The bible says a lot about the Holy Spirit. For example, Jesus always referred to the Spirit as “He” and not as “It” (John 14:15-17). This tells us that the Spirit is a person and not some kind of intangible force like electricity or gravity—He is someone with whom we can relate.
But the bible also refers to the Spirit as the breath of God, wind, fire, a dove, counselor, helper, bringer of truth, giver of gifts, source of power. The Spirit is said to “fill” people, “come on” people, “speak through” people, even “move” people. It can all become very confusing. So, how should we relate today to God, the Holy Spirit?
A simple way to think of the Holy Spirit’s ministry in our lives is as the experienced or “felt” presence of God. Paul said that Jesus was the [visible] image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father,” Jesus said (John 14:9). The Spirit, on the other hand, is the felt presence of the invisible God, which means the Spirit is meant to be experienced (see John 7:37-39; Acts 2:1-4, 17-21; Romans 8: 11,13-16).
Here are a few practical suggestions to help you begin to experience the Spirit of God in your life.
Ask God for an experience of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus was about to leave his disciples, he told them that he would send them (and us) the Holy Spirit (John 16:7) Begin praying that you will experience the Holy Spirit in your life.
Actively participate in worship. Psalm 22:3 tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people. The Holy Spirit is especially present during times of worship at church. You can begin to experience His presence by actively focusing your heart and mind on God when you worship, with others or by yourself.
Receive prayer ministry. There is a pattern in the New Testament of the Holy Spirit “coming on” people when the apostles laid their hands on them (e.g. Acts 8:17; 2 Timothy 1:6). At our services each weekend, as well as in our small groups, we pray for each other by “laying on hands.” Often through this type of prayer, the Holy Spirit can be felt and experienced.
Attend a conference on the Holy Spirit. Throughout the year, we offer various classes, seminars and conferences on the Holy Spirit, healing, worship or the gifts of the Spirit. All of these are great opportunities for you to not only learn about the Holy Spirit, but experience Him in a deep, personal way.
Have a daily devotion. The bible tells us that we will find God when we seek Him with our whole heart (Jer.29:13). Taking time to be alone with God every day for prayer and bible reading is an indispensable part of the life a disciple. It is also one of the primary ways God through His Spirit interacts with us, enabling us to sense His presence.
The bible encourages us to both seek and expect an experience of God’s presence in our lives through the Holy Spirit. If you are longing for an experience of God’s presence through His Spirit in your life, try the suggestions mentioned above.
Please feel free to contact the church at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281.897.8463 if you have any other questions or concerns about how to experience the Holy Spirit.