7 Steps with the Holy Spirit (step 6)

The Bible is clear that no one can come to the Father, except through Jesus Christ!  And no one can come to Christ unless the Holy Spirit draws them toward Him.  So, as we acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit continually with us and in us, the Holy Spirit draws us along and we take steps together.  The Holy Spirit is leading the way.  He is giving us instructions.  We are taking the steps together because the Holy Spirit wants us to develop a close and intimate relationship with Him.  One of the ultimate goals of the Holy Spirit is to become your friend and for you to become His friend.  Matter of fact the Holy Spirit wants to become your very best friend and He wants you to become His very best friend.

The Holy Spirit Longs to be your closest friend.  A friend is someone you have developed a great trust and confidence in. A friend is someone that you are loyal to and someone that is loyal to you.  

A friend is someone with whom you can share the deepest secrets of your heart with and He will never betray your trust in Him.

We are all only as sick as our secrets.  But, we all know that it is not safe to share our secrets with just anyone, or with everybody.  

Your secrets are not only safe with the Holy Spirit, but as you share your secrets with Him, He will help you deal with the things that may be keeping you from moving forward with your life.

As you share your secrets with your friend, God the Holy Spirit, He helps you overcome obstacles, recover from sins and mistakes, break habits, remove barriers, tear down inner walls and patterns of thinking that may be effecting your ability to succeed.  

The Holy Spirit wants to be your friend.  Pray with me now and let your heavenly Father know that you desire to be better friends with Him and you want Him to be your very best friend.

Heavenly Father, I thank you so much for wanting to be my friend.  I want to be Your friend.  I want us to be close enough to share my deepest secrets with You and receive Your advise, instructions and healing for every area of my life.  I ask You in Jesus’ name!  Amen!

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7 Steps with the Holy Spirit (step 5)

The fifth meaning of the word “communion” in 2 Corinthians 13:14 means intimacy.

As we look at this word communion we are learning how to develop a closer and more intimate relationship with our heavenly Father, through the person of the Holy Spirit.

We are taking steps together in an attempt to have interaction with the person of the Holy Spirit.

The first step is to acknowledge and recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit with us continually, then we take the next step by fellowshipping with Him and enjoying Him and allowing Him to enjoy us and then by opening ourselves up and pouring out our hearts to Him, holding nothing back, but sharing our hearts with Him and allowing Him to share His heart with us.  As we continue to daily learn and grow to walk with Him and talk with Him, we begin to participate with Him.  When He moves, we move.  When He speaks, we speak.  When He stops, we stop, etc…  As we are participating with the Holy Spirit we will walk right into the next step.

The next step in our relationship with the Holy Spirit is “intimacy.”  This is a spiritual and supernatural intimacy that can only be realized in a close and consistent relationship with the Holy Spirit.  This is realized as a supernatural love that is beyond the kinds of love that can be experienced in this present world, but a love that is only given by God Himself to us, through the Holy Spirit.  You’ll never know a deep love with Christ until you know it with the Holy Spirit who brings that intimacy.

Romans 5:5 The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us.

There is no other way.  You cannot have an intimate love with God without a personal, active, consistent relationship with the Holy Spirit.  

We are intimate with the Holy Spirit through our prayers and meditation on the Word of God and by giving ourselves completely and unreserved in thanksgiving, praise, worship and rejoicing inwardly as well as outwardly and without shame, but with great faith, great trust and confidence in God.  

As we are faithfully intimate with the Holy Spirit, He imparts and reveals Himself to us in incredible and sometimes even indescribable ways.  As we are intimate in our worship and prayer (the spiritual oxygen that produces spiritual life), the Holy Spirit conceives in us His great plans, desires and His will for our lives.  His call on our lives will be activated and His anointing that enables us to fulfill His will empowers us.  His strength and wisdom will be added to our efforts to accomplish great things for the Kingdom of God.  

Lift your hands and begin to give yourself to the Holy Spirit in worship and prayer right now and let me pray for you.

Heavenly Father, In Jesus’ name, as we pray and worship You, we ask You to fill us with Your Holy Spirit until we move into a closer and more intimate relationship with You.  We know Your presence is with us right now and never leaves us, we pour our hearts out to You and we receive all that you desire for us.  Whatever you desire to do, we want to participate and work together with you to accomplish Your plans.  Impart into us and conceive in us Your purpose, will and desire for our lives.  Thank you heavenly Father for loving us, blessing us and using us to fulfill Your plans on the earth.  Amen!

