Building intimacy with the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit has always been my best friend, since I’ve known about him.  The tenderness and closeness I have with him is so dear to my heart.  I have enjoyed the years of him being my Comforter, Counselor and Convictor.  I don’t know how I would do life without him.  I’ve cherished our quiet chats, connecting with him Spirit to spirit.  I’ve appreciated the times he noticed I needed his assistance, even when I didn’t ask.  I love the way he speaks to me gently and tells me exactly what I need to hear at the appropriate moment.  The Holy Spirit is my Guide.

I need the Holy Spirit.  I rely upon him.  He is my all in all, my everything.  I wasn’t taught about the Holy Spirit growing up.  You didn’t hear about him much in church.  I’m so thankful Jesus said, I must go and leave you a Counselor.  Jesus couldn’t be everywhere.  He could only be in one place at one time.  That meant he could not be here for me and where you are at the same time.  I love Jesus, but I’m glad he had to leave, so the Holy Spirit could come and we could all feel his presence at the same time.

I’m glad that I don’t have to do life by myself.  I know the Father created me; it says so in the book of Genesis.  My Father loves me.  He formed me in his image and made me in his son’s likeness.  The Father knew me in my mother’s womb and he loves it when his daughter talks to her daddy.

Jesus died for me.  He went to the cross and the grave.  He died so that I might live.  He gave me power and authority over everything.  He came to set the captives free and set at liberty those who are oppressed.  I love Jesus.

The Holy Spirit can now dwell with me, since Jesus died.  He is within me and I am so grateful.  The Spirit came to convict me of my sins and help me make right decisions.  He gives me a check in my spirit and quickens me to repent, turn around and make other choices when I am about to do something I shouldn’t.

I know the Holy Spirit. I desire to spend time with him.  It is so refreshing to be in his presence, to love on him and allow him to love upon me.  You spend time with those you love.  We should want to spend even more time with the Holy Spirit.  He truly is going to give us the comfort and satisfaction we need that no person can satisfy.  The Holy Spirit can give you advice and not get his flesh involved as our friends and family do.  It is wonderful to be in his presence and lean, rely and trust in him.

Do you know the Holy Spirit?  How can you get to know him better?  When I first wanted to get to know Jesus and the Holy Spirit better I spent a lot of time seeking them.  I would get into the presence of God by putting on some soft worshipful music.  I would put in artists or songs that I didn’t know well, so that I couldn’t sing along with it.  The purpose was not to sing or pray in those moments, but to simply rest in his presence.  What is resting in his presence?  It is positioning yourself in a position best to receive from him (I discuss it more in my book A Worship Woven Life), for me it was to lay prostrate.  I loved those moments with my face in the carpet, focusing on his presence and what he wanted to tell me and teach me.

In those moments after I was positioned comfortably I would focus on shutting down my mind from my daily to do tasks and the distractions of the world.  Each time my mind started to wonder in a direction of busyness, tasks or thoughts that led me away from focusing on God I would take that thought and vision myself transferring it down to my heart, to the place of love with the Father.  I know that my God desired me to fellowship and feel the Spirits presence.  I was confident if I took that thought and put it in the place of the Father’s love it would go away.  It would no longer be a distraction for the moment I was in.  It did take practice.  I had to do it over and over again, but Corinthians says – take every thought captive (2 Cor 10:4-5); and that is what I would do continually, take it captive.

Once it was captive I could focus on the Spirit and receiving from him.  I would place a journal next to me so that I could write down any special moments I had with the Spirit.  I wrote down the instructions he would give me.  Having a notepad next to me would help me to write down what I needed to.  Then I wasn’t further distracted as to whether I would remember afterwards what I needed to.  I so loved those moments with the Spirit.

In his presence I would position myself to receive.  I do not focus on praying or intercession.  I would simply say statements of adoration towards the Spirit.  Thanking him for who he is and what he does.  In his presence I can feel relaxed and at peace.  I will hear him speaking to me and sometimes he is quiet.  It doesn’t matter what I think I receive in the natural at that moment, because in the spiritual I know I have received.

In those moments I don’t feel like I am receiving or get frustrated with outside distractions I put myself in a vision or encounter I previously had with the Holy Spirit and try to press into those moments to receive more from him.  He is always faithful to provide revelation.

The Holy Spirit desires a relationship with each one of us.  I know I have treasured those special moments with him.   I know you will too.  Get quiet, before the Spirit.  Invite him in and tell him you desire to commune with him.  You will be so blessed and I know you will treasure your own personal moments with him.

~ by Kathy DeGraw on May 26, 2016.

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