But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20 ESV). What does praying in the Spirit mean? Two words are important to understand as we briefly review this subject: in and by. The preposition “in” describes the sphere from which the activity originates. When we
The Holy Spirit
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him (Rom. 8:9 ESV). The question of how to receive the Holy Spirit has been a source of contention amongst believers
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law (Gal. 5:18 ESV) We are led by the Spirit when the Holy Spirit guides and powers our lives, including our thoughts, words, and actions. This is in contrast to being led by the flesh, which does not necessarily mean sinful inclinations.
The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life (Job 33:4 KJV) The Word and the Spirit are like God’s two hands, used to accomplish His will. They operate in tandem, so we must not treat them as distinctly separate. The scripture above gives us an important
Who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee (2 Cor. 1:22 NKJ). The seal of the Holy Spirit is God’s mark on the believer indicating that they belong to Him. When you are taking a flight, the airline attendant will tie a tag sealed with a sticker
“His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish” (Psalm 146:4, KJV). There is a spirit inside of you (Job 32:8) called the human spirit by which we contact God and God contacts us. But what is the human spirit? The answer to this question will remain bewildering
But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties are trained by practice to discern good and evil. (Heb. 5:14 NAB) The Scripture above clearly states that mature believers are those who have trained their faculties by virtue of practice. This teaches us that we can be trained to grow in spiritual things.
Quench not the Spirit. (1 Thess. 5:19 KJV) The instruction above is a solemn admonition of the apostle Paul to Thessalonian Christians, which is evidently applicable to the church today. He says, “Quench not the Spirit.” The immediate context of the verse gives us one specific example of what it means to quench the Spirit,