Does the Holy Spirit Speak in Tongues?

There is a gift of tongues but there is also a “grace” of tongues. There is a message from God that could be in tongues that needs to be interpreted if it’s given in the church, that’s what the Bible says. However, there is also a prayer language that is not from God but to God from man.

Scripture is very clear on this, that we can pray in tongues. Keep in mind that this is different from the gift of tongues. Every believer can pray in a prayer language to God. But the “gift” of tongues needs to be interpreted.

1) It’s Scriptural

1 Corinthians 14:2 – For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit, he speaks mysteries. So, he who speaks in a tongue, speaks to God, in the spirit.

1 Corinthians 14:14 – For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. (Verse 15) What is the result then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. (Paul is obviously talking about praying in a tongue.)

(Verse 17) For you indeed give thanks well, but the other is not edified. Praying in tongues is called, by Paul, “Praying with the spirit.” And in verse 2 of the same chapter, Paul says, “In the spirit.”

Now for those of you who say Paul did not pray in the spirit, with tongues: 1 Corinthians 14:18 – I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;

What’s amazing though is that some people will read right over Scripture and not see it. They already are biased against tongues, but look at this Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14:39 – Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, “and do not forbid to speak with tongues.”

Do you know that there are churches and entire denominations that forbid people from speaking in tongues? What part of “Do not forbid” do they not understand? That is called “Spiritual Blindness!”

2) It’s a Benefit

It’s a benefit to pray in a prayer language. 1 Corinthians 14:4 – He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

This word “but” most of the time is translated as “and.” It’s not used as the opposite, it’s in conjuncture with  – and or “on the other hand.” But there is a difference in speaking in a tongue and prophecy. Let me ask you if you don’t believe in speaking with tongues: What is wrong with edifying or building one’s self up? Nothing! Why on earth would this be bad?

We can pray in private with a prayer language but when praying in public, we should use words that people understand and that’s what this entire chapter is talking about. When we read our Bible in private, do we not build ourselves up? But he who reads the Bible in public, do they not build the whole church up also?

Paul said when he prayed in the spirit, it means he prayed in tongues: Ephesians 6:17 – And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (Verse 18) praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,… Most people stop reading after verse 17 but praying in the Spirit is praying in the prayer language – tongues! 

Jude 20 – But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit…

Do you personally not need building up in your Christian life? We all do, so pray in the spirit, with tongues! The Bible is very clear on how we build ourselves up – praying in the spirit!

Please keep in mind, this is not talking about the manifest gift of tongues. This is the “grace” of tongues used in prayer that all believers can have when they pray!

3) It’s a Choice

1 Corinthians 14:14 – (Paul says) For “if” I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. In other words, Paul said, “If” I pray in tongues. He had a choice and so do we. But Paul says in verse 15 that “He will pray with the spirit, and will pray with the understanding.” If the Apostle Paul willed to pray in tongues, why shouldn’t all believers?

This is not something that comes outside of our own will. A person is not going to just start blurting out tongues in “Krogers” one day. We have a will, it is our choice to choose to speak in the spirit when we pray to build ourselves up. This is an act of our own will. Why would Paul give instructions on how and when to do it if it’s uncontrollable? Since its Scriptural and it builds us up, why would we not? What’s wrong with letting our spirit pray? Does He not know all things?

It’s all by faith, we open our mouth while in the presence of God, and yield our tongue to the Holy Spirit. Don’t build up a strong-hold against this. If you do you will be missing out on the benefit of keeping yourself built up in the Lord.

Does The Holy Spirit Baptize?

A lot of people refer to “The Baptism “of” the Holy Spirit,” but that is not correct. It is The Baptism “with or in” the Holy Spirit.

1)The Holy Spirit baptizes us in Jesus.

When we get saved, the Holy Spirit baptizes us “into” the body of Christ: 1 Corinthians 12:13 – For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – This is the first baptism.

2) The disciple baptizes us in water.

