This week I’m addressing some of the questions people have about the Holy Spirit. I think it will help clarify our thinking, and encourage us for living.
The Holy Spirit is the third Person in the Trinity. He is the Person, power and presence of God active and alive in the world today. In Acts 2:38 the apostle Peter tells a crowd of eager listeners that after being baptized they “will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
So here’s today’s question: Does the Holy Spirit make you feel different?
The short answer is not necessarily.
Sure, there are times when you feel the closeness of God in a powerful way. Maybe it’s while singing a worship song, or at a rally, or during your Baptism or while receiving Communion.
But as a Christian there are also times when the Holy Spirit is active in your life but you don’t necessarily “feel” differently.
When you teach a young person at a Bible camp, or when you pray for someone in need, or when you share ideas at your small group, or give sacrificially to God’s work, or spend hours caring for the family God entrusted to you… you may not “feel” differently, but the Holy Spirit is still at work.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t always have those mountaintop moments. Enjoy them when they happen. But don’t think God has abandoned you when they don’t.
We humans are temperamental and erratic and inconsistent.
But thankfully, God is not.
By Matthew Ruttan
–Today’s “Up!” is connected to my most recent podcast: “The Advocate: The Holy Spirit, Part 1 of 2.” Click here to listen. Enjoy!
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.