Friendship with Holy Spirit

Reflections Devotional from All Nations Church Leicester

The Holy Spirit spoke to me recently and said “Tell my people I want to be their friend.”

He wants to be close to you, He wants relationship and friendship with you – He longs to share life with you – He is a relational God.

John 15:15 – “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you”. (ESV Translation)

We are not servants, we are His friends! This is so beautiful.

Like any other healthy relationship, we need to respect Him, honour Him, make time for Him, learn what He likes and what he doesn’t like. We need to say sorry when we grieve Him – Ephesians 4:30

Friendship with him isn’t complicated, He is the easiest person to be with – It’s talking to Him in the day to day, sharing life with Him, thanking Him, worshipping Him and acknowledging and enjoying His presence.

Holy Spirit was Jesus’s closest companion when He was on earth. Jesus is our perfect example and He showed us how to relate with the Holy Spirit. So, think about this: If Jesus needed the Holy Spirit, how much more do we need the Holy Spirit? We cannot possibly do life without Him.

Holy Spirit is a gift to us, Jesus asked the Father to send the Spirit – Jesus calls him our helper – John 14:16-17

But, how then do we cultivate this friendship with the Holy Spirit?

Like any other healthy relationship, we need to respect Him, honour Him, make time for Him, learn what He likes and what he doesn’t like. We need to say sorry when we grieve Him – Ephesians 4 v 30

It is important that we learn to host Him well – so that He feels comfortable and at ease with us. He is Holy Spirit – He is completely holy & pure.

Read Romans 8:5-9 – Living in friendship & relationship with the Holy Spirit may mean that we need to make changes in our lives – it is important that we live governed by the Spirit, not by our flesh.

Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit – we were each bought at a high price.

He is so full of grace, forgiveness, mercy and unconditional love – there is no condemnation in Him. When we allow Him access He will lovingly highlight areas in our lives where change needs to come and, with His help, we can make those changes.

When we invite Him in, we become transformed and, in turn, we transform the world around us.

His voice is so beautiful, let’s each learn what His voice sounds like, listen to Him and then obey Him.

His desire is to set us ablaze! Holy Spirit said to me “I want to set my people ablaze” – In a vision, God then showed me that as we left the building, after being set ablaze, we were each transforming the world around us, lives were being changed because of our encounter, our relationship and our love for Him.

Read Isaiah 6:1-3 – With the empowerment of the Holy Spirit we represent Jesus to the world around us. You are where you are for such a time as this.

Let’s say ‘yes’ To Him and all that He wants to do, so that we are transformed by love, to transform our world!

Amen & Amen!

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