When the Holy Spirit is in YOU
What does the scripture say about the Holy Spirit?
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:15-17
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
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2
So what do these scriptures mean for your life? First, let me clarify the Trinity. There is God, the Father, then God created the Son, Jesus. Then finally there is the Holy Spirit, which came after Jesus died and rose again.
Once we become children of God, we receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Holy one that lives within us.
For me, I always looked at the Holy Spirit as my inner conscious or guidance. Most people compare the Holy Spirit to their intuition. The Holy Spirit is there to help you discern right from wrong and lead you down the right path. Of course, God is there with you as well, but the Holy Spirit lives within you, so you are able to feel His presence in certain situations.
For those who give their lives to Christ and are serious about it, the Lord will place His hands on you. He chooses those who are the black sheep, the low born, or insignificant. He has a purpose for your life and wants to see you make the right decisions in order to get there. Since we were given the Holy Spirit, when we do things we know we shouldn’t be doing, we will find ourselves feeling guilty about it later.
Being completely transparent here, there were times where I would drink alcohol with my friends and be having the best time, then wake up feeling the worst I could ever feel. It wasn’t the hangover I was feeling, but the guilt and shame. I felt disappointed because I knew I had disappointed God. Some people will say drinking isn’t bad, and it isn’t. It's drinking to get drunk that is a sin, and that’s what I would do. Plus, I was underage.
There was this phase, where I was on this cycle. I would sin, then repent, then sin again, then repent. My excuse was that I’m young, but the guilt would never go away. I kept feeling worst and worst. See, once God places His hands on you, you can’t just do what everyone else is doing. Like, just give it up, it’s not going to work. God has set you apart from everyone else. You can’t be like this world, no matter how young you are.
An easy way (in my opinion) to tell when the Holy Spirit is leading you is when you are aware and able to discern certain situations and people. The Holy Spirit will reveal some people’s character or their ways. Sometimes it can be in the initial encounter or after you’ve known the person for years. He does this so you will know if that person is for you or not. I have been around plenty of people and immediately been turned off because I can tell what kind of person they are from the Holy Spirit revealing that to me. It’s the same with situations and locations. There can be certain situations you could be in where the Holy Spirit will agitate your spirit. You won’t feel comfortable, that’s his way of letting you know it isn’t somewhere you should be.
Whenever God wanted me to do something, He would place it on my heart. It would never go away. No matter how hard I tried to not think about it, it would always pop back up. A couple of months ago, the Lord called me to do something COMPLETELY out of my comfort zone. Like, yall, I didn’t want to do it!!! I knew He was calling me to do it because the Holy Spirit kept reminding me of it. Whenever the opportunity would present itself, I would avoid it at all cost, then later felt guilty. I won’t talk about it quite yet, but I have been taking the initiative to finally complete it.
Those were just some apparent ways I was able to recognize the Holy Spirit leading me. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will lead us to do things we aren’t so comfortable with. But then, that’s when God will see us through it and we will understand the purpose. At first, I wasn’t sure why the Lord was leading me to do something I strongly disliked doing, but now I’ve become content with it because I have faith and I understand the purpose. Another example would be well… me starting this blog.
So overall, when you feel like you should (or shouldn’t) be doing something, listen to that. That’s the Holy Spirit speaking and leading. You will know it, because you will feel it. Trust the Holy Spirit. You will save yourself from the punishment, guilt, and shame.
Amaiya K ♡