By Irene McGough http://www.discipleofjesussite.com

In this article we are going to take a quick look at the Holy Spirit. I believe there is great misunderstanding within the church of today as to the person of the Holy Spirit. This article is looking directly at what the Scriptures have to say. Joh 14:26 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 things that I said to you. The Holy Spirit is our helper Joh 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth 1Co 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. The Holy Spirit leads us into understanding more of the things of God. Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Rom 8:27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. The Holy Spirit helps us to pray and indeed He intercedes for us.

Joh 1:33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, "Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' Jesus is the baptizer with the Holy Spirit. Act 1:5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." We can be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Act 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." The Holy Spirit is our empowerer Act 8:17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. Someone can lay hands on you for you to receive the power of the Spirit Act 10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Jesus Himself laid aside the full power of His deity when He became the God Man and was anointed by the Holy Spirit prior to His Earthly Ministry Act 11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning. The Holy Spirit can fall upon men Act 19:6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. When the Spirit came upon men and women in the book of Acts in most cases we are told they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

Rom 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit . Rom 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. We as believers are part of the Kingdom of God, this world is not our home. The Holy Spirit helps us to live righteous lives. He gives us hope, peace and joy. 1Co 2:13 These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. The Holy Spirit gives us Godly Wisdom, He teaches us as we read the Word. 1Co 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? All who have the holy Spirit indwelling them (all Christians) are no longer their own person, to do what they will but they are the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1Co 12:3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. No- one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. Eph 1:13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of promise. He has sealed believers.

Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. We as believers are not to grieve the Holy Spirit. 2Ti 1:14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. The Holy Spirit keeps us. Tit 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit regenerates and renews us, He sanctifies us. Heb 2:4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? The Holy Spirit gives gifts, signs, wonders and miracles follow. 1Jo 5:7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Godhead. Jud 1:20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, We are to pray in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit builds us up as we do so.

Rom 5:5 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (NIV)

He has poured His love over us and continues to do so, such love evokes a response. So we should love Jesus, think Jesus, desire Jesus, breathe and experience Him. 1 Cor 12:1-3 1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

The Holy Spirit at work 1) The Bible may say that Jesus is Lord, but the Spirit makes that real to me. 2) The Bible may state that God is Father, but the Spirit makes that real to me. Rom 8:15-16 15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. (NIV) 3) The Bible may state that God is glorious, but the Spirit makes it real to me. 2 Cor 3:15-18 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (NIV) 4) The Bible may say that God is love, but the Spirit makes it real to me.

And my prayer for all reading this Eph 3:16-21 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (NIV) There are too many spectators in the Christian Church today, we need to go futher up and further in. God wants us to be participators. Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is worth losing everything for, nothing can compare to knowing Jesus. We need to allow the Holy Spirit more sway in our lives because through Him we find more revelation of Jesus.