The Affirmation Of The Holy Spirit – Part 2

I wish I could type God’s will as my destination in Google Maps and print the turn-by-turn directions so I can study them before pressing go. But wisdom (skill for living and applying God’s word) is not about trying to make sense of everything before stepping out in faithful obedience. 

Spiritual wisdom learns to discern the Holy Spirit leading us, one turn at a time, as we pray and seek God’s Word for guidance. Wisdom grows the more we recognize and obey the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The more I seek God, the more I hear his still small voice guiding me. I am so glad God did not leave me to my own devices to figure out my way in life. The Lord is my Good Shepherd who gently leads me every day.

Read the first two ways the Holy Spirit reveals himself HERE.

3. The Holy Spirit Guides and Directs God’s People

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (Romans 8:14).

If you are a child of God, you are led by the Spirit of God. A child of God is someone who confesses that Jesus is God’s son and died for your sins and rose again. When you become a Christian, you desire to know God in a personal way. We get to know God by studying the Bible and talking to God in prayer. The more you do this, the more you’ll be able to recognize when God is guiding you.

The Bible tells us how we can walk in tune with the desires of the Spirit instead of the desires of our flesh.

“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” (Galatians 5:15-17 NIV).

Have you felt the battle of your sinful nature and the Holy Spirit at war in your life? I sure have. But even though these two forces are fighting for our attention, the Holy Spirit is stronger. 

4. The Holy Spirit Provides a Godlike Atmosphere when he Manifests his Presence

The Holy Spirit is fully God. Whenever he manifests his presence among believers, he brings the attributes of God.

“God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).

Have you ever sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit in a worship service? Sometimes I like to look around and see all my brothers and sisters in Christ praising the Lord. Love, joy, and peace are palpable when God manifests his presence through the Holy Spirit in our lives.

How has the Holy Spirit guided you? Have you felt the love, joy, and peace of the Holy Spirit?  I would love for you to share in the comments.

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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The Affirmation of The Holy Spirit – Part 1

The Holy Spirit works personally and individually in the life of every Christian. God knows what you need in order to fulfil His purpose in and for you. The way He reveals Himself to you may not be the same as He reveals Himself to me. In fact, I honestly believe God speaks to you in your own love language and makes Himself known in ways that will motivate you to deeper faith so you can fulfil His purpose in your life. 

In my own life, the Holy Spirit will put words in my thoughts that seem direct and out of the blue. They are contrary to my self-defeating thoughts and are based on actions that will minister to others and give God glory. God’s voice will never contradict the Bible. In fact, many times the Holy Spirit will bring scripture to my mind.

It is difficult to write on this subject because people feel strongly about how the Holy Spirit reveals Himself and shows His presence today. This has been a struggle for me because I truly want to know the truth about how the Holy Spirit works. But I have come to see that churches are divided on the topic of the Holy Spirit. This is ironic since one of the works of the Holy Spirit is to unify us.

So I want you to know, I am not writing this series to give a position or a stance. In fact, I am on my own journey where I am learning to discern the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I may not be where someone else is. I know I have a lot to learn. 

These posts are a reflection of my own desire to know more and dig deeper. My faith is growing as I am learning to step out in obedience and trust when I discern the Holy Spirit’s guidance. When I have questions, I ask God for wisdom and search scripture. 

The most important thing Christians can do is seek God with their whole heart. 

In order to not make these posts too long, I have divided this topic into three parts. I will share two ways in each post.

1. Revelation to Prophets and Apostles

2 Timothy 3:16 tells us all scripture is inspired by God. The Holy Spirit revealed God’s words through the prophets and apostles as they wrote down the scriptures. 

“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:20-21 

Jesus knew the disciples could not bear to have too much revealed to them about what was to come. Soon Jesus would die and his physical presence would no longer be with them. But after his death and resurrection, the Holy Spirit would come to help them further the message of the gospel. 

The Holy Spirit guides us all into knowing the truth about Christ and His purpose for our lives. The Holy Spirit speaks through you when you share Christ with others.

2. He Gives Evidence of God’s Presence

Has the Holy Spirit ever revealed Himself to you in such a way that gave evidence to the existence of God and His involvement in your life? 

There have been many times I was certain the Holy Spirit was making Himself known to me. They typically have not come during the times I expected them or thought they would or should come. But these unexpected moments have solidified my faith that God is real and active. 

The Holy Spirit made Himself known to others by showing His activity in the life of believers in the Old and New Testament. The Holy Spirit made His presence evident when He descended as a dove when Jesus was baptized. (John 1:32). The Holy Spirit empowered the old testament prophets to prophesy.

The Holy Spirit reveals Himself to you in personal ways that solidify your faith and trust in Him.

Our changed life is evidence of the Holy Spirit working.

When we walk in the spirit, our life gives glory to God. People will notice our joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)

Let me know your thoughts!!

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Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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