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Articles about the Holy Spirit

Looking for revival

Seed germinating in the ground and sprouting through the ground

Why do so many people look down on anything old these days? When looking for revival it is Biblical to look back. But we are constantly told that everything is ‘improved’ and ‘new’. Why is that, because these things couldn’t have been perfect to start with! But God’s work is perfect.
He can’t be improved, neither can His works.
We can be such an arrogant generation!…

[1] Filled with the Spirit – transforming but nothing added

A white dove with a red tick to say yes to the Holy Spirit.

Nothing is added to our salvation when filled with the Spirit and yet it is a transforming event. It is easy to feel inferior when some Christians believe that they have been baptised with the Holy Spirit and others don’t. But it is important to remember that nothing can be added to our salvation…

[2] Holy Spirit experience: The filling is a blessing

Cartoon flames representing the Spirit's fire.

Jesus gave His followers the instruction to wait until the Holy Spirit had come upon them. Holy Spirit experience: If this was an event which they were just to ‘reckon’ as having happened, there would have been confusion as to how long they should wait! But Jesus said ‘wait until’…

[3] Can we experience the gift of the Holy Spirit?

Receive the Holy Spirit - a hand reaching out.

If the Lord has called you to be His child, then the promise of the Holy Spirit is for you.

But it does not take place automatically at conversion.
We know that to be a fact, because Paul:
“found some disciples and asked them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’”
How do we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit?…

[4] Issues with the Holy Spirit – potentially

Beautiful ripe fruit - red apples.

There can be potential issues with the Holy Spirit when we realise that God is all-powerful and anything is possible we can move into the area which has some potential pot holes and traps: Beware of getting over impressed by ‘phenomena’… The fear of showing unbelief… Are the spiritual gifts ‘on tap’? Do not ‘claim’ spiritual gifts…

[5] How do I know I am saved?

Cat looking out from a box.

How do I know I am saved? It is not good for a Christian to doubt their salvation. A Christian who is assured of their salvation will be a confident person in God’s Kingdom. There are three forms of assurance…

[6] The Holy Spirit and living a godly life

Snow on branches representing a pure life.

The older, more technical term for living a godly life is sanctification.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit does help to promote a godly life, but it is not ‘sanctification’ itself.
The church at Corinth…

[7] Receive the Holy Spirit

A man breathing out.

After Jesus was raised from the dead, He appeared to His disciples and:
“He breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’ ” John 20:22
How does this breathing of the Holy Spirit differ from the disciple’s filling of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost?…