7 Steps with the Holy Spirit (step 4)

The word communion in 2 Corinthians 13:14 has a seven fold meaning.  In our previous blogs we have talked about the first meaning, “Presence.”  We must acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit continually. This is step one.

And we talked about the second meaning of the word communion which is our second step in our relationship with the Holy Spirit, “fellowship.”  This means to enjoy the Holy Spirit continually and allow Him to enjoy you.

The third thing this word communion means is, “sharing together.”

As you pour your heart out to the Holy Spirit, He will pour His heart out to you.  You share your lives with each other.

Now, let’s talk about the fourth step in our relationship with the Holy Spirit. 

The fourth meaning of the word communion, gives us our next step.

The fourth meaning of the word communion is “participation.”

Everyday as we acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit continually with us and we share our lives with him, the Holy Spirit will partner with us as we yield ourselves to Him (or give in to His leading).  

The Holy Spirit is ready to lead us and guide us in our daily lives.  But He will not intrude on us or override our will or try to force us in any way to participate with Him.

He will gently nudge us and give us inner promptings in an effort to instruct us, encourage us and direct us.  

What He wants from us is our willful participation with those promptings.

As we give in to those promptings or as we yield ourselves to His guidance and participate with Him, we begin to learn how to follow Him and develop a closer and stronger relationship with Him.  

Be aware that you still have your own personal desires and many times our personal desires struggle against the Holy Spirit’s desires.

The struggle is in overriding our own personal desires and giving in to the Holy Spirit’s desires.

We must develop the ability to know the difference between our own will and desires and the Holy Spirit’s will and desires.  

Many times our will and way is much stronger that the prompting and leading of the Holy Spirit (we are all in a battle with selfishness).  And in those times we are prone to follow our own will, and we must be careful not to miss the Holy Spirit’s direction.  

The Holy Spirit and you become partners in life.  You allow Him to give you the instructions and you participate with a willing and obedient attitude.  

The Bible is littered with passages like, “The Spirit with us” and “The Holy Spirit working with us,” etc…

Making it clear that the Holy Spirit is in participation with us.

Let me pray with you, Heavenly Father, I pray in the name of Jesus that you will help us to recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit continually with us and help us to share our lives with Him and learn how to participate with Him in our every day lives.  And may our relationship with You grow stronger and closer as we participate with the Holy Spirit.

7 Steps with the Holy Spirit (step 3)

The word communion in 2 Corinthians 13:14 has a seven fold meaning.  In our last blog we talked about the first meaning, “Presence.”

We also talked about the second meaning of the word communion, “fellowship”.  

The third meaning of the word communion gives us our next step in our relationship with the Holy Spirit.

This word communion means, “sharing together.”

In the early church the Christ followers were sharing together with each other and with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 15:28 “For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things.”  

In this passage of scripture the Apostles are writing to the Christ followers in the city of Antioch.

They were sharing, even writing letters together.

To enjoy your relationship with God the Holy Spirit, you must acknowledge and recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit with you and then begin to share your life with Him.

As you share your life with God the Holy Spirit, He will begin to share His life with you.

You pour out your heart to Him and He will pour His heart out to you.

You share your desires with Him and He will share His desires with you.

You share your sadness with Him and He will share His gladness with you.

You share your needs with Him and He will share His supply with you.

You share your brokenness with Him and He will share His healing with you.

You share your troubles with Him and He will share His deliverance with you.

You share your problems with Him and He will share His solutions with you.

You share your discouragement with Him and He will share His joy with you.

You share your fears with Him and He will share His courage with you.  

As you open up yourself up to Him, He will open Himself up to you.  

You share with Him and He will share with you.

To get to the next level in your relationship with the Holy spirit, don’t hold anything back from Him.

Say, Hello Holy Spirit and then beginning sharing your life with Him today.

The negative drag of this earthly life will begin to lose its grip on you as you share your whole self with the Holy Spirit.

