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Understanding The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

Understanding The Holy SpiritUnderstanding the Holy Spirit

In the churches, we talk a lot about the Father and the Son, but almost nothing is taught about the Holy Spirit and that is why many churches are dying spiritually because they have not understood that the Holy Spirit is not something but someone. The Understanding of the Holy Spirit many people have is very shallow which is preventing them from experiencing the fullness of the power that comes from the Holy Ghost.

If today there is so much preacher and shepherd diverted from sound doctrine and so many sheep (believers) without understanding, it is because they have turned their backs on the Holy Spirit and this is the grave sin of the church of these last times.

The Holy Spirit is transcendental in life and, even more so, in the ministry of all those who love and serve God. It is impossible to do the will of God and, much less, to develop a ministry without the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, the concept of “Holy Spirit” has been so decontextualized throughout history, that the church itself, perhaps, has lost “the north,” has lost clarity and doctrinal conviction about that wonderful “person” called Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is a powerful and mysterious entity. It is the third person of the Trinity, which also includes God the Father and Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit has many different roles in our lives, such as giving us spiritual gifts and guiding us on our spiritual journey. In this blog post, we will be discussing in detail who the Holy Spirit is, and what is His role in our lives as believers.

Who is the holy spirit?

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity that reveals Jesus to us at salvation. He transforms us and helps our spiritual life. He dwells within believers, giving them power for Christian living, teaching them all truth (John 14:26 ), giving them the ability to know what is pleasing to God (Romans 12:18), keeping them ready for Christ’s return, and guiding Christians into all truth.

The Holy Spirit also changes people by changing their desires from earthly things to spiritual things. The Holy Spirit can change how a person reacts when they come across something that may have been displeasing to God.

The role of the Holy Spirit is very important in our Christian faith because He is our guide on this spiritual journey by helping us to know and understand God’s will for our lives; helps us love others whenever we forgive.

What does it mean to have the holy spirit?

To understand what it means to have the Holy Spirit, we need to first understand what the holy spirit is. As mentioned in this blog post, it gives us spiritual gifts that help guide and comforts us throughout our faith journey.

To have the holy spirit is to be in a relationship with God, which will always lead to the most important and fulfilling life we could ever have.

The role of the holy spirit in our lives:

  • The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts such as wisdom, prophecy, knowledge, and faith.
  • The Holy Spirit guides us on our spiritual journey.
  • The Holy Spirit helps us to know and understand God’s will for our lives.
  • The Holy Spirit helps us to love and serve others.
  • The Holy Spirit helps us when we are in need or in difficult times, such as sickness or persecution.
  • The Holy Spirit helps us to understand and live out the gospel.
  • The Holy Spirit helps us understand spiritual gifts that guide our faith journey. – It also comforts us during difficult moments by giving hope and revealing God’s love for each one of us.
  • The Holy Spirit helps us to be kind and gentle even when we are hurt or angry.
  • The Holy Spirit comforts us in times of sorrow, gives hope during difficult moments, and reveals God’s love for each one of us.

Symbols Of The Holy Spirit

  • How the holy spirit is like water:

We drink water every day; it sustains our physical life but also supports other aspects of who we are-our thoughts, emotions, and experiences. The holy spirit is like water in our lives, too. It sustains us spiritually and helps all aspects of who we are-our thoughts, emotions, and experiences.

  • How the holy spirit is like a dove:

In the story of Jesus’ baptism, a dove descended and remained with him to show that he was God’s chosen one. The Holy Spirit is like this dove because it descends on us and remains with us as we accept Jesus into our lives through faith in Him.

  • How the holy spirit is like fire:

We often speak of God’s love as a “consuming” or “unquenchable” flame. The Holy Spirit can also be understood this way because it transforms people and sustains their spiritual life.

We can describe the Holy Spirit as “burning” or “a flame of fire,” reminding us that God gives warmth when we are cold and light when we are in darkness.

The Holy Spirit can also be likened to a flame because it burns brightly and brings life, warmth, enlightenment, and purification.”

This means we should not quench or ignore that light or allow it to go out for fear of darkness.

