The Holy Spirit is Personal
‘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.’ John 16:13
Relating to the Holy Spirit sounds alot like this:
“Holy Spirit, speak to me today.”
Listening to him requires silence as well as conversation. Conversation requires knowing and BEING known. It is Him showing you parts of you that He wants to discuss. It requires knowing the Word of God and even sometimes discerning what you hear in context and help from others you are in community with.
“Holy Spirit, teach me your word.”
Learning His Word requires Him giving you personal understanding and application. He teaches you things that you search out. Being taught requires seeking to learn and know.
“Holy Spirit, Guide me. Give me understanding in the way to go.”
This happens through Him speaking to you from the Word, through counsel of others, hearing him in your own spirit or sensing Him guide you through visions, dreams, signs or other ways. When he does, it will be according to the wisdom of the Word of God and accompanied by the peace of God.
There are many other ways to relate to the Holy Spirit, but as we’re starting this series, I want to lay the foundation of relating to the Holy Spirit personally as more than just a force or an impersonal power.
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSON
The Holy Spirit has a mind, desires and emotions. These are among many fundamental attributes that differentiate human beings as “persons” from all other species or things. The Holy Spirit is not an “it.” The Holy Spirit is a person. He is not an impersonal “power”; He is a person. Here are a few attributes that are personal:
• The Holy Spirit teaches (John 14:26). An impersonal power doesn’t teach.
• The Holy Spirit intercedes (Romans 8:27). An impersonal power doesn’t talk.
• The Holy Spirit bears witness (John 15:16). An impersonal power doesn’t testify.
• The Holy Spirit approves wise action (Acts 15:28). An impersonal power doesn’t choose.
• He speaks (John 15:26; Romans 8:16). An impersonal power can’t speak.
• He helps (Romans 8:26–27). An impersonal power doesn’t help in personal ways.
• He searches (1 Corinthians 2:10). An impersonal power doesn’t search relationally.
• He knows (1 Corinthians 2:11). An impersonal power doesn’t have a mind.
• He forbids (Acts 16:6–7). An impersonal power doesn’t have a will.
• He grieves (Ephesians 4:30). An impersonal power doesn’t have emotions.
There are many other personal attributes to the Holy Spirit, but these are enough to reveal that He is personal. He has a mind and He knows all of the thoughts of God and can communicate them to you personally. He has a will and He embodies all of the desires of God and he can fill you with them. He has emotions and embodies the way God feels. He is able to fill you with the heart of God.
SO: WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE A DIFFICULTY RELATING TO THE HOLY SPIRIT AS A PERSON?
The Father and Son are easy to relate to personally because we know the human characteristics of a Father and a Son. However, we do not think of the human characteristics when we think of “Spirit”. This makes the Spirit seem impersonal.
When you seek to know the Holy Spirit, you are seeking to know God, the Holy Spirit. You’re discovering a more full understanding of God’s divine personality and personhood.
Do you desire a personal, passionate, vital relationship with the Holy Spirit? Do you want to know Him? He wants that for you. This is the foundation of the life you were designed to live. Ask Him which areas of your life need His presence. Allow Him to walk beside you today, giving you insight and wisdom that only He can give.
Holy Spirit, I want to know you personally. I want you to speak to me today. I open my heart and I’m listening to you according to Your Word. Show me your voice and your presence. I believe I can know you and I ask you to awaken me to know You personally. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
For Further Study: II Corinthians 3:17; John 14:15-17; Luke 11:13; I Thessalonians 1:5; I John 5:8