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I have asked God to give me the Holy Spirit, but how can I be sure He has? Maybe I don't understand why God promised to give the Holy Spirit to us.


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One of the Bible’s greatest truths is that when we come to Christ and commit our lives to Him, He comes to live within us by His Holy Spirit. In fact, the Bible warns, “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ” (Romans 8:9). If you know Jesus, the Holy Spirit already lives within you — whether you feel His presence or not.

Why has He been given? The Bible gives several reasons — but behind them all is our need for God’s help. The Holy Spirit, the Bible says, “helps us in our weakness” (Romans 8:26). He convicts us of sin, He opens our eyes to God’s truth, He grants us spiritual gifts, He counsels and guides us — all these and more would be impossible without His help.

Never forget that the Holy Spirit isn’t an impersonal force or power (like electricity or gravity); He is God. Think of it: God Himself now dwells within you if you know Christ! Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever — the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16-17). Because He lives within us, we can ask God to help us in our times of need, and to give us the courage and strength to live as we should.

Don’t try to live the Christian life in your own strength; if you do, you will only fail. Instead, trust the Holy Spirit to give you the wisdom and strength you need.

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66 Comments

  1. Alan says:

    This answers my questions perfectly. Thank you.

  2. somu ratan arora yalla says:

    praise the lord sir, I want to learn more things about holy spirit. please help me. thank you. yours truly, arora

  3. Ghiee Sarao says:

    I’ve been sick for years due to acid reflux and the last three weeks is unbearable. If I go to ER or see a doctor they just give me pain meds which only help a moment. I ask the Holy Spirit and God to heal me because he us the only one who can. When the pain persisted I ask if He is inside me. Sometimes I ask to take me home but not yet I need to help my siblings and pray for salvation of my husband and children. Is it a sin to ask God to take me home?

    1. Deonna says:

      I used to have the same thing. And doctors said the same thing. And I even asked God to take me. But God wants you and loves you and is waiting for you to thirst for him. Stay in prayer and faith and he will heal you and guide you just as he did me. He’s there I promise you. It’s amazing how you sound just like me 3 weeks ago and I am completely healed. I’ll pray for you. Please know God is there with you.

  4. favour says:

    I am blessed

  5. batsirai muwamba says:

    God is the one who provide everything

  6. Lawrence mangesi says:

    Hi, is there a feeling or sign when the holy spirit comes upon you? How do you know when you have the holy spirit? I’m a christian at uckg p.e motherwell. Thank you.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Lawrence,

      Here are a couple excerpts from Billy Graham’s book, The Holy Spirit, Activating God’s Power in Your Life that briefly answer your questions.

      “He [the Holy Spirit] is present in every true believer.”

      “The filling of the Spirit is not a matter of feeling, but of faith. We may feel strongly the closeness of God when we are filled, or we may not. Instead of trusting in our feelings, we must trust God’s promises.

      My Answer

      – BGEA Staff

    2. Shane says:

      When it is given it is unmistakable, you cannot be deceived, God is not a God of deception. If you don’t know if you have it then you probably don’t because it is unmistakable, it comes with power and washes the vessel clean, it’s like being bathed on the inside, it’s amazing, clean, pure, holy. God is amazing, praise yah and give him the repentance and glory he deserves as Almighty God. Do not repent from your heart, but from your heart of hearts, then he may come to you.

  7. Sylvia says:

    I’ve always wanted to feel the Holy Spirit and as far as I know I don’t know if I’ve received it