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Who is the Holy Spirit?


He was present at the creation, hovering over the waters as God formed the earth. When Jesus was conceived, He overshadowed Mary, and when Jesus was baptized, He was there again—descending on Jesus like a dove from heaven. Today, He is here, within those who believe in Jesus Christ, comforting us in our sorrow, guiding us in our decisions and relationships, teaching us, protecting us, encouraging us, and interceding for us.

The concept of the Holy Spirit can be hard to visualize. He is the Spirit of God, completing the Trinity along with the Father and Jesus, the Son of God.  All three are God.

It’s easy to think of God as the Father, overseeing everything from heaven. Jesus Christ can be readily understood because He was a man as well as God.  Jesus is like your brother—He lives in heaven, where He intercedes for you with the Father, providing you with forgiveness.

You might think of the Holy Spirit as Jesus Christ without His body. Christ’s Spirit comes to live within you when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit is present within you and active in your daily life. He is near. He is personal. He empowers you in your decisions and relationships—both with God and with others.

What is the evidence of the Holy Spirit within you? When He is active within you—and when you actively seek His guidance—the evidence is seen in the “fruit of the Spirit,” in how you deal with others and with difficult situations. This fruit is expressed through you as love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are outward manifestations of the love of God that the Holy Spirit is producing within you.

The Holy Spirit is sometimes also thought of as that voice within you telling you to do the right thing. He will never tell you to sin or violate God’s commandments, the most important of which are to love God with your entire being and to love others as much as you love yourself.

When you don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit steps in and prays for you what needs to be prayed. Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” The Holy Spirit understands what you need even when you don’t.

The Holy Spirit knows you intimately, better and more deeply than you know yourself. Do you feel lonely? If you have accepted Jesus Christ and asked for forgiveness, the Holy Spirit is always within you. He will never leave you, and you are never alone.


The messages and articles below dive deeper into who the Holy Spirit is.

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"Hearing the Holy Spirit's Voice" by Pete Briscoe

Hearing the Holy Spirit’s Voice

Pete Briscoe

Are you grappling with a decision? Do you want to hear what God has to say about it? We face thousands of decisions throughout our lives—some minor, some life-altering. How do you recognize God’s voice amidst the clatter and chaos of life? Listen as Pete gives practical guidance from Scripture on how you can discern God's voice, learn His will for you, and live the best life God has in store for you.

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'The Holy Spirit and You' by Jill Briscoe

The Holy Spirit and You

Stuart & Jill Briscoe

Christians acknowledge that God exists in three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Yet it's a great mystery that’s hard to grasp and explain rationally. How does Scripture portray the Holy Spirit, and how can we be confident that the Holy Spirit is the third person of God? In these messages, Stuart and Jill focus on what Scripture says about the Holy Spirit as our protector, teacher, and counselor and how we can recognize Him at work in our lives.

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'The Holy Spirit' by Stuart and Jill Briscoe

The Holy Spirit

Stuart & Jill Briscoe

Jesus promised the disciples that when He returned to heaven, He would ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit to instruct them and remind them of everything He had taught. This is the same Holy Spirit we recognize as the third person of the Trinity. He's deeply involved in our daily lives as our advocate, counselor, comforter, and teacher. He's present in the small details of our lives and in our triumphs and difficulties. The Holy Spirit empowers us in our relationships with others and God. Jill and Stuart study the Holy Spirit and explain how through His power and work in us, we can love better, forgive more willingly, sacrifice more readily, and live more abundantly.

 

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'A Little Pot of Oil' by Jill Briscoe

A Little Pot of Oil

Jill Briscoe

2 Kings 4 tells the story of a widow who has run out of options to pay her creditors. She may have to sell both her young sons. This desperate woman is out of money, hope and faith, and she's angry at God for the situation. Have you ever felt that way? How do you find peace when your faith is out of focus and the sheer weight of the moment blinds you to the Holy Spirit working on your behalf? Jill’s message will remind you that God is sufficient. You have all you need when you have all of Him in all of you.

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How to spot a counterfeit voice

Pete Briscoe

I haven't answered the question yet: How can we differentiate between the whisper of sin and the whisper of the Spirit? Sometimes it's completely obvious, like there are counterfeit dollars

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Cheeky Charlie

Jill Briscoe

Did you know the Holy Spirit can live in you? When Jesus told the disciples this, they couldn’t grasp what Jesus meant; and sometimes it’s hard...

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Christ in you

Stuart Briscoe

What does it mean to have Jesus living in you? Well, when the apostle Paul wrote to the Colossian church, “God has chosen to make known...

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Which voice will you listen to?

Pete Briscoe

Let me introduce you to two people. I'll call them Bill and Brenda. Bill's a recovering alcoholic. He's been sober for over a year—since God began an awesome...

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Uncover the Evidence of Your Salvation

Stuart Briscoe

How do you know that the Holy Spirit lives in you and that you are free from condemnation? In this message, Stuart teaches from Romans 8 and shows you how to identify the evidence of the Spirit's work in your life and the assurance of your salvation.

What is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?

Stuart Briscoe

Jesus tells us in Mark 3:28-30 that all sins will be forgiven except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Stuart explains what Jesus was saying, what blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is, and how we can be assured that we are forgiven and haven’t blasphemed against the Holy Spirit.

What does it mean to lead a God-centered life?

Jill Briscoe

What does it really mean to lead a God-centered life? Encouraging believers with wise words and personal poetry, Jill explains the simple key to a God-centered life – saying “yes.” Leading a God-centered life means letting the Holy Spirit lead you.

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