KNOWING THE HOLY SPIRIT.........And His Works in our Lives

The Holy Spirit is a real living personality, not a force or a dove, etc. The Holy Spirit speaks to us every day.  He spoke to Peter, while he was still thinking about the vision, he had.  The Spirit said to him, "Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.

The Holy Spirit guides us when we yield totally to God and trust His word. The Holy Spirit is a divine personality, who has a definite function in the midst of men.  He is assigned to guide the sons and daughters of God.  He shows us the way to go; what to do and what not to do.  When you are led by the Spirit of God, you cannot miss your way.  He tells you even whom to marry and who not to marry, where to work and where not to work.  

We will look at the Holy Spirit from the following aspects: 
1. The Holy Spirit is eternal, He has no beginning and no end. 
2. He is the promised of the Father.
3. He is the Voice of God that instructs and guides us daily. 

Everywhere on earth, the Holy Spirit is at work and no matter where you are, you are not alone, the comforter is with you. The Holy Spirit reveals the things to come in your individual and family life.  He also reveals things about your friends, their true 'colours' and so on.  Can I say to you, that until you know who your friends are in the spirit, you do not know who they are in the spirit?  I remember how I used to be carried away by people pretences, especially people that appear holy, but the Lord will always tell me to watch those people closely and before long, I will discover the person is not a child of God they claim to be.

Who is the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person in the God-head.  He is the Executive Director of God's operation on earth according to Genesis 1:12; 16:8-11.  The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and God (Acts 5:3-4).  He is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father, and the Son, so He is not a stranger to the things of God, neither is He inferior.

The Holy Spirit is a person with emotion, intelligence, feeling, and will.  He can be offended, grieved and even insulted.  The Holy Ghost is not an influence or a force, He is a separate personality from the Father and the Son.  He has personal and divine attributes, which can be seen from scriptures:
He has the ability to think or reason according to 1 Cor 2:10-12: " But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.  For what man knows the things of a man except for the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 

The Holy Spirit has emotions with the ability to feel things.  He can love-Rom15:30, He can be grieved, and He can even be tested according to  Acts 5:9: God.  Then Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out." 

The Holy Spirit can be resisted, lied to as in the case of Ananias, and his wife in Acts 5:5.  The Holy Ghost can be despised and blasphemed as in Mark 3:29-30.  He speaks, testifies, teaches, guides and intercedes on our behalf.

Divine Attributes
The divine attributes of the Holy Spirit include:

1. He has eternal nature - This means that the Holy Spirit is not a possessed being.  He existed with God the Father from the beginning, and as the scriptures say in Genesis, the earth was without form and void, until the Spirit moved upon it - Genesis 1:1-4
2. He is Omniscient - He knows all things Luke 2:25-32
3. He is Omnipresent - He is capable of being everywhere at the same time 1 John 5: 7-8
4. He is Holy - He is the Spirit of holiness that consecrates believers in Christ, reproving us of sin, reminding us of our sins and urging us to make amends.  He works in us to see our faults and behaviours that are against the will of God, and against the Word of God.  He separates us from the world.
5. He is Omnipotent - He is powerful - Romans 5: 13-19

His Works in the Life of Believers

With respect to a believer, the Holy Spirit assures you of your Sonship in Christ and continues to help you to be like your Master, Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit fills the Believer with the Spirit of Christ and such a believer's heart and thinking will change from the canal to spiritual.  There will be a change of heart and thinking from bad to good.  The Holy Spirit does more things to the believer:

He fills them
One of the greatest works of the Holy Ghost on man is the filling of a man with the Spirit of God.  That filling is not for fun, rather it is for the man to be able to transform and fit for the work of God.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit, and the work of the flesh cannot be transformed into the spirit.  The works of the flesh can never please God, neither can it be made good in the spirit.  We cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven through the work of the flesh.