Once we are saved, we get water baptized: Matthew 28:19 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,…”

There are people that will argue, using a passage in Ephesians, that says there is only one baptism. However, are there not three persons in the Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all making One? So yes, there are three baptisms. But even people who say there is only one baptism, believe in two. They believe that when we are saved, we are baptized into Jesus, the body of Christ. They also believe in water baptism, so there’s two right there.

3) Jesus baptizes us in the Holy Spirit.

Look what John the Baptist says in Matthew 3:11, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” 

First of all, John the Baptist was not speaking to the twelve disciples. The twelve disciples had not been called as of yet. The disciples were called in Matthew, Chapter 4. John was saying that when the Messiah comes, He is going to baptize you with the Holy Spirit. This was and is for everyone!

Here’s the problem: Many people believe that the baptism in Jesus and Jesus baptizing us in the Holy Spirit are the same thing. It is not. If a person believes that, it’s because they don’t understand the “grammar.” You can’t say they are the same because they have different subjects.

In the first baptism when we are saved, the Holy Spirit is the One doing the baptism into Christ. In the other, it’s Jesus that is doing the baptism, so they can’t be the same, different subjects doing the baptisms!

When we are first saved, it is the Holy Spirit that introduces us to Jesus. Then it is Jesus that introduces us to the Holy Spirit. The first introduction by the Holy Spirit is what is called, “The Baptism “of” the Holy Spirit.” That is when we first get saved.

Then Jesus baptizes us in or with the Holy Spirit. God believed that this was so important for us to know that He put it in all four gospels.

Mark 1:8 – “I indeed baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 3:16 – John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” John 1:33 – “I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.”

How could so many miss this? Why is it not taught properly in the churches today? It’s almost as if the Holy Spirit is ignored.

Salvation – Water – Spirit

The Bible says that when we are saved, we are “born again.” When we are born again, we are born as “Children of God.” We are born as “perfect” children of God. Not perfect in our performances though. We are perfect in our position with God. Because of what Christ did, we are in right standing with God. We are now “in” Christ because the Holy Spirit baptized us “in” Christ Jesus. Jesus is our example, however, Jesus didn’t need to be born again because He was born perfect the first time.

Now was Jesus water baptized? Yes! John baptized Him. Was He baptized with the Holy Spirit? Yes, the Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove and remained! “Like a dove,” it can be taken out of the sentence and the sentence means the same.

If Jesus needed the Person of the Holy Spirit when He was on this earth, how much more do we need him? This is a pattern in Scripture: The Holy Spirit baptizes us in Jesus – we get saved – then we get water baptize – then Jesus baptizes us in the Holy Spirit. Salvation – Water – Spirit.

Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

First, we repent and then get water baptized, and we shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Right there are all three baptisms.

Acts 8:12 – But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. (don’t’ stop there as some do) (Verse 14) Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God they sent Peter and John to them, (Verse 15) who when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

And then the Bible explains: (Verse 16) For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (water). (Verse 17) Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.  

Acts 19:1 – And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples (Verse 2) he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”

Paul, the greatest apostle to ever live asked, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” Why would he ask that if they had received the Holy Spirit when they believed? So many people have ignored this question that Paul asked. Their answer was that they hadn’t even heard there was a Holy Spirit. They had repented and believed, they were saved, had gotten water baptized and they thought that was it as so many do today.

Acts 19:3 – And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” (Verse 4) Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who comes after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” (Verse 5) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Verse 6) And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

This also happened in Acts 8, 10, and 19. It’s also helpful to note that Acts 8, happened five years after Pentecost. In Chapter 10, ten years after Pentecost the disciples were still telling people, salvation, water baptism, and baptism in the Holy Spirit. Acts Chapter 19, was 25 years after Pentecost, and they were still telling the people that after water baptism they needed to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. It has never stopped!

1 John 5:7 – For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. (These bear witness to the supernatural life, now look at the next verse.) (Verse 8) And there are three that bear witness on earth; the Spirit, the water, and the blood (salvation); and these three agree as one.

Plain as day, our three baptisms! These three also bear witness to the supernatural. When we get saved, we become a new person. When we are water baptized, the old person is cut off, buried. And when we get Spirit-baptized, we receive “power” to walk in the new! In order to walk in a victorious life, we need all three baptisms!

