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Don’t Stop at Receiving the Holy Spirit

May: Enjoying the Holy Spirit
Reading: Psalm 57, Ephesians 6

The Holy Spirit is a Person

Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as a Person in John 14:16: “. . . I will pray the Father, and he [the Father] shall give you another Comforter, that HE [the Comforter, the Holy Spirit] may abide with you forever.”

The Holy Spirit is a Person. In other words, when we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive Him, the third Person of the Godhead, not an “it.”

Receiving the Holy Ghost is more than just an experience. When you receive the Holy Ghost, a Divine Personality, He comes to live in you, to dwell in you, and to make His home in you.

Also, we must not be so concerned with the outward initial experience that we miss the reality of the indwelling Presence of the Holy Ghost. If we have been filled with the Holy Ghost, we should be conscious of His indwelling Presence at every waking moment. We shouldn’t have to look back to some experience that we had at an altar years ago as our only contact with this Divine Person — the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit should become more real to us every single day.

If the Holy Ghost is living in you, you can have scriptural experiences with God and in His Word every day.

The infilling of the Holy Ghost is not for sinners; it is for believers. Referring to the infilling of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “Even the Spirit of truth; WHOM THE WORLD CANNOT RECEIVE. . .”(John 14:17).

The world cannot receive the promise of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. The world can receive eternal life, however. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have EVERLASTING LIFE” (John 3:16).

Jesus Christ is God’s Gift to the world. The world can receive Christ as Savior. A sinner can be born again. But a person has to be born again before he can receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

Prayer: Father, remove every hindrance in my life that is limiting the work of the Holy Spirit in my life in Jesus name. Amen.

The above is an excerpt from the Book of the Month, The Holy Spirit and His Gifts by Kenneth Hagin.