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How do I Know I Received the Holy Spirit?

We know that we have received the the Spirit of Christ is if there is a work of sanctification done by the Spirit in our lives. Speaking in tongues, performing miracles, doing many other good things is not the true indication of receiving the true Spirit of Christ. The main work of the Spirit is to conform us to the image of Christ. If there is no repentance, no change of heart, no fear of God, and no love for God and for one another, then no matter what we do we cannot say that we have received the Spirit of God. 

Unless we know that we have received the Spirit of Christ, we deceive ourselves and others and the end will be more worse than the beginning. Just as Apostle Paul asked the Ephesians we need to ask the same question, “Have you received the Spirit [the Spirit of Christ] when you believed?” (Acts 19:2). The real question we have to ask ourselves nowadays is not have I believed? It’s did I receive the true Spirit of God when I believed? 

“I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me! I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough” 
2 Corinthians 11:1-4

Posted in Holy Spirit, sin

Now the Lord is the Spirit

John 14:15-17

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 

 

I have read this portion the Bible for many years, and yet I had understood it wrongly all these years. I assumed that Jesus is asking here for more self-effort to receive the Spirit. However, I came to realize that the gift of the Holy Spirit is not given as a result of our self-effort to obey His commands. Instead, it’s the other way around. Our obedience to the commands of Jesus Christ is as a result of the Holy Spirit dwelling with us and in us.

What Jesus was saying here is that He would give us the Holy Spirit so that we can obey His commands, not we should obey His commands to receive the Spirit. Our love for Jesus Christ is revealed in our obedience to His word. We obey His Word because the Holy Spirit is in us and with us. Hallelujah!!!

 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” John 14:18.

Jesus is not a God who will give you a set of rules and commandments to keep and leave you alone to struggle by yourself! We are not struggling to please God alone! We have Jesus who is ever present in us and through us defeating the forces of darkness and the world and leading us to victory unto eternal life! Hallelujah!

When Jesus was speaking these words, the disciples were in grief and fear of loneliness because Jesus was about to be taken away from them. But Jesus assures them that they would not be like orphans in grief and loneliness, because the Holy Spirit is coming! Hallelujah! Jesus, although in heaven now, is made real to us by the Holy Spirit! That’s the reason why we worship Him with passion and reverence!

“whom having not seen, ye love. In Him, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” 1 Peter 1:8

Praise God!

That’s also the reason why the Spirit is called the comforter! He comforts us by making the presence of Jesus more real in our lives! And that’s also the reason why Apostle Paul says

“ …now the Lord is the Spirit” 2 Corinthians 3:17

The Spirit will only show Jesus, reveal Jesus, and display Jesus in your life that it would be so hard to not to recognize Him. Therefore, the coming of the Holy Spirit is not only His coming, but also the coming of the Son of God, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into our lives.

The coming of Jesus by His Spirit into our hearts would mean that Jesus will continue to do the work of the Father by His Spirit in our hearts. The reason why the world is in such a mess is because there is darkness everywhere! Sin is more prevalent than ever before, sickness, disease, troubles, murder, violence, and all sorts of evil are in this world. When Jesus came to earth he began to undo all of the work of the enemy! He came to bring light in darkness. He came to heal the sick, to pardon sinners, and proclaim good news to those who were poor in the spirit! Now, after having done all this, Jesus was about to be taken away from them and grief filled their hearts. They were not sure who would bring light in darkness, but Jesus gave them this awesome assurance – I will come to you!

The solution to problems of this world is not a smart leader! It’s not having many rich people on earth! It is estimated that there are 2,208 billionaires in this world, but none of them have gotten rid of poverty and the world is still in suffering. Jesus is the answer to the calamities of this world. He is the answer to every broken heart! He’s the answer to a confused mind. He’s the answer to all who are heavy laden. Only Jesus is the answer!

Even after this wonderful revelation of the promise of Jesus to ever abide and work in us by His Spirit, the sad reality is that people, who once understood this great revelation are now leaving the faith and following after other gods. They are being greatly deceived by the deceitfulness of riches and of this world. Some are turning to other gods to worship them, going back to the former darkness and bondage! The god of this world is blinding them to understand and stand in their freedom which Christ bought by His own blood!

