When I was a kid, sometimes I doubted whether I had holy spirit. That’s typical, I guess…when you’re raised around a certain spiritual term and you finally hit that age where you start trying to grasp the esoteric implications of it. It just didn’t connect with me for a long time what holy spirit was or how it worked or whether it was even present in me. That doubt persisted in me into my teen years.
I still remember the time I was watching a TV show with my dad and a character spoke of his “gut feeling”—almost a joke among the cast, although that gut feeling was very rarely wrong. Utterly unprompted by any vocalizing of doubt from me, my dad turned to me and said, “That’s what the holy spirit feels like sometimes, you know? Like a gut feeling.”
And just like that, it clicked. My whole life, I had been feeling the presence and power exerted by the gift of holy spirit I received when I made Christ my Lord—so long ago I don’t even remember it. Once I connected with that feeling, there was no holding back. It was time to move beyond simple gut nudges and start manifesting that spirit’s power in my life, like Jesus did when he walked the earth two thousand years ago.
What is the gift of holy spirit?
In the context of this blog, spirit refers to the gift of holy spirit that is instilled in each Christian when they accept Jesus as their savior. It differs from the Holy Spirit, a name for one of the attributes of God, in that it isn’t a being, but a supernatural force that exists in every Christian. The source texts from which scripture is translated use the same word for this power as they do for things like “breath” or “wind,” because it’s that same kind of invisible force that you can’t see, but you can feel its presence.
So what is this spirit, exactly? It’s a portion of God’s essence inside us! God is holy and He is a spirit-being, so His power is holy spirit. Having holy spirit within us allows us to manifest the power of God in everyday situations, just like Jesus, Peter, Paul, Moses, Aaron, and others did. These people all did those great miracles, signs, and wonders and taught powerful things through communion with God via the holy spirit.
What does the Bible say about the gift of holy spirit?
1 Corinthians 6:19 – Or do you not know that your body is a sanctuary of the holy spirit that is in you, which you have from God, and you are not your own?
Acts 2:4 – And they were all filled with holy spirit, and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit was giving to them utterance.
2 Timothy 1:14 – The good deposit that was committed to you, guard through holy spirit that dwells in us.
How do I know I have the gift of holy spirit?
If you are a born-again Christian, congrats! You have been sealed with holy spirit. There’s no doubt about that! Every Christian receives this gift when they accept Christ as their savior. But there are lots of ways to become more aware of its presence.
One is by what Scripture calls “manifestations”. These include speaking in tongues, prophecy, miracles, revelation, and others, and each one is a way the holy spirit within us manifests for the good of us and those around us. Another is by the fruit we bear in our lives—qualities that God refers to as “the fruit of the spirit.” The more we walk by the power of the spirit within us, the more we will exemplify these attributes of God’s nature, which honors Him tremendously!
One of the evidences for holy spirit within us that some Christians don’t always recognize as such is that they’ll feel a great discomfort about doing things that are contrary to the will of God. This is one of the many ways that the holy spirit is a “helper” to us; it kind of acts like a Jimminy Cricket on our shoulder, a conscience that pings us when we’re behaving or engaging in things that go against God’s desires.
Take some time this week to read Galatians 5 and 1 Corinthians 12 in depth. Learn and study the gift of holy spirit. Then search for ways to walk more by the spirit in your day-to-day life!