How can I walk with the Holy Spirit?



Question: “How can I receive the Holy Spirit, walk with the Holy Spirit, and operate in the guidance, help, and power of the Holy Spirit?“



Bible Answers

Walking with the Holy Spirit is walking with God. The Holy Spirit is part of the God Head that guides, teaches, instructs, and directs us. He provides us gifts that are primarily used to be of service to others and fruits that we may be more like Jesus.


The gifts of the Holy Spirit are supernatural abilities. Christians fail when they try to live out their spiritual gifts in their own strength rather than through the power of the Holy Spirit.


Only through Jesus will we reign victorious in life.  …how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! (Romans 5:17).  


Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The gifts are of the Holy Spirit belong to the Holy Spirits and are available to us as we ask for them to be manifested through us and as the Holy Spirit directs. They are an anointed operation of God’s power through us to enrich our lives and the lives of others.   

For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues (Corinthians 12:8-10).


These gifts are valuable in serving God and others to better knowing God.  They are available to all Christians who ask the Holy Spirit to manifest in their life.


Fruit of the Holy Spirit

When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will grow the fruit of the Spirit in us.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness [humility], and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).


Do you lack some or all fruit of the Spirit in your life? By faith you can become a gentle, patient, kind, humble, loving person. By faith you can appropriate the filling of the Spirit, asking for that portion of the fruit that will changing us for the better. But as with other Christ like traits, they usually develop over an extended time, as we mature, and as we pass through trials. You can pray, “God, may you give me patience with myself as I mature into the person you want me to be, full of the fruit of the Holy Spirit.”


Hearing the Holy Spirit

Take time to listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit. Do not wait for an audible voice—He rarely speaks audibly—but listen as He speaks through His Word.  Learn to understand what many call “the prompts” and “the checks” of the Spirit, the “small inner voice.”  Quiet your mind and focus on the spirit within you. It will bring you great joy when you hear the Holy Spirit and obey.


Walking by the Holy Spirit

The following are five steps in walking with the Holy Spirit.


1. Confirm

We must acknowledge that we can do nothing pleasing for God without the Holy Spirit. I am the vine you are the branches… without me you can do nothing (John 15:5).


2. Pray

We need to pray that God will enable His Holy Spirit to be active in us and to lead us in all righteousness.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).


3. Faith

Walking with the Holy Spirit by faith. We either walk with sin or we walk with the Holy Spirit. It is by faith that we believe the Holy Spirit will give us the power and will to walk with Him so that sin will no longer have dominion over us (Romans 6:14). For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God (Romans 8:14).


4. Action

Having completed the above steps and with the help of the Holy Spirit, do we then confidently move forward with the Holy Spirit. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me (1 Corinthians 15:10). It is the great incentive of the Holy Spirit that all our efforts to please God is the work of the Holy Spirit within us. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God …that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen (1 Peter 4:11).


5. Thanks

Thank God the Holy Spirit for all the things He helps us do that is pleasing to God. But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you (2 Corinthians 8:16). Paul was thanking God for what God did for Titus.


Having confirmed our need for the Holy Spirit to please God, let us pray for His empowerment and let us move in the power of the Holy Spirit, thanking Him.


Relationship with the Holy Spirit

God loves you so much that He has sent His Holy Spirit to be your special friend, helper, and love.  God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God's gift to us (Romans 5:5).


Summary

The Holy Spirit shows us our sins and helps us turn from them so that we may be better Christians.  As we let Him have His way, He leads us closer to God and away from such sins as pride, selfishness, stubbornness, bad temper, prejudice, hatred, resentment, laziness, self-pity, rebelliousness, greed, addictions, and immoral thoughts or actions.


He will teach you truth and guide you. He will answer your questions about God. He will show you the purpose of life. He will help you understand the Bible. Things that use to puzzle you will suddenly become clear.  Jesus said, When the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all the truth (John 16:13). Do recall that it takes time to be lead, but what a wonderful journey.



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