7 Steps with the Holy Spirit (step 2)

The word communion in 2 Corinthians 13:14 has a seven fold meaning.  In our last blog we talked about the first meaning, “Presence.”

The second meaning of the word communion gives us our next step in our relationship with the Holy Spirit.

This word communion means, “fellowship”

You must do more than just pray to, or pray for, or pray through the Holy Spirit, but you must fellowship with Him.  You must spend time with Him.  You must enjoy Him and allow Him to enjoy you.  You should seek for fellowship with Him.  You must seek after this fellowship as you would for a drink of water while running the last leg of a marathon.  It takes a deep hunger and thirst for the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit to experience fellowship with Him.  

Go to your heavenly Father in prayer and thank Him for sending the Holy Spirit to be your helper. Acknowledge that the Holy Spirit is with you and living in you. Thank your Lord Jesus Christ for baptizing you in the Holy Spirit and with fire. Ask the Holy Spirit to assist you as you worship your heavenly Father in Jesus’ name. Maybe play some worship music and spend some time with your heavenly Father, and your Savior, Jesus Christ, through the person of the Holy Spirit. Talk to Him and allow Him to talk with you. Enjoy your time together. Make this your daily lifestyle. And the Holy Spirit will walk along side you continually. He will direct you, lead you and encourage you. It’s the way your heavenly Father intends for you to live.

Heavenly Father, I pray for my friends today. I ask you to encourage them, help them and bless them with a deeper and more intimate relationship with you through the person of the Holy Spirit. Give them the peace to enjoy their relationship with God the Holy Spirit.   In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.

7 steps with the Holy Spirit (step 1)

2 Corinthians 13:11-14  nkjv  Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.13 All the saints greet you.14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

Many Christ believers and followers are trying to live a victorious Christian life without an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit!

Many Christians have been baptized and filled and refilled and refilled with the Holy Spirit, but still are not enjoying the victory!

Because we’ve had experiences with the Holy Spirit, but God’s intention is that we go on to discover and explore the greatest adventure this side of Heaven (a hand holding, neck hugging relationship with the Holy Spirit).

We need communion with the Holy Spirit!

This was Paul’s instruction filled farewell to the Corinthian church.

This word “communion” has a seven fold meaning. 

As we look at the seven meanings of the word communion, we discover how to develop a healthier and more powerful relationship with our Heavenly Father, through the person of the Holy Spirit.

First of all this word communion means “presence”, this is the first level.

God the Father’s desire for you is that the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit be with you.

To enjoy the presence of the Holy Spirit, we must acknowledge that He is with us continually (if you are a born again believer and have asked Jesus to baptize you in the Holy Spirit and have a willing and obedient spirit).  

As Christ believers and followers, must recognize the Holy Spirit as a person that is constantly abiding with us and in us, never leaving us.

We must consistently converse with the Holy Spirit, asking for His assistance, advise, instructions and directions throughout our everyday life and give Him priority to assist and direct us in everything life brings to us.  

This incredible, invisible person (the Holy Spirit) is waiting on us to give Him permission to take the lead in our lives.  

He is ready to work through us the wonderful works of Christ.  

So, I challenge you to give yourself to the Holy Spirit continually and allow Him to work through you to fulfill the mission of Christ every day of your life.

Learning this first step is incredibly exciting and life changing! 

As you practice this step, be ready for unspeakable joy and boldness to invade you and be careful not to overdose others with this new fire, but harness this fire and allow the Holy Spirit to work gently with you to touch others around you.  

Suddenly He was in the room with me (conclusion)

2 Corinthians 13:11-14 nkjv  Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.

13 All the saints greet you.

14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

2 Corinthians 13:11-14 nlt  Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.

12 Greet each other with a sacred kiss. 13 All of God’s people here send you their greetings.

14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Here is Paul’s encouragement and instructions.

  1. Stay in the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul is saying stay in Grace.

We are saved by Grace.

He is saying, to have victory in this life, you must be saved by the Grace of Jesus Christ.

And You must stay in the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.  

No matter what you are going through, stay in Grace.

No matter how difficult life can be, stay in Grace.

Grace is God’s undeserved favor.

If you have received God’s Grace, then God wants you to extend His Grace to others.

Being in Grace means that you are being Gracious to others that do not deserve your favor or kindness.

