The Influence of the Holy Spirit

God’s Holy Spirit in us, as Christians, is our greatest gift from God. When we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit we receive the gift and the giver, because the gift is the giver. The Holy Spirit is our unity with God, our source of communication from God, and the guarantee that we are His children. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (Rom 8:14-17)

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Love. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (Rom 5:5)

When we walk in obedience to the Holy Spirit we experience inner love, joy and peace. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-25)

God is pouring out His Holy Spirit. “But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. (Acts 2:16-18)

The Holy Spirit is promised to those who receive Jesus Christ as savior. Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)

The Holy Spirit is promised to those who ask. “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13)

The only limitation to God’s Holy Spirit in you, is you. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. (John 3:34)

The Holy Spirit produces rivers of liquid life inside you. On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:37-39)

The Holy Spirit is given to you so that you can be a blessing to others. (1stCor. 12:7) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: …..(1stCor. 12:11) But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

Walking in the blessings of God and the fullness of His Spirit.

  1. (Matthew 5:3-10 NKJV) “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The person who is a spiritual beggar seeking to be continually filled with more of God’s Holy Spirit. (Luke 11:13 NKJV) “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Isaiah 44:3 NKJV) For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring;
  2. {4} Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. They that share the suffering of others and thereby also share in the comforting of the Holy Spirit with them. (Ecclesiastes 7:4 NIV) The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. (Isaiah 61:1-3 NKJV) “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; {2} To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, {3} To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
  3. {5} Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. They that through humility open the door of their hearts to God and man. (Isaiah 57:15 NKJV) For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
  4. {6} Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. They that walk in obedience to God being led by His Holy Spirit. (Romans 8:4 NKJV) that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
  5. {7} Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. They that allow God’s compassion to flow through them touching others and bringing glory to God. (Ephesians 3:19 NKJV) to know (experience) the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
  6. {8} Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. They that clean things out of their hearts to make room for more of God’s Holy Spirit. (Psalms 51:10-12 NKJV) Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. {11} Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. {12} Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
  7. {9} Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. They that help others attain unity with God; and thus help build unity in the body of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:18 NKJV) Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,

There are seven important promises that Christians can count on receiving from the Holy Spirit.

  1. The Holy Spirit shall remain with you forever
    2. The Holy Spirit gives you wisdom
    3. The Holy Spirit gives you understanding
    4. The Holy Spirit gives you counsel
    5. The Holy Spirit gives you power (faith)
    6. The Holy Spirit gives you knowledge
    7. The Holy Spirit gives you delight in the fear of the Lord

(Isaiah 11:1-4 NKJV) There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. {2} The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and power, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. {3} His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; {4} But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.

The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him
Shall descend on Him, and remain with Him

(John 14:16-17 NKJV) “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever; {17} “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

(Ephesians 1:13-14 NIV) And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, {14} who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory. (Romans 11:29 NKJV) For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

  • The Spirit of wisdom and understanding
  • Wisdom – chokmah: Skill and insight, knowledge to accomplish and perform;
    (1stCorinthians 12:8) for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit…
  • Understanding – Discernment, the ability to separate and judge righteously truth from falsehood, and good from evil. To comprehend, have insight, perception, and the ability to use information wisely. Understanding – From: biyn, a prim. root; to separate mentally or distinguish.
    (1stCorinthians 12:10) …to another discerning of spirits…

Wisdom and understanding are both needed in all types of work and ministry for it to be successful. Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; (Proverbs 24:3) Wisdom is a creative idea, an insight; but understanding is needed to accomplish the goal. Wisdom may see hidden information, but understanding knows why, and how to deal with the information.

(Proverbs 2:1-6 NKJV) My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, {2} So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; {3} Yes, if you cry out for discernment (understanding), And lift up your voice for understanding, {4} If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; {5} Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God. {6} For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

(Exodus 31:3-4 NKJV) “And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, {4} “to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze,

(Psalms 51:6 NKJV) Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

(Psalms 111:10 NKJV) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.

(Proverbs 9:10 KJV) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy (sacred) is understanding.

(Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV) Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; {6} In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

(Proverbs 28:5 NKJV) Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all.

  • The Spirit of counsel and power
  • Counsel – ‘etsah: advice, plan, advisement, counsel, purpose.
    (1stCorinthians 12:10) … to another prophecy,
  • Might – gebuwrah, force, valor, victory, mastery, might, power, strength.
    (1st Corinthians 12:9-10) to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles,…

Counsel and power go together because power is faith, and faith comes by hearing a word from God through the Holy Spirit. The just shall live by faith because when they receive a word from God through the Holy Spirit they obey and produce fruit that glorifies God.

(John 16:12-13 NKJV) “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. {13} “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

(1 John 2:27 NKJV) But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

(Micah 3:8 NIV) But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.

(Acts 1:8 NKJV) “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

(2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (self-discipline)

(1 Corinthians 2:3-5 NIV) I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. {4} My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, {5} so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.

  • The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD

Knowledge – da’ath: knowledge–of the deep things of God, to perceive.
(1 Corinthians 12:8) …to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,

The fear of God is the beginning of the knowledge of God. It is impossible to know God without having the most awesome trembling respect of Him. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Prov 1:7)

(Proverbs 17:27 NKJV) He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.

(Hosea 6:6 NKJV) For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

(Jeremiah 22:16 NLT) He made sure that justice and help were given to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn’t that what it means to know me?” asks the LORD.

(1 Corinthians 2:10-14 NKJV) But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. {11} For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. {12} Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. {13} These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. {14} But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

(Ephesians 1:17-19 NKJV) that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, {18} the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, {19} and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power

(Ephesians 3:16-19 NKJV) that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, {17} that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, {18} may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height; {19} to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

  • His delight is in the fear of the LORD – Fear – yir’ah; fear, reverence

The reverential fear of God causes us to perfect holiness in our own lives, knowing that we will reap what we sow, knowing that God will chastise the children He loves as a good Father does, helps us to stay close to God. Holiness is delightful because we then have the joy of a clean heart and right relationship with our God. Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Cor 7:1)

(Proverbs 9:10) “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

(Psalms 25:12-14 NKJV) Who is the man that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. {13} He himself shall dwell in prosperity, And his descendants shall inherit the earth. {14} The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.

(Proverbs 1:23 NKJV) Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

(Proverbs 14:26-27 NKJV) In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge. {27} The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.

(Proverbs 15:33 NKJV) The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.

(Proverbs 19:23 NKJV) The fear of the LORD leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.

(Isaiah 33:6 NKJV) Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, And the strength of salvation; The fear of the LORD is His treasure.

(Jeremiah 32:40 NKJV) ‘And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.

(Acts 9:31 NKJV) Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.


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