A friend who is a fellow member here at AAG, has asked me some questions by email and has given me her permission to post a discussion for her about it and I wonder if other members here will help me answer this for her?
Her questions are:
How do I know that The Holy Spirit lives in me? I know that there are some verses in the Bible to show that the Holy Spirit came after Jesus had risen to Heaven. But how do we know the Holy spirit lives in me?
>>How do I know that The Holy Spirit lives in me?
There are many ways; I will just mention a few here:
1. The Spirit bears witness to us that we belong to God. Though we may fall into times of doubt for various reasons, the Spirit will never leaves us or forsakes us and continue to remind us that we belong to God.
2. We change. There is an out working of the internal reality that we belong to God.
3. We rejoice and can comprehend the things of God. We can see, we are now alive. We can now understand scripture as it comes alive right before our eyes.
Jesus doesn't lie. He told His disciples that He would send a comforter when He left. If He didn't send Him then I could be wrong but that means Jesus lied.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,
the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows
him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you (John 14:16-17).
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Here is how I would answer this question posed to you by a friend and member of AAG.
The Holy Scripture assures us that believers do have the Holy Spirit. He is in us. We are filled the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who leads us to, convicts us of, and gives us faith in Christ and who applies the benefit of Christ's atoning work to us.
We have been sealed by the Holy Spirit from the moment we heard the Gospel and put our faith in Jesus Christ. He unites us with Christ, forming a union that cannot be broken. He sustains and strengthens our faith, leads us to discernment of the truth.
The Holy Spirit is an active presence in us. He sanctifies us by reproducing Christ’s character in believers, giving us victory over our sinful natures, enabling us to discern God’s will and obey it. He has the task of producing fruit in our lives so that we live a Christ-like life.
If the Holy Spirit is in us, the Bible says we will:
These verses from the Bible make it clear that the Holy Spirit abides in the believer.
Glory be to God the Father and Creator, God the Son our Redeemer, and God the Holy Spirit who sanctifies and sustains us,
Romans 5:5 has given me assurance during times of wondering.
New International Version (NIV)
5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
I think being able to realize that we are indeed a beloved child of God is one way of certainly knowing the Holy Spirit lives in us ... being able to realize that God loves us so much He gave us Jesus.
Romans 8 says,
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs —heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Our sufferings in no way mean that we are unloved by God. In fact, when we share in His sufferings we have hope that we will also share in His glory.
We know that the Spirit lives in all believers. If a person does not have the Spirit, he does not belong to Christ. I am wondering about the question. Is this person thinking that there would be a special sign that she would receive in order to know she has the Holy Spirit. Some churches teach that speaking in tongues accompanies the receiving of the Spirit. Is she looking for a special gifting of the Spirit or just the assurance that she has the Spirit. Many good verses have already been given showing that indeed we do have the Spirit when we are born again. I think there might be more to the question.
That is an excellent question. God does give gifts to mankind to make this a better world. He gives gifts of wisdom to certain ones to lead. He gives the artistic gifts as you have mentioned to make our world a better one in which to live. He gives other gifts as well:
31 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 "See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts — 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. NIV
These kinds of gifts are for the betterment of our world. James tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from our Father. These are not the supernatural gifts that He gives His church that you also referred to. These gifts are mostly for the church even though sometimes individuals are blessed. A gift of a supernatural healing or in some cases a gift of a miracle is given to a person or to the church. God can give a miracle whenever He pleases. The parting of the Red Sea and the Jordan River were supernatural miracles. The day the sun stood still for about a day was a supernatural miracle. The blind made to see and on and on were supernatural miracles. The day the people were hungry and Jesus fed the 5000 with five loaves and two fish was a supernatural gift of a miracle.
When someone speaks in a foreign tongue and someone interprets the message, that is a miracle. It is a supernatural gift. A gifted pianist still has to practice. Gifted people still need preparations of some kind. However, for these miracles we speak of, there is no preparation other than the Spirit of God moving within an individual. Who can speak a foreign language without ever studying that language unless it is by the Spirit of God? Who can heal a man born blind without a supernatural gifting of God? Men do not have the power or gifting to do such things. Some men are born with special gifts of healing through ordinary means. But a miracle, that is up to God. Only through His Spirit will man be able to do these things. When Jesus came the people said, "No one has been able to do these things." He gives these kinds of gifts to whomever He pleases.
