“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.”
See God’s heart.
- John 14:15-17 “If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.”
- Romans 5:5 “And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”
Know it for yourself.
- John 14:26 “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”
- John 16:7 “But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.”
Live it out.
- Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, through Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
- 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts, He alone decides which gift each person should have.”
The Holy Spirit is God’s spirit, working in the believer’s life, empowering them to follow Jesus and to be like Him. The Holy Spirit enables us to produce Christ-like character but also empowers us with spiritual gifts to impact other people’s lives (see 1 Corinthians 12:4-11).
Throughout the beginning of time, the Holy Spirit has been at work. He was involved in creation and even in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is our helper and will never abandon us. He is wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the spirit of the fear of the Lord (see Isaiah 11). He wants to speak to us and reveal to us how we have been made right in God’s sight. It is the He who testifies to our hearts that we are children of God. But it’s also the Holy Spirit that empowers us to communicate to others what Jesus Christ has done for us. His spirit is poured out to equip us and to empower us to destroy the works of the devil. Sin, sickness and disease are not from God and God’s Holy Spirit will help you navigate through life like a compass. There are times we may face trials in life, yet the Holy Spirit is faithful to help us even in our weakness. You are not alone, He lives inside of you and wants to rest upon you. When you turn your affections towards the Holy Spirit and what He has done for you, the He will clothe you with the heavenly assurance that you need.
See God’s heart.
After reading the scriptures, write down how the Holy Spirit revealing Himself to you.
Know it for yourself.
in what areas do you feel the Holy Spirit transforming your heart? (e.g. You may have felt hate for people before you gave your life to Jesus but now you feel love and compassion for them. That is the Holy Spirit working in your life.)
Live it out.
True meditation is not emptying yourself but being filled with the Spirit. The bible teaches us, that we are to “meditate on God’s word day and night” (Joshua 1:8-9) for success in Him. As we meditate on what God has spoken to us, He gives us the courage to go on adventures we would not have the courage to go on our own.
Daily meditation: Every day, get alone for 5 minutes. Close your eyes and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you. Pay attention to your imagination and what is happening in your heart. Some of the ways He may speak to you are through pictures, impressions, His word, feelings, memories, ideas, His still, quiet voice speaking to your heart and mind.
After these 5 minutes, write down (in a journal or your smart-phone) what He has shown you and then ask Him to confirm what He has showed you through the Bible. This will ignite faith in your heart, that you do hear His voice. Learning to hear the voice of God does not come through “trying extra hard” but through trusting that He wants to speak to you. Be still, and know that He is God.