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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.


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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  1. wilkister says:

    I would like to be filled with the Holyspirit

  2. Stacey Collier says:

    How do you know if you “know” Jesus? I have came to him in faith years ago and repented from sin, but I don’t hear him talking to me? I feel like I hear my conscience but I don’t hear a man’s voice. The Bible says, they will know my voice. This worries me. So how can one be SURE they know Jesus?

  3. Nicholas says:

    I have been fasting and asking God to reveal secrets to me in dreams. Often times when I am convinced that I am in the spirit, a lot gets revealed to me in dream. But days into this fasting, nothing has been revealed and I began to be worried if what am doing is pleasing to God. After reading this article, the last statement “Don’t try to live the Christian life in your own strength;” makes me feel like I am doing too much to be both God and man. If God doesn’t have any message for me, He will reveal nothing to me. Thanks

  4. peter aukiel says:

    I need Jesus Christ to help me.

  5. Vernon atwood says:

    This was very helpful, especially: “if you know Jesus, the Holy Spirit lives within you…”

  6. laureen wamboi says:

    this has realy changed my life God bless

  7. CLEMENT says:

    I appreciate your leadership. Thank God we have someone like You

  8. Gary Woodlin says:

    The lord is so real

  9. dino okon edet says:

    i want to have a spirit of God and fiath of God

    1. Gary Woodlin says:

      thats a start you seek and he will come into your life just keep that spirit of wanting and he will come

  10. Charles Harding says:

    I believe in God
    The Farther and
    Lord Jesus Christ
    The one who died for me
    Thank you for scriptures
    That will keep me in the word
    Of God i really need him
    I have to realize that Jesus
    Suffered for me and i
    Have to take up my
    Cross daily