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The Power of the Holy Spirit

The Power of the Holy Spirit

How do you know if the power of the Holy Spirit is in you?

Christians are taught to believe that the power of the Holy Spirit is available for us when we need it because Jesus said, I will send you a Helper.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.” – John 14:16-17 NLT

Helper, comforter, encourager for what? To help me with what?

Now, how do you know that you have the helper living in you? This helper is the Holy Spirit. So then, how do you know that the power of the Holy Spirit is in you? Some say you speak in tongues when the Holy Spirit baptizes you. Maybe they do! Some say you feel the power of God on your body. When that preacher laid his hands on me, I felt something and I fell down. Many times, in worship services, the preacher or the worship leader says, “I feel the presence of God mighty and strong right now”. Maybe they do….but what about other times? What about Monday to Saturday? What about Sunday afternoons and evenings? Some say, when we were having a prayer meeting, the Holy Spirit suddenly came. Well did he? Came from where? Wasn’t He supposed to be with you always? When did He leave? Isn’t that what Jesus said? I haven’t felt anything like that ever in my last 23-24 years. Some people fall down, shiver, repeat unintelligible syllables, and all kinds of things. Honestly, I haven’t felt anything at all. But that’s not the point. Maybe some people feel and have experienced something. I haven’t. But that’s ok. Because I don’t think Jesus said He is sending the helper so that we can have some weird experiences as evidence that we have the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our original problem was and is sin. That’s what separated us from God in the beginning. Jesus came and took care of the problem of sin in our lives. So, now that the root of the problem is dealt with, He is transforming us into His likeness day by day, which means we are now supposed to live as He did. The bible says in Ephesians 5:1 – “We must be imitators of Christ”. Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ”. And Jesus knew that it was impossible for us to live like that without the help of the Holy Spirit. That’s why He sent us a helper, so we can overcome sin and live as Jesus did. Secondly, The Holy Spirit was also sent to remind us and teach us of the things that Jesus taught.

But how do we know if we have the power of the Holy Spirit really or not?

Firstly, you cannot belong to God if you do not have the Holy Spirit in you. Romans 8:9 – But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.

6 signs to know you have the power of the Holy Spirit in your life:

1. Confidence in salvation – Romans 8:16

The Holy Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. Sign number 1 is that you are confident in your salvation. You don’t doubt even for a moment that you may not belong to God. You have absolutely no fear or concern if you are going to heaven or not. You are 100% sure of your salvation. You have seen the transformation of your own life and you cannot forget his mercy and grace towards you. You acknowledge that you are imperfect and have been forgiven many times. You are amazed at how come you got saved and that other person did not. Can I lose my salvation? Of course, I can….but that would mean I have to know all this truth and still willingly choose to reject Christ. Why would I do that? He is the most precious pearl. He is the one for whom I am willing to give up everything. He is the one for whom I am willing to hate my mother and father, brother and sisters, and even my own life. This is true especially for me because my family members are Hindus still. Do I love them? Yes, I do, but I won’t give up Christ for them. I pray for them every day, feeling hurtful and worried about their eternity. But I won’t give up Christ for them. I know for sure that I belong to Him and I am eagerly waiting for His return. If you are also like this, then rest assured you have the power of the Holy Spirit in you. Because without the Holy Spirit you cannot be like this. See John 14-17 again.

2. Godly Character

Galatians 5: 22-23 – But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

These are the attributes or the “nature” of Jesus Christ Himself. So the character of Christ being developed in you progressively is the ultimate sign of the presence of the power of the Holy Spirit in you.

Are you developing in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control?

Look at each of them one at a time.

Love – How is your love? Do you only love those who love you back? Are you able to love people when they insult you or upset you? Jesus said even when He was on the cross, “forgive them for they do not know what they are doing”. That is love. Are you developing in love.

Joy – What about joy? We can’t be happy all the time, but we can be joyful. Happiness is external (like when you receive a gift) but joy is internal. It’s a character. John 15:10-11 – When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!

Peace – Are you at peace? Even when a difficult situation arises, somehow internally you are still at peace knowing that God will take care of everything.

Patience – What about patience? Are you a patient person? I am quite impatient but I am growing in Christ. I am patient when waiting on God, but am impatient when someone gives me an appointment but keeps me waiting. Haha…like the doctors.

Kindness – Goodness -Faithfulness – Are you faithful? Trustworthy? I have become faithful and trustworthy. I have become kind. I was not always like that. But God changed me progressively with time as I continued to grow in faith and studied His word. That is evidence of the power of the Holy Spirit in me.

