The Power of the Holy Spirit

How Do I Receive the Holy Spirit

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The Power of the Holy Spirit
How Do I Receive the Holy Spirit

Psalms 27:14

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Good things come to those who wait. I trust that you're waiting at the end of each step for the next day to continue on. It's a great thing you're doing!

Good day my friend! I'm happy to join you again here on The Path. Today we've got a lot of ground to (un)cover. What I mean is, I'll be showing you another very important, very effective way of clearing out weeds in your garden, and how to manage those stubborn ones that want to keep coming back.

You Are the Temple of God

At the last Stepping Stone, I shared a Scripture with you that the Apostle Paul wrote. He said that you are the Temple of God. You're about to find out exactly what that means and then you will be able to use your new knowledge and understanding to help you deal with your problem(s) ...

Ready to go on a little Power of the Holy Spirit adventure with me?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

19 What? know 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?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

God used to reveal His presence in a tabernacle and the Temple.

This is a general diagram of the Temple of God.

The Temple Diagram.

The Power of the Holy Spirit tidbit of Truth ... There are three distinct levels to the Temple of God. There are three levels to the physical structure that was built, and there are three levels to you (as the Temple of God).

Okay, now, I want you to think of this in terms of your home. Outside of your home, there is ... The rest of the world. That would be like outside the actual building in the courtyard of the Temple, where all God's people were allowed and all people of the world are allowed to wander into your world.

Then, (looking back at the diagram) the Holy Place is where the priests ministered. That would be like inside your home where only those you invite in are allowed. You don't let strangers wander in, but family and friends are welcome there.

Then there is the Most Holy Place, which is called the Holy of Holies, where the presence of God was, and generally speaking, nobody was allowed in there except for God's chosen people. That would be like your diary or hope chest. It's private and sacred to you . . . It's where you have all your secrets stored. It's a sanctuary to you. It's a sacred place where you invite the presence of God, and commune with Him.

Let's take the Power of the Holy Spirit principle one step further focusing on the Truth ... you are the Temple of God.

Your body (flesh) is what everyone sees. Your mind (soul) is only shared with those that you choose to share it with by sharing thoughts. Things from the outside world are allowed into your mind (soul) through sight, sound, smell, touch, taste and thought but you get to determine what you allow within or believe.

Then the Holy of Holies is your emotions which spring forth from your heart (spirit). This is the place that you want kept sacred. This is the secret place. You must beware letting outside influences to ever affect your spirit. You must control what thoughts you allow within your secret place. Failure to do so can have someone using you like a puppet. You know the old cliché ... Don't push my buttons.

This is the reason you feel as you do when there is a problem. You have allowed something or someone to place thoughts in your mind (soul) which you (at the time) accepted as Truth or at least the way things were and your emotions (spirit) reacted. You have allowed this thought to grieve your spirit and what you are experiencing is the result.

Remember to control your thoughts as we are taught to do, by renewing our minds daily.

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2 Corinthians 4:16

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

You must only let Truth to abide within your spiritual place. When something enters in that is not Truth, you must eject it by telling the Truth to yourself, and the lie must leave. If you accept something as Truth, it is planted in your subconscious mind, and it remains there awaiting your spirit to act on said thought, even when you are not consciously thinking on it.

Let me give you an example ... Have you ever been having a Son-sational day and all of a sudden you feel terrible and know something is wrong, but cannot think of what it is? Then, you kinda ponder on it and Wham, the bad thought comes to mind.

Another example is you are leaving your home and you sense this feeling like you are forgetting something but have no idea what it is until you sit there and ponder then Wham, you remember what it was and the feeling goes away.

These are "suppressed thoughts" ... You allowed something in your mind and it lied dormant but your spirit reacts to it whether you are conscious of the actual thought or not. In the second case you told yourself to remember something and though you forgot, your subconscious mind ... Did not. Your spirit reacted to that thought.

In like manner, the weeds in your garden are things that you've accepted within whether it be from you or another source and since you have not dealt with it, but it is in there, it keeps sending a warning of sorts that it needs to be dealt with.