This is a significant key to victory in this life.

As you are Gracious to others it keeps you in fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

We must be Gracious at all times and in all circumstances and with all people.

  • Be Gracious when you are irritated.
  • Be Gracious when you are frustrated.
  • Be Gracious when you are anxious, nervous or fearful.
  • Be Gracious when you are sad, disappointed and discouraged.
  • Be Gracious when you are glad, happy, successful and blessed.

As you are Gracious to others it keeps you in fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

2.  Stay in Love with God the Father.

Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, your soul, your mind and with all your strength.

And love others with the same love that Christ has been loving you.

You do not love God if you do not love others.

You love God by loving others, especially those that do not deserve your love and those who will not return your love, even love your enemies, not just the folks that love you back.

While you are being Gracious to others the love of God is manifesting in you toward God and others.

As you are Gracious to others, loving others, especially the unlovable, it keeps you in fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

  • Love your enemies.
  • Love those that talk about you.
  • Love those that disagree with you.
  • Love those that you disagree with.
  • Love those that persecute you.
  • Love those that criticize you.
  • Love those that complain about you.
  • Love those that gossip about you.
  • Love those that hurt you.
  • Love those that offend you.
  • Love those that misuse you.

This does not mean that you put yourself in a position to be mistreated or abused.

To love them means that you sincerely pray for them and you ask God to bless them and you sincerely mean it with all your heart.

As you are Gracious to others, loving others, especially the unlovable, it keeps you in fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

3.  Stay in the Communion of the Holy Spirit.

God’s desire is that you be in a hand holding, neck hugging, day-in-day-out relationship with the Holy Spirit.

God the Holy Spirit wants to walk with you and talk with you every day, all throughout the day and every night and throughout every night.

God the Holy Spirit wants you to recognize Him and acknowledge Him with you all the time, He is never leaving you, He is always with you.

God the Holy Spirit wants to lead you into all the blessings of the Lord.

God the Holy Spirit wants to give you His wisdom and knowledge to make you successful and victorious every day of your life.

God the Holy Spirit is a real person that wants to be real to you.  

He wants you to yield your will to Him and allow His will to be done in you.

He wants you to invite Him into your life, He wants you to welcome Him into your life, He will not intrude or force Himself on you.

He wants to be treated like He is with you.

He wants you to look to Him for His advise.

He wants you talk with Him and enjoy His presence all the time.

He wants you to completely yield yourself to Him and allow Him to have His way in your life.

He wants to fill your mind with His thoughts and your mouth with His words.

He wants to see through your eyes and hear through your ears.

He wants to live in your heart.

He wants to work through your hands and walk in your feet.

He wants you to give yourself to Him and allow Him to have His way in your life.

Pray this prayer every morning: Good morning Holy Spirit, thank you so much for being with me. I know that you have incredible plans for today and I want to help You with those plans. As I go through this day I want to follow You as you lead me. I give myself to You now, take me in Your hands as an instrument that you can use to accomplish Your plans through me, Amen.

Suddenly, He was in the room with me (continued)

And, suddenly, He was there, in the room with me!

He was as real to me as any person that ever sat beside me.

I said to Him, I know this is you Holy Spirit for I have been in your manifest presence before.

And I began to welcome Him and thank Him for making His presence real to me.

It was an incredible experience that changed the focus and direction of my life.

I’m not sure how long this experience lasted.

I was overwhelmed by His presence and scriptures began to come to me and I began to ask Him about them and He was giving me answers and opening my understanding and teaching me things in a very simple and easy to understand kind of way.

It was like the whole world had been closed off and I was in a special place all alone with God, with His undivided attention.

I don’t have the ability to adequately describe this experience, it was love, it was joy, it was peace and all the other wonderful things about inner fulfillment and satisfaction that you can imagine all together at the same time.

From that moment the Holy Spirit became more alive in my life than I ever knew He could be.

He was no longer just an encounter or an experience, but He was more real than any human person I had ever known.

I knew He was a real person and He wanted to be my friend.

When you receive the Holy Spirit, you are receiving the greatest friend you will ever have!

Here is what I have discovered, God the Holy Spirit wants to have more than encounters and experiences with us.

He wants us to grow and mature through our encounters and experiences until we move into a day-in, day-out, hand holding, neck hugging relationship with Him.  

