We closed the previous post stating that you can have the same relationship with the Holy Spirit that Jesus had with His disciples. A word of caution seems appropriate. You can fellowship with the Holy Spirit, but do not pray to Him. There is a difference between praying and fellowship.
We talk to the Holy Spirit about what we are studying in the Word.
We talk to the Holy Spirit about what we are cooking for dinner.
We talk to the Holy Spirit about our job assignments at work.
There are no limitations on what the Holy Spirit will discuss with you. The only requirement is for you to acknowledge that He is present and waiting to talk to you. Your first step into the spirit led life is to learn to look to the Holy Spirit and be humble enough to ask for His help.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:5 – 6)
You can allow yourself to follow the path laid out by your five physical senses or you can choose to follow the Spirit. He will never force Himself on you.
The way of the physical senses is taken by those who mind the things of the flesh (i.e., five physical senses). Paul calls this lifestyle “carnal,” and he tells us that it leads to death.
You can train yourself to look to the Holy Spirit first when making any decision. He is standing by, and all you have to do is ask for His help!
We will need to have three keys to meet our goal of unlocking the Holy Spirit’s ministry. They are 1) realize He is present, 2) reverence Him as a divine person, and 3) respond to His leadings. When you become established in these three areas, you will find yourself growing into full spiritual maturity.
Can you imagine what your life would be like if you were led by the Holy Spirit one hundred percent of the time? You would never make a wrong decision, cause problems in your family, or make any mistake. We will not reach that point in this life, but you can grow and improve your ability to respond to Him.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26 – 27)
The first of the three keys is recognizing that the Holy Spirit is with you. Doing this will require you to acknowledge that He is a person who is with you and longs to develop a relationship with you.
Notice that Paul references the “mind of the Spirit.” I said earlier that having a “mind” was one qualification needed to be considered a person. An inanimate object does not have a “mind,” but the Holy Spirit does!
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Romans 8:14)
You are a spirit, you have a mind, and you live in a body. The mind and spirit are two different things. Many people miss this fundamental truth.
I have heard people talk about the brain with reverence as if it is something more than a mass of flesh. It is incredible, but the brain has not produced amazing inventions like airplanes, the internet, or cell phones. Your brain is simply the physical organ that your mind functions through.
If a surgeon removed your brain, you would not lose your mind. You would just be unable to express your mind to those around you. People who have had a stroke or lost brain function due to an accident experience a loss of their ability to communicate but still have their mind, will, intellect and emotions intact in their soul.
Our brains will decompose in the ground when we depart to be with Jesus. Saved people will be in heaven, and their minds (i.e., soul) will be with them.
I remember feeling as if it would be impossible to put anything else in my brain while a student in college. Have you ever felt that way? The truth is that there are no limits to what we can learn or to how much information we can absorb.
The mind is a component of our soul. It will be with us throughout eternity. You and I will continue to learn even when we leave this earth!
The Holy Spirit has a mind. We looked earlier at Paul’s statement to the Corinthians in which he encouraged them to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14). How do we do this?
How do you fellowship with your friends, family members, or spouse? Doing so will require you to be in their presence or to have a connection via phone or something similar.
Words are important but mean nothing unless they are conveying thought. Communication will not occur if the listener does not understand the “words” we share. You may be clear about what you said, but communication did not happen if they did not know what was said.
The word translated “communion” in 2 Corinthians 13:14 means “a sharing in common.” You share with another person when you “commune” with them. Eating a meal with other people is an example. Each person sits together, and both eat from the food available on the table. Words are most often also shared while seated at the table together.
The Holy Spirit knows if we understand Him and receive what He is showing them. As you grow more aware of Him, you will increase your understanding of what He is communicating.
Let me ask you a question. What would happen if you were able to take your mind (not brain) and join it to the Holy Spirit’s? It would eliminate the need for spoken words because He would know what you are thinking without any need to express those thoughts.
It is possible to communicate whole realms of thought with the Holy Spirit in a split second. He has taken up residence in the spirit of every Christian. His mind has access to our mind and vice versa.
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. (1 John 2:20)
The Holy Spirit is inside of you. He will share His knowledge with you if you train yourself to look to Him.
People get into trouble when it comes to their relationship with the Holy Spirit by keeping their communication with Him in the physical realm. We are not talking about communications via an audible voice, so don’t look to hear one!
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