He marks you as belonging to Jesus and protects your spirit so that demons cannot enter it.
He has been sent by Jesus to guide you in your Christian life as well as to empower you to do the work of The Kingdom of God!
He your teacher (Jn 15:13, Job 32:8) and prays for you when you do not know how or what to pray (Rom 8:26-27).
Without His guidance and empowerment you cannot live and mature as a citizen of The Kingdom of God.
Always remember that God is Love and The Holy Spirit is God so that all He does to you is done out of His Perfect Love for you. What He does and says is for your own benefit so you ignore Him to your own hurt and/or peril. Ignore Him much and you will Blaspheme Him and lose you r salvation.
If you trust God's Love you will unquestioningly do what The Holy Spirit says you are to do.
He is to be obeyed because He is God and not just someone who loves you. All He does is a result of His Perfect love for you.
The Holy Spirit - Is He personal?
Some people believe that The Holy Spirit is impersonal and does not guide people personally these days. Jesus said He would give each of His followers The Holy Spirit to:
Comfort them Guide them Teach them to
Enable them to do the work of Jesus
If The Holy Spirit is not a personal Holy Spirit talking to each one of us individually or is not able to do this, then Jesus lied and He cannot be redeemer as He cannot be a sinless offering. So we are back under The Law and the sacrificial system of God.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
If The Holy Spirit does not lead you how do you know what God wants you to do. Many things occurring these days are not in the Bible and there are no clear cut guidelines in regard to many other things if at all. An example is Denominations. These are not in the Bible. So if The Holy Spirit is not guiding you about things not in The Bible? Who is? It leaves only man or the devil or both.
This is why it is so important to be able to be guided by The Holy Spirit. So that you know what to do when a Biblical principle is not involved.
There are others who believe that the gifts of The Holy Spirit are not for to- day's church. That presents a problem as these are what we use to minister to others with. Jesus said the following in His Bible:
Rom 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Either the gifts are forever or Jesus is a liar and cannot be our redeemer. If he has lied, He also cannot be a sinless offering and Lord and thus cannot be saviour.
There are also those that say they were only for the early Church. History shows them being used after 500AD so this is incorrect.
The Bible states that everyone is given something of The Spirit (a spiritual gift) so that the presence of The Holy Spirit is shown in that person and the person can minister to others on the behalf of Jesus.
1 Cor 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
The Spirit is also to guide us into all truth and was given to us by Jesus to do that. If He is not a personal Spirit communicating directly with us He cannot do that. That makes Jesus a liar, the Bible in error and thus not inerrant. If it is not inerrant then we cannot trust it for anything let alone salvation.
Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but what- soever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Either this is true. Or it is not!
The Holy Spirit and the Citizen of the Kingdom of God
You are never alone as He lives in you. All others on earth may reject you or desert you but He will never leave you or give up on you unless you reject Him completely. If you reject Him He has not left you but you have left Him.
He is a gentleman and a servant. He is gentle and will never force you to do anything but will gently guide you into God's Will. He is a servant as He humbles Himself to guide you and meet any of your needs that you let Him meet (and a few you do not know about), but only in accordance with The Will of God.
'Sons of God'
Those who are in a righteous (correct) relationship with Jesus, (guided by The Holy Spirit) are called "sons of God" (Rom. 8:14). This refers to being adopted by God as a 'son' or 'daughter' of His with all the rights of His natural born son, Jesus. Jesus calls us family (relatives by adoption of His Father). Accordingly, God looks after us as His son/daughter because we love His natural born son, Jesus.
What Father, who love his child, does not provide for their needs. The Father has given us Jesus, as well as everything we need to be able to get in to a righteous (correct) relationship with Him and The Father. What more can He give us but the physical and spiritual things we need to live and do His work. This He promises and does (see Mat 6:33 for the conditions of this provision).
So remember your relationship to God as an adopted son with all the rights and responsibilities of an adopted son and as long as you trust His love you will be content with what He does to and for you.
His Work in a Believer
The presence of The Holy Spirit in your spirit marks you as belonging to God
His presence sanctifies you (1 Pe 1:2). It sets you apart for God and His Purposes and this should be shown by your lifestyle which should show the Fruit of Holy Spirit and the attitudes of God in you, as well as the holiness that sets you apart for God and His purposes which show that you belong to Jesus and His Kingdom.
His presence shows you are justified (in a correct relationship) with God (1Co 6:11). He declares you are worthy to approach God because you are righteous (in a correct relationship with God) through faith in Jesus and what He taught and did at Calvary.