God is not man, and He cannot be served or worship carnally.  Whether you are a Pastor or church member, God will not recognize our works, including your prayers, until it is done through the leading of the Holy Spirit. God only recognizes works done, preaching and teachings did according to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Believers who want to experience the glory of God should patiently wait on the Lord and be filled with the Holy Ghost, studying the word daily and praying.  Waiting on God and being filled is a virtue that cannot be misunderstood.  

Jesus Christ waited for 30 years of His life to begin His ministry, though He was born of the Holy Spirit.  He did not start the ministry, immediately He was born,  He waited for the right time.  He waited for the forerunner, sent to go before Him, John the Baptist to be revealed by God from the wilderness.  John was in the wilderness studying the word and preparing, until he heard the word of the Lord in the wilderness, asking him to show himself to the people and to start preaching and teaching the word of God to the people. 

And so, when John started preaching and baptizing people, Jesus went to him to be baptized by him.  Immediately after the baptism, the Spirit of God descended in a bodily form unto Him and He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness and thereafter for the rest of His life on earth, Jesus was led by the Spirit in everything He did, no wonder why, all He did was accepted by His Father. 

In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus Christ declared:  "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind.  To set at liberty those who are oppressed;  To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."  Even Jesus Christ, the creator of heaven and the earth waited to be filled by the Spirit, and He depended on the Spirit of God for everything He did, then we should know that all things indeed should depend on the leading of the Spirit of God.  

Jesus told His disciples not to leave Jerusalem until they have contacted the Holy Ghost.  In Acts 1:4-8, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me;   for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."  Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"  And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.   But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." 

Jesus is our only example of how to serve God.  He was born of the Spirit, He was also guided by the Spirit and when He was about to depart, He told His disciples to wait for the Holy Ghost, and that it is until then, they can witness Him in Jerusalem, Judea, and the entire world.  If we ignore the Holy Ghost, whom Christ depended upon, we cannot render acceptable service unto God.  In our work for God and services to Him, if we wait for the leading of the Holy Spirit, study the Word and pray in faith, the Holy Spirit will manifest in our works and our works will be fruitful.  Let us be filled by the Holy Spirit always, and be led by Him as sons and daughters of God.

Your comforter and Helper

The Holy Spirit is around you, to comfort you when you need comfort.  He is around you to teach and guide you.  The Holy Spirit is also an instructor of truth, He gives you specific instruction that will give you the edge and advantage over the enemy.  The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the All-Knowing God. He is the revealer of the deep secrets of the kingdom of heaven, the mysteries of God and the word of God.

The Holy Spirit is our helper in prayer - for we know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit directs us on the areas to pray.  Not only that, the bib;e says the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  When you accept the leading of the Holy Spirit and obey His instructions, you will succeed in anything you are doing - Business or carrier.  He will tell you what to do for the business to success, how to do the work and assignment given to you.

When you pray under the leading of the Holy Spirit, you may not necessarily pray too many prayer points.  This is because the Spirit will direct your mind and open your spiritual eyes to the target areas, where you should direct your prayers to.  The Holy Spirit can also give you some prayer points to pray.  This is why I don't always include prayer points for people to pray.  If you have a relationship with the Holy Ghost and you are depending on Him in your prayer, He will guide your prayer and give you the necessary prayer points to pray.

As a child of God, when you begin to pray, you should be sensitive in the spirit to discern when the Holy Spirit is impressing an area of concern to you and what He tells you to pray about.  The moment you can capture those moves, your prayers will be answered speedily.

The All-knowing God

The Holy Spirit knows everything.  He is the Spirit of wisdom and knowledge. He is the power of the Highest.  The Holy Spirit is the commander of God’s operations on earth, being the God with us.  He is the promise of the Father that should come.  He is the power behind the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The bible said “But when ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost comes upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

The Holy Spirit is the power behind successful evangelism and revival, the arrowhead of every good work of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  When the Holy Spirit comes upon any man, the strength and power to witness Christ comes spontaneously on that person.  It is the Holy Spirit that sends forth Evangelists to the field, to witness and win souls and so, even though zeal is important and very good, it not enough guarantee a successful outreach.  You need the Holy Spirit commission and sending forth if the effort will yield meaningful results. 

