Test for Intimacy with the Holy Spirit

10 March, 2019

‘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)

Jesus promised us His Holy Spirit to guide and give us an inner voice. A voice that prompts us by engaging with us to keep us sensitive to sin. He tells us what is right and what is wrong and thereby convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgement. We however need to maintain a good relationship with God to recognize His voice. In the following verse, we read “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8)

The Spirit brings sensitivity to sin. When we grieve the Holy Spirit by indulging in sin we tend to lose this sensitivity towards Him. The lack of this sensitivity turns our attention to the sensuality this world has to offer. It creates an insatiable appetite by our sins that will keep us away from God.

We need to keep ourselves in check as to what we are feeding our inner man. Is it the word of God or are the distractions of this world keeping us from spending time with our Father? It could start with simple things like one Netflix series, then to seven seasons and then an unending vortex of useless material that keeps us from worshipping or even reading our daily portions.

A desire to pray comes from the Holy Spirit within us. When this urge goes down, it is an indicator to check ourselves for our sensitivity toward the Spirit.

We need to focus on keeping ourselves aligned to being sensitive. Prayer keeps us connected to God. It is our obligation to read the Word of God systematically and continually so as to mature in our Christian walk. Memorising the word guards our minds like a shield from the worldy attacks of the enemy. Meditating on Gods word helps us open up to what He is speaking. Just like the lack of appetite is a serious concern for our physical health, our spiritual health can also be determined by our desire for the Word.

Let us apply what God wants us to do in our day to day life, doing things that feed our sensitivity towards the Spirit of God. This will keep us in peace no matter what storms around us.

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About the Author

Ps. Damien Antony 

BRev. Damien Antonyorn and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.