His presence renews and regenerates you (Tit 3:5). He restores you to a correct lifestyle when you decide to follow Jesus and renews you when you fall away into sin if you repent and once again wholeheartedly try to follow Jesus as your Lord. Deliverance may be necessary to do this
His guidance matures you into the image (character) of Jesus as you follow what He teaches you as well as your letting Him work in you to change your attitudes and habits (2Co 3:18). Hence the warning in Gal 3:3;
"Are ye so foofish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made per- feet by the flesh? (through man's reasonings of what things shoufd be)”
His presence bears fruit in you (Gal 5:22,23.) I will deal with the fruit in detail later as it is how you represent the character of God in this world.
His presence in you allows God's goodness to be directed towards you and guides you to the correct relationship with God necessary for this to happen (Eph 5:9).
His presence gives you the patience to pursue complete righteousness (the relationships you have with Him) in faith. (Gal 5:5).
God's Love is in The Holy Spirit and His presence in you allows God's Love to be in you and not just directed towards you (Col 1:8).
This is the difference between a Christian and non-Christian. A Christian has God's type of Love in them because The Holy Spirit is in their spirit. A non-Christian can only have God's Love directed to them and cannot really display it to others in the way a Christian can.
His presence gives you joy and peace
As you labour as a citizen of The Kingdom of God (Rom 14:17)
Through His power working in and through you (Rom 15:13)
Even in trials (1Th 1:6)
His presence stops you being sensual (Jud 1:19) enabling you to avoid the lusts that attempt to snare you (1 Jn 2:15,16).
His presence strengthens the inner man (Eph 3:16) so you can do the things God wants you to do.
His presence guides you to understand the truths God desires to teach you so you can love others truthfully and not from wrong motives (1 Pe 1:22, Job 32:8).
His presence in you helps deliver you from trials (Phi 1:19) as He sustains you and guides you through them so you complete them and are delivered from them.
His presence removes you from observing the requirements of The Law (Gal 5:18) as you are now under the forgiveness Jesus obtained for you at Calvary so you are no longer under The Law but under The Grace of God (Acts 15).
He marks you as belonging to Jesus
The Father adopts you as His own child and sends The Holy Spirit to mark you and evidence this (Rom 8:15) and because of this adoption you have access to The Father (Eph 2:18).
His presence in you also places God's type of Love in your heart so you can show it to all (Rom 5:5). This goes with the new spiritual heart you are given and occurs because The Holy Spirit sheds God's Love into your new spiritual heart.
He guides you in worshipping and obeying God (Phil 3:3) so that you have no trust in fleshly ways of doing things. Remember, worship is by the way you obey Jesus in all you do and The Holy Spirit Guides us in this.
He keeps (protects) the good things of God in you that God has committed to you (2 Tim 1:14)
He lives in you and shows by this you belong to Jesus (Rom 8:9)
He brings back physically dead people to life (Rev 11:11).
He unifies the body of Christ and builds it into a place for God to live in and use and by your unity with the 'Body of Christ' shows that you are living as you should in relation to God (Eph 2:22), (Eph 4:3), (1 Jn 4:13).
You have the Earnest (God's guarantee) of The Spirit to indicate God has bound himself to you. An earnest is something of value given by one person to another to bind and evidence a contract (2 Cor 5:5). There is nothing you can give God to show this relationship except your Love and Obedience. So once again (in His Grace) God in His Love to you give you something tangible to evidence this relationship (The Holy Spirit).
The Holy Spirit lives in you showing that you are God's Temple (1 Cor 3:16).
There is a warning not to defile the Temple of God in us you (your spirit) which is where the Holy Spirit resides (1 Cor 2:17). You have the Holiness of God in your spirit which should fill you with awe and make you want to separate from you all that destroys this Holiness. You are also not your own to command as Jesus has purchased you with His Blood (1 Co 6:19) and you should flee that which tries to make you reject the rulership of Jesus.
If you obey and serve Jesus (guided by The Holy Spirit), you are rewarded with everlasting life as well as other rewards in heaven. (Gal 6:8).
He fellowships with us (relates intimately with us)
Through fellowshipping with The Holy Spirit we fellowship with each other (Phil 2:1) as true fellowship is only in the unity the Holy Spirit provides. If The Holy Spirit is not in charge of fellowshipping then it is only socializing.
He motivates people (not forces them) to confess Jesus has come in the flesh and by this show they belong to Jesus (1 Jn 4:2-3) and can fellowship with each person in God and each other.
He helps us with our problems when we do not know what to do as He knows what God desires and can intercede on our behalf with God for what we need (Rom 8:26,27) to deal with our problems.
The Holy Spirit is the most intimate person we can fellowship with as His presence is in our spirit - the core of our personality and being.
He guides and teaches you
The Holy Spirit in you verifies you area child of God by adoption and shows this by leading you in your daily life, if you allow Him too (Rom. 8:14,16).
The Holy Spirit in you also guides you in what you should be accepting as inputs into your life (Rom 8:5).