  • How the holy spirit is like oil:

The Holy Spirit is often referred to as the “oil of gladness,” reminding us that it gives joy and hope.

  • How the holy spirit is like the wind:

The Holy Spirit is like the wind in that it can be felt but not seen. It’s often described as a “gentle” or “softening” force that moves us to repentance and encourages us during times of trial.

  • How the holy spirit is like cloud and light:

The Holy Spirit can be described as the “cloud of God’s presence” because it often provides comfort and guidance. It is also like a light in that it shines on everything, enlightening our minds with understanding.

  • How the holy spirit is like the sea:

The Holy Spirit is often likened to the sea because it’s deep and wide, always moving. It’s also like water in that it refreshes us spiritually.

  • How the holy spirit is like a garden:

Because it’s fertile and fruitful, the Holy Spirit can be likened to a garden with fruit-bearing trees. It also reminds us of “a strong wind blowing through” because it’s restless or uncontrolled by man.”

  • How the holy spirit is like an oil lamp:

This metaphor refers to how every believer has been anointed with the Holy Spirit.

  • How is the Holy spirit like the hand of God:

The Holy Spirit is often compared to the hand of God. It’s like a mighty arm that never tires, always reaching out and giving us what we need.

 Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Bible

The gifts of the Spirit according to the book of Romans 12:6–8 was given for the building up of the Church and the edification of the members. These gifts could be divided into three unique categories according to their operations. They are 1. The Gifts of Revelation, 2. The gifts of Power, 3. The Gifts of Inspiration.

1. Gifts of Revelation:

  • The word of wisdom

The word of wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit that is given to believers and allows them to have a deep insight into God’s truths. It often helps people in making decisions about their lives, careers, and relationships. The word of wisdom also helps with finding solutions for problems that might be affecting one’s life or other areas such as finances or family matters.

  • The word of knowledge

In this case, a person will be filled with information that God wants to share about someone else’s life.

A word of knowledge can be used in ministry to help people feel closer to God and also as a way for the individual who received it from God to show others that they have been blessed with this gift. Some individuals will share words of knowledge during Bible study sessions or at church, while others may only use their insights in prayer to pray or heal them with the laying-on of hands. Believers may also speak in tongues after attaining what they believe is an answer from God during Bible study sessions.

  • The  gift  of discernment of spirits

The discernment gift helps us to understand things that are not readily apparent, and offer clarity. This spiritual gift often operates on a subconscious level and can operate via dreams or visions, as evidenced by Joseph’s ability to interpret Pharaoh’s dream in order to save Egypt from famine.

  •  The word of wisdom

is the ability to discern and apply biblical principles in order to make wise decisions

The gift of tongues is a supernatural, non-verbal language used for sharing one’s faith

The gift of wisdom word of knowledge

How can I express my spiritual gifts?

You should pray about your gift. Pray and ask God what He wants you to do with them. If possible, share your gift with others.

2. Gifts of Power:

  • The  gift of faith

The gift of faith is a spiritual power that enables us to have complete trust in God when we cannot see Him. It can work on both an intellectual level, as evidenced by Peter’s proclamation “Even though I do not know the man Jesus very well, after seeing him die so sad and terrible death for me-I will still follow him ” (Acts. 21:18), and on a physical level, such as when Jesus healed the man with leprosy without touching him by saying “I want to make you clean” (Luke 17:14-19).

  • What does the gift of healing do?

The gift of healing is given to those with a strong faith and can be used in order to heal others who are suffering from an illness or injury. The Bible also mentions that this particular spiritual gift might not always work, implying that it’s more likely for the person who has the healing gift to heal themselves.

  • Work of the gift of miracles

The work of the gift of miracles is to do miracles. These are unexplainable things that happen in order for someone’s faith to be strengthened. For example, an amputee can miraculously feel their missing limb or a body part when they have this spiritual gift active and strong. The Bible talks about how Jesus healed people with this particular gift.

3. Gifts of Inspiration:

  • Work of the gift  of prophecy

This spiritual gift helps people who are in need by giving them messages from God when they’re at their most desperate and hopeless point. The Bible talks about how Jeremiah used this gift to prophesy about the future of Israel and Judah.

