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THE BROTHERS KEEPER
THE HOLY SPIRIT
WELCOME BACK MY FRIEND
I trust you've only taken one step each
day which is important for your success.
Your patience in waiting does not go unnoticed by your Father.
Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from Him cometh my salvation.
I have a secret that will help you to fulfill your calling to
REPRESENT every day for the rest of your life. You may have heard of
Him, but haven't really gotten a chance to really know Him. His name
Remember in Step Five we
talked about a wonderful surprise that will help you with
controlling your thoughts and your spirit? That surprise is the Holy
I have so much to
tell you about Him, and then you'll want to get to know Him better
yourself. You'll find that He's your best friend, and that He's real,
and that you can't live without Him.
God, Jesus and the
Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) are really ONE being, as you may know and if
not you can learn more in this study.
The Holy Spirit of
God is the one that responded to God's command "Let there be light."
Remember you learned that your spirit responds when your mind tells it
something? The Holy Spirit responds when God tells it something too.
The Holy Spirit is the POWER
that separated the Red Sea for Moses ... The Holy Spirit is the power
in David's sling that sent a stone upon Goliath's forehead and brought
the giant to his knees ... The Holy Ghost is the power
that kept the lions from "dining" with Daniel ... The Holy Spirit was
the dove that landed on Jesus, at His Baptism
... The Holy Spirit was the
Power to heal at Jesus' Word ...
The Holy Spirit is the GIFT that Jesus left for ALL OF US, when He
departed to Heaven
Acts 1:4-9 Jesus
said, I leave you a Comforter, the Holy Spirit
John 14:26 ...
John 15:26-17 ...
16:13-14 ... This
promise from Jesus, revealed Himself after Jesus was crucified,
resurrected and returned to Heaven.
was Pentecost (50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus ... "Easter")
and the followers of Jesus were all gathered together in an upper room
and the Holy Spirit, introduced Himself to them in a most unique way.
2:2-4 ... From that
point on, the Holy Spirit has been a Comforter to all Christians.
Even Today ...
Did you know that the ONLY unforgivable sin ... Is blasphemy
against the Holy Spirit?
Knowing this TRUTH, it would be good to know how someone would commit
blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, as to avoid doing so. The Bible
says that it is impossible to be forgiven, if one has experienced the
GIFT of the Holy Spirit and "fell away" or decided to go back to their
old ways, and pretend the TRUTH never existed, as it would be like
crucifying Jesus afresh.
Now this doesn't mean
that we won't fall as we travel down our Christian walk. This means we
should not fall AWAY and stay away. Always beware because the devil likes
to twist scripture around to try and condemn Christians and make them
feel they have no part in or have fallen from God's Grace. The TRUTH
is just the opposite:
For God SO LOVED the world, that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have
everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to
condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be
that God is looking for ways to get us into Heaven ... NOT keep us
out. Consider this TRUTH ...
Saints, are just the
sinners that fall down .... And GET UP.
But, how do we get
"introduced" to the Holy Spirit? All you have to do is believe in
(But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him
should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because
that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
and ask God for the
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy
Spirit to them that ask Him?
He will actually
speak to your mind and heart, IF you will listen.
Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear His
Our bodies are the
Temple of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 3:16
not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God
dwelleth in you?
He is waiting for
1 Corinthians 6:19
ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is
in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
For the next few paragraphs, let's talk about the GIFTS that the Holy
Spirit gives to those who ask.
There are also
the GIFTS of the Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians, Chapter 12 The entire chapter speaks of these gifts and why God gives these gifts
to us, by way of the Holy Spirit. The intent of the gifts is so that
we can use them to teach others about God as to edify HIM, not us. It
says that different administrations require different gifts, but we
all work for the Lord and are of the same body of Christ. Here are
some of the gifts ... Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracle
Working, Prophecy, Discerning of Spirits, Tongues and the ability to
Here are some of the
administrations that God assigns to those that He chooses and that He
gives the gifts of the Holy Spirit to ...
Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Miracle
Workers, Healers, Helpers, Governments, Different Tongues.
1 Corinthians 12:28
Many believe that
speaking in tongues is something that automatically happens when the
Holy Spirit is within you. It is just not true.
... This reveals to us that the gifts are given as we NEED them. The
gift of speaking in tongues was given to the Apostles
because they spoke to large groups of people of different languages
and ALL people of different languages were able to understand this
spiritually universal language. Acts
Desire Charity over gifts. Without it ... The gifts are as nothing.
Paul tells us that it is better to prophecy than to speak in tongues.
