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The Power of the Holy Spirit
Stepping Stone #7
The Power of the Holy Spirit
How Do I Receive the Holy Spirit
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 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
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
Remember to control your thoughts as we are taught to do, by renewing
our minds daily.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Daily we must tend our gardens.
And He said to them all, If any man will come
after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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.
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare