But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
– Hebrews 11:6
It will require faith to develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit. You must believe that He is with you and available to spend time with you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (James 4:8)
The Holy Spirit has filled you with His presence. James tells us that He is waiting for us to draw near to Him. He will reveal Himself to you if you acknowledge His presence and begin to seek Him.
I have heard people say that they do not believe prayer will help them. They do not think God will respond to them if they seek Him. Religious tradition has robbed people of any hope that God desires to help them or provide for their needs.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)
The Greek word translated “communion” could also be translated as “fellowship.” Fellowship is not one way. It requires interaction from each party involved in the relationship. The Holy Spirit desires to have fellowship with you!
Fellowship is not one way. In other words, it will require you to listen while the Holy Spirit is talking, and He will reciprocate by listening when you speak. I am describing a relationship that you can experience with the Holy Spirit.
Religious prayer consists of us talking to God without giving Him time to respond. It is different than the relationship He desires to have with you. The Holy Spirit longs to spend time with you sharing the mysteries of your Father’s kingdom. You must acknowledge His presence and be willing to spend time quietly listening to Him for this to happen.
Relationship prayer is different. We talk, and He listens and then responds. It is different from the religious variant because it consists of two-way communication. I believe God’s primary goal in Jesus’ redemptive work was to restore humanity to a relationship with Him.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. (Romans 8:16)
Many people seem unable to overcome their lack of understanding of how the Holy Spirit communicates. Paul provides us insight in this verse. He tells us that the Holy Spirit “bears witness with our spirit.”
The word that will unlock your understanding of the Holy Spirit’s leadings is “witness.” Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are born again. Every person who has received Jesus as their savior has experienced the Holy Spirit’s “witness” at least once. He continues to lead us using this, but our lack of understanding in this area keeps us from successfully following His leadings.
I was driving to a meeting several years ago and sensed the need to turn left out of my neighborhood instead of turning right. A right turn would take me in the direction of my destination. I was running late and scheduled to speak. Turning left would make me even later. There was no logical reason to travel in a direction that would take me further from my destination.
Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit will “witness” with our spirit. The urge to turn left is an example of how He does this. I navigated into the left turn lane as the light changed to green. My lane remained red as the traffic light had a left arrow. The car behind me turned right just as another vehicle ran the red light and smashed into them! I was protected from an accident by following the Holy Spirit’s witness!
The Holy Spirit does not bear witness with our reasoning or intellect. He does not guide us through our feelings. Our relationship with Him is through our born-again spirit. Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 that we are to be “transformed” by renewing our minds. Christians struggle in our relationship with the Holy Spirit due to not renewing our minds to the Word of God.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
I have observed over the years that prideful people struggle the most in their relationship with the Spirit of God. They are so attached to their intellect and think much more of themselves than they should. These are usually the people with the least amount of spiritual understanding!
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. (1 Corinthians 1:6)
It is not our job to convince anyone or prove that God exists. Our job is to share the truth that God has called us to teach. Even the Holy Spirit will not “make” us believe anything. He works in line with the Word of God and will convict people in line with it but will never force anything on anyone.
Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. (Proverbs 14:7)
I used to jump into any argument involving the truth. There is no truth outside of God’s Word, and I struggled with understanding how anyone could believe otherwise. The Holy Spirit has helped me understand that my job ends with the delivery of the message. It is His job to convince people of the truth.
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (James 4:6)
Our desire to “prove” what we believe is rooted in pride, and this is something that God hates. We will never meet a person who knows everything! Delivering the Holy Spirit’s message asks us to share, and then walking away requires humility. Doing so requires us to acknowledge that we are limited and need His help.
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