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#21 Charles Miles

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Posted 18 May 2020 - 09:49 AM

This has been and is a most interesting thread. I think there are more honest questions and thoughtful answers to this question than I have seen in a long time. All of these give me time to pause and reflect on just who Holy Spirit is and what He does to us, through us, and for us. 

  I can remember years ago before knowing Jesus and having a personal relationship with Him, I lived a life of which I am not proud. It never bothered me to do things that now would never do now, and none of those things bothered me even a little bit. I didn`t think of myself as a "bad" person or a "good" person, I just didn`t think of anything but what I wanted and what it would do for me. Never did I consider that I was sinning or causing a problem for me or anyone else, it was just who I was...or "what" I was. Satan never bothered me in those days, he didn`t have to....I was his already and cruising along just as he would have me do. I joined the church, went to SS, and even taught SS on occasion. Still no problems. Nothing much changed for me.....until I had a big, huge, problem that seemed to come up from nowhere. No way around it, over it, or anyway to avoid it. That is when I realized that I knew who Jesus was but I didn`t have a relationship with Him.

  Turning point, life changing turning point, stunning realization that I did not have what I thought I had...an actual relationship with the Living God through His Son. Shorten the story here...all that was changed then and there! So what difference did that change make? Well, back to the original question of this thread.

   How do I know I have Holy Spirit in me? Short answer is, I know right from wrong before I even do it. Years ago it didn`t bother me....now it does. An unkind word, a short answer, unkind thought, and I know it before the words pass my nose. Do I still slip up and do wrong things? Yes, but the request for forgiveness and repentance is immediate. How does all this take place? I have a personal counselor, teacher, and comforter who lives in and with me 24/7. Bible study? Not a problem, I get to read with the One who had it all written. There is a peace, a joy, a fullness of life, and total lack of worry that comes with this relationship with the God of the universe, and I must attribute it to having His Spirit living with me and in me all the time. Not just when I THINK I might need Him. Where exactly in my body does His Spirit live? I don`t know exactly, but why should I care? He is there and that is what is important. Heart, brain, or mind, the main most thing is that He is there and we have a relationship that is eternal. He knows my name.....

 

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#22 Tony Davison

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Posted 08 June 2020 - 04:58 AM

Thanks Charles I have known the spirit lives in me since 1978 and I have not always listened to that still small voice. I remember not listening one time when the spirit told me to go talk to someone about the Lord. The spirit still got someone else to go talk to that person, guess who got saved. Less than a year latter that person died and I was requested to do a talk at his funeral. I was able to tell His two brothers who Jesus was after the funeral was done, I was never so blessed to be able to do this.


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#23 Charles Miles

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Posted 09 June 2020 - 02:49 PM

Amen Tony.  Listening for the small voice is key to a closer walk with Jesus. Just knowing He is with us daily is a comfort that some do not have. I thank Him every day for the comfort and assurance in my life and pray that others might have it also. Hey, it`s free and all we need do is ask. 

 

With all that is going on in our country today, I often wonder where the Christians are. One would think that in a mob of thousands there would be at least one who had Holy Spirit indwelling!  Maybe so, maybe not, but there seems to be a lot of hate out there and it just can't be all racial hate. I do know who is the father of hate, the father of lies, and the instigator of violence against man. I pray that the Holy Spirit will sweep into some of this and change this mess. Looks as if not many who are rioting, burning, and killing are going to ask for Him, so that leaves us who know Him and trust Him every day to ask that He reach in and change people.