Many people in the spiritual world don’t know what this means. The Holy Spirit is a powerful force God (YHWH- His name) the creator of heaven and earth uses to communicate with people. His name is not easy to pronounce, but in English it is translated as Jehovah, in Hebrew it is translated as Yahweh. This is the name He revealed to the early prophets, such as Moses, Abraham etc.
Jesus (Yesuah) explained in John 16, the purpose of the Holy Spirit.
- To preach the truth
- To counsel us
- To convict us of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness
- To remind us of judgement
- To guide us in all truth
- To strengthen our faith
- To encourage us
God put a conscious in every one of us, in regard to the knowledge of good and evil, which happened in Eden. We are all aware of two voices speaking to us, in regard to sin. One says, do the right thing as opposed to the other.
The Holy Spirit as Jesus says, convicts us of sin, and reminds us to do the right thing, especially where God and Jesus are concerned.
In Galatians 5:22, we learn more: that the Holy spirit produces love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in a believer. Note: A believer who is obedient gains much joy in Christ and will be saved.
Jesus said, the Holy spirit can only operate through him, therefore pointing us to all areas of righteousness, e.g. praying, reading his word and putting it into practice, encouraging each other in meetings, etc.
The Holy Spirit will always remind us to be obedient to God and Jesus. God and Jesus are attached 100%. Obedience to Jesus is obedience to God.
The Holy Spirit also opens our minds to understand the Bible, to prophesy, and reminds us, that salvation (forgiveness of our sins) is only found in Jesus Christ and Christianity. As you can see, the Holy spirit is using me in this blog to prophesy (meaning to tell the truth about God). Salvation is found in one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 3:12. Jesus also says, anyone who asks God for the holy spirit, will receive. And you can only receive if you obey. Acts 5:32.
Jesus says, if you love me you’ll obey what I command. And I’ll ask the Father, and he’ll give another Counsellor (Holy Spirit) to be with you forever. The Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name will teach you all things, and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14
The Holy Spirit does not make people fall over, nor does it make a preacher blow and make people fall on the ground. People fall because of imbalance and emotions, which also happens at weddings. I know this will surprise some people who believe this is the case. How do we know this? Because of the scriptures, e.g. fruit of the spirit above. There is nowhere in the Bible that supports falling over. The idea of falling over is a man’s idea, it is not God’s will. I’d advise anyone who practices this to search the scriptures for themselves. A preacher who uses this tactic is sending out a message that they have power, or has a misunderstanding. I’m not judging because I know some people believe that’s what they should do. However, I’m just stating out a fact which other Christians are concerned about. God wants anyone who preaches to portray a humble attitude; to put the congregation above themselves. For God wants us to worship in truth, peace and order.
Jesus did something we believers have to learn from, especially if you are in leadership, or are among the sheep (followers). To wash each other’s feet (serving one another with a humble attitude, and doing acts of kindness). John 13:12-17.
God used the Holy spirit to do miraculous wonders, like making the disciples speak in different languages, so that the listeners would understand what was being preached. Acts 2. Nowadays, we learn all kinds of languages through education, part of the reason is to preach the gospel to the world. For example, English has played a major part in various parts of the world.
And this is the issue, it is impossible to be a Christian/born again without the Holy Spirit. John 3:5-8. When we receive the Holy Spirit, our mind and actions change to the godly guidance. The word gets into our mind, and we get moulded by God through the Bible and the Holy Spirit. The Bible also gives us a clue, after Baptism, which is pledging a good conscious before God, we receive the Holy spirit. Acts 2:32-41.
In Romans 8:1-17, it says, those who live according to the sinful nature have set their minds on their sinful desires, but those who live according to what the Holy spirit have set their minds on what Jesus and God desires. And those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. Any one who does not have the spirit of Christ does not belong to God.
For this to happen, it all depends on your heart. When we have a good heart we seriously listen to God and Jesus.