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  1. John 14: 15 – 17 says: “If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.”

    “How do we get to know the Holy Spirit better?” From the above scripture, maybe one could say that we get to know the Holy Spirit better by “looking for him”, in God’ Word? “The Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth”…one can find TRUTH, in God’s Word. In verse 18, of John 14, it says: “No, I will not abandon you as orphans-I will come to you.” The footnotes say: “When Jesus said, ‘I will come to you,’ he meant it. Although Jesus ascended to heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit to live in believers, and to have the Holy Spirit is to have Jesus himself.”

    “Is it beneficial to us?” I’d like to use the footnotes from my Bible for verses 16 and 17 to help with the answer. “The word translated ‘Advocate’ combines the ideas of comfort and counsel. The word could also be translated Comforter, Encourager, or Counselor. The Holy Spirit is a powerful person on our side, working for and with us. The following chapters teach these truths about the Holy Spirit: He will never leave us (14:16); the world at large cannot receive him (14:17); he lives with us and in us (14:17); he teaches us (14:26); he reminds us of Jesus’ words (14:26; 15:26); he convinces us of sin, shows us God’s righteousness, and announces God’s judgment on evil (16: 8); he guides us into truth and gives insight into future events (16:13); he brings glory to Christ (16:14). The Holy Spirit has been active among people from the beginning of time, but after Pentecost (Acts 2) he came to live in all believers. Many people are unaware of the Holy Spirit’s activities, but to those who hear Christ’s words and understand the Spirit’s power, the Spirit gives a whole new way to look at life.”
    YES, the HOLY SPIRIT is beneficial to us.

  2. Wow, Sara! This is very thought/study provoking!!! Here are some thoughts and answers, but they hardly do justice to the questions.
    The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, speaks into our lives this very era, age and day (literally).
    Jesus says in John 14:26, ” and the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and remind you of all things that I have said to you.”
    So, yes, He is extremely beneficial to us in that if I can train my heart and mind to follow the voice of the Holy Spirit within my heart, I can be led to wise decisions in my life. If I can train my heart and mind to listen to His voice, He will help me recall the Words of the Lord in the Scriptures about those things which concern me and with which I have to do.
    As to how to get to know the Holy Spirit of God, better, first of all, I must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior because the Holy Spirit speaks for Jesus, through the Scriptures into our hearts.
    Then through the Bible, which the Holy Spirit reveals to us…. the spiritual meanings of the Scriptures we will study His holy acts of old and of today and be strengthened in our faith and conviction of Truth.____to be contd.

  3. Also, Holy Spirit says what Jesus says. That’s the main way we recognize Him. He speak of, by and for Jesus…what Jesus says, what Jesus does.

  4. Needles has told us that we get to know Him better by looking for Him. I see that the Holy Spirit desires for and even helps us look for Him by calling to us to come and telling us what awaits us to benefit us if we do. “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.” (Rev 22:17).
    A definition of come is: “To advance toward the speaker or toward a specified place; approach”. We must be thirsty and not satisfied with the staus quo; make the initiative and take the time and effort to come and benefit from Him.

  5. The Spirit also warns us and directs us. This benefit is that it would seem the more we get to know Him and obey Him, the less likely we will be led astray from the Truth of the gospel.
    “Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.” (I TIm 4:1 NLT)

  6. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.If you have ears, then, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches! ” ( Rev 2:7-3:10)
    It seems an impassioned plea that Jesus gives us in the Book of Revelation through St. John the beloved apostle. Jesus is preaching and teaching and warning us by the Spirit of the living God how the churches of the New Testament eras must conduct themselves in order to be ready for the tribulations and judgment and the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to rule over all the earth and that will be coming upon the WHOLE earth. Jesus is warning us, gravely. He says, LISTEN TO WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING.
    it would do us immeasurable good to read those specific instructions in the Book of Revelation and to do what the Spirit says.

  7. In response to what the Spirit says above, I say…I must get myself in line, not only in thought of mind, but in deed and action with what the Holy Spirit is telling me, especially when Holy Spirit says to the church at Ephesus..you have cooled in your first Love..the zeal, the passion, the fervor for ME has waned.
    Have you taken ME for granted? Have you left ME to labor by Myself while you do a few good deeds? Turn back. “Recover your dear, early love. No time to waste or I will come remove your light” (MSG)
    Yes, Lord Jesus. Yes, Holy Spirit.

  8. Yes the Holy Spirit is very beneficial. To add to Needles comment. As a comforter he gives us strength and hope to face each day. The holy spirit eases our grief or trouble. I often think of Psalms 23: 4 NLT Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. From Barnes Notes the following is said about comfort:
    “They comfort me – The sight of them consoles me. They show that the Shepherd is there. As significant of his presence and his office, they impart confidence, showing that he will not leave me alone, and that he will defend me.”

    Praise the Lord Jesus for His attention to every detail of our life, his constant
    attention to all that is around us and His guiding rod and staff on our lives. Praise the Lord Jesus for never leaving me. Thank you Jesus! He only wants good (HIS Best not what we might think is best) in our lives. He knows how to work at casting out which is not of HIM with his staff in order to set us on the path that we need to walk to help others and to walk in our true calling with HIM. Perhaps one day we will follow without a rod or staff because our hearts know whom we serve and HE is worthy, faithful, loving, kind, and always there.