  • Work  of the  gift of diverse kinds of tongues

The ability to speak in tongues is a spiritual gift that gives believers the power and understanding of languages they have not previously learned. Christians who practice this are able to preach the gospel, pray for healing and deliverance from evil spirits with those who do not share their native language.

  • Work  of the  gift  of interpretation of tongues

The gift of interpretation of tongues, also known as the gift of languages or glossolalia, is an ability to interpret a language that one does not know in which it is spoken. This spiritual gift has been much less common throughout history than it once was and is now primarily used in a personal prayer context.

The 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit

The 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The Bible tells us that these are the gifts of God’s Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit cultivates these fruits in us to live a fulfilling Christian live

A fruit is something that you enjoy eating or having in your house because it looks nice. These fruits represent a good way to live life in accordance with the word of God in the Bible.

  1. What is love?

Love is not an easy word to describe. There are many different definitions of love, and everyone has a slightly different perception of what it means. When the Bible talks about love, it talks about agape or self-sacrificial love. This type of unconditional love for other people is one way Christians can show their faith in God by loving others.

The fruit of the spirit is love, and it’s something that Christians should be cultivating in themselves every day to help people as much as they can! Love is a hard thing for some people to understand but when we live according to God’s word, then our lives will show those around us what true unconditional love is.

Love means being kind and gentle to others – even when they’re not easy to be around, love still requires us to show that we care for them in some capacity. It also means forgiving those who have wronged you because bitterness will only keep hurting you more than the other person! Love doesn’t mean always being happy and smiling; it means that sometimes you have to put your feelings aside for the sake of others.

Love is not just something that Christians should be showing towards God, but also those around them who are in need. We can show love in all sorts of ways by donating to a charity that we believe in, giving money or goods to those less fortunate than ourselves, and praying for our neighbors so they know that someone cares about them, etc.

Description of love according to 1 Corinthians 13

Love is passion, not a feeling. It’s the power that brings two people together in marriage to be one flesh and have children who will carry their legacy into future generations. Love can be seen as an act of service because it gives when you don’t want to or need to give; love knows no bounds so long as it’s for the other person.

Love is more than just words and feelings because love never fails, it always endures. Love will never be taken away or destroyed by anything in this world; not even death can separate those who are joined together through God’s powerful act of love: marriage.”

Love is the greatest of all things. It’s not just an emotion or a feeling, which means that when we get angry or frustrated; it doesn’t mean anything. When love happens in our lives, it renews us and brings healing to the brokenness inside us that happened long ago. Love changes everything about who you are – how you see yourself and how you see the world.

And genuine love is so much more than just words or feelings; it’s an action, one that shows up in ways big and small. Love doesn’t always need to be spoken because it gives when we don’t want to give anymore. Love sacrifices for another person even if they haven’t asked for anything. Love springs up in the most unexpected places, like when someone is sick or struggling and we’re able to be present with them.

Love has a way of healing hearts that have been broken from so many different things: divorce, addiction, abuse – anything that leaves scars on our soul. It’s always there for us no matter what, treating each scar and each broken place with an understanding that no one else can.

Love is the only thing in this world worth fighting for because it’s what we need to be whole again. It’s not a feeling or words; it’s everything about who you are – how you see yourself and how you see the world.”

When we have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness… these all flow out of us naturally. These are fruits that can be seen on the outside as well!

Read also: The fruits of the Spirit

  1. Joy

Joy is the feeling of pleasure, happiness, or satisfaction from something we enjoy. It’s also a deep sense of well-being and contentment. Joy can be expressed through joyous laughter, smiles, singing and dancing for no reason at all.

The Holy Spirit sends out joy like a shower of rain. Joy is that feeling you get when everything’s going right, and all your worries are gone for the moment. It’s what makes life worth living! The Holy Spirit is always sending out joy, and we can choose to receive it in our lives.

Joy can be seen in Psalms 133: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! … There the Lord commands a blessing, life forevermore.”