He goes on to say that for one to speak in tongues and not be able to
interpret what they are saying to those he is speaking to, is a form
of self edification and of no use. It does not edify God. He says in 1
that he would rather speak 5 clear words which all could understand,
than 10,000 words which nobody understands.
His point is ... Why would anyone want to teach others in an unknown
language when those that he is teaching cannot even understand him? In
this day and age, we are usually sharing truth, teaching or speaking
to another that understands our language and therefore we do not NEED
the gift of Tongues. Perhaps if the administration called for it, God
would give it to you in that hour.
Again ... The Apostle Paul explains it
very well in
Charity is long
suffering, always kind, does not envy or uplift self, does not behave
itself unseemly, does not seek it's own gain, is not easily provoked,
thinks not on evil, does not rejoice in sin, yet rejoices in the
TRUTH. Bears all things, has hope, endures and never fails
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ...
Obtain Faith Hope and Charity. But, the greatest of these is CHARITY. 1
You should accept
your FREE gift of salvation and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Always
have compassion and love for others, lest your gifts bear no fruit.
So, now you know a
little more about the Holy Spirit, but chances are, you donít
understand Him, and thatís because youíve never gotten to KNOW
Him. Itís almost as if weíre not sure if Heís really there or not.
Heís not like an imaginary vapor that floats around Ö Heís real! Do
you ever acknowledge His presence?
The first thing you
need to do, is have FAITH.
You must have faith as a child
to enter the kingdom of
Have you ever known a
child who had an invisible friend? Have you ever seen such faith? We
know that imaginary friends are just that Ö imaginary, but even though
the Holy Spirit is invisible, He is not imaginary, He is real!
Sooooo, how do you
build a friendship with the Holy Spirit? How do you get to know Him?
He already knows you, so thereís no need to feel uncomfortable at
first. The first thing you need to do, is invite Him, because He is a
gentleman, and He wonít respond without knowing Heís welcome. Like
you, He doesnít like to be ignored Ö He has feelings too, and it makes
Him feel Ö lonely.
Have lunch with the
Holy Spirit. Make a chair
available for Him. What do you talk about with a friend over lunch? He
IS your friend, talk to Him about everyday life things. Read Him the
newspaper article youíre reading. Watch movies with Him. Tell Him your
thoughts about it. Tell Him about your day ahead. Ask Him to accompany
you to, and at school. Become aware of His presence. If you have to
take your mind off of Him to do your work, He understands, just like
any friend would, but in your mind, know Heís there. Invite Him with
you on your way home from school. Start planning to do things
together. Ask Him to read the Bible with you every night. Ask Him to
open your heart to understanding the Bible better.
Our minds are always
thinking of something. We are constantly thinking to ourselves. Have
you ever tried to think of nothing? Itís impossible. So, what if you
started directing your thoughts to the Holy Spirit? What if, in your
mind, instead of just thinking random thoughts to yourself, you told
them to the Holy Spirit? Ask Him to guide your thoughts and ideas, and
help you with answers to questions that you have about anything. If
you dedicate your thoughts to Him, and by being aware that He is
present with you, youíre showing your faith and trust in Him, which is
the foundation of friendship. Watch a lot of things in your life start
to work out better once you begin a friendship with the Holy Spirit.
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be
What does that mean? It means that
whatever you do, if you do it for God, your plans will succeed.
A friend is also someone who listens. Open your
heart and listen to the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to speak to you. Have
real conversations with Him. So, as the Holy Spirit says:
He talks to you through the Bible. If you have a
question, ask God, in Jesusí name, by way of the Holy Spirit to reveal
the answer. Close your eyes, then open your Bible to any page and
point your finger without looking, then open your eyes and read.
TRY THIS AND YOU WILL SEE TRUTH.
Does this procedure sound strange?
Ask and it will be given to you;
Seek and you will find;
Knock and the door will be opened to you.
BELIEVE TO RECEIVE
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye
The Holy Spirit will
guide you in understanding His answer. He talks through other people
to give us insight as well. Sometimes we fail to recognize the Holy
Spirit speaking to us in the flicker of a light bulb, goose bumps,
brainstorms, a childís smile, the words of a song Ö there are all
kinds of ways that the Holy Spirit will and does speak to you. How did
the Spirit of God speak to the people in the Bible? Through thunder,
lightning, casting lots, scripture, prophets, a still small voice Ö
open your mind to Him, allow Him in.
ALWAYS AT YOUR SIDE
The Holy Spirit lives inside of you.
