God's Character

The Holy Spirit

Have you ever asked God to fill you with the Holy Spirit? What is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is God’s personal presence. When we pray that God fills us with the Holy Spirit, we are requesting God’s presence within us. We are requesting God to pour his spirit into us and fill us with an invisible, powerful energy, necessary for life. Who wouldn’t want that?

Definition of the Holy Spirit from the Bible Project
The Spirit is a person and not merely a force. But, when we start on page one of the bible, before creation ever even began, we see a depiction of the spirit of God hovering over the dark, disordered waters of the earth, ready to begin spreading goodness and creation. In the Bible, any time we see a description of the spirit of God, such as what is depicted in the first few verses of the Bible, the Hebrew word “ruakh” is used. Ruakh can describe an invisible, powerful energy, and necessary for life, making it a fitting description for the spirit of God.

The Holy Spirit is God’s powerful, invisible presence. Sometimes, you see the Holy Spirit portrayed as a dove. In the bible, when all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. As Jesus prayed, heaven opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in the form of a dove. A voice came from heaven and said, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

The Baptism and Genealogy of Jesus
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
–Luke 3:21-22 (NIV)

Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem to present Jesus at the temple, as was required by law. There was a man called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. The Holy Spirit was on Simeon. It had been revealed to him that Simeon would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts.
—-Luke 2:25-27 New International Version (NIV)

Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple, and Simeon took him in his arms and praised God. With the Holy Spirit on him, Simeon recognized Jesus as the Messiah. Simeon said that Jesus would be a light of revelation to the Gentiles and the glory to the people of Israel.

When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
–Luke 2:28-32 (NIV)

Joseph and Mary marveled at Simeon’s words about Jesus. Simeon blessed them and said, “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
–Luke 2:33-35 New International Version (NIV)

When you pray to fill yourself up with the Holy Spirit, you are asking for God’s presence inside of your heart. With this powerful, invisible force, you will get discernment. When the Holy Spirit was on Simeon, he could recognize the child Jesus as the Messiah. The Holy Spirit can work in different ways. The Holy Spirit will help us understand Jesus. The Holy Spirit will give us strength to fight against sin. The Holy Spirit helps us. The Holy Spirit gives us power. The Holy Spirit speaks to us on God’s behalf.

Prayer

Dear God,

I pray that you fill me with the Holy Spirit today. I do not know what is going to happen today. I pray that the Holy Spirit will fill me up and live within me each day. I pray that the Holy Spirit will give me what I need, when I need it today. I pray that the Holy Spirit will heal me. I pray that the Holy Spirit will give me the strength to fight against sin. I pray that the Holy Spirit inspires me to do your will, and I listen.

Thank you, God, for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Amen

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