February 14, 2020
Acts 19: 1-2 (NET) While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul went through the inland regions and came to Ephesus. He found some disciples there and said to them, “DID YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN YOU BELIEVED?” They replied, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
The existence and role of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers are very vital. From taking believers to be born again then make them become connected to the Kingdom’s reality in their daily lives. It can even be said that without the role of the Holy Spirit, the lives of believers would not be different from other people who are not in Christ. The amazing thing is, the Holy Spirit was given by Father to the believers as His grace – for free – not as a result of your works and without any effort to have interaction with the Holy Spirit.
John 14: 16-17 (NASB) I WILL ASK THE FATHER, AND HE WILL GIVE YOU ANOTHER HELPER, THAT HE MAY BE WITH YOU FOREVER; THAT IS THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, BUT YOU KNOW HIM BECAUSE HE ABIDES WITH YOU AND WILL BE IN YOU.
The reason why there are still many believers have not experienced the reality of the Holy Spirit and His role because their mind is not yet be renewed (Romans 12: 1-2). The spirits of this world and religious spirits have in such a way succeeded in molding and shaping lives value, mindset and thought patterns of people in this world, including believers. So that even though they are born again as a New Creation, they still live humanely like others!
As a believer, truthfully we live a different and special life. We enjoy unlimited heavenly resources while still on earth! However, that’s only for believers who are connected to the reality of the kingdom of heaven, and this connection is greatly influenced by the role and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives!
1. As we continue to condition ourselves to have the renewal of our mind, we will begin to realize and recognize the existence and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The process to experience the renewal of the mind is as follows:
(a) Gathering all data and principles/ testimony of the word about the role and the existence of the Holy Spirit.
(b) Believe it as a fact of the truth that is beyond natural facts in our lives, no matter what understanding (inaccurate ones) we already have so far, no matter how our life experience or spiritual experience is, once the fact of the truth is revealed, we must choose to believe it!
(c) We imagine and pray for it until our spiritual man blazed! The occurrence of a blaze in our hearts indicates that the principles of the word which we accept as truth has started working in our lives!
2. We start (purposely) speaking what is in our hearts related to the word we received with full awareness of the Holy Spirit.
It is important to train ourselves to imagine the words in our prayers and at the same time, unnoticeably, we are building a ‘mental awareness’ that reveals the Holy Spirit’s presence. It is starting to be built up in our mind, imagination and our mentality the awareness of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our life. (Even though it is not visible physically but we can feel the reality of His presence).
He may be invisible to the physical eyes, but we can build mental awareness of His presence in our hearts! As we begin to speak what is in our hearts (with mental awareness) to the Holy Spirit, then, in fact, we start to build a connection with His being!
Proverbs 18: 20-21 (NKJV) A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Communication with the presence and Holy Spirit being will begin to be built up when we speak what is in our hearts with a mental awareness toward Him. #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus