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 His Holy Spirit to guide and give us an inner voice – a voice that prompts us by engaging with us to increase our sensitivity toward sin. He prompts us towards  what is right and thereby convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgement as we see in the following verse:  “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8).  We however need to maintain a good relationship with God to recognise His voice.

It is the Spirit that makes us sensitive to sin. When we grieve the Holy Spirit by indulging in sin, we tend to lose this sensitivity towards Him. This lack of sensitivity deceitfully directs our attention to the sensuality this world has to offer. This creates in us an insatiable appetite for sin that distances us from God.

We need to keep ourselves in check as to what we feed 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 meditation Bible portions.

Indicators to our sensitivity toward the Spirit:

  1. A desire to pray comes from the Holy Spirit within us. When this urge goes down, it is an indicator to check our sensitivity toward the Spirit. We need to focus on keeping ourselves aligned to being sensitive. Prayer keeps us connected to God.
  2. 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 worldly attacks of the enemy. Meditating on God’s 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.
  3. An unquenchable desire to worship God comes with a strong presence of the Holy Spirit in us. There may be times when we don’t feel like lifting our hands and worshipping or singing praises to Him. This should alert our spiritual alarm to indicate that something is wrong in our relationship with Him.

Paul and Silas made prison their worship centre.  We too, are to worship God at all times and in all circumstances, not just wait for Sunday mornings in Church. They worshipped even while being flogged in their dark and dingy cell and God made known His presence there! He shook the ground and opened the doors because of their hearts that worshipped Him, in possibly the lowest moments of their lives. Sometimes we may be going through the worst, but even when things are not favourable our worship should rise higher than our problems. This will open the heavens for God to pick us up from that situation, for He loves a heart that leans on Him. Our Hallelujahs have ground-breaking effects. Bondages break! Worship shakes the very foundations of the spiritual realms.

  1. The final indication to our sensitivity toward the Spirit is a new and changed lifestyle. A born agin believer has an urgency in their life. They make the most of every opportunity to invest in the eternal life. The old empty life is stripped away!

A meaningful life is one that lives to seek and know the perfect will of God for them. When we follow the will of God we will be radiating the new life everywhere we go as God’s life is allowed to flow through us.

We can always ask God for wisdom if we don’t know what His will is, as in James 3.17. Revelation from The Holy Spirit helps us to hate sin and every un-holiness the world so enjoys. We will want more of God for we will be intoxicated by the mere presence of the God which is far greater than anything else!

What a privilege to have the Spirit of God living in us. It changes us from our very core, it even changes the way we speak think and feel. This new lifestyle puts a song in our hearts and a spring in our steps.

So are we ready to 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.