When reflecting on my thoughts from the book, Forgotten God, I was faced with this question.
Do I know the Holy Spirit intimately?
We speak of knowing God, the Father, who created us, crafted us and guides us.
We speak of knowing Jesus, our Savior, who loves us, died for us and offers life-giving joy.
But what about the Holy Spirit? The one who fills us, dwells inside of us and has the power to perform miracles.
Have our lives been changed by the presence of God within us?
In Jesus’ final moments with the disciples, He promises the Holy Spirit.
When referring to the Holy Spirit, Jesus says,
“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” -John 16:7
As amazing as it was to have the physical, miracle-performing, love-filled, life-giving Jesus among them, Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would be better.
Do we live as if the presence of the Holy Spirit inside us is as powerful as Christ beside us?
Francis Chan says, “If we woke up tomorrow and discovered that it is not true that the Holy Spirit lives inside of us, most likely our lives wouldn’t look much different.”
On my best day, I’d like to say that mine would. But if I’m being honest, I don’t think I live out the power of the Holy Spirit as God intended.
I want the physical Jesus beside me.
I want an audible answer to my prayers.
I long for the tangible embrace and the actual miracles that Jesus provided.
The Power of the Spirit
But the Spirit within us has the power to do all these things and so much more.
The Spirit physically transforms us, allowing us to forsake our sinful desires and chase after our eternal purpose.
The Spirit puts to death our selfishness and replaces it with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self control.
The Spirit prompts us, nudges us and convicts us of the way that God intends for us to live.
The Spirit opens our eyes to the things that break God’s heart and the opportunities we have to be the love of God to those around us.
The power of God lives within us.
So Now What?
So how do we get to know the Spirit intimately? How do we access this power to transform?
It starts with prayer. We must pray for the Spirit to fill us and to work in us. Pray for our eyes to be open to the Spirit within us. Pray for the desire to know the Spirit.
As we pray, our eyes will be opened, our hearts will be awakened and we will become aware of His working within us.
The power of God lies within your very heart and begs to be known. As you seek to know the Spirit, you will become familiar with His speaking over your own.
In times when I was in close communion with God, praying hard over direction or guidance, spending more and more time reading Scripture, I began to see the difference in my voice and the Spirit’s voice.
I began to know what nudges against my heart were from the Spirit and which were from my own guilt, selfishness or desires.
As we pray to know the Spirit, we must also spend time with God in Scripture.
The Scriptures are a great way to get to know how God works and who He is. As you read the Word of God, you will begin to know Him more intimately.
And as we grow closer and more intimate with God, understanding more of who He is and how He works, we will also grow closer to the Spirit of God within us.
We become aware of what promptings the Holy Spirit will provide. Prompting us to serve, to love and to live for the glory of God.
I am embarking on this journey of getting to know the Spirit intimately. I want to know the power of God, the power of Christ, the power of the Spirit that lives inside of me.
I long to live out the Spirit’s love and transformation.
Will you join me on this journey?
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