He talks to you in a way you can hear. Usually by placing: thoughts, emotions, sensations or feelings in you (Heb 3:7).
He also talks to churches if they will listen to Him (Rev 2:29).
He tells the future, when you need to know it, and warns you of danger (1Ti 4:1).
He inspires people to write about the things of God (2 Pet 1:21, Job 32:8) The Holy Spirit gives you visions of spiritual things (Rev 4:2).
He reveals the deep things of God as He knows the mind of God (1Co 2:9). He reveals what God has freely given you (1 Co 2:12).
He reveals The Father and gives you knowledge of Him (Eph 1:17). He reveals The Gospel and empowers the presentation of it (1Th 1:5).
He revealed the suffering and Glorification of Jesus before it happened (1 Pe 1:11).
He teaches you how to compare spiritual things with each other (1Co 2:13).
He teaches you the Mind of Christ (1Co 2:16).
When He guides you, you can tell of mysteries of God (1 Co 14:2). This occurs when you are "in the spirit" (guided by The Spirit) (Rev 1:10).
He Prays for You
The Holy Spirit prays for you when you do not know how to pray (Rom8:26-27). His presence is in you and can see your every need as well as know them because He is God and knows everything. What an amazing thing. The God of this universe is praying for you. And this is why we know all things work for your best. God is praying for you and God is waiting to answer that prayer in accordance with His will and you know that He desires only what is best for you.
The Holy Spirit is our comforter
AV-comforter 4, advocate 1, (summoned, called to one's side, esp. called to one's aid J. In the widest sense, a helper, succourer, aider, assistant one who, (in a sense, goes through trials and joys with you as He goes through your life residing in your spirit.
of the Holy Spirit destined to take the place of Christ with the apostles (after his ascension to the Father, to lead them to a deeper knowledge of the gospel truth, and give them divine strength needed to enable them to undergo trials and persecutions on behalf of the divine kingdom
We are in a spiritual battle and need a spiritual guide and helper to fight our spiritual enemy (Satan). One who can see into the spirit world and tell us what is happening as well as what to do about it The translation 'comforter' identifies The Holy Spirit as the spiritual helper sent to help us fight this spiritual battle and who intercedes with God for our need (Rom 8:26,27) when we do not now what to pray.
He is the one that walks with us through the highs and lows of life. Helping us in times of trial to correctly deal with them so that we will successfully endure them.
He is a gentle servant waiting for us to ask for help and also working on our behalf to guide us to deal with and repel the enemy's attacks.
Witnesses to God and Jesus
He witnesses Jesus has come to earth and died in a human body (1 Jn 5: 7-8).
He witnesses to the trinity in Heaven (1 Jn 5:7)
He gives you the knowledge and understanding to call Jesus your Lord. (1 Cor 12:3).
He bears witness to the truths in your conscience as you speak about Jesus (Rom 9:1).
He unifies the body of Christ and because of this you are able to have fellowship with God and others (1 Cor 12:13, 2 Cor 13:14).
His Love and Presence brings unity (Rom 15:30). There is only one Spirit, one faith, one body (Eph 4:4) and one gospel (Phil 1:27).
He assists in preaching the Ministry of The Kingdom
He empowers the presentation of The Gospel and works with you so you will present the Gospel with heavenly wisdom and not just man's reasonings (1 Cor 2:4, 1 Pet 1:12).
He reveals the Gospel (the good news of what God has done for you (Eph 3:5).
He assists in preaching The Gospel, evidencing the truth of the preaching with signs and wonders (Rom 15:19).
He gives Spiritual Gifts to the followers of Jesus (1 Cor 12:4-11), for the purposes of confirming the Gospel (Heb 2:3,4), and establishing the followers of Jesus.
He empowers you and matures God's quality of Love in you, as well as a giving you a sound mind because of the truths of God in you (1 Tim 2:7).
John 16:8-11 He convicts people of sin
He convicts people they have fallen short of the requirements of God and are in rebellion to Him and are also not following Jesus as Lord of their life.
He convicts people of their incorrect relationship with God and that eternal life is found in a proper relationship with Jesus and The Father (Jn 17:3)
He convicts people of the judgment of Satan and his kingdom and that there is a judgement of those who reject God and are by default members of the kingdom of Satan.
It is The Father who gives a person an understanding of their need of Jesus and draws people to Jesus. Once they accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour then The Holy Spirit takes over and ministers to them.
His work in nonbeliever or backsliding Christian
We see in the lives of these people nothing happening. But in reality The Holy Spirit is trying to convict them of their wrong doings and rebellion against Jesus and their need to repent and seek Jesus. We need to have faith in The Holy Spirit and His working as He is God and He is doing the best that can be done to draw these people back to Jesus. We need to be patient and conduct spiritual warfare in the way He instructs us to fight against His enemy. So that the enemy cannot interfere in the work of The Holy Spirit in these people.
