What words would you use to describe your current experience as a Christian?
Growing. Frustrated. Disappointing. Fulfilled. Forgiven. Stuck. Struggling. Joyful. Defeated. Exciting. Up and down. Empty. Discouraged. Duty. Intimate. Mediocre. Painful. Dynamic. Guilty. Vital. So-so. Others?
Do you desire more? Jesus said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” (John 7:37, 38). What did Jesus mean? John, the biblical author, went on to explain, “By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified” (John 7:39).
Jesus promised that God’s Holy Spirit would satisfy the thirst, or deepest longings, of all who believe in Jesus Christ. However, many Christians do not understand the Holy Spirit or how to experience Him in their daily lives.
The following principles will help you understand and enjoy God’s Spirit.
The Divine Gift
God has given us His Spirit so that we can experience intimacy with Him and enjoy all He has for us. The Holy Spirit is the source of our deepest satisfaction.
The Holy Spirit is God’s permanent presence with us. (John 14:16, 17)
The Holy Spirit enables us to understand and experience all God has given us. (1 Corinthians 2:12).
The Holy Spirit enables us to experience many things:
A genuine new spiritual life (John 3:1–8)
The assurance of being a child of God (Romans 8:15, 16)
The infinite love of God (Romans 5:5; Ephesians 3:18, 19).
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