Now most like to just sweep their problems under the rug (so to speak) and try and just push the thoughts back within when they pop up that warning sign by coming to your conscious mind. You must choose to identify the lies and bad thoughts that you've accepted and harbor, and pull them out by replacing them with the Truth.

How Do I Receive the Holy Spirit Teaching

Think of your mind as a computer. You have files that have been in there since the day you were born. They're called memories, just like your computer has memory. Many of them, you don't even know are in there. You're not conscious of them. They're like a closed folder until your memory chooses to open them up. Let me give you an example ...

You're driving down the street past the park, and you see a little kid swinging on a swing. Suddenly you remember your cousin's birthday party that you went to at a park, when you were five. Wow, you haven't thought about that in years! And with all the things that you have to remember in your busy life, all the years that have passed, all you've learned, all you've done, and everywhere you've been, you still have that memory stored in your subconscious mind. That memory can trigger other memories. If you think a little more, you remember the cherry chip cake with the confetti icing at the party, and the Neapolitan ice cream, and the Playdoh factory that you gave your cousin for a present and even that one trick candle that kept relighting.

Well, I hate to burst a birthday balloon, but I must bring you back to the present now, because there's a fact that I have to share with you. Inside your mind are millions, if not billions of memories, facts, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, thoughts, feelings, fears, doubts, desires, Truths, and many other things including, I'm sorry to say ... Lies ... That are waiting in folders in the recesses of your mind, called your subconscious, that will open up if and when they're triggered by one of your senses.

The problem is, the enemy of your soul pushes those buttons as to affect you because he is the one who planted those thoughts from the get go, despite the means by which he used to do so, and he knows you have chosen not to deal with it so he just throws out something that hits your senses and Wham ... Your subconscious opens the file, and your spirit reacts.

Obviously, there are things stored in your subconscious, that you don't want in there. We've been calling them weeds. But you can't reformat your mind, because there's a lot in there that you want to keep. Those are the Truths. What you can do, is get rid of the stuff that you don't want anymore, one at a time ... When they reveal themselves. It's not only affecting the performance of your computer, but it's also taking up valuable space that you're going to be using for new Truths that you will learn.

Below is the Power of the Holy Spirit diagram of the mind that will help you understand how this operates. You can see that thoughts are able to enter into your conscience where the blue arrows are. If you believe or accept whatever entered as Truth, it goes to a storage area to be recalled later. If you don't believe it, you eject it, represented by the red arrows.

The Mind

How Do I Receive the Holy Spirit Chart

Print or create this chart on paper.

You'll notice that words and actions are the way to eject what you don't want to be planted.

Why ... Because you have to make it perfectly clear, and understood to the adversary, who wants those lies planted in your mind, that they are rejected. If you do nothing, that's an action in itself . Doing nothing is a choice, and your mind many times accepts it as truth when it may be a lie but since you chose to do nothing ... It is within you. Anything unwanted may just loiter around in there if you don't eliminate it. Rejection is one thing that the enemy of your soul doesn't like, so use it as one of your gardening tools to get rid of weeds.

James 4:7

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Let me give you a couple of examples of how to eject a lie. Let's say a respected friend tells you seriously that the sky just turned green. That's hard to believe, you say, but you take action by going over to the window and looking out at the sky. You've taken action by proving to yourself that the sky is in fact still blue. Now, had you not proven the Truth to yourself, you may have walked around believing that the sky just may have turned green until the next time you saw it. But by your actions, you've confirmed the lie to your mind, it is ejected, the Truth goes back to it's storage place, and the Truth, that your friend is just a practical joker, (or has suddenly gone colorblind), and that the sky is blue is planted within your subconscious.

That's a lighthearted example, now here's one that's slightly more serious. Let's say you had a horrible thought that you know isn't true. Write down (action) the thought. Then eject the lie and reinforce the Truth as quickly as possible. Then imagine the lie being destroyed within as you trash the paper you wrote the thought on. I have personally lit that bad boy up and watched the lie burn to show my Lord that I ain't the one. Please be careful if you are gonna try this one at home boys and girls.

