And I will ask the Father and He will give you another counselor to be with you forever. (John 14:16)
This week we’ll focus on one of the most important but misunderstood (at least by me) topics in the Bible: The Holy Spirit.
Some quick facts to get us started . . .
The Holy Spirit is a person. It’s critical to understand that the Holy Spirit is a person — not an “it” or some impersonal force that we can manipulate. He has a mind (Romans 8:27), emotions (Ephesians 4:30) and will (1 Corinthians 12:11).
The Holy Spirit is God. He’s part of the Trinity, along with the Father and Jesus (Ephesians 4:30). He’s omnipresent, eternal and loves us more than we can possibly imagine.
What does the Holy Spirit do? The Father sent the Holy Spirit to help us live the Christian life. The Holy Spirit lives in us (1 Corinthians 6:19). He guides (John 16:13), teaches (John 15:26), leads (Romans 8:14), warns (Acts 20:23), assures (Romans 8:16), helps (Romans 8:26), convicts (John 16:8-11), gives us spiritual birth (John 3:5), prays for us (Romans 8:26) and makes us holy (1 Corinthians 6:11).
What do we do? That’s the simple part: just let Him fill you. Here are two of my all-time favorite verses:
- “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18)
- “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.” (Romans 8:9)
The Christian life isn’t a formula — it’s a relationship. Don’t go it alone. Get to know the Holy Spirit. Talk to Him. Let Him teach you and guide you. Ask Him to fill every nook and cranny of your life — your thoughts, emotions, work and relationships — so that His love can flow out of you and into the world around you.