Do You Have the Holy Spirit in Your Life?

Do You Have the Holy Spirit in Your Life?
That depends on How You Treat the Bible

The Bible is the instrument by which the Holy Spirit works in your life.

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” (Eph. 6:17)

When the Bible speaks, the Holy Spirit speaks (Acts 1:16, 28:25-27, Heb. 3:7-11, 10:15-16). When Christ speaks, the Holy Spirit speaks (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22). Therefore:

  1. The Holy Spirit Converts you by the Bible. (Psa. 19:7)
  2. The Holy Spirit Saves you by the Bible. (James 1:21)
  3. The Holy Spirit Sanctifies you by the Bible. (John 17:17)
  4. The Holy Spirit Leads you by the Bible. (Psalm 119:105)
  5. The Holy Spirit Indwells you by the Bible. (Colossians 3:16)
  6. The Holy Spirit Enlightens you by the Bible. (Psalm 119:130)
  7. The Holy Spirit Strengthens you by the Bible. (Deuteronomy 11:8)
  8. The Holy Spirit Comforts you by the Bible. (Romans 15:4)

So, what does this mean?
It means that the Holy Spirit won’t tell you anything that’s not in the Bible.

If you don’t listen to the Bible, then you are Resisting the Spirit.

“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye.” (Acts 7:51)

If you don’t believe the Bible, then you are Grieving the Spirit.

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” (Eph. 4:30)

If you don’t obey the Bible, then you are Quenching the Spirit.

“Quench not the Spirit.” (1 Thess. 5:19) – “They rebelled, and vexed His Holy Spirit.” (Isa. 63:10)

If you deny the Bible, then you are Blaspheming the Spirit.

“The Jews…spake against these things…contradicting and blaspheming.” (Acts 13:45)

So then, do you have the Holy Spirit in your life?
Not if you don’t follow the Bible

~anon (& revised)

About Scott J Shifferd

Minister, church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL. Husband and father of four. Email: ScottJon82[at]yahoo.com
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11 Responses to Do You Have the Holy Spirit in Your Life?

  1. Scott
    I really cannot accept your interpretation of the bible as God’s breath. My NIV and every other bible I have says “God breathed”. This is also backed up by the Greek lexical aid in my Hebrew Greek study bible.

    I personally believe there IS a fundamental difference between the two interpretations.

    However lets agree to differ on the Greek for the moment, and look at other questions.

    Iron sharpens iron!
    You said.-
    “Did He say that He was God, the I AM? How can you tell that this was God speaking to you? What scriptures let you know that God has spoken to rather than one who appears to be an angel of light?”

    Your questions here puzzle me. When God speaks to me, he doesn’t preface it with, “This is God calling”
    Jesus said, “my sheep know my voice”, therefore I have little problem in identifying when God interjects into my life with a rhema word. I have come to know his voice. It is rarely more than a still small whisper. However it is not quietness which tells me that this is God, but the nature of his voice, and the context.

    I have to say that the biggest problem faced by anyone discerning the voice of God is separating it from ones own vivid imagination.

    Returning to,”my sheep know my voice”. I have owned and bred sheep, they most certainly can recognise a voice, (particularly the orphans we bottle fed). However I have never found a sheep which understood what I was saying to it!!!!!!!
    How do we make sense of that?

    Go a little deeper in the subject of hearing God and compare it to babies. A baby spends 9 months in the womb, during which it gets very used to the voice of its mother. When it is born it soon puts a face to the voice, and hopefully milk and a loving caress to the voice and the face.
    However it is most clear that although a newborn child can soon recognise mother’s voice, it has no idea of the words. HOWEVER IT IS ON A JOURNEY AND WILL SHORTLY PUT MEANING TO THE WORDS.

    The thing about learning to speak and to understand is that they are not taught, they are caught, from familiarity.

    Now apply this to hearing God’s voice. When we first come into the kingdom, we recognise God’s love acting on our sprit. We can surely feel his presence, unless we are an intellectual believer who has not really allowed God to get close. We sense his presence during worship, or other times of intimacy, we feel him in our hearts. Yet we may still not be able to interpret this into words. However, like the child understanding will come in due time.

    The big danger is that Christians so often seek to comprehend God by an intellectual approach when He desires our time and intimacy, not just in church meetings but anywhere anytime else in our lives.

    If the only surety was that a “God” word was prefaced with “this is god”, then what would stop Satan using the same preface. God’s voice for me is always accompanied by his loving presence, something Satan cannot counterfeit.

    I am also puzzled that you, and many others who cast similar doubts, can credit a believer with greater risk of hearing Satan than hearing their own Heavenly Father.

    You said-
    “Could you do signs, wonders, and powers and were you even witness to Christ’s spiritual form in the resurrection? I would think these would be easy questions to answer, since you would have asked the same yourself.”

    I confess to being lost with this bit. I have never asked myself these questions and wonder why you think I would have.

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  2. P.S. Scott
    My last comment was sent BEFORE I saw your reply, so its comments are out of sync with yours. (I am across the pond in the UK so my sleep is your awake.)
    I shall digest.

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  3. Scott,
    Please don’t think that I want to be contentious for the sake of it. I too love the Lord and wish to go deeper, just as I perceive you do. Therefore contending for the Word and the Spirit is a good thing -when it is not driven by pride or arrogance, and I do not perceive either in your writings.
    Nevertheless, I find myself at difference with some of your interpretations of scripture, and your understandings of the Spirit of God at work.