Notice the word eject. That doesn't mean to keep any feelings of shame, fear, anger, doubt, or anything else inside, to "get in touch" with later. Always focus on the Truth. Lies and evil hate to be brought into the light. The light is Truth. It is the enemy that wants you to harbor such thoughts so he can pull your puppet strings at will.

If you're alone, don't be afraid to talk out loud. By speaking out, you are exposing the lie to the light. Another example: If the devil tells you that you shouldn't forgive another, you would say something like this: Let's tell the Truth now.

My Lord says, forgive all or I won't be forgiven.

Matthew 6:14-15

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

The Power of the Holy Spirit discussion Warning ... In most cases, it was just the devil who planted the seed of deception in the mind of the soul who hurt you and unlike you, they were not taught how to remove the evil seed and it became habit. This means this soul who hurt you was only being used by the enemy of your soul as a puppet, to do his bidding and that is to plant horrible seeds within us which cause us to be unforgiving as to hinder us from accepting Grace.

Because, my friend ... The enemy of your soul knows the rules of the Spiritual Warfare game very well and knows that we must forgive to be forgiven so he creates circumstances that hurt us so we will not forgive.

Chances are that there are many untruths lurking around in your mind that contribute to your problem. Remember when you identified your problem(s) in Stepping Stone #5? I helped you out with the one about selfishness, and now I'm going to help you with another one. It's called doubt.

There's something down deep in your subconscious, that may be telling you that this program may not work for you. I mean after all, how can anything that's free and without obligation of any kind, work on something as serious as your problem which you have carried perhaps for so very long? It's good to admit it. In Truth, it won't work unless you do admit it, and obliterate that doubt. You can't kill a weed unless you admit it's there. Now, doubt is more like a fungus than a weed ... Kinda like mildew.

You've got little seedlings in your garden that are young and fragile, and a little doubt, a little fungus, a little mildew, can ruin them. Doubt likes to grow in the dark, it doesn't want anybody to know it's there ... Especially you, because you might just identify it and attack it with some kind of mold spray called the light of Truth and then where would it be?

It would be history.

Well that is not the enemy's plan. His plan is to keep you under subjection by use of fear and doubt. The last thing he needs is for you to believe and establish hope.

So call forth that doubt and let's give it a large dose of the Truth called Faith, so it'll wither up and die!

It always helps to have a visual picture of things to put them into perspective. You've seen little animations of the little Angel standing on your shoulder whispering into your mind. That's your conscience, telling you Truth and righteousness.

On your other shoulder is the depiction of an Evil Spirit, standing in the little red suit with a pitchfork, whispering wickedness. Don't let birds leave droppings of doubt in the garden of your mind.

Take action ... Press the fingernail of your index finger to your thumb, and flick that little imp off your shoulder!

The Power of the Holy Spirit is at your Fingertips

Here is another analogy that you may use as a visual. In the course of your day, or your life, you get distracted at times. You lose sight of your goals. You lose momentum. You lose motivation. You may lose inspiration. Maybe you even had good intentions and put some of your gardening time into something very righteous, but it did reduce your gardening time. But your garden (life) is prospering. At some point, a simple garden (life) shouldn't be so labor intensive, right? Surely a time comes when gardens plant themselves, and water themselves, and weed themselves.

So, while your life is learning how to take care of itself, by and by, something comes along and takes your attention away from the things that you have worked so hard to nurture. Maybe while your head is turned, a cute little bunny wabbit gets under your fence and devours your carrot patch. Or maybe a big wind storm blows in a whirlwind of those cute fuzzy dandelion parachutes (which will be a lot of work to remove once they germinate). At any rate, you turned your head for a little too long and things got out of control. Remember our diagram of the mind several paragraphs back? A lot of those little rooms on the right hand column got filled up with unwanted seeds and weeds and vermin and disease while your attention was diverted.

Daily we must tend our gardens.

Luke 9:23

And He said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

It sounds overwhelming, and sometimes it just is ... But ... A stitch in time, saves nine. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can keep your garden (life) under control. You are the boss. You want to be free of problems, but everyone knows (or should know) that with freedom, comes responsibility. Take control of your garden (life). Say no to things that you know are harmful or distracting or wasteful or unnecessary or evil or ... Well, you get the picture.

Keeping up with your Miracle Grow chart will help you with this.

Do you remember when we first became friends, the very first Truth I shared with you is that you must possess Faith. Now I'm going to answer the question, How can something free possibly work? Because Jesus promised that it would. He gave His life for free. He gave us Salvation for free.

Have Faith in Him and He will set you free of your problem.

The Power of the Holy Spirit Can Be Used by You
How Do I Receive the Holy Spirit Instructions

The scripture below is such a help. Read it through and then we'll discuss it a bit.

Romans 8:26

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

The Holy Spirit helps us with things that ail us. Sometimes, (as we discussed before about the example of a bad dream) we feel like something is just not right, but we may not know exactly what is amiss and therefore we can't put it into words. But the Holy Spirit prays for us. He steps in for us to help. He knows what to say.

When something enters the mind which is confusing or unresolved, it will cause unrest. It may "groan" at you (silently) but quiet doesn't always mean peace. It will stay until it is resolved, called to the light of truth and rejected. It is like a gnat. Or like an odor. It may be hard to see, or even invisible, but life is so much more enjoyable when you partner with the Holy Spirit of Truth and pray for help.

You know how sometimes in your suffering you just want to fall to your knees and plead "Help!" The Holy Spirit wants to help, but we can't expect Him to do it all and we sit back and do nothing. You have to ask, first of all. And the Holy Spirit knows what God's will is, so he is kind of like a really good editor. We, when we are in a fragile or confused or needy state, don't have a good perspective of what is good for us, so the wisdom of the Holy Spirit is one thing we can rely on when we are in a hurry and troubled and temptation lurks and we can't properly express our wishes in our prayers.

The Power of the Holy Spirit Tip: Be Tidy to be Mighty. When our mind is cluttered, we can't think straight. We think sometimes that rhetoric or eloquence is necessary in prayer, but faith is the ingredient that our Father longs for from us and that emotion that we can't put into words when we just manage to groan "Help" is what the Holy Spirit takes and miraculously turns it into a masterpiece that is not what we will, but as God wills.

Cleanse the Land

If you scroll back up to the mind chart, you'll see that the categories inside the left hand column are the things that you want to keep. In this Stepping Stone, your task is to weed out anything that falls into the categories inside the right hand column.

To do this, go back to the problem(s) that you identified. Ask yourself which sense it used to get into your mind in the first place. Find it's source. You can do this procedure with all bad thoughts within or lies from this day forth, that reveal their ugly head.

Imagine in your mind, but actually do it, with your finger and drag that lie to the center circle and tell the Truth about this matter. Then eject it with words or actions. If you'd like, you can use this as one of your activities in your Miracle Grow project by doing this once a day. Soon you'll be replacing those categories on the right with ones like patience, humility, compassion, benevolence, hope, understanding, dependability, etc.

The Power of the Holy Spirit Summary
How Do I Receive the Holy Spirit Conclusion

Choosing to actually do this The Power of the Holy Spirit chart for 30 days will train you to do this without the paper thereafter and establish a Son-sational new habit of defense.

Let me remind you once again, that you are the Temple of God, made in His image, and you have to be cautious of what you let inside.

Out with the bad, in with the good.

Remember ... Think Good Thoughts

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Ask God to help you with your weeding. Ask Him to show you the Truth that you're seeking for. He's the most effective weed killer there is!

Seek the Truth. Where does Truth come from?

John 14:6

I am the way, the Truth, and the life.

Let us prepare our land as for our land to be healed.

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Hosea 10:12

Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.

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