Why is it that so many people today are living a Spirit-less life? There are many reasons, but we want to just look at two briefly.
Reason#1: Some people aren’t even aware of the Holy Spirit.
Now, it happened that while Apollos was away in Corinth, Paul made his way down through the mountains, came to Ephesus, and happened on some disciples there. The first thing he said was, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? Did you take God into your mind only, or did you also embrace him with your heart? Did he get inside you?” “We’ve never even heard of that—a Holy Spirit? God within us?” Acts 19:1-3 (MSG)
Reason #2: Some people are simply resisting the Holy Spirit.
And you continue, so bullheaded! Calluses on your hearts, flaps on your ears! Deliberately ignoring the Holy Spirit, you’re just like your ancestors. Acts 7:51 (MSG)
How we know when the Holy Spirit is near…
- Holy Spirit will comfort you.
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever— John 14:16 (Amplified Bible)
- Holy Spirit will guide you.
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. John 16:13
- Holy Spirit will convict you
And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. John 16:8 (NLT)