WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?
Here's what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you" (John 14:26). After Jesus ascended back to Heaven after His resurrection, our Heavenly Father sent the Holy Spirit to live in all the believers to help them to continue to grow in their spiritual walk with God. A helper means a person who comes alongside. Romans 8:26 shows us one of the ways the Holy Spirit helps us, "Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words." Since the Holy Spirit lives in us, He knows exactly what is happening in our hearts and minds. He knows when we are fearful, happy, sad, doubtful, or at peace. He even knows us more than we know ourselves, so when we do not know how to pray, He helps us to pray.
So how do we know if we have the Holy Spirit lives in us? We will know when we grow in our godly character, which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:26 tells us the fruit of the Holy Spirit, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." While the Holy Spirit lives in us, He works in our hearts to produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The Holy Spirit convicts us of the wrong things we do so that we can turn away from them and do good.
As we yield to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who lives and works in us, we will continue to grow in our relationship with God. The Holy Spirit does not leave us; He is with us forever. Even when we live in sin, He does not leave us, but we grieve Him. The Holy Spirit lives in us to lead us to have a fullness of life in God. Let us listen to His conviction in our hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:7 says, "Now the LORD is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." May we walk in the freedom that we have in our Lord today.
Ask yourself these questions for application: (Think through carefully and meditate on the questions while answering them, and let the Spirit of God speak to you) What does the Holy Spirit do in my life? What must I do when the Holy Spirit convicts my heart? Am I growing in the fruit of the Holy Spirit?
Write down all the worries you face today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to live in me. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for helping me with my weaknesses by helping me to pray when I do not know what to pray for my situations. Please, Father in Heaven, help me to listen to the conviction of the Holy Spirit in my heart so that I may continue to grow in my relationship with you by bearing spiritual fruits. May you please bless my day today. In your Son's name Jesus, I pray. Amen.