How to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?

(JohnPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » 14:14-21)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr.

Eagle RockThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » LutheranThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » ChurchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... »

Los AngelesCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... », CaHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... »

May 25, 2014 (6th Sunday of EasterJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », Memorial Sunday)

Holy_Spirit

Introduction

Yesterday we had a “cleaning fellowship” in our parking lot. Kuya Raul prepared all the tools before we came.

At first I used a scissor-like cutter. I told to myself this tool is cool since it is easy to cut leaves and branchesThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... ». However, when Kuya Raul gave me the cutter powered by electricity it is more powerful! The cutting job for whole day can be done for two hoursThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... ».

Going to the missionDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » fields without powerThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » is tantamount to going to war without arms, or going to farm without tools. It’s also like driving without any vehicle. JesusWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » knew that that’s why he promised that. In Acts 1:8, Jesus says that “you will receiveThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » power when the Holy SpiritYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » comes on you.” Indeed, the Holy SpiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » is the Promised One!

I. The Holy Spirit as the Promised One.

Jesus says, “I will ask the FatherJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » to giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » you another ComforterThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... » to be with you always” (v.16). The Holy Spirit is with us always. The Comforter is sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » by the Father and also of the SonWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... », since the Holy Spirit is a part of the Holy TrinityThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... ».

What would be the roles“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » of the Comforter?

II. The Holy Spirit as the Advocate.

In GreekThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » the wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » comforter is called parakletos which means advocate, intercessor or comforter.

Advocate means “lawyer,” the one who will fight for us, he is our hero.

Intercessor is the one who is interceding for us. The Holy Spirit’s role is to bring our prayers to GodDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... ».

Comforter is like pillow, it gives us comfortHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ». It relaxes us. The Spirit comforts and consoles us when we are in trouble, when we have problemsA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » in lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... », when we need help, when we need a shoulder to cry on.

We need somebody like the Holy Spirit in the mission fieldThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » since we are going to encounter some challenges and trialsA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... ». We need somebody who will fight for us, somebody who will intercede for our prayers, and somebody who will comfort us when we are crying, and sufferingDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » for Jesus.

III. The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of TruthHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » (v.17).Power-of-Holy-Spirit

Jesus said in verse 17, “He is the Spirit of truth, whom the worldJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor recognizes him. But you recognize him, because he lives with you and will be in you.”

Why he told that to his disciplesThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... »? It is because Jesus expected that his disciples will live in truth. The truth will live with them, and be with them even in times of trials and temptations. People might know that the Spirit is with us when we speakGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » the truth for Jesus.

Jesus said in John 16:13, “Yet when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own accord, but will speak whatever he hears and will declare to you the things that are to comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... ».”

The Holy Spirit is invisible, we don’t see him and we don’t recognize him. However, he is around us, he is in the midst of us, he is in our heartsThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... », he is with your neighbors, he is everywhere. If we are in ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... », we might recognize him. Rest assure that the Spirit is abiding us (v.17-18).

IV. The Holy Spirit’s PresenceThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... »

Verse 20 says “At that timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » you will know that I am in my Father, that you are in me, and that I am in you.”  The Greek word ginosko is translated “know” here.

Thayer defines this “to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel.” He also explains that “know” isJewish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » idiom for sexual intercourse between a man“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » and a womanThe Samaritan Woman’s Strategy. Read more ... ».” Thus, ginosko is not just perceiving cognitively, but perceiving experientially! So when Jesus said “you will know” it means or refers to a deeper experiential relationshipHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » with the Father.

For example, when we are experiencing problems, and challenges in life, and it seems we could not bearThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » them, then suddenly, we can do it, and it seems somebody is helping us. Yes, indeed, somebody is helping us, the invisible Spirit, the Comforter, the Intercessor, and the Spirit of Truth! He is present! He is omnipresent!

Jesus says, “At that time you will know that I am in my Father, that you are in me, and that I am in you. The person who has my commandmentsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I, too, will loveThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » him and reveal myself to him” (vv. 20-21).

Here Jesus is hinting that when we are in the Spirit we will love him, and we will keep his commandments. And our rewardThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » is that the Father and Jesus will love us, and he will disclose himself to us every moment.

John Gill says “Not in a visible wayThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... », or in a corporeal form, as he did to his disciples after his resurrectionThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... »; but in a spiritual manner, as when he makes himself known to his people in ordinances, and favors them with communion with him, and they see his beauty, his fullness, his graceWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » and righteousnessWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... », his power, and his gloryThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... ».”

What’s the importance of knowing that Jesus is disclosing himself to us? It means we are going to have an spiritual enlightenment! (Cambridge BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... »). How is that? If you know that Jesus is watching you and empowering you, do you think your faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » would become powerless and useless? The presence of Jesus in our hearts, and in our experiencesMy Day's Plan is Changed to God's Plan. Read more ... » will bear miracles and wonders.

To give you an example, when you say goodThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » things to others they will smile, and they will like you. When you smile to your neighbors they will smile back. Try it! J

Same thing here, if we know Jesus is with us there would be effectThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... », sometimes ripple effect. There would be changes in us, there would be great experiences since we know that Jesus through the Comforter is with us even when we experience trials, challenges and temptations.Holy-Spirit-come

Conclusion

Jesus promised to request the assistance of the Holy Spirit for comfort and empowerment (Acts 1:8). Look what happened to his disciples, the ApostleA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » PeterThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » was weak and so he denied Jesus three times (Mt. 26:70-75), but when he was filled with the Spirit during the PentecostBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... » (Acts 2), he became bold and powerful! (Acts 2:14-41). He preached boldly amongst the people, and about 3,000 people were converted!

Speaking to a large audience, D.L. Moody“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » held up a glass and asked, “How can I get the air out of this glass?” One man shouted, “Suck it out with a pump!” Moody replied, “That would create a vacuum and shatter the glass.”

After numerous other suggestions Moody smiled, picked up a pitcher of waterA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... », and filled the glass. “There,” he said, “all the air is now removed.”

He then went on to explain that victory in the ChristianThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » life is not accomplished by “sucking out a sin here and there,” but by being filled and empowered with the Holy Spirit (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

Brethren, let me challengeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » each one of you, beginning today, when you prayProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » to God, pray to Jesus that he sends and stays his Spirit to our hearts, infill us and empower us.

Related eBooks

Comments

comments

%d bloggers like this: