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How Can I Get the Holy Spirit?
5 days ago
How would you like access to power? This power can change your life, give you things, protect you and even heal diseases! This power is from a source that is unlimited, a source that is generous and a source that truly has your best interest in mind. Sound intriguing? For many Christians, this power is the Holy Spirit and these enticing claims come across as very real. But are they real? Is this what the Holy Spirit is really about or does the truth of the matter look entirely different? Who “gets” the Holy Spirit? When you get it, what does that mean? What does it change? Can we, should we be trying to have the Holy Spirit working in our lives?
If you consider yourself a real and dedicated Christian, the obvious answer to that last question is "yes." Yes, you should be trying to have the Holy Spirit working in your life. The follow up to this question is where we begin to find trouble, because that is where we as Christians diverge in our understanding of the matter. Defining what the Holy Spirit is, what functions it performs and how the Holy Spirit actually changes one’s life is daunting.
To begin to deal with this, we decided to look at when the Holy Spirit was first introduced in the Bible. The result of this search is instantaneous because the second verse of the very first book of the Bible reveals that “God’s Spirit moved upon the face of the waters.” There it is, right at the beginning of all earthly beginnings - God’s Spirit exerting the power of change and creation. The most strict and literal sense the word for “Spirit” in Genesis is the Hebrew word for "wind" or "breath," which gives us a picture of an unseen force or power. This thought is actually born out in the New Testament as well. The two Greek words that make up the phrase “Holy Spirit” can be literally translated “sacred” and “current of air or breath” so we might take this as a description of “God’s sacred and unseen power” used to work with us in our lives.
When you think about that, it is pretty astounding. God’s power at work in my life! The same power that drove creation wrote prophecy and worked miracles. How does this even happen? The answer to that question is equally as astounding, for when we look at the way God’s Spirit - His sacred and unseen power - worked in the Old Testament with humanity, we can see a clear and distinct mode of operation. W