But once we get up off our knees, then what? Does God care about these choices? Does He care about what we eat? Does He care about what type of career we pursue? Does He care about our financial choices? Few Christians realize that God has provided us with a source of wisdom and guidance that can most certainly be tapped into for even these mundane everyday choices as well as big life changing spiritual choices.
That wisdom and guidance is found in the Holy Spirit. Allowing this wisdom to guide you can make the difference between just an okay life and a life filled with abundance. The Holy Spirit is very likely one of the most misunderstood doctrines of the Bible. One of the reasons it is so misunderstood is because it does not fit snugly into our human brains. God the Father is fairly easy to comprehend because we can understand a father figure. Jesus Christ is fairly easy to grasp because he had his human life here on this earth to refer to in the Gospels. The Holy Spirit, however, remains a mystery to many people.
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What can we compare the Holy Spirit to? This lack of something tangible to relate to creates two different reactions in people. The first reaction is to dismiss it as merely just an idea.
Some even try to demote the Holy Spirit to simply human conscience. The other reaction is to acknowledge that the Holy Spirit is a real part of the Trinity, but to also shroud it in mystery. Many believe that you cannot really know or understand the Holy Spirit. Both of these reactions are mistaken and both reactions rob Christians of one of their most powerful tools for Christian living; a healthy connection to the Holy Spirit. This verse explains to us that the Holy Spirit is a part of us, it was given to us by God, and that he is to own us, control us.
There is no disclaimer in this verse that says the Holy Spirit is only supposed to control us on spiritual or church related matters. No, this verse plainly tells us that we are to be led, guided, controlled by the Holy Spirit in such a way that our entire being is a temple for him. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
The Holy Spirit is a gift from God. He gave us the Holy Spirit for a specific purpose. That purpose is to teach us all things. Note that the Bible did not say that he was to teach us all church things, or all spiritual things. The Word of God says that he can teach us all things.
This included all areas and aspects of our lives.
When we truly grasp the fact that the Holy Spirit is a present guide for any and all decisions and steps we take in life, it will bring a new level of enlightenment to our lives. This is another area in which much mystery has often shrouded the Holy Spirit. Many people have a wrong impression that communicating with the Holy Spirit or connecting to the Holy Spirit is a deep spiritual experience filled with visions and perhaps voices speaking in other languages. Whenever Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit, however, He spoke of him in very practical terms.
The Holy Spirit will empower you Acts Never did Jesus make any insinuation that in order to communicate or connect with the Holy Spirit you would need to have a very mysterious spiritual experience. Jesus says that he has been given to us, when we are surrendered and obedient, we can enjoy the gift of the Holy Spirit.
But what is the gift of the Holy Spirit? The gift of the Holy Spirit is connection, communication, guidance, our resource of Godly wisdom which can lead us and guide us on a day to day, moment to moment basis in even what would seem like the most mundane types of choices. So, if this gift is available to all Christians why do all Christians not take advantage of it? The answer is simple, the Holy Spirit does not communicate when sin is present.
So, the first step in connecting with the Holy Spirit is to make sure that all known sin has been repented of and forsaken. The next step is to give him a chance. In the high paced, manic life style that most of us seem so addicted to, the Holy Spirit has very little opportunity to truly lead us.
Think of an actual, human voice.
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If someone was speaking to you in a still, small, voice what would you need to do in order to hear it accurately? You would need to be still, be quiet and pay attention. Well the same is true about the voice of the Holy Spirit. This is something us modern humans are not very good at. Lack of movement is looked down upon. However, we can only tap into the wisdom of the Holy Spirit when we cease our human actions. Very few Christians engage in an extended time of daily stillness. Yes read, yes take notes, yes pray, but then stop. Just stop. Stay there.
Be still. Our modern technology has made it pretty difficult to engage in an extended state of being quiet as well.
Even if you silence your phone, your notifications come buzzing through, right? When is the last time you had an extended time of quiet, stillness? Quiet, stillness is quiet literally the communication method the Holy Spirit uses.
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