I have discovered that all I need to do is acknowledge that He is everywhere and He is on the inside of me and I’m not waiting on Him to show up or manifest in some kind of tangible way.

But He is waiting on me.

He is with me and in me at all times and He is a gentleman that will not intrude on me or force me in any way to do anything I’m not comfortable with, He is just waiting on me to acknowledge Him, invite Him, welcome Him and then yield my will to Him and He is ready to manifest Himself in my life.

He is our helper, our comforter and our friend.  

He is giving us direction and leading us into truth and victory as we are willing to yield our will to Him.

The Apostle Paul was one of the greatest Spirit-filled men of God, we will ever read about in the Bible.

He had a lot to say to us about God the Holy Spirit.

Paul was a missionary, evangelist and a church planter.

One of the churches Paul started was the church in the city of Corinth.

If you read through the 2 letters of Corinthians, you will discover that the church at Corinth had a lot of problems and Paul was continuously having to deal with issues in the church.

In 2 Corinthians 13:11-14 as the Apostle Paul is giving his final farewell to the church in Corinth, as he signs his salutation, he gives them the key to victory in every battle and the solution to every problem they will ever face in the future.

Listen, 2 Corinthians 13:11-14 nkjv  Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.

13 All the saints greet you.

14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

2 Corinthians 13:11-14 nlt  Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.

12 Greet each other with a sacred kiss. 13 All of God’s people here send you their greetings.

14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Suddenly He was in the room with me!

Acts 2:17-18 nlt ‘In the last days,’ God says,

    ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy.

    Your young men will see visions,

    and your old men will dream dreams.

In those days I will pour out my Spirit

    even on my servants—men and women alike—

    and they will prophesy.

As a child growing up in the pentecostal church, I heard a lot of teaching and preaching about what was right and what was wrong.

I heard a lot about sin, worldliness, the devil and about a place called hell where a person would burn with fire forever and ever and the fire would never go out.

As a child I was living with the impression that if I made a mistake, or broke any of the church rules, I was backslid and if I died in that condition I was going to hell.

I sang the church songs, I said the prayers I had been taught to pray and prayers I had heard others pray, I went to the altars over and over asking God to forgive me and save me.

Finally, when I was 16 years old, I went to the altar on a Sunday morning and had an encounter with God and a true change took place in my heart and I received a greater desire to please the Lord than I had ever experienced.

Something supernatural took place in my life, I truly felt the change, It was like I had been given a new life, I believe that was the moment I was genuinely born again.

From that moment there was something on the inside of me that was hungry for more of God in my life.

Something on the inside of me wanted to live for God, serve God, worship God, know more about God, talk to God, feel God, experience God all the time.

The church not only talked about salvation and being born again, but the church also talked a lot about being baptized in the Holy Spirit and speaking in other tongues.

And I wanted everything God had to offer, so I began to pray daily for God to baptize me in His Holy Spirit.

About 3 month’s later during a revival service in the hot month of July in 1980, I received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and spoke in a spiritual language.

It was an indescribable experience that lasted into the early hours of the morning.

I began praying for this kind of experience every day and especially when I went to church.

And like me, I saw many in the church that had received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and spoke in a spiritual language and wanted more experiences with the Holy Spirit.

And like me, I saw many in the church that were living the Christian life going from spiritual experience to spiritual experience.  

The experiences were powerful and joyful, but in between the experiences there were a lot of discouragement and defeat.

This began a journey of discovery and adventure for me with the Holy Spirit.

There was something on the inside of me that kept saying there is more of God than what you have.

Every day as I prayed I would say to God, I know there is more of you and I want more!

I would pray God, help me to know you better, help me to communicate with you better, help me to be sensitive to Your presence in my life.  

I knew that God was omnipresent, meaning He is everywhere at all times.

I also knew that He was living in my heart, on the inside of me.

But I desired more.  I desired for God the Holy Spirit to manifest His presence in my life in a real, feeling and tangible way.

One day while I was all alone at home and reading my Bible, I began to talk to the Holy Spirit.

Now this was unusual for me, I usually talked to God the Father and God the Son, but I had never addressed God the Holy Spirit.

And, suddenly, He was there, in the room with me!

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