From The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies by C. Marie, www.theholyspiritacts.com
As God is a Spirit, Jesus was Him in the flesh.
St. John 10:30, “I and my Father are one.”
1 Timothy 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
As Jesus’s Spirit is the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is our link to God.
Acts 2:38-39, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
St. John 14:23, “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
The Holy Spirit is joined to sanctified people.
1 Corinthians 6: 17 and 19, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit…What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not of your own?“
Sanctified people are a part of God’s family.
Hebrews 2:11, “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,”
Jesus allowed us to become sanctified.
Hebrews 10:10, “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Light and joy are sometimes associated with the Holy Spirit.
Romans 5:11, “…but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”
Romans 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
Romans 15:13, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
Acts 13:52, “And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.”
As the Holy Spirit is also referred to as the Holy Ghost, the Lord, The Spirit, the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of God, the Comforter, and the Spirit of Truth, He is part of the unified Godhead of the holy Trinity.
1 John 5:5-7, “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
St. John 15:26, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:”
Those who believe in Jesus has the Holy Spirit in them, and the Holy Spirit joins us to God,
Romans 8:9, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.”
1 John 5:8-11, “And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
1 Corinthians 3:16, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the
Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
2 Corinthians 6:16, “… for ye are that temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
The Holy Spirit sanctifies, guides, and instructs us. He also teaches us God-given knowledge and wisdom. Part of the directions that we receive from Him are to prevent spiritual and physical harm to us. On top of that, He shows us the necessary directions we need to take in order for us to receive our own and God’s desires for us.
St. John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,..he shall teach you all things,…”
Psalms 32:8, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
St. John 16:13-15, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine; therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”
Whatever we ask, God hears us.
1 John 5:14-15, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
We were called by God and blessed by Him. From the Lord’s Spirit, we feel the love of God that encases us. The blended Spirit of the Lord with our own spirits is what gives us Eternal Life.
Romans 8:30, “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”
With our own willingness, it is the Holy Spirit who builds our characteristics into one that glorifies God.
Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,Meekness, temperance…”
The Holy Spirit searches our hearts and what needs prayers. He then mediates on our behalf.
Romans 8:26-27, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
St. John 14:17, “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
It is The Holy Spirit from within who converts us to become the type of living sanctuaries that fits God’s will. He gives us a unique kind of peace that others do not experience.
St. John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
We may read or hear scriptures from The Holy Bible, and find the desires to interact with the Spirit of the Lord in our thoughts and prayers meantime. The scriptures came from the Holy Spirit who ministered through the mouths of holy men of God. Those are tools that assist us in our growths in the faith.
2 Peter 1:19-21, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
The Holy Spirit will not minister through us if we walk in ways that God speak against. It is for us to continuously soak up God’s Word and the Spirit of the Lord as if we are thick sponges. While we keep distant from everything that will disappoint our Father, we are to constantly grow in the Christian faith and develop in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 6:9-20, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Let us regularly check ourselves to discover any wrinkles in our spirts that previously went unnoticed by us, so that we may iron them out. Afterwards, let us regularly toss our discovered transgressions aside, stay repentant, humbly request for those transgressions to be forgiven, and think of others who need our sincere forgiveness.
Some people stay prayerful throughout the days and weeks.
Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Whether weekly, monthly, seasonally, or annually, a number of people go on scheduled fast and prayers where they spend at least a full 24 hours examining their whole hearts, minds, and spirits. They stay prayerful and seek to discover their wrinkles, pray for others, repent of whatever flaws that they noticed about themselves, and wholeheartedly forgive those who done them wrong, so that they could know that they are heard when they humbly ask God to forgive their discovered wrinkles.