Heís everywhere and knows everything Ö He IS Godís
Spirit. Itís not ridiculous to imagine that He is with you whether
youíre preparing your dinner, out fishing, tucking in the toddler,
watching the news, photographing wildflowers, cleaning the garage,
during a sleepless night, or anytime and anywhere you invite Him.
Letís change gears
now. Did you know there are really such things as evil spirits?
Theyíre the ones who try and convince people that the evil ways of the
devil are normal and acceptable. Did you also know that evil spirits
absolutely hate anything that brings you closer to the Holy Spirit?
Try this: Turn on some
CHRISTIAN MUSIC and start to sing along with it. Feel
the Holy Spirit change your spirit. Youíll notice that any bad
feelings immediately leave, because evil spirits canít stand it that
the Holy Spirit is in control, so they have to leave, and the bad
feelings leave with them. They cannot compete with God.
in the Adam and Eve story how the devil ruined their perfect
relationship with God? Do NOT let the devil ruin your relationship with who
Jesus called the Comforter, the Holy Spirit which lives within you.
Submit yourself to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Obey God, and you
won't have to worry about the devil.
important to know about the Holy Spirit. If you start to entertain
anything unrighteous (thoughts, people, ungodly television shows,
reading material, music, etc.), youíll find that the Holy Spirit wonít
stick around for that. Any friend who didnít agree with something that
youíre doing, would do the same. By doing such things, youíre inviting
evil to drop on by and you give them the opportunity to lure you into
bad thoughts or things. You wonít find the Holy Spirit in that kind of
HE WILL LEAVE.
The Holy Spirit
always has time for you. He never puts you on hold, or refuses an
invitation. Heís never late and your opinion counts to Him. Heís
always eager to hear your point of view, and will guide you in the
right direction if youíre on the wrong path. Heís the best friend
youíll ever have. He wants to be with you every possible moment that
He can be. The Holy Spirit loves you more than you can imagine. Did
you know that Heís there when you wake up in the morning waiting for
you to include Him in your life? Say Good Morning to Him, first thing,
and watch your life improve. If your best friend was with you, and you
got up and brushed your teeth and got ready for your day, and never
said Good Morning, would they be hurt? Call Him by name Ö say, Good
Morning Holy Spirit! Make it a habit to say Good Morning to the Holy
Spirit every day before you speak a word to anyone else.
I THOUGHT THEYíD
Once you start establishing your friendship with the Holy Spirit,
youíll find that you canít wait for time alone to be with Him. If you
miss talking with Him one morning, youíll feel disappointed, not out
of guilt or obligation, but out of sincere desire just to be with Him.
Bet you never thought youíd ever be anxious to have time ďaloneĒ did you?
Be careful not to disregard your human friends and family once you get
to know the Holy Spirit. He lives in them too, they probably just
donít know it Ö yet. He also works through them to influence your
life, but also be aware that evil works through people to influence
Iíve got some more
good news for you. You can build the same kind of relationship with
God, Jesus, and your Guardian
Angel. They all
have different personalities, and soon youíll get to know them all,
personally. Youíre never alone.
If you want to see
miraculous things happen in your life, surrender your life to the Holy
Spirit, the Comforter that Jesus left us to help us with all of our
What does it mean to be
FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT ?
It means this:
SURRENDER your life to the control of the Holy Spirit who lives in
you, and moment by moment, walk in dependence upon and sensitive to
His leadership and His guidance, and to SURRENDER your body, soul, and
spirit to Him with childlike faith that He will be what He promised to
be in you Ö your Comforter and your Helper. He is the provider of the
TRUTH that weíve talked about in each step of MY BROTHER'S KEEPER.
The Holy Spirit is right there with you ...
In your mindís eye, get out a big white flag and
SURRENDER TO HIM
To complete this step you must CHOOSE to get to know the Holy Spirit. Spend a few
minutes each day trying to hear and feel His presence. Find a
nice quiet place and pray for God to reveal this Gift which was
given to all of us that believe. Remember He IS there. It is
like a radio station. You just have to TUNE IN. As time passes
you begin to get closer and your relationship with Him will be
better than any other friendship you have.
MAKE SURE YOU KEEP UP WITH ALL
OF YOUR STEPS. WE DON'T WANT TO TURN AROUND TO FIND WEEDS
COVERING THEM AGAIN.
Continuing in EACH step daily
is so very important.
Go back over each step often to
be sure you have not missed anything.
To continue our program, you can return tomorrow and
Iíll meet you there!
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