In Acts 13:2, the  Holy Spirit spoke to the Church to separate for Him Barnabas and Saul for the work wherewith He has called them…. It is the Holy Spirit that calls us to ministry.  
The Holy Spirit is the indispensable companion for a believer, for He is the Spirit of God and God Himself.  He is also our friend, who can eliminate every giant in our life, and as such our eternity could be determined by our response to the Holy Spirit. 

Nothing is hidden from the Holy Spirit and nothing can be hidden from Him, so wise people do not play games around the Holy Spirit because of the dangers of such a pastime.  In Acts, 5:3 gave us the account of Peter, Ananias, and his wife, Peter asked Ananias “why has Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?” This was a strange encounter when Ananias lied to the Holy Spirit and paid the price of the costly error of lying to the Holy Spirit with death. Within a space of three hours after the death of the man for lying, his wife came into the house, and echoed the same lies as her husband and also died.

He Transforms your Life
The comforter promised is also our Boss in the faith and Helper of destiny.  He is the Holy Spirit, Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient, God, Himself.  Whenever we seek the Holy Spirit, we will find God and by learning about the Holy Spirit, we know God Himself. If we seek the Holy Spirit, He will speak to us as He speaks to the Church and we will hear Him clearly.

The Holy Spirit is willing to renew you.  He will give you the power to do more than the ordinary in life and ministry. When He dwells inside of you, light has come, joy unspeakable and peace of the Lord has come to you.  He marks you for God and the devil and his agents cannot do anything to you again.  The Holy Spirit seals you and you are clothed with Christ according to Galatians 3:27-29.

The Holy Spirit is ready to indwell in you after repentance, but you must be Holy for Him to stay. He is a Holy Spirit and cannot dwell in a filthy and dirty vessel. Holiness and purity is important to have the presence of the Holy Spirit with us as well as to operate in all the gifts of the spirit.

If you desire to live holy, righteously and do the Will of God, you need the Holy Spirit.  He is the one that empowers us to do exploits in the kingdom with His gifts.  When we receive the Holy Spirit, it is easy for us to manifest His gifts that will move us from one level to another. 
The Holy Spirit is ready to renew you, give you a heart of flesh, restore your prayer life and give you the hunger or grace to do His will.  But you will have to say yes to Him.

Let us seek the Holy Spirit and we will find Him, our Helper and Comforter and our lives will never be the same again. Let us look briefly in the Word of God and see what it says about the Holy Ghost.  In summary:

His Works in the life of a Believer

With respect to a believer, the Holy Spirit assures you of your Sonship in Christ and continues to guide and advise you concerning your ways that are not godly, inspiring you to make amends and be like your Master, Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit fills the Believer with the Spirit of Christ,  and when the Spirit fills you, your thoughts cannot remain canal or evil.  There will be a change of heart.  You will begin to see things differently and behaviour and speech will also change.  The Holy Spirit does more than filling the believer, His works in the believer include: 

1. Teacher and reminder - But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

2. He helps us to pray -  He helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

3. When we allow Him to reign in every area of our life, then we will freely manifest the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.

4. When we repent of our sins and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of our life, the Holy Spirit enters into our hearts.  Apostle Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

5. After receiving Christ, and the Holy Ghost, our body becomes His temple as 1 Corinthians 6:19 puts it - Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

6. It is the Holy Ghost that gives us the boldness to witness Christ to people around the world. As Acts 1:8 puts it - But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

7. He sanctifies the Believer and set him apart to live holy and pleasing life - 2 Thess 2:13.

8. He  seals the believer for future glory Eph 1:13

9. He abides continuously with the Believers John 14:6

10. He gives us the power to obey the truth irrespective of the cost of such obedience, and the power to mortify the deeds of the body according to Romans 8:13
11. He strengthens us in the inner man and empowers us to impart truth to others.  This is why everything a believer achieves is what he received from the Holy Ghost, and no one should boast.


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