He is patient. It is we who are impatient expecting Him to work overnight and to do miracles. We need to have faith in His working and His doing what is best and just wait in this faith for Him to do what He can with these people. We are also to be available when He asks us to do something in regard to them.
What is your role in evangelism?
You are to be available for The Holy Spirit to speak through you the words He needs to express so He can use these words to convict people of their need of Jesus and of going to hell if they do not Follow Jesus. If He does not do this through you then you do it through the wisdom of man and men's words and not the Power of The Holy Spirit.
You are to be available for The Holy Spirit to use to show the authority of The Kingdom of God over the kingdom of Satan (through signs and wonders empowered by The Holy Spirit).
He does not need to use you to do this but does so for your benefit.
How are we to love he Holy Spirit?
We are to love Him in the same way He Loves us or we will not exhibit His type of Love, the Love God has for us. His Love for us is greater in degree but not in quality. In other words He has a greater capacity to love than we have but it is still the same principles and type of love being exhibited by Him that we are to show in our relationship to God, ourselves and others.
How are you to show this love?
You should rejoice God's presence is in you and that He relates to you in a personal way, teaching, guiding and empowering you in all you do.
The peace you have no matter whatever happens because you trust the relationship you have with The Father and Jesus as guided by the Holy Spirit.
The patience you show as The Holy Spirit teaches you and guides you to be like Jesus and live as Jesus desires you to because you Love Him and Jesus.
The tenderness in which you relate to The Holy Spirit, because of your love for Him and His love for you in serving you, even though He is God.
Seeking what is best for The Kingdom of God as you respond to the guidance of The Holy Spirit out of love for Him.
Trusting The Holy Spirit (and thus Jesus), in all that He asks you to do on the behalf of Jesus.
In humility and awe serving The Holy Spirit in the knowledge He honours you by His presence in you.
Moderation in all you do to reflect the character of God in all you do. Our of love for The Holy Spirit and His love for you (shown to us by His presence in you to guide and teach you personally) is the motivation for doing what He asks you to do and accept what He teaches you.
In otherwords, exhibiting The Fruit of The Spirit.
The way of the person who expresses God's Love to he Holy Spirit
A person with God's Love trusts God's timing of events
They are respectful of The Holy Spirit and will serve Him and will do whatever He asks them to do for Jesus.
They do not envy the gifts others have as they believe each is given the necessary gifts they need to serve God where they are at in their Christian walk and that others with different service to God will naturally have different gifts to them. They appreciate the fact God has given them gifts so they can even serve Him.
They realise in their self they have no power to express the gifts or power of God. So they do not promote their own abilities but promote what God has done through them.
They do not bring The Holy Spirit into disrepute through inappropriate attempts at expression of the gifts or miracles, but only express these as The Holy Spirit directs them. Any other way is from their flesh and they will fail to please God and the incorrect expression of these will be brought into existence by Satan.
They do not seek their own recognition or promotion at the expense of that of The Lord Jesus knowing full well they only able to do things because The Holy Spirit empowers and allows them to do these on behalf of The Lord Jesus.
Because they serve Jesus and are led by The Holy Spirit as they do this they realise that when people attack their service they are really attacking God so they give to Jesus their vindication and do not attempt to vindicate them self (Mat 25:40).
Because they see people as God sees them they do not seek evil in people but look for the good in them as well as how they are to serve people (as shown to them by The Holy Spirit).
They delight when God, His Kingdom and His Principles are promoted as they rely on The Holy Spirit to guide them in these and in the recognition of these things.
The do not complain when others ridicule or criticise them for expressing their faith as it is guided by The Holy Spirit and God is the only judge they are concerned in pleasing and not man.
They have a positive attitude to what The Holy Spirit is doing in their life and the life of others and assist others in their spiritual walk, guided by The Holy Spirit in this
They seek to serve others in their spiritual growth in the way God guides them too and are servants to others just as God is to them.
They have a correct relationship with The Holy Spirit which allows The Holy Spirit to empower them, guide them and express to others God's requirements of their service.
The Holy Spirit is a person and unless you love Him as you love Jesus and The Father you are bringing Him into disrepute and not living, loving and relating to God as you should.
The only reason you can love with the same quality of Love that God does is because The Holy Spirit changes you to be able to do this.
The only reason you can exhibit the Fruit of The Spirit in your life is because The Holy Spirit guides you how too.
The only reason you can understand spiritual things is because The Holy Spirit teaches you how too.
The choice to listen to The Holy Spirit and put into practice what He teaches you is yours alone. You will have no one else to blame for not putting into practice what He teaches you.