However, one should not assume that just because he is not able to operate in a supernatural way as mentioned, that he has not been given His Spirit. You do not know what miracle lies within you. You never know when God will use that. I believe He has gifted you for His own purpose. Pharaoh immediately recognized God's gift in Joseph. When Joseph's time came, he was ready. Your name tells me that you will be ready as well. God has a plan and purpose for all of our lives. The miracle within you will someday come out. Maybe it already has. The world needs these supernatural gifts. We should never think that God is finished giving supernatural gifts to this church and to the world He so loves.
Roy, I have sent her a link to the discussion and asked her to join us if she feels comfortable enough to do so and she has corresponded with me briefly by email and is a member of this community. There is likely more to the question. I think most of all she is searching for reassurance -- to know, to be certain about this: to believe firmly in the truth or certainty of it and to realize it: to become aware of it.
I will try to convince her to join us. She is very sweet and genuine.
You know the Holy Spirit, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
As Roy said, I hope the person who asked you the question will join the discussion so that we can be certain that we have responded clearly and fully to their underlying concerns.
The Holy Spirit's presence in us need not be demonstrated by such dramatic signs as speaking in tongues or prophesying, as was true of Christ's apostles in the First Century. Nonetheless, we should be able to see the tangible and demonstrable fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives. David and others gave some good examples of this fruit.
Most important, as I am given to understand, is that through the Holy Spirit, we have entered the communion of love with God. Shortly before he departed from the apostles to ascend to Heaven, Jesus promised them and us the gift of the Holy Spirit:
God's love abides in us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
May the Holy Spirit, the fire and flame of God's love and peace, empower us, inspire us, and guide us,
Colby, she sent an email today thanking me for this discussion and I responded by asking her to join us if she feels comfortable in doing so. I hope her questions are answered. I am trusting God in the situation. Bless you for caring.
Thanks for posting this topic!
The reason why I asked this question because I read in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit came to the world! It mentions about Speaking in tongues - which is something or a sign that everyone can see and hear!
I just wonder what is Speaking in tongues? Is that the proof of receiving The Holy Spirit? Because there are many places in the Bible when showing the Holy Spirit, it also mentions about something that we can see or hear!
I understand the characteristics of the Holy Spirit ( Teaches the World of God in John 14: 26, Intercedes for us in Rom 8:20, Witness that we're children of God in Rom 8:16.....). I believe in God but How do we feel the Holy spirit lives in us? Is there any sign to make sure that The Holy Spirit really lives in us?
Sorry I was busy all day at work. I just have free time in the evening so I replied this topic quite late!
Thanks everyone for your concern and answering this topic!
I think you will get a lot of replies. I spoke of your question in a response to Christine just above. Sometimes the Holy Spirit does do things in a big demonstrative manner. However, I have come to learn that most of the time that is not the way He does things. Since the Holy Spirit is God, He is sovereign. On the Day of Pentecost He was very demonstrable. Yet, they did not have the Bible and really didn't have much information on Him. Jesus said He was coming but no one really understood what He was speaking of. On that day, there were no questions. Today, we have His Word. We have His promise to reside within us and to fill us. Those verses have already been posted.
However, never deny that someday He might use you in a demonstrative way. Be careful not to try to duplicate past events. I really don't think there has ever been another day since the Day of Pentecost quite like that day. They had a hurricane force wind, split tongues of fire and a supernatural ability to speak in a foreign tongue. To my knowledge, that has never happened again. Yet, He wants you to be as sure about His presence in your life as they were sure on that day.
Humble yourself to God and ask Him to fill you with His Spirit. If He comes on you so powerfully that you have to react physically, then just go ahead. However, that usually does not happen. Maybe different ones will speak of the time when the Spirit came upon them.
I grew up in a Pentecostal church and saw many attempting to duplicate Acts 2. We cannot ever duplicate that day. Yet, we can enjoy His power and presence within us.
Some will say that it is not the Spirit coming on you but that He will come to live inside of you at your new birth. That is good as well. The Bible does tell us to be filled with the Spirit. I suggest singing spiritual songs and Psalms unto Him and just see what happens.
May the Lord's blessings and the power of His Spirit be with you.
Thanks for your answer!