“But the joy that is full of sorrow that’s not what I call joy. The true joy comes from God and lasts deep inside.” (John 15:11)

“For the sorrow that is now will be turned into joy, and what you mourn for will disappear.” (John 16:20)

The fruit of the spirit is joy. It’s a deep and abiding sense of cheerful enjoyment of life. This is not to say it’s always easy to experience joy in the midst of life’s difficult circumstances, but the fruit of joy does give you strength for whatever comes your way.

Joy makes a difference because when we’re joyful, we can’t help but see the goodness all around us. It’s like there are these great big rainbows arcing through our days and when we’re joyous, every day is a good day.

We must remember that even in times of trouble or sorrow, God wants to be with us as His spirit dwells within us. Have you ever noticed that when our hearts are troubled, the Holy Spirit still speaks peace to us? As we walk in joyful obedience to God’s Word and release His joy into this world, He will bring fruitfulness and life-change.

  1. Peace

Peace as a fruit of the Spirit is often misunderstood.

There are many misconceptions about what peace really entails as well as how it impacts those who experience it. We need only look at some words from C.S. Lewis to help us better understand the scriptural context of peace:

“I am trying here to pursue a line (already laid down by the ancient Fathers) which may lead us, through what may seem initially paradoxical and even alarming statements about peace, into regions of Christian experience where we can find true rest.”

He continues: “The peace I am talking about is not an absence of fighting but a thing far superior to that, namely the presence of God in my soul”

A common misconception surrounding peace is that it represents the absence or avoidance of conflict. This was derived from misinterpretations and misapplications as related to the aforementioned quote. It is not that peace does not have to do with conflict, but rather that it transcends and includes all of our experiences.

Conflict can be a good thing as long as we don’t allow it to swallow us whole. If handled well, conflict becomes an opportunity for growth – something that binds people together in a positive, inclusive way.

Peace is not just quietness; it’s a state of well-being and tranquility. The peace that Christ offers us does not come with the world but from above. When we have peace, our hearts are at rest which takes away worry, anxiety and fear. (Philippians 5:7)

Peace is the feeling of safety, security, and calm. It’s about giving up your worries to God so you’re at ease all the time when he takes care of things instead. (Philippians 14:27)

Before life can be full of peace amidst trials and difficulties, such life must at first be at peace with God. Because without that, you can’t be at peace with yourself, nor the people around us

  1. Compassion or Kindness

Compassion is the Holy Spirit’s fruit of kindness. It can be described as a deep empathy for someone who has been hurt or mistreated. Compassion makes us want to reach out and help that person in any way we can, including encouraging them with words, gifting them resources like food and clothing, or simply showing our support.

The bible describes compassion as “suffering with another”- whether that be emotional or physical suffering, and the people who demonstrate it often do so at great cost to themselves. We can see this in Jesus himself when he wept for Jerusalem knowing what was coming (Luke 13:34) because of his deep empathy for them.

It is important to note that compassion doesn’t come from a sense of superiority; instead, it comes from an understanding and connection with what the other person feels. This can lead to empathy which allows us to see things from their perspective as well as feeling for them in ways we might not have before. Jesus was able to show compassion because he had experienced and felt the same emotions that those around him were feeling.

It is also important to note how deeply this fruit can be rooted in our lives. It does not simply come from an occasional act of kindness, but instead must take root deep within us for it to grow strong enough where we will show it constantly through our words and actions.

This fruit of the Holy Spirit can help us to understand what it feels like when we are in pain or suffering, as well as being able to provide support for those who need encouragement. It also helps with seeing others on their level which allows you to see them where they’re at without judgment while still providing guidance.

The gift of compassion is very crucial for effective evangelism. because unless we have compassion for the lost, seeing their need for salvation, and understanding how much they are suffering from their taskmaster (satan), we might not have enough drive to reach them with the gospel of Christ. We can reach out to others with this fruit of the Holy Spirit by being willing and able to understand them, as well as offer guidance when needed without judgment or condemnation. This will allow us to show compassion in difficult times while still showing love for those around us.