Let me say this: If a person was baptized as a child but didn’t get saved until later in life, they need to be water baptized again. Salvation comes first, then water baptism, then Holy Spirit baptism.

Could it be that this is why so many believers are defeated because they only have the first two baptisms out of three? They don’t have the power to walk the victorious life.

So my question to you is: Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?

 

Is The Holy Spirit Charismatic?

The word “Charismatic” is from the Greek word “Kharisma,” which means “favor freely given” or “gift of grace.” Charisma is the instantaneous enablement of the Holy Spirit in the life of any believer to exercise a gift for the edification of others.

Charis is the Greek word for “grace.” When the “ma” is put at the end of “charis,” it simply means “gift.” And yet some have taken this word charismatic and put a totally different meaning to it. However, the Bible definition means “grace gifted.” All believers are charismatic. All believers have gifts, given by God, by grace.

1 Corinthians 12:1 – Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: It’s sad to say, but a lot of believers are ignorant about the Holy Spirit because they are not being taught. This does not mean stupid, it simply means they have not understood.

Spiritual gifts – “Pneumatikos”: empowered by breath or wind (mighty rushing wind). So concerning gifts, that are powered by the breath of God. These are gifts that we can only move in that we allow the Holy Spirit to breathe in us.

None of us should be ignorant of the gifts that God has given us. However, some were never taught or were taught in error and have become afraid of certain words like “Pentecostal” or “Charismatic.”

We can put the gifts of the Holy Spirit into four categories: The motivational gifts (Romans 12); the manifestational gifts (1 Corinthians 12); the ministry gifts (1 Corinthians 14); and the ministerial gifts (Ephesians 4), and these are gifts of Jesus, apostles, pastors, prophets, evangelist, and teacher.

This study is on the manifestational gifts of the Holy Spirit. There are 9:

1 Corinthians 12:7 – But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: (Verse 8) for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit (Romans 15:14), (Verse 9) to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, (Verse 10) to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. (Verse 11) But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

I’ve heard people go around telling others, “I have the gift of …” Please don’t do that! The Holy Spirit is the One that has all these gifts. He is the One that distributes to each one for the profit of all. We can minister in the word of knowledge at any time that the Holy Spirit allows us to do so. 

The Discerning Gifts

a) The word of knowledge – a word of knowledge is to know something specific without having learned it by natural means. Example: When Jesus talked to the woman at the well, whom He’s never met before, and told her to go call her husband and she said, “I don’t have a husband.” Then Jesus told her that she was correct because she’s had five and the one you are with now is not your husband. That’s the word of knowledge.

b) Discerning of spirits – to be made aware of the presence of a demonic spirit. Has this ever happened to you? It has to me and it’s overpowering! This happened when there was a girl following the Apostle Paul around and saying that “These men are the servants of the most high,” but she was a fortune teller. Yes, she was saying the right thing, but Paul didn’t want a witch confirming their ministry! Paul knew it was a demon and cast it out of her.

This gift is not called “Discernment” as some like to say! This is the gift of the “discerning of spirits!” There is no gift of discernment in the Bible. That is made up! Most people that say, “I have the gift of “discernment” actually have the gift of “Criticism! They like to criticize others.

The Declarative Gifts

This is using the tongue to declare.

a) Prophecy: A message of encouragement from God through a person. This is a person that speaks edification, exhortation, and comfort. It never says, “Correction!” The New Testament spiritual gift of prophecy is encouragement. There are many people who go around correcting others and then put, “Thus says the Lord” at the end of it. This is not the gift of prophecy! That’s pretty scary to put, “Thus says the Lord” when the Lord didn’t say it!

b) Tongues: A message from God in a language unknown to the person through whom the message comes. This is talking about the manifestation of tongues, not a prayer language. 