    I suspect that you are a more qualified and accomplished theologian than I am, but I have known the Lord for about 50 years and I have the Holy Spirit as the one who leads me into all truth. (As I am sure you also have)

    With that in mind, I want to challenge something I found when I looked further in your blog.
    This is your statement that the bible is “God’s breath”.
    My bible, however, says that the scriptures are “God breathed.” This is a completely different thing.
    It is important because this particular belief is clearly the driving theology behind this particular post.

    Endowing the bible to be the Breath of God (ie. the bible is Holy Spirit) itself is a little like the Catholics saying their communion wafer is God.
    To me you are entering the realm of the bibliotry that you decry elsewhere.

    Frank

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    • You have got to the heart of the matter. I do see the Word of the scriptures as God’s breath once for all delivered unto the saints. Yet, I don’t see the difference in believing that the Scriptures are God breathed or God’s breath.

      The ESV and NIV come closer to interpreting the Greek in 2 Tim. 3:16-17. In Greek, nouns that proceed other nouns act as adjectives, hence Greek word “theopneustos” is literally a description of this breath from God meaning God-breath, God’s breath, or God breathed.

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  4. Scott, Thanks for entertaining me. However I am a little surprised at your questions.

    How do I know its the Holy Spirit in any of these times?

    My basic answer is that it is the Holy Spirit who is the one who mostly speaks to us according to scripture.
    However I am not making a distinction whether it is Father, Son, or Holy Spirit. I do not think it matters. It is God who spoke to me, even if he sent an angel with the message. The same criteria would apply, in that an angel would not act independently of God because he is “angelos”, a messenger of God. Therefore on that basis I still say that God spoke to me on these times.

    My challenge is not about which member of the Godhead, but about the necessity of learning the bible first, in order to hear God.

    I would ask you something. Do you disallow God from speaking to someone because he hasn’t learned his bible? Or maybe he lives in a pagan or Islamic culture, then God can’t reach him at all, God can’t touch his spirit.
    Scripture evidence reveals countless incidences of people hearing God before the bible is heard. I would even give Samuel as a child. Did God not speak to the pagan Nebuchadnezzar in a dream. I don’t think he was a bible scholar?

    Your theology breaks down on the fact that you need someone to be learned before he can hear God. Such an idea seems to me to be both illogical and unbiblical.

    I clearly heard God speak to me as a child, long before the gospel was preached to me or I ever read the bible. God gave me an amazing revelation about salvation and the church whilst still a rebelliously normal teenager. It came like the form of a blanket of understanding descending over me whilst I was with a crowd of other teenagers in the street.

    It was maybe a decade later that I heard the gospel preached. It took a while to realise that they were talking about the One I already knew.

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    • I’m not trying to offend you. I am truly interested and honestly willing to reconsider my convictions in light of what the Spirit of Christ says in the Scriptures.

      You speak of prophets like Samuel, and no Christian denies that God spoke to him and to all the prophets of the Bible and the patriarchs. I refer to God speaking to you. Did He say that He was God, the I AM? How can you tell that this was God speaking to you? What scriptures let you know that God has spoken to rather than one who appears to be an angel of light? Could you do signs, wonders, and powers and were you even witness to Christ’s spiritual form in the resurrection? I would think these would be easy questions to answer, since you would have asked the same yourself.

      As my others posts show from the Bible that, “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son,” and God’s Son told the Apostles, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” Yet, the only others who could thus speak by the Son were those who “through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given”. These who did hear God speak to them and spoke would had God as a witness just as Scripture says, “God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various powers, and gifts of the Holy Spirit”.

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  5. Frank says:

    The Holy Spirit has told me many, many, things that I have never found in the bible.
    He has told me who to marry.
    He has shown me how to redesign machinery at work which kept breaking.
    He has saved my life by telling me, for no visible reason, to suddenly brake whilst driving my car at night.
    He gave me “out of the blue”, a completely knew business idea which became hugely successful.
    He told me specifically where to go when I needed particular spiritual help, also sending another believer with exactly the same word the next day.

    He showed me in a dream exactly what the problem was with the new plumbing system that had been installed in a house we were renovating. The problem had defied the installer and other specialists for ages.

    I have lost count of the number of bold and clear interventions of the Holy Spirit in my life and my business over the last 30 years.
    The majority of His words or visions had no connection with the bible!
    Many people were involved and witnessed them.

    Sorry, but I guess some of us just don’t fit the prescribed pattern of church doctrine.

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    • Frank,

      I’m glad you commented. I don’t doubt these events nor do I have any prejudice toward you being able to prove these things by witnesses. I firmly believe in the providence of God, who has directed my life. I also have heard my conscience speak to me with the implanted Word that the Spirit has revealed.

      With all sincerity and respect, how do you know that the Holy Spirit was speaking to you? Did He present Himself as the Holy Spirit? Was there a scripture that enlightened you to know that this was the Spirit speaking to you? Why the Spirit and not God the Father, the Son, or their messengers?

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  6. Scott says:

    See my section on the Holy Spirit Speaks

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  7. kirabira stephen says:

    thanks for the message i want toknow more on this topic and the false teachings brethren etc

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