  1. Patience

Patience is the ability to bear hardship without complaining or resenting what has been done

What does this mean? Patience means not being easily worn down by someone’s behavior. It requires a level of restraint and forbearance which are in short supply these days but can help people work through difficulties they might otherwise find insurmountable.

  1. Goodness:

Goodness is the virtue of being morally good. This includes compassion, kindness and love for others. It also means avoidance or minimization of harm to other living beings, self-sacrifice that puts one’s duties before their rights in order to perform a moral duty (what some would call altruism) and helping those who are less fortunate.

Goodness can also be defined as the character trait of doing good to others, which is the opposite of wickedness and sin. Good people do not suffer from self-pity; they are humble and free from hostility in their relationships with other people as well as those who may be different than them. They also have a strong sense of justice and are not afraid to defend the rights of others.

  1. Long Suffering or Patient

Long-suffering means that one can endure something with great forbearance or without anger, resentment or impatience. It is the ability to withstand something without anger. It is something I can liken to having a strong shock absorber

When someone has long-suffering they can withstand something without anger or resentment.

Long-Suffering is a fruit of the Holy Spirit that I should exhibit in my life more often!

As a child of God, my prayer always is that God should help me per time to work on becoming better at long-suffering and learn to be patient with others even when things are not what I want them to be.

We can see God displaying this virtue by been very slow to get angry with us according to the book of Psalm 86:15: But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.

If not for the longsuffering of God, we would have been killed long before we encountered His love for our lives through Christ Jesus.

  1. Gentleness

Gentleness is an attribute that is often overlooked, but it can be seen as a very important fruit of the Holy Spirit. Gentleness doesn’t require force or power on your part – all you need to do is show love and care for those around you.

We’re all called to gentleness in our daily lives no matter what we are doing. We have to be gentle with ourselves and in our relationship with others, most especially the unbelievers.

What does it mean to be gentle in the spirit

1 Peter 3:4  But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.?

Being gentle in the spirit means that you are humble and godly. You don’t expect life to be handed to you on a silver platter but instead will put forth an effort each day – no matter how small it may seem. If somebody wrongs you or does something bad, your first reaction is not anger or fear, but instead, you forgive them.

In a world that is becoming more and more aggressive, it’s important to remember being gentle in the spirit. This means using your words with care and showing people respect – even if they don’t deserve it.

Being gentle in the spirit will also bring about joy which can be found through peace of mind, contentment and forgiveness.

  1. Faith

Bible describes faith as a living, active, and powerful principle that enables us to believe when we are in doubt. It is the confidence or trust which leads one to expect good from God

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrew 11:1). Faith does not the with the physical objects or fact, but rather, what is not as though they were (Romans 4:17). Physically, they were not because they are inaccessible to the physical eyes, but in the realm of the spirit, through the physical eyes, we see them clearly in operation.

Faith is the foundation for patience and steadfastness, which allow us to persevere in times of difficulty. But faith does not count on our own power or wisdom but instead relies fully upon God’s promise that he will provide what we need even when we don’t see how it could happen (Hebrews 13:20-21).

We were saved through faith, and so also will walking in daily victory be impossible without faith.

Every child of God must activate their faith in the word of God on a daily basis. The more we acclimatize ourselves with the word of God, the more we grow in the faith which at the same time determines how much we can receive from God.

Growing in Faith

To grow in faith, a person must have a desire. When you want to grow an orange tree, it needs water and sunlight for the nutrients in order to grow. The same is true with faith: we need to cultivate a strong desire in our hearts in order to grow our faith.

Faith doesn’t grow automatically, it responds to process.

As it takes time and effort to see anything grow, so also is faith. The more you invest in acquiring knowledge of the word of God, the more you see growth in your faith level.

Conclusion

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, and He has been at work in your life every day. You owe it to yourself to understand more about Him so you can experience His power working through you each day!

The Holy Spirit is not an abstract concept, but a living reality. I hope that this post has helped readers to better understand the Holy Spirit and how it relates to their lives.

Kehinde Pius

I'm Kehinde Pius, a missionary with a burning passion for the lost. I'm a Church planter, Digital ministry mentors coach, freelance write, and blogger. Pius with his wife reside in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria

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