However, we know that following Jesus is a choice! The Gospel is preached by those who are sent by God and people must make the choice for salvation. The Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement. That means everyone! The Bible clearly says that the Spirit of truth will convict the world of righteousness because they do not believe in Jesus. This means that the Holy Spirit will reveal the necessity of believing Jesus for salvation to everyone, including those who will perish! I’ve heard some people say that the Spirit only convicts those that will be saved, but that’s not true. Everyone is given the revelation of the need to believe in Jesus. But in the end, it’s your choice! You have the choice to accept God’s grace or to reject and be condemned. Although it’s not your choice that gives you eternal life but God’s mercy, it’s your choice that condemns you. Those who choose Jesus are those who obey His commands!

“If a man love me, he will keep my words” John 14:23

How do we obey the commandments? By the Holy Spirit! And the Holy Spirit is given to those who show genuine desire to obey His commandments. Not everyone who claims to know Jesus loves Him, but only those who make it their goal to obey His commands! It’s to those who understand the need for the Savior, to those who are poor in the spirit, who understand their need of spiritual awakening, who know that Jesus is the answer to every problem in this world, that Jesus promises the abiding of Holy Spirit. You see, the conviction of the Holy Spirit is for everyone, but the abiding is only for those who make it their goal to obey the commandments of Jesus Christ.

How much hungry are you for Jesus? How much do you want to know Him? How much are you willing to forsake everything for the sake of the knowledge of Christ? You see, the Spirit is given only to those who are hungry for Him! To those who are hungry to have more of Christ.

God is using everything to bring us to Christ Jesus.

The situation that we are facing now are all pointing to Jesus! There is a cry in everyone’s heart for someone who would bring absolute peace, absolute joy, absolute liberty, absolute happiness, and absolute life! The more we see wickedness, suffering, pain, injustice, wars, and all evil in this world, the more our hunger increases for Jesus! Sometimes God uses or allows these situations to turn our eyes on Jesus. We are always forgetful of the miracles that God does. We always tend to worship people rather than God. We appreciate our efforts rather than the divine intervention of God. Therefore, God shakes us a little to understand how much we need Him. Right now, the world is in great shaking. God is shaking the nations and people are once again crying for survival, they are crying for justice, crying for help and this is the right atmosphere for us to understand the need for Jesus. Now is the time for salvation. Sometimes God has to melt us and mold us before he can fill us with His glory and use us to bring Christ on the scene. Therefore, He will use every situation to melt our stubborn heart and bring us to the truth that we need Jesus.

To those who are poor in the spirit, God will bring comfort. The Spirit dwelling with them and in them will bring the reality of Jesus in their lives, making Jesus more real to them than anything in life. 

“Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live” John 14:18.

 The world cannot see Jesus because He is not here physically, but Jesus also living in you by the Spirit will use you to do the works that He was doing while he was on earth. You will become the vessels of His glory, where in Christ dwells. You will become carrier of Gods glory! You will become the vessels through which Christ manifests His presence and glory to the world! Hallelujah! You become the dwelling place of Christ, and because He lives in you by His Spirit, you will also live. In other words, your hunger for righteousness is satisfied! You will obey His commandment because of His presence dwelling in you! Because He lives, you shall also live! Praise God! It’s impossible for those in whom Christ dwells to die spiritually because Jesus is alive in them! Jesus is alive in them imparting to them His divine life!

On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. John 14:20

You see, the Spirit will bring you to the realization that Christ is in you! Hallelujah! The Spirit baptizes you into Christ, such that you get to realize, not only that you are in Him and He is in you, but also that Christ is in the Father! What a union!

To whom is this privilege given to? To those who obey the commands of Jesus through the power and strength of the Holy Spirit!

Christ and His word are one!

You cannot separate Christ and His word! It’s impossible to love Jesus and not love His word. In fact, because you love Jesus, you will obey all His commands. Your love for Christ is revealed in your obedience to His word. How much are you hungry for His word? How much are you hungry to do His word?

The measure of your love for Jesus is known by the amount of hunger you have to do His word.

That’s why Jesus says, “blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness” Matthew 5:6. Why? Because that is the indication that you love God. When you hunger to do His word, you receive the Spirit as a guide and help to strengthen you and lead you to do His word. And when you keep His word by the Holy Spirit, Christ is manifested in you because the Christ and Father love you.

“… The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” John 14:21

So why are you hungry for the Holy Spirit? Are you hungry because you just want to see signs and wonders, are you hungry because you want to be famous? If you hunger for the Spirit, it must be because you are hungry to have more of Jesus in your life! God satisfies only the right hunger! He doesn’t satisfy the hunger of curiosity, fame, selfish-ambition, but He satisfies hunger for righteousness. He gives the Spirit only to those who love Jesus and are willing to obey His commandment! Where there is hunger for the Spirit, there is always hunger for Jesus and more of His presence and power in your life.