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God’s Spirit: An Essential

Read | Luke 24:36-49

Just how necessary is the Holy Spirit for those wishing to live a God-pleasing life? For an answer, let’s look at a clear example from the Bible. Jesus had told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until their baptism by His Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). This chosen group of men had lived with the Lord and listened to His teachings for more than three years; nevertheless, He knew they couldn’t begin their work without the divine partner God had planned for them. The same holds true for us today.

Just who is the Holy Spirit? He is called the third person of the Trinity, the other two members being God the Father and God the Son. Like them, He is fully God. Some Christians mistakenly think of the Spirit as a force or a power, but the Bible reveals He is a person—someone whom we can get to know.

He is also the promise of the Father. God pledged to send His Spirit as a helper to every single person in His family. Called the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17), He is charged with transforming us into the image of Jesus.

Furthermore, the Holy Spirit is a gift to every Christian. At the moment of salvation, He is sent to live within each believer, sealing him or her as a child of God (Eph. 1:13). We do not have to pray to receive Him, nor can we perform any work to get Him.

Settle in your mind once and for all that within you is a divine Person. His presence is a gift promised and given to you by God on your spiritual “birth-day.” By getting to know the Holy Spirit better and listening carefully to what He says throughout the Scriptures, you will be able to please the Father (Col. 1:10).

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  • May 31, 2013 10:27 AM

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    May the Almighty God Bless you for today's devotion. I am a young woman in Africa who grew up so passionate about God but some where along the way so many discouraging incidents happened in my life and I started doubting God. Now when I look back I realize that I lost contact with the Holy Spirit. I know now how to start all over and renew my relationship with God I must get to know that Holy Spirit more so that I can please my heavenly father.
  • May 26, 2013 10:54 PM

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    praise be to you father for all the wonderful things you've given me thank you !!!
  • May 26, 2013 08:00 PM

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    praise GOD FOR HIS GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT MAY OUT HEARTS BE SET FIRE FOR HIS POWER FOR A MIGHTY OUT POURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • May 26, 2013 07:13 PM

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    What an awesome God we serve. This devotional inspired by God, gives me a clearer understanding of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank you!!!
  • May 26, 2013 05:23 PM

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    THAT'S WONDERFUL
  • May 26, 2013 05:18 PM

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    As a Christian and a woman of great faith I often wondered about my Holy Spirit and if, in fact, I had actually recieved Him through Jesus. Then my doubts were erased as I witnessed the awesome wisdom of my Holy Spirit and how He reveals things to me. Mostly, when I read my bible every day, I see the messages that God tells me and my heart is full of joy and understanding at the revelation of His word. Thank you for this daily devotional. Each day is a blessing to better understanding for me and growth in my spirituality in Jesus my Savior. God Bless You.
  • May 26, 2013 11:59 AM

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    this is really really really GREAT
  • May 26, 2013 10:23 AM

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    Thank-you, God's Word is always true!!! I love the Lord Jesus so very much!!!!
  • May 26, 2013 09:56 AM

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    I needed this today . I feel the Holy Spirit speaks to me when I have the anger desire to say or do something hurtful to someone , its like no don't do it . Also the Holy Spirit helps me understand and gain knowledge of the word of GOD .
  • May 26, 2013 06:38 AM

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    Thank you folk so muchfor i want to grow daily in Christ , to die to myself that Christ my glow.
  • May 26, 2013 06:34 AM

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    Wonderful! I was just writing an article about this, in a slightly different perspective. This is a wonderful addition to my thought process today and beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.
  • May 25, 2013 11:11 PM

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    Amen! HE is GOD's promise!
  • May 25, 2013 04:23 PM

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    Wonderful teaching, as usual! It's very surprising how many children of God don't know this.
  • May 25, 2013 10:45 AM

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    Thank you! I want to please our Father in what ever I have to do,that means I will pray and read the word,stay away from angry bitter people,do things soberly and stay sober,I want to be a great Husband and Father,I want to help people in all ways that I can!
  • May 25, 2013 09:18 AM

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    Awesome lesson on the " Holy Spirit " . " Thank You Dr. Stanley " now I have a clear understanding of the " Trinity" ... Our Heavenly Father is so Awesome ... and we are so " Loved " through the blood of Our Lord Jesus ... I really can't express how awesome I feel as a child of God .... and Thank You Heavenly Father ,,,, in Jesus' name we pray... Amen ... Linda noble
  • May 25, 2013 09:18 AM

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    Thankful that I forever sealed into the family of God
  • May 25, 2013 06:29 AM

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    I heard Brother Stanley talk about reading about the Holy Spirit from R.A.Torry and that has help me so much , just as always through my whole life , I pray for you every day
  • May 25, 2013 06:22 AM

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    Amen.We cant do survive without him,we need the Holy Spirit.Thank you Lord God Jesus.
  • May 19, 2013 09:58 AM

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    All glory to our loving all-mighty CREATOR, I am so thankful for In Touch Ministries and Dr. Charles Stanley, thank you FATHER GOD, in Jesus name!!! all your teachings truely "touch" my my spirit, heart and mind, thank you for being faithful and obedient!! Loving you all always!!!
  • May 19, 2013 07:47 AM

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    Thank you for the reminder. There are days I lose track in my mind that I have the Holy Spirit within me at all times to guide me, convict me, and teach me. God has blessed me greatly by placing you Charles Stanley and your wonderful messages in my life. I've been enjoying you daily devotions, tv programs for over 6 years now and have learned so much from them. God's blessings
  • May 19, 2013 06:43 AM

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    Excellent salvation message and very promising of the eternal security and Im sure glad God does not have a eraser on his pencil and keeps us in the palm of his hand forever !!
  • May 18, 2013 10:47 AM

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    Thanks for your post. Some Christian still believe, the Holy Spirit is a lesser God. They can't simply imagine how the Holy Trinity exist.
  • May 18, 2013 08:53 AM

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    Good reminder. Thank you InTouch Ministries!

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