Until recently, I use to equate feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit with the feeling of being enveloped in extreme love and peace – which actually is the Spirit of power, love and a sound mind that 2 Timothy 1:7 speaks of – but God taught me that those are only a few fruits, evidence, of His presence.
I learned that if we are to be aware of the Holy Spirit’s continual presence, we must be aware of all of His attributes.
Galatians 5:22 tells us the evidence of God’s Spirit includes:
Other parts of the Bible tell us more on who the Holy Spirit is. He is:
- The Spirit of truth (John 16:13)
- The Spirit of holiness (Romans 1:4)
- The Spirit of life (Romans 8:2)
- The Spirit of glory (1 Peter 4:14)
- The Counsellor (John 14:26; John 15:26)
- The Spirit of wisdom and understanding (Isa 11:2)
- The Spirit of grace and supplication (Zech 12:10)
- The Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15)
- The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11)
- The eternal Spirit (Heb 9:14)
A few years ago when I was discouraged and wanting to feel His presence, I heard Him say to me, “The truth is my presence, and my presence is the truth.” And today I’m still learning the depth to those words.
God is the Spirit of Truth – the Living Word. In the midst of every trial and temptation, His presence is that voice of Truth and Wisdom, telling you the righteous route to take. He’s the Power, reminding you of your strength and authority in Him. In the face of grief and adversity, He’s the small voice counseling you and telling you it’s going to be okay. He’s the Patience and Gentleness telling you to handle that rude person in a different manner than your flesh wishes to.
He’s the Spirit of Glory, whose beauty we see all around us in nature. The Spirit of Life, in whom “we live and move and have our being” – the One who’s presence we can never escape (Acts 17:28).
God may not always choose to manifest Himself through overwhelming feelings of love and peace, or by speaking to you. Sometimes He wishes to impress on your heart. After all, that’s what He’s always been after.
So as children of God, let’s look to the Holy Spirit and His continual presence by remembering who He is and what He does. Then may we better understand His omnipotent presence.
“I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever – the Spirit of Truth.” John 14:16-17
Have you ever felt that God wasn’t as near as He used to be? How did God reveal to you that He was still there? Comment below.
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