All of these gifts listed are for today, contrary to what some say. There are boundaries to this gift though. One boundary is: If you are speaking in tongues and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, they are going to think you are crazy. So it’s best to be in a body of all believers to have this gift presented and the interpretation of tongues.

c) Interpretation of Tongues: Understanding and expressing the thought or the intent of the message in tongues. This is the “interpretation” of tongues, not the translation! Interpretation is expressing the thought or intent of what the person just said. The translation is word for word what the person said. 

1 Corinthians 14:5 – I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.

Prophesying is greater unless its interpreted and then it’s the same! Here’s what Paul is saying, “I wish you all would encourage each other!” Just keep in mind: Interpretation is not word for word so what is spoken may be long or short and the interpretation could be long or short also. It’s the thought or intent of the message.

The Dynamic Gifts

You shall receive dynamic, explosive, power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.

a) Faith: A supernatural impartation of belief and confidence for a specific situation. This is not talking about faith in general. This manifestation of faith is supernatural. It’s when we are in a crisis or a very difficult time and the Holy Spirit gives us such overwhelming faith that we know that we are going to get through it with God’s help.

b) Gifts of Healings: Supernatural endowments of divine health. This doesn’t mean that a person can go around and everyone they pray for gets healed. No one owns these gifts, the Holy Spirit does and distributes them as He sees fit.

c) Working of Miracles: Divine intervention that alters our natural circumstances. How in the world could anyone ever believe that miracles are not for today? God can’t stop doing miracles because He can’t stop being God! He did miracles all through the Bible so why would He ever stop? If you’ve been saved, you’ve had a miracle! 

We must believe to receive!

 

Is He Pentecostal?

Is the Holy Spirit pentecostal? When people hear the word “pentecostal,” it makes some people think of these churches where ladies can’t wear pants, jewelry, or makeup and people run around speaking in tongues. I’m not putting down people who think this way, but that is not the meaning of pentecostal.

If by the Biblical definition of the word “Pentecost” we believe fully in the work of the Holy Spirit, and we believe that Pentecost is the fulfillment of the feast of Pentecost and we believe that every believer needs a vital relationship with the Holy Spirit, then yes I’m Pentecostal and so is every believer that believes that. And yes the Holy Spirit is Pentecostal.

What Exactly Is Pentecost?

Acts 2:1 – Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Verse 2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

There were major fests in Israel; in the first month, the third month, and the seventh month in their calendar years. All of Israel was to gather in Jerusalem to celebrate these feasts. Passover represented when the spirit of death passed over the children of Israel when they were in Egypt. That was the first major feast. Then came Pentecost and then Tabernacles.

Within Passover, there are three feasts; within Tabernacles, there are three feasts; and then they had Pentecost.

Passover – Unleavened Bread, Feast of First Fruits; Pentecost – fifty days after Passover; Tabernacles, Feast of Trumpets; Day of Atonement; Feasts of Booths.

So Pentecost was the celebration of the giving of the Law on Mt Sinai, which was fifty days after Passover. Pente means five; cost means to the tenth power. So Pentecost means fifty.

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come it just means on the 50th day. That’s what it means, but how many people do you know have a negative conception when the word Pentecost is mentioned? Why in the world would anyone be afraid of the word Pentecost when it only means “50?”

Look: Jesus walked the earth forty days after His resurrection and the ones He told to go to Jerusalem would be praying for ten days, making it 50 days after Christ’s resurrection – Pentecost!

Leviticus 23:15 – “And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. (Verse 16) Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD.”

What Happened At Pentecost?

Acts 2:5 – Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. (Verse 6) And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together and were confused because everyone heard them speak in his own language.

Back in Genesis Chapter 11, is where the story of the Tower of Bable is told. All the people spoke one language but were gathered in rebellion against heaven. On the day of Pentecost, they were gathered in submission. At the Tower of Bable, they were gathered in pride. At Pentecost, they were gathered in humility. At the Tower of Bable, God came down and confused their language and they scattered to every nation. On the Day of Pentecost, they all came together and God restored a pure language to them – they all understood what was being said. They heard the “wonderful works of God.”

Pentecost is the blessed reversal of the cursed judgment of Bable! This is the fulfillment of the feast of Pentecost. Think about this: When the Law was given, there was a loud noise; a cloud descended; there was fire; God wrote His Law on tablets of stone and on that day, three thousand people died.

