The Holy Spirit Series 1 of 6 - Who is the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit Series 2 of 6 - Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit Series 3 of 6 - Understanding Genesis Ch. 1-4
The Holy Spirit Series 4 of 6 - How do we grieve the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit Series 5 of 6 - Manifestations of the Holy Spirit  (Gifts)

The Holy Spirit Series 6 of 6 - My Testimony of Being Led by the Holy Spirit




Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one [John 15:1Matthew 28:19]. Although they are one, there is a order within the Holy Trinity. The Father first, the Son (Jesus Christ) second, and the Holy Spirit third. To help you understand this better, think about a big fancy 3 tiered wedding cake. The wedding cake is one cake with 3 tiers. Thus, the Holy Spirit is God, because he, as well as Jesus, as well as the father are one.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and Jesus. The Holy Spirit is not a man, although the bible identifies him as a he. Additionally, the Holy Spirit is not a dove, neither does the bible describes him as a dove. In the gospels, it is written that the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove (meaning gently).
Why do we need the Holy Spirit?

Born Again & Power
God the father, and Jesus the Son speaks to born-again believers through the Holy Spirit. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:11 "For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God."The Holy Spirit only acts on behalf of Jesus and the Father. In John 16:13 Jesus tells us "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the 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."

Communication & Direction
God the father, and Jesus the Son speaks to born-again believers through the Holy Spirit. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:11 "For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God."The Holy Spirit only acts on behalf of Jesus and the Father. In John 16:13 Jesus tells us "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the 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."

Comforter & Helper
God the father, and Jesus the Son speaks to born-again believers through the Holy Spirit. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:11 "For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God."The Holy Spirit only acts on behalf of Jesus and the Father. In John 16:13 Jesus tells us "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the 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."

Sanctifier & Guarantee
God the father, and Jesus the Son speaks to born-again believers through the Holy Spirit. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:11 "For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God."The Holy Spirit only acts on behalf of Jesus and the Father. In John 16:13 Jesus tells us "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the 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."

What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit?
"The Holy Spirit didn't come to make us feel comfortable. Rather, he came to burn everything up that is not of God."
What does water and fire have to do with the Holy Spirit?

Water

A believer who has the Holy Spirit living in them is marked with a seal, as a guarantee of their inheritance. A person can receive the Holy Spirit if they have been justified by Jesus Christ. When a believe receives the Holy Spirit, they have the Holy Spirit living in them. However, they don't yet have the full manifestation of the Holy Spirit (being born-again). When a baby develops into a toddler, they go from breastfeeding to bottled milk, to sippy cups. A baby doesn't start with sippy cups. Likewise, babes in Christ don't start off with the full power, although it's there. They have to develop spiritually.
"And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you 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."Ephesians 1:13-14
In John 4:14 Jesus tells us that the Spirit, which he uses the word water to represent the Spirit, is living water that wells up to eternal life. Welling up is defined as gradually/steadily flowing upwards or outwards, so as to begin to fill or overflow something. When a believer is filled with the Holy Spirit they are being cleansed spiritually by the process of sanctification because of this, the Holy Spirit is able to lead them. As the Holy Spirit is filling them with living water to cleanse them, he's depleting them of worldliness. When believers are being filled and or are already filled they can speak in Spirit and in truth to God using Godly spiritual tongues. I do not believe that a believer should ask the Holy Spirit for the gift of speaking in tongues unless they are being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. You don't want to receive the wrong spirit. If you're not practicing righteousness be honest with yourself, and hold of on asking the Holy Spirit for gifts of the Spirit.

In order for a believer to go from having the Holy Spirit to being filled with the Holy Spirit they have to be born again [continue to read/hear the word of God]. In Luke 2:46-49 we read that at the age of 12, Jesus was in the temple listening to the word and asking questions. 

Fire
Galatians 5:13-26 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited,provoking and envying each other. Jesus tells us in John 14:12 "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." When a believer is powered by the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus they will do greater works then he did.

Never seek spiritual experiences. Seek God and then ask God for the gifts of the Spirit. You don't want to have the gifts of the Spirit without God. Most importantly, you don't want to seek spiritual experiences without God, you may end up with the wrong spirits. 


How do we grieve the Holy Spirit?
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