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He is a part of God, the third person of a triune God.  God takes up residence in our heart in the form of the Holy Spirit, in other words  He comes to live inside of us.    The Holy Spirit is also referred to as:

-The Holy Spirit of God
-The Spirit
-The Helper
-The Holy Ghost
-The Invisible Power of God

 

When does the Holy Spirit Come and what does He do?

Let's first look in the Bible in Ephesians Chapter 1, verses 13 & 14 - "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth,the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession - to the praise of his glory."  The Bible tells us many things about the Spirit, such as where He comes from and what His responsibilities are.  Here are a few things we can read about him:

Jesus said in John chapter 14, verse 26 "But the Counselor, 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." 

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He is sent by the Father

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He teaches us all things

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He brings to our remembrance the things God 
has said

In John Chapter 16, verses 8 thru 14, we learn the following about 
the Holy Spirit:

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He convicts us of what is right and what is wrong

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He guides us into the truth

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He speaks only the words of God

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He discloses what is to come

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He glorifies Jesus

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He prays for us

In Romans Chapter 8, verse 16 - "The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children."  From this verse we learn the following:

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Each person has a spirit

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The Holy Spirit speaks to our spirit to remind us
that we are children of God

In 2 Corinthians chapter 5, verse 5 - "Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come."   God wants you to know the following:

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God has a purpose for your life

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God's Holy Spirit knows what that purpose is and will
guide you to that purpose

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The Holy Spirit is given as a deposit to everyone who 
has accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and 
Savior, in other words God wants you to know that you 
are a child of God, a family member, a joint heir with 
Christ

He is sent by the Father.  God the Father is the Godhead and sends the Holy Spirit, His Spirit to live in you at the time of your salvation (refer to Ephesians Chapter 1, verses 13 & 14).

He teaches us all things.  He gives wisdom to those who ask as stated in James Chapter 1, verse 5 - "If any of you lacks wisdom,he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given him."  Wisdom about any decisions we need to make, our circumstances, wisdom and understanding of His Word (the Bible) and His will (desire or purpose) for our lives.

He brings to remembrance the things God has said.  As we read our bibles and study and think (meditate) on His written word, He helps us to remember it in our times of need.  We must take in the word so that the Spirit can use it in our lives as stated in Psalms chapter 119, verse 11 - "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

He convicts of right and wrong.  He is that innermost voice we hear inside of us telling us right from wrong.  We must be sure however that we are listening to the Spirit of God.  The way to know the difference is to know God's written word.  The way to know God's written word is by reading and studying your Bible.  This will allow you to grow in your faith and you will be able to recognize His voice more easily.

He guides us into the truth.  The truth is His Word (the Bible).  He teaches us his ways, which are not the ways of the world.  "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."  (Isaiah chapter 55, verses 8 & 9)

He speaks only the words of God.  This means you can be sure that anything you hear from the Spirit will be consistent (not go against) the written word of God (the Bible).     "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come." (John chapter 16, verse 13)

He discloses what is to come.  This is not like a fortune teller, nor a palm-reader, nor a horoscope, nor a psychic.  This is truth about you and God's plan (will) for your life.  As you become familiar with God's word and His ways, it will give meaning to your life and the direction God wants you to go.  "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  (Jeremiah Chapter 29, verse 11)

He glorifies Jesus.  As we understand God's word (a job of the Holy Spirit) and obey the Spirit's voice, we will glorify (bring honor) to Jesus because the Spirit brings honor to Jesus and to the Father.  This is our ultimate goal, our purpose in life is to glorify God.  "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (I Corinthians Chapter 10, verse 31)

He prays for us.  Everyone faces times in their lives when because of disappointment, grief, difficult circumstances or uncertainty of direction they feel they do not know how or what to pray.  Perhaps, a situation is so overwhelming you simply cannot offer up a prayer. The Bible tells us in Romans chapter 8, verse 26 "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."  Our Father knows our needs and has given us His Spirit to help us live.

He bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
Sometimes we find ourselves in the following predicaments:

-Doubting that God really loves us
-Feeling all alone without God's presence
-Wondering if God really cares about us 

The way the Spirit bears witness is by reminding us of what God has said in His Word (the Bible).  He brings to remembrance verses like the following:

  1. "We love because he first loved us."  (I John 4:19)

  2. "Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified;  do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."  (Joshua 1:12)

  3. "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." (I Peter 5:7)

The Holy Spirit is there to testify (confirm) that you belong to God, you are a child of God and an heir to all that belongs to Jesus and the Father.  "The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory."  (Romans 8:16-17)

The Holy Spirit is given as a pledge.  A pledge is a promise.  God has promised you eternal life if you have confessed you are a sinner and have need of a Savior-Jesus Christ.  You have been forgiven of your sins and given a promise to go to be with God when you physically die.  Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ and a Jew, explaining to the other apostles about how God had offered salvation to not only the Jews but the Gentiles (all nationalities of people) stated:  "Then I remembered what the Lord had said:  John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.  So if God gave them the same gift as he gave us, who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?"  (Acts 11:16-17).  Also look again in Ephesians Chapter 1, verses 13 & 14 - "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession - to the praise of his glory." 

 

 

Bible verses referenced in this presentation
are from the following translation:
New International Version