But on the Day of Pentecost, there was a loud noise; there was fire; a cloud descended with a rushing mighty wind; God wrote His law on men’s hearts and three thousand people were saved!

Is not the Bible an amazing book? Look how it all comes together! When God gave the Law they couldn’t keep it. Before the “ink was even dry,” they were at the bottom of the mountain doing everything that God said, “Thou shall not!” But when the Holy Spirit came, He wrote His standards on their hearts and three thousand people were saved.

Jesus came to make us in right standing with God. The Holy Spirit comes so that we can live “righteously!” He comes to empower us!

Can I Experience Pentecost?

Acts 2:3 – Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. (Verse 4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Does the word “tongues” make you uncomfortable? Tongues come from the Greek word “Glossa.” It simply means “language.” They just began to speak with other languages as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance. Al these people heard the wonderful works of God in their own language.

There was a tongue of fire on everyone’s head. We have to belive by faith that here is a tongue of fie on our head too. Don’t we receive Jesus by faith? Do we not have to receive the Holy Spirit the same way? Yes, by faith! There were 120 people in the upper room. This baptism with the Holy Spirit wasn’t just for the twelve! This was for everyone!

Acts 1:4 – And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which He said, “You have heard from Me; (Verse 5) “for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Jesus tells us what the Promise is, it’s the baptism with the Holy Spirit. So the Spirit came and Peter stands up and preaches and the people ask, “What do we have to do?” And here’s Peter’s answer:

Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Verse 39) “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Jesus said the Promise is the baptism with the Holy Spirit and the promise is for you and me, and all who are afar off! As many as the Lord our God will call. Did God call you? 1 Corinthians 12:3 says that no one comes by the Spirit unless “called by the Spirit.” So if you are a believer in Christ Jesus, yes you were called.

On the day Jesus died, Passover was fulfilled. This was when a spotless Lamb’s blood was shed for the sins of the world. Do we not experience this some two thousand years later? Did Christ die for my sins even though I wasn’t born back them? Yes, then can we not experience Pentecost also? We can be filled with the Holy Spirit just like the 120 were in the upper room that day!

My question to you is, “Have you fully received the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

 

Is The Holy Spirit A Person?

Did you know that there are Theologians that do not believe the Holy Spirit is a person? There are, but they believe that He is only a force or a power. However, it is clear in Scripture the Holy Spirit is a Person. Here’s why this is important for us to know: If you don’t see Him as a Person, then you will never develop a personal relationship with Him. If we don’t see Him as a Person, then we will never talk to or listen to Him.

Have you ever thought that if the Holy Spirit had an actual name, it would be easier to develop a relationship with Him? Well, did you know that the Holy Spirit is really not His name? That is His “description.” It’s His function in the Trinity. For instance: “God, the Father”; God’s function in the Trinity is to be the Father. God the Son and God the Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s name is God! His function is to be the Spirit that indwells us and empowers us and leads us and guides us into all truth!

So what distinguishes the Holy Spirit to be a Person? A simple definition is that a person has a personality. The theological definition of a person is that a person has a soul! And a soul is made up of three parts, mind, will, and emotions. We think with our minds; we desire with our will, and we feel with our emotions.

So is it possible that the Holy Spirit is trying to get us to think like God thinks; to desire what God desires; to feel what God feels? According to Scripture, He is living inside of each believer. So literally if we want to know what God thinks about something, ask the Holy Spirit who is living right inside of you. The Holy Spirit can tell you because He is God!

The Holy Spirit has a mind.

John 16:13 – “However, when He the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; How else could He guide us into all truth unless He knows all truth? He knows it because He has all knowledge. He is omniscience. “Omni means all, science means knowledge and God has all knowledge. The Holy Spirit knows everything there is to know. Have you ever thought about that? The all-knowing Spirit of God is living on the inside of each believer and has committed Himself to teach every one of us.

The Holy Spirit has a will.

