We can never be separated from the Holy Spirit, as He was sent to abide with us forever.
And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. John 14:16-18
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. John 16:7
Faith is based on fact, not feeling.
Faith is based on fact, not feeling. Therefore, before you make requests in your prayers, declare the truth about who the Holy Spirit is and the role He plays in your life so you can focus on what is true rather than dwelling on emotions.
- I declare that the Holy Spirit is a Person, able to live in relationship with me.
- I declare that the Holy Spirit was sent to help me.
- I declare that the Holy Spirit was sent to live in me.
Last week, Miles began walking us through several declarations about the Holy Spirit:
1. I declare that the Holy Spirit loves me. Romans 15:30
The Holy Spirit has been sent to live in you, guide you, and care for you. He loves you!
2. I declare that the Holy Spirit has mind. Romans 8:27
The Holy Spirit has a mind, so he can think and interact with your thoughts. He is thinking about you and interacting with the mind of the Father about you.
3. I declare that the Holy Spirit has a will. 1 Corinthians 12:11
Because the Holy Spirit has a will, this means He has a desire and a plan for your life. He knows about the day to come, has answers for your worries, and can guide you accordingly. Why would you ever want to pray without interacting with Him?
As we continue to explore the characteristics of the person of the Holy Spirit this week, remember that dialed-in prayer is learning to be of one accord with God, according to what is already happening spiritually.
- Dialed-in prayer is joining the conversation that is already taking place in the spiritual world.
- Join the conversation in heaven by declaring, listening, and asking in accordance with the conversation in progress. Matthew 6:31-34, Exodus 16:4-5,16
Today Pastor Miles taught the remaining Holy Spirit declarations:
4. I declare that the Holy Spirit can be grieved. Ephesians 4:30-32
Sometimes you can feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit to act and yet you refuse to follow. Maybe He has asked you to forgive someone, but you harden your heart toward that person and do not seek reconciliation. This grieves and disappoints the Spirit. He knows the truth about how God has forgiven you and He wants that forgiveness to be the rule you live by as well.
You can stay connected to the Holy Spirit and aware of His presence throughout the day, consulting with Him in each circumstance you encounter. As you prepare for a meeting, take an exam, enter into a business transaction, or encounter someone who needs His love, as the Holy Spirit to be involved and make yourself available to Kingdom purposes.
5. I declare that the Holy Spirit comforts. Acts 9:31
Are you carrying a burden today? The devil desires that you feel abandoned and isolated, but nothing could be further from the truth. You are not alone! We all have burdens, and you are not alone even in the very burden you carry.
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
The Holy Spirit is available to comfort you right where you are. He fully understands and has compassion for you. Then when God brings you through your trial, you will have the opportunity, to share God’s faithfulness with someone else.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
6. I declare that the Holy Spirit guides us in truth. John 16:13-15
Pastor Miles encouraged us all to have extended prayer time in the morning so that we can receive counsel for the day versus praying at night when we are essentially licking our wounds after the day is finished. When we surrender to the Holy Spirit and acknowledge His presence and truth, we will be better guided throughout the day and more aware of how He is moving.
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. John 16:13-15
The Holy Spirit is listening to the Father and has the power to speak to you and guide you. If you have an idea, take it to the Holy Spirit and ask if it is in line with God’s plan. Don’t waste time in pursuit of things that are not from Him!
7. I declare that the Holy Spirit reveals what has been freely given to us. 1 Corinthians 2:9-12
But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except for the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-12
God is able to enact change even in our direst of circumstances. That bold phrase above, “but God,” should be the answer to our trials:
“I don’t know how I’m going to pay my rent, but God…”
“I’m feeling discouraged today, but God…”
“It seems like this relationship cannot be mended, but God…”
The Holy Spirit desires to reveal God’s blessings in your life. God loves you so much that He wants to accomplish great things that you cannot even fathom. Do you want to open your life to receive those blessings? The only way you can show God that you want to know is to actively seek Him.
God is all-powerful and all-knowing, which means He can accomplish anything He wishes to accomplish. We just need to speak with Him and be dialed-in to what He is doing!
Join Pastor Miles each morning this week at 6AM for a live prayer hour together. Also, be praying for whom God is asking you to invite to Easter services. If you have someone in mind, text the word “EASTER” to 52525 and you will have the opportunity to send your friend a short video invitation.