Gentleness – Self-Control – The last character is a big one. Self-control! This plays an important role in dealing with temptations. We don’t get all these characters (or fruits of the Spirit) instantly, but we grow in these things day by day. If you see yourself growing in these, then it’s a sign of the power of the Holy Spirit in you.

3. Passion and power for evangelism

Acts 1:8 – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses telling people about me everywhere…

You will not only receive the passion but also the power. The reason the Holy Spirit was given to us was so that we may receive the power to be witnesses. You will have a passion to see the lost saved. You are not indifferent towards a lost world. You are not one of those who attend church and are happy to be a Christian but are also equally comfortable with ungodly friends and unsaved friends. Such people are happy to go to the pub for a drink with unbelievers, enjoy parties, laugh at worldly and vulgar jokes, watch movies with bad language and sex scenes and not feel anything about it, but happy to go to church again on Sundays. Such a person does not have the power of the Holy Spirit. But someone who does have the Holy Spirit will definitely hurt to see the lost and carry a hunger and almost worry with sadness about the lost. They may not all be evangelists or share the gospel with everyone they see, but they will “want” people to be saved. They will pray for them and maybe even give financially to help others who are bold enough to do it.

4. Love for Jesus and a hope for salvation – Romans 5:4-5

Nobody loves Jesus like the Holy Spirit loves Jesus. He was given to us to fill us with his love. So we will love Jesus wholeheartedly and will have this confident hope of our salvation. We are waiting for his return eagerly. While many others may get scared of his return and the end of the world, we are waiting eagerly for his return. Because we love him and we want to be with him forever even though we haven’t even seen him. That is the work of the power of the Holy Spirit in us.

5. Knowledge of Truth

1 John 2:27 – For you have received the Holy Spirit, and He lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know,

John 14:16 – 17 – The Holy Spirit leads you into all truth.

Wow, this is an important sign. This basically means that you are not easily deceived. You know the truth. Even though you hear many sermons, many preachers, and messages, if there is false teaching designed to deceive you, you know in your spirit that this is wrong. You know the truth even though you may not remember the bible verse, you know the truth. This evidences the power of the Holy Spirit in you.

6. Holiness

1 Peter 1:2 – God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and His Spirit has made you holy.

You have a hunger to be holy. You feel bad when you stumble into sin occasionally. You feel bad like you have hurt God. You feel bad that you have grieved the Holy Spirit. You hate your sin. You immediately repent and seek forgiveness. It is like cancer to you. If anyone in your family has cancer, you don’t hate the person, but you hate cancer. Sin is like that for you. You don’t feel condemned, but you aspire and hunger to be holy. This is evidence that the power of the Holy Spirit is in you. If the evil spirit makes people evil and if an unclean spirit makes people unclean, what is the Holy Spirit supposed to do? Make us Holy of course.

So these are 6 signs to know that the power of the Holy Spirit is in you. So then what about speaking in tongues? Many people say, especially the Pentecostals, that speaking in tongues is evidence that the power of the Holy Spirit is in you. Well, there is a difference between the presence of the Holy Spirit in you and the manifestations of the Holy Spirit through you.

So speaking in tongues, casting out demons, healing the sick, all these are manifestations of the Holy Spirit through you and not everyone has these gifts. You see that in 1 Cor 12:29 onwards.

Speaking in tongues – Acts 2:32-33, 1 Cor 14:39, 1 Cor 14:2 – Acts 10-44-46

Is this a sign? It is “A” sign, but not “THE” sign. It is not a mandatory manifestation for all and it is not that important either. But it can be a sign. The other 6 mentioned in this post are a definite sign of the power of the Holy Spirit in you whereas these physical manifestations of speaking in tongues are only for those who have received the gift. And it is a language. It is not just repeating a couple of syllables over and over. It is a language. It has sentences and words. It is not something you blurt out on your own whenever you feel like it. It has to be led by the Holy Spirit and it usually is in private when you are alone with God. 1 Cor 14:2 says “For if you have the ability to speak in tongues, (unknown languages) you will be talking only to God since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit. Yes, many in the bible spoke in tongues, and Paul did too. I do too. I do it in private when I am alone with God and only when I am led by the Holy Spirit. But do all speak in tongues? No…so do they not have the power of the Holy Spirit? 1 Cor 12-30 Of course they do if they display the other 6 signs mentioned in this post.

The primary purpose of the Holy Spirit is to give us the power to resist our human sinful nature and live godly lives. This is a massive battle and we need the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome our own fleshly lusts. So if we know we have the Holy Spirit in us, then that should change our prayer life and fill us with hope and encouragement because when we know that the Holy Spirit is in us, then we also know that our hope is not in vain. We also know that He hears our prayers. We also know that we are never alone. With His power, we can overcome. Amen!