Acts 16:6 – Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. The word “forbidden” means to “exercise your will.” So in this passage, He exercised His will over them. If you would like to know God’s will for your life, get to know God. The general will of God is in the Bible, but the specific will of God for your life hears His voice. The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth!

If we want to know “how to pray,” it’s in the Bible. If we want to know “what” to pray, you have to know the Holy Spirit. 

Did you know that the Bible says that “none of us” know what to pray? We all know Romans 8:28, which says, “And we know all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” But have you read the two verses before that one? 

Romans 8:26 – Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Verse 27) Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

The way we are to know the will and the mind of God is to know the Person who has the will and mind of God living on the inside of us. This is amazing because there was a time in history that only one person at a time could hear the voice of God. There was an entire generation that only one person heard what God wanted them to know. As a matter of fact, there was a time between the Old Testament and the New, four hundred years, that God was silent! But after the Day of Pentecost, God poured out His Spirit on all flesh!

The Holy Spirit has emotions.

Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (Verse 23) gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law. 

All of these characteristics are things a person does or qualities that they have. These are fruits, the results of having the Holy Spirit because He is a Person!

Ephesians 4:30 – And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Grief is an emotion and the Bible says that the Holy Spirit can be grieved. The Holy Spirit has feelings.

So what grieves the Holy Spirit? (Always keep in mind, if you do not understand a passage of Scripture, read the verses before and after the passage that you are confused about.)

Ephesians 4:25 – Therefore, put away lying, each one speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. (Verse 26) “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath (Verse 27) nor give place to the devil. (Verse 28) Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

(Verse 29) Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (Verse 30) And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Verse 31) Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. (Verse 32) And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.

So what grieves the Holy Spirit? Sin! When a believer walks in sin, it grieves the Holy Spirit! When we walk in sin, it’s going to hurt us, and the Holy Spirit loves us and doesn’t want that for our life!

Think about what grief is: Grief is a sadness we feel when we lose intimacy with a person and that happens when the person is no longer with us through death or separation. This is the same way the Holy Spirit feels when believers sin. We don’t lose our salvation when we sin, but we can lose our intimacy with the Holy Spirit. Yes, they will still have an eternal relationship, but as long as the person walks in sin, there will be no intimacy. So the Holy Spirit grieves because He has lost intimacy with that person.

But here is the good news: We can turn around at any point and start going in the right direction back toward God and begin the process of being set free. Then we will have an intimate lasting, relationship with the Holy Spirit because He is God!

Who Is The Holy Spirit?

The most misunderstood person in the Trinity is the Holy Spirit. How do you react when the Holy Spirit is either mentioned or spoken of? We are going to look at a conversation that took place in the last fourteen or fifteen hours of Jesus’ life. In Chapter 14 of the book of John, Jesus is at the Last Super talking to His disciples.

The main context of what Jesus tells them in Chapters 14, 15, and 16 is: “I’m going away, don’t be troubled though, because I’m going to send Someone else.” Jesus was introducing His disciples to the Holy Spirit.

John 14:16 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, (Verse 17) “even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

The Bible never ever refers to the Holy Spirit as “it!” He is a person! If we don’t see Him as a person, then we won’t develop a personal relationship with Him. He is the third person of the Trinity.

John 14:25 – “These things I’ve spoken to you while being present with you. (Verse 26) “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”

John 15:26 – “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”

John 16:7 – “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

John 16:12 – “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. (Verse 13) However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will tell you things to come.

And that should settle whether or not the Holy Spirit speaks! This word “Helper” comes from the Greek word “Parakletos.” “Para” means “alongside” and “Kletos” means “to come.” In other words, Jesus said, “I’m going to send you someone to come alongside you.” So this word can be translated as Helper, Consoler, Intercessor, or Advocate.

However, the Old King James, which many of us grew up on, translates as “Comforter.” How many have a comforter in their home that is not for use, but just for looks? How many believers have the “Comforter” not for use, but just for looks? The Holy Spirit is not for looks! He’s for use! He wants to empower us and to enable us.

He’s My Helper

He will help us pray and what to say. He also helps us to know what “not” to say.

