy Spirit to guide us in every decision? Unfortunately, the answer is that only the minority of Christians live this way. We all must develop in these things and the first step is to recognize His presence and willingness to help us.
There are some who teach that being led by the Holy Spirit requires us to bypass our brains. This is not true. Being led does not mean we do not use our natural senses. It just means we recognize that there is more to life than what we perceive with our five physical senses.
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
The Holy Spirit was sent to “lead” us into “all” truth. He was sent to serve as our guide in life and it is unfortunate that the majority of us will never look to Him.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
He was sent to lead us, guide us, and instruct us. Most of us go about our own way doing our own thing. We tend to look to Him only when things are going downhill and we’ve messed things up. In His mercy, He will help us correct our mistakes but there is a much better way to live!
I think that one of the greatest tragedies today is how few Christians are able to recognize the Holy Spirit’s presence in their lives. He was sent by Jesus to lead us and guide us in every step of our lives but the majority leave Him standing by waiting for them to acknowledge that He is with them.
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is a prayer language that enables us to pray in the Spirit as He provides us utterance. We will discuss this gift in much more detail at a later point in our study. For now, though we see that Jude tells us that we “build” ourselves up by “praying in the Holy Ghost”.
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
Jude tells us that we “build” ourselves up by praying in the Spirit and Isaiah tells us that the gift is our source of spiritual rest. I believe that it would be impossible for a Christian to be depressed or discouraged if they would just yield to the Holy Spirit and practice this one gift.
I have heard people ask God to help them walk in love. This is not a Biblical prayer! Jude tells us that it is our responsibility to keep ourselves in the love of God. We do this by praying in the Spirit. Christians struggle with walking in love because they are not spending time on a daily basis praying in the Spirit.
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
God’s love was imparted to our hearts by the Holy Spirit when we invited Jesus to be the Lord of our lives. Walking in it will require us to “keep” ourselves in it by spending time praying in the Spirit. It is up to us to experience the love of God!
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