  9. The Spirit wants to control our minds. And He wants us to think about things that please Him. (Romans 8:5,6) Now that’s very significant to me because I want a healthy mind and I want the peace He gives. That’s real life and that’s the life that can give others a taste and drink of the Lord and something He has for them.

  10. “- -No man knows the things of God except for the Spirit of God – – (1Corinthians 1:11,12)

    Acts 1:5: “for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

    Have you heard the phrase,” Dunamis Power?” Meaning the power the Holy Spirit gives or provides to one that seeks or desires His power. A word study of dunamis gives:

    Potentiality and potency are translations of the Ancient Greek word Dunamis or dynamis … Its Latin translation is “potentia”, root of the English word potential, and used by some scholars instead of the Greek or English variants.

    Dunamis is an ordinary Greek word for possibility or capability. Depending on context, it could be translated “potency”, “potential”, “capacity”, “ability”, “power”, “capability”, “strength”, “possibility”, “force” and is the root of modern English words “dynamic”, “dynamite”, and “dynamo”.

    Sounds like a lot of power!

  11. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be ENDUED with power from on high…. until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
    Endued with power from on high – The power which would be given them by the descent of the Holy Spirit – the power of speaking with tongues, of working miracles, and of preaching the gospel with the attending blessing and aid of the Holy Spirit. This was accomplished in the gift of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. See Acts 2.(___Barnes)”
    That means the dynamic power of all of Heaven has been given to us, the true believers in Jesus Christ if we will only use it. It’s the anointing of the Holy Spirit and His dynamite power that that touches the hearts and souls of people as Sara taught this morning….that invisible space that in that person’s soul (that God has reserved from the beginning of time) “to reach, to touch that person’s potential to KNOW HIM.” (s.m.)
    What a DYNAMITE concept, Truth, revelation!!!!!!

  12. “How do we get to know the Holy Spirit better?” We Invite the Holy Spirit into our space by acting on God’s Word with prayer, patience and humility.

    We are invited into other’s space when we are patience, showing love, filled with joy, living peace and full of humility. We will be invited into their space because the presence of God is there and we must have His presence to go.

    I have been amazed this summer sitting in a garden near a ‘butterfly bush’ and out of nowhere flies beautiful butterflies and Hummingbirds to visit the fragrance of this bush.

    Mountain Valley Growers writes of the Butterfly Bush; “One of the greatest treasures for providing life in the garden is the Butterfly Bush. Hummingbirds and beneficial insects, as well as butterflies, are seduced by the nectar rich flowers of these bushes. Stunning colors paint lengthy bottle brush like flowers in dazzling hues that complement most every garden color theme.”

    When the Holy Spirit lives and dwells in our space we are more beautiful than the Butterfly Bush and our color and fragrance attracts the Spirit of God in others. Our soul and space is a haven and attracts the Spirit of others to be refreshed.

  13. This is a wonderful revelation that brings hope and hunger to be that haven you write about for the Holy Spirit and for others.

  14. The Holy Spirit says, “All day long I have spread out my hands and my arms all the day long unto a rebellious people, that walk in a way that is not good, after THEIR OWN THOUGHTS. Yet they say to each other and others, ‘Don’t come too close or you will defile me! I am holier than you!’ These people are a stench in my nostrils, an acrid smell that never goes away.(Is. 65:2)
    I say, The stench and the smell that the Holy Spirit speaks of and decries in His people is: Lies, rebellion, idolatry, selfishness, pride…yes, in the church! Jesus says, “Look how far you have fallen and repent or I will come and take your light away’ and we will grope in the dark and there will be none to lead us from here.’
    Jesus is not coming for a “stinky” bride but one who smells of “nard and saffron, calamus, cinnamon, and all kinds of incense, myrrh, aloes, and all the best spices. Who is it, fragrant with myrrh and frankincense and every kind of spice? (Song of Solomon)
    When the Holy Spirit stretches forth His Hands to His true bride of Jesus Christ I want to be in the number, fragrant and perfumed before the Lord Jesus Christ, my Husband.

  15. MG’s comment is so sad. So very sad. To think, we stink, while dressing in expensive garbs and made up eyes. Toes of every odd ball color and nails like colored cheerios. Which by the way is called fruit loops. Smelling like dung and wanting our way so much we shove The Divine Holy Spirit in an imaginative disfigured relationship in our heads. This is my thoughts of MG’s list of turds:

    “Lies, rebellion, idolatry, selfishness, pride.”

  16. I love to see the Holy Spirit working in people. It is as if God is orchestrating the moves of people to make things happen. It may be work, but it is exactly the thing that someone needs to encourage them and give them hope and an inward drive that, YES the Lord’s loyal love has just embraced me today through the hands of his/her servant. HE sees my needs and just this day, this moment, this day has chosen to touch me. Thank you Jesus.

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