10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE COMFORTER (HOLY GHOST).
John 14:26 – ” But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance,whatsoever I have said unto you”.(KJV)
Most people know little or nothing about the incredible person of the Holy Spirit of God; yet the bible teaches that his role in the life of believers is invaluable.
Here are ten things the bible tells us about him:
1. He is the third person of the Trinity.
Mathew 28:19 – ” Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.(KJV)
Contrary to popular belief, the Holy spirit is not a dove, wind, light or fire. He is a personality. He speaks, moves, relates and can also be grieved.( Ephesians 4:30, 1 Tim 4:1). He was there at the begining of creation (Gen1:2) and throughout scriptures, his power and influence have shaped what we know as Christianity today. When a person surrenders his life to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit begins to dwell in him. He is the member of the trinity presently here on earth with us.
2. He is a Helper.
John16:7 – “Nevertheless I tell you the truth, it is expedient for you that I go away, for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”
It is IMPOSSIBLE to have a succesful christian life without the help of the Holy spirit. Jesus knew how crucial his presence was to believers, hence he said it was necessary that he left to make way for the Holy Spirit. All the great works Jesus did were by the power of the Holy spirit.
The first and most important role of the Holy Spirit is to prepare us for that crucial moment when we stand before God on judgement day. It is only through the Holy spirit that the works of the flesh are mortified (Rom 8:13). It is difficult to resist our fleshly lusts and passions with merely our will and power; thus the bible admonishes us to walk in the Spirit so as not to fulfill the desires of the flesh. The world is filled with evil and the devil is constantly trying to pull us off track, only by the help of the Holy spirit can we be guaranteed victory.
3. He is a Teacher.
John 14:26 – ” But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance,whatsoever I have said unto you”(KJV)
Many struggle to study or understand the bible. For some, it is mere fiction or a history book. The truth is, the bible is a spiritual book and can only be understood indepth, when the Holy spirit opens your understanding. Luke 24:25 states ” Then opened he their understanding that they might understand the scrptures”. This verse clearly reveals that except a persons understanding is opened, he will be unable to get any revelation from the bible. He will merely read the stories but it will have no impact in his life ( Math13:11).
Beyond the scriptures, the Holy Spirit also teaches us what to do in confusing situations. We are faced with difficult choices daily. Sometimes what seems right may be destructive in the end. We can therefore rely on the Holy spirit to teach us what to do. Futhermore he also teaches us what to say. The Devil wants you to make decisions or say things that may destroy you. Our words are very important, and many have been ensnared by their utterances. The Holy spirit is always available to teach us what to say. ( Mark 13:11).
4. He Intercedes for us.
Romans 8:26 ” Likewise the Spirit helpeth our infirmities, for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered”(KJV).
A lot of people struggle to pray consistently and when they do, may not pray according to the will of God. Prayer is crucial in maintaining fellowship with God and victory over the enemy. The Holy Spirit therefore intercedes for us and strengthens us to pray according to the will of God. You can ask the Holy spirit to help you build a vibrant and consistent prayer life today.
5. He is a Seal upon all believers.
Ephesians 1:13 – ” In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also afte ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy spirit of promise”(KJV).
The bible declares that if any man does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his (Rom8:9). The Holy spirit is received when you confess Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour. He dwells in you as a guarantee or mark that you belong to christ.
In the corporate world, seals are placed on items to show they are official and have the authority of top management. In the same way God seals us with his Spirit to indicate that we belong to him and have his approval.
6. He is a Comforter.
John 14:16 -” And I will pray the father,and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.(KJV)
We live in an imperfect world thus we will inevitably experience pain, suffering and difficult situations. The goodnews however is that Jesus promised not to leave us comfortless. The Holy spirit sees your heart and can bring comfort like no one else can. He listens, understands and deeply cares about our pain and suffering. I have personally experienced his amazing touch after I lost my dear mother. ( See my previous post for full story).
If you open your heart to him he can heal you and turn that ugly situation to a testimony.
7. He reveals the future.
John 16:12-13 -“I have many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear it now. Howbeit when the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future (NLT).
As intelligent as humans are, our knowledge is extremely limited. Many are uncertain and apprehensive of the future. The Holy Spirit however knows the end from the begining. By the Holy spirit, prophets of old revealed the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of christ decades before he was born. The bible also foretells the future of mankind and earth.
We can ask the Holyspirit to reveal secrets to us, especially regarding mysterious occurences in our lives.
8. He empowers believers for signs and wonders.
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth”(KJV).
120 men who were mostly uneducated, caught a vision and ran with it; such that it swept through the entire earth, changing lives. These were the disciples of Jesus that met with the Holy ghost at the upper room in Jerusalem. Anything the Holy ghost comes in contact with does not remain normal. It functions at a speed and power that is beyond human. Believers who have encountered him, now have supernatural powers for miracles, signs and wonders.
9. He is our business partner.
Exodus 31:2- ” See I have called Bezaleel son of Uri, the son of Hur of the tribe of Judah; and I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom and in knowledge and in all manner of workmanship, to devise cunning works, to work in gold and in silver and in brass.
Many assume that the Holy spirit is only needed for spiritual activities. However the scripture above reveals that the Holy ghost can annoint you to do your regular job excellently. Your work, designs or business can have a special touch, with his help. Important business decisions such as mergers, acquisition, partnerships etc can be highly profitable if done under the guidance of the Holy spirit.
10. He brings the dead to life.
Romans 8:11 – ” But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you; he that raised up christ from the dead, shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.(KJV)
If the Holy Spirit could raise Jesus back to life after three days, most certainly he can give life to any dead thing in your life. Be it a dead marriage, career, health, business, prayer life etc. Some people with multifunctional smart phones only use it to make and receive calls, whereas there are tonnes of things that can be done with their devices, without struggle. Most believers behave this way with the Holy spirit.
It is amazing that we have such a powerful person with us always and yet we ignore him. I hope this article helps you to appreciate the Holy Spirit and deepen your understanding of his unique role in your life.
In my next article I will be sharing some tips on how to walk with the Spirit, as taught by Rev. Oyiks Alfred, a great woman of God, whose teaching has been a blessing to me.