6. Do You Feel The Holy Ghost All The Time?
Feeling The Presence Of God
(John 3:5-8) “Jesus answered, ………… 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
The Bible reflects the Holy Ghost as a “movement of God”. The manifest presence of God is not always experienced at the same level of intensity when you are engaged in normal daily activities, as when you are actively worshiping God. It is not something that stays at the same consistent level in regard to actually feeling the presence of God within. (For those that tarry for the Holy Ghost, this is actually what they are seeking)
How do you know if you still have the Holy Ghost?
We cannot see air, but we know it exists; we cannot smell it or touch it. Still, we know air exists because when it is removed, death is imminent. When God moves the air we call it wind, we still cannot see the air, but we can feel it against our skin and we can see the result of God moving the air as we witness the wind moving the leaves on the trees. In the same way, we cannot see the Holy Ghost but should the Holy Ghost be removed, spiritual death is imminent. When God moves in the power of the Holy Ghost we still cannot see the Holy Ghost, but we are able to feel the manifest presence of God and are able to witness the direct result of God moving in the power of the Holy Ghost within.
The Holy Ghost dwells within man.
(1 Corinthians 6:19) “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?”
It is possible for air to be still (not moving) but it is obvious air is still present, this same holds true for the Holy Ghost, the manifest presence of the Holy Ghost may not be readily apparent, (there may be no visible/tangible movement). This does not mean that the Holy Ghost is not present, only that the Holy Ghost works at different levels of intensity at different times.
Air can be still, a gentle breeze, or even as obvious as the powerful vortex of a tornado but it is inherently air. The Holy Ghost can be that inner peace that is not visible, it can be the joy that is unspeakable and full of glory causing one to dance, or it can be that powerful overwhelming Red Sea parting miracle that is visible to the world, inherently it is still the Holy Ghost.
Speaking in tongues is not the only definitive evidence of the presence of God (Holy Ghost or Spirit) in your Body. As we have already verified the Holy Ghost can come at any time God chooses and was manifested in individuals prior to the Day of Pentecost (2 Peter 1:20,21) (Luke 1: 15, 41, 67) (Mark 12:36) (Acts 1:16) (John 20:22) (Luke 2:25) and prior to baptism in Jesus name (Acts 10:47).
It can come upon you whenever the word of God touches your heart during a church service or altar call. Some people just cry without speaking in tongues, I have experienced God’s presence move me in this manner. When God’s presence moves within the service, he touches whom he will.
If the individual is experiencing the presence of God that is the only sign the individual needs. No one needs the minister’s confirmation to be saved nor could the minister validate anyone’s heart or your spiritual salvation.
Generally an individual does not claim to be able to actually feel God’s spirit moving or dwelling within themselves on a continuous basis. God’s spirit indwelling within you throughout your work week is actually based upon the belief or the “faith” we have through the word of God and the Scriptures that such indwelling of the Holy Ghost has taken place, which in general is after we have repented and been baptized. (1 Corinthians 6:19; Acts 2:38)
Nonetheless, the scriptures do not indicate how or what the Holy Ghost actually “feels like” inside the body, only that it occurs. As before the evidence can be manifested by various signs (Exodus 31:3) (Exodus 35:31) (Mark 16:16-18) and (1 Corinthians 12:6-11).
The scriptures state that the Holy Ghost is a gift, NOT a mandated speaking in tongue experience as many claim. Both Paul and Jesus tell us what some of the signs of the Spirit were, where these spiritual gifts came from and how they are dispersed. Neither indicated that tongues come before any other gift manifestation. In fact tongues (various languages) are not listed first in any of the scriptures (1 Corinthians12:1-11, Mark 16:15-18). This does not mean that tongues are not important, but that other gifts were just as equally important, and that prophesy was actually more desirable than tongues. (1 Corinthians chp.14)
The “you shall receive” found in the word of God (Acts 2:38) is a promise not a potential opportunity.
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