John 16:8 – “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment; Most look at these three things negatively, but the next three verses explain: (Verse 9) of sin, because they do not believe in Me;

Why does the Holy Spirit convict us of sin? Because if we don’t understand and believe that we are or were a sinner, we’ll never believe we need a Savior! We can’t get saved until we know we need a Savior. If you have been saved, you will remember that feeling of conviction. It’s one of the Holy Spirit’s job to lead us to Jesus. He convicts us of sin so that we’ll believe in Jesus because we need a Savior. You can’t save yourself.

Here is the next thing the Holy Spirit does: (Verse 10) “of righteousness because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;” Jesus goes to the right hand of the Father making intercession for us, bringing the two together. Once Jesus takes care of our sin, we and the Father can have a relationship. Jesus said the Holy Spirit will convict us of “righteousness” not righteous living.

However, He does convict us of righteous living, but that’s not what this is talking about. Righteousness means “Right standing with God.” When we are convicted we are convinced. He wants to convince us that because we have believed in Jesus, we are now in Right standing with God.

John 16:11 – “of judgment, because the ruler of this world, is judged.” At that point the ruler of the world was Satan. And this is why we know that: John 12:31 – “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.” John 14:30 – “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.” Jesus is telling His disciples that Satan is about to be “de-throned!”

Jesus stripped Satan and took away all of his authority. The Holy Spirit will convict us that we need a Savior and once we accept that Savior, Jesus, He convicts us that we are now in right standing with God, and then He convinces us that Satan has had all of his authority taken away and has no more authority over us!

The Holy Spirit Is My Friend

The Holy Spirit is not weird. I have even heard some say that people who pray in the Spirit with tongues are evil. How could any part of the Trinity of God be evil? Here’s what is weird: Many people see weird people doing weird things and they then think the Holy Spirit must be weird. Satan uses the weird things people do to make others afraid. Do we not know by now that Satan twists everything to get us to believe his lies?

When the first church received the Holy Spirit there were over 3,000 saved that day! He healed the sick, cast demons out, raised the dead and literally turned the world upside down. When the power and revelation of the Holy Spirit came and returned to the church, late 19th century, and people really began to understand what was happening, Satan said, “I need to mess this up!”

Satan created the controversy and put the focus on “one gift” and he got people afraid of the Holy Spirit, which is God’s Spirit! We should never put our focus on just one gift, although the gift of tongues is valid and has not passed away.

Here is some evidence or benefits of the Holy Spirit: Power – you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. Power to witness! Power to love is another benefit. If we don’t have love none of the other gifts matter. Fruit is another benefit. And then gifts – all the gifts, not just one. So the Holy Spirit is my helper and He’s my friend.

He’s My God

If we say, “The Father is my God,” or “Jesus is my God,” most don’t have a problem with it. However, if we say, “The Holy Spirit is my God,” some have a problem. Why? Is He not also who makes up the Trinity?

John 14:16 – “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper.” Do you see all three of the Trinity in that one sentence? Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit, all three are One.

Luke 3:22 – And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You, I am well pleased.” And again all three at once.

The Father glorifies and magnifies the Son; the Son only does what the Father says, and the Holy Spirit leads us to Jesus. Here is another Scripture that proves the Holy Spirit is God: Acts 5:3 – But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?… (Verse 4) …”You have not lied to men but to God.” He had lied to the Holy Spirit, so he lied to God. Because the Holy Spirit is God, we should never be afraid when the Holy Spirit manifests or speaks to us.

The Holy Spirit intercedes through us on earth. The Holy Spirit calls and qualifies ministers for their work. It is the Holy Spirit who makes them overseers over the flock. He hears, speaks, teaches, and guides us into all truth. He glorifies Christ, receives from Christ, shows us Christ, and brings all of Christ’s words to our remembrance. It is better for us that Jesus left so He could come. He shows us things to come, knows the deep things of God, searches all things, and reveals all things.

Where He is, there is liberty. The writers of the Bible spoke as they were moved by Him. We are warned not to grieve Him or quench Him. The sin against Him is unpardonable because sin against Him is against the only One who can reveal the Son to us. Unless a man is born of the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. We are convicted by Him, born again by Him, led by Him, filled with Him, and sealed by Him! Amen!

