The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity of God. When we say this, He is part of the three-in-one God. We have God the Father and God the Son, both of which are difficult to forget. However, for some reason, we forget about the Holy Spirit.
We know from the Scriptures that the Holy Spirit comes into our lives at the point of salvation (Acts 2:38). However, how can we practically know that we have the Holy Spirit in our lives?
The Spirit shifts our focus from the sinful to the spiritual.
While once dead in our trespasses and sins, the Holy Spirit gives us life! He shifts our perceptions, our passions, our pursuits, and our purposes. We go from selfishness and sinfulness to selflessness and salvation.
Three Ways We Know Practically We Have The Holy Spirit:
- He COMFORTS us. This world is messed up. There's plenty out there to cause us anxiety, fear, and heartbreak. The same was true during Jesus' day. The disciples were about to have their lives rocked by Jesus' death. Yet Jesus had to go away so that the Holy Spirit could come. Where Jesus was God *with* us, the Holy Spirit is God *in* us. He will lead us to truth and show us what God is up to in the seasons to come. With the Holy Spirit, we have the comfort of knowing that God is in control and that He is working everything out together for our good - even when it doesn't appear that way at first glance. (John 16:7, 13)
- He CORRECTS us. The world isn't the only thing that's messed up. We are messed up. Even when we believe in Jesus, we are still subject to temptation. That's where the Holy Spirit comes in to prod us back in the right direction! We should not fear His correction. God's correction is simply a sign that God cares for us. When God corrects us, He's seeking to draw us back to Himself. This is a good thing. (John 16:8; Hebrews 12:5-6, 11)
- He CHANGES us. The Spirit accomplishes the work of our sanctification (our transformation process from the sinful to the spiritual). He enables us to grow out of sinfulness and into spiritual life! His work leads us to different changes in attitude, thought, and behavior. He turns us from wickedness to a life of worship. Each day, we take more steps towards what God intended for us through the Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22-24)
I'm not who I was, and I hope the same would be true for you. My hope and pray res that you are witness to a change being brought about in you, not by the world, but by God Himself through the Holy Spirit.
- If you haven't already, believe on Jesus. You can't have the Holy Spirit at work in you if you don't know the Savior. He came, died, and rose again for your sins. Embrace this reality.
- Have faith, not fear. God is in control. He is at work. You have a bright eternity in Him. Don't allow the foolishness of this world to keep you down. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
- Respond to correction with repentance. When God offers you correction, don't scoff at it. Don't just become sad. Allow it to draw you closer to Jesus, rather than push you further away from Him. He has your best interests at heart.
- Become more like Jesus. Embrace those attitudes, thoughts, and behaviors that make you more like Him. That is the ultimate goal - to experience life as close to the way God intended it as possible!