What’s My Part?

We’ve looked at some of the attributes of God, but if God is all in all, what is our part? Is there something that we need to do or do we just wait on God to do everything? There are some Christians that believe, “What will be will be.” If you want a good marriage, you’ll have to work on having a good marriage. If you are going to be blessed financially, you have to be a good steward. The point is, “It’s not all God.”

Since God is Sovereign, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Faithful, Good, Merciful, and Gracious, then, what’s my part?

God doesn’t need anything.

God is Self-Existent, Self-Sufficient, and Self-Sustaining. This is actually one of the attributes – Eternal. However, do you think God needs you? With all of these attributes that God has, does He still need us? He loves us and wants us but does He really need us? He says, “Yes!”

God decided to need you.

We could put in the place of “need,” partner.” God decided to partner with us. Meaning: Each person has a part, cooperate. If we partner with God, we have a part and God has a part. God actually decided to need us to manage the earth and become partners with us to manage the earth, which is clear from the beginning.

Genesis 2:19 – Out of the ground, the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.

God could have named all the animals, but why did He have Adam do it? Because He was starting a relationship, partnership. He wanted man to have a part in what He had created. God’s part was the part that Adam couldn’t do – create! That was the supernatural part. However, Adam’s part was the part he could do – name the animals. Can you imagine naming all the animals and remembering what you called each one – genius! Adam was created by a genius and all-knowing God.  Sin hadn’t come into the world yet. After sin entered, that’s when our intelligence level dropped. The farther we get from God the dumber we get.

If you don’t believe that God wanted to partner with us, check out this verse in the New Testament: Mark 6:5 – Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 

Everywhere else in the New Testament, the Bible says, “He healed them all!” But not in Nazareth except for a few. Why? Mark 6:6 – And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. Jesus didn’t heal many in Nazareth, but He sure did everywhere else!

God limited His unlimited power to our faith. Jesus walks into a town of unbelief and the Creator of the universe could not do a mighty work there. How many mighty works can God not do in our own life because of unbelief?

Do you think that Satan knows this? Of course, he does! 1 Samuel 17:4 – And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. (9′ 6″ tall) (Verse 8) Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. (Verse 9) If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him then you shall be our servants and serve us.” (Verse 10) And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man that we may fight together.”

Satan had watched God using people to accomplish His will for a very long time down through history. Satan also knew that fear is the enemy of faith. So he got a 9 and one half foot giant to scare the Israelites to death!

(Keep in mind: Satan cannot tell the future or read our minds, only God can.) Then God took a boy called David that had faith in Him and used him to kill the enemy! God had been preparing David for this day using a lion, a bear, and a sling-shot! David had to sling the stone but God made it hit Goliath “right between the eyes!” That’s a partnership!

Think about even the birth of Christ, Mary had to partner and believe God. It’s all through Scripture men and women partnering with God to accomplish God’s desire for not only us but others. When we pray, are we not partnering with Him for ourselves and others?

Have you decided to need God?

Not only in salvation, but have you decided that you need God in every area of your life? God is never going to do our part. Our part is not supernatural. Our part is first!

We are not supernatural, but we know Someone who is. When someone needs healing, we go to God in prayer. The healing part comes from Him. Our part is to pray! Theologically God is always first, however, God has already done His part. He sent Jesus and Jesus said, “It is finished.”

We have already been blessed with every spiritual blessing. God’s already done His part, so now it’s our turn. For instance: God did not say, “They shall recover, then you shall lay hands on them. He said, “You shall lay hands on them and they shall recover!” We do our part and His part is according to if we do what He’s told us to do to see good results.

It may seem odd or unfair to some that one man could sin and make the whole world condemned. Since it only took one man to lose it all, it only took one Man to get it all back – Jesus! Jesus became a man and lived the life you and I couldn’t live and took the punishment, death, you and I should have gotten and He won freedom for every person in the whole world that believes in Him.

So what’s our part? Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved! Believe and Receive!!