The Holy Spirit is the best companion to have. He is the Helper Jesus promised His disciples that He would ask the Father to give them. He is your present help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16), but if you can't access Him, you can't access His help. This article tells you how to gain access to the Spirit of the Lord's help.
If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever-the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you - John 14:15-17 (NKJV)
Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit - John 3:5-6 (NKJV)
How to access the help of the Holy Spirit
1. Be a child of God
The Spirit of God can only be received by the children of God. This is because the world neither sees nor knows Him - John 14:17. You need to be born of the Spirit of God;
2. Be obedient
Keeping the commandments of Christ gives you access to the Holy Ghost. Jesus said if you love Him and keep His words, He would pray to the father and He would give you another Helper, the Holy Spirit - John 14:15-16. Being obedient to God attracts the help of the Spirit.
3. Have a thirst for Him
Matthew 5:6 says that anyone who thirsts for righteousness will be filled and righteousness is impossible without the Holy Spirit (John 16:8, 10). Thirsting for righteousness is to thirst for the Spirit who alone can help you walk in righteousness.
4. Be filled with the Holy Spirit
The baptism of the Holy Spirit gets you filled with the Holy Spirit - Acts 2:1-4. The Spirit of God comes and dwells within you in His fullness: with all His power, majesty, splendor, peace, glory and honour. Jesus is the baptizer (Luke 3:16), so ask Him in faith and He will baptize you with the Spirit of the Lord.
5. Remain ever filled
Once baptized is not always baptized, you can grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). You need to constantly go for refilling in prayer and in word study and ministration. The disciples were always returning for more in-filling and they never lacked access to the help of the Spirit of God (Acts 2:4, Acts 4:31, Acts 13:52)
6. Be conscious of His presence
God says in Hebrews 13:5 that He will never leave you, nor forsake you and He is able to do that through His Spirit that dwells within you. You need to believe that the Holy Spirit is within you and be conscious of this truth always. This helps you not to grieve Him and gives you the faith to reach out for His help when you need Him.
7. Engage His help
Ask the Holy Ghost to help you anytime and anywhere and He will gladly do so. As your companion be free to talk to Him and expect response. Matthew 7:7-8 says that you should ask and you will receive. It is not by your might or power but by the Spirit (Zechariah 4:6), so never hesitate to engage the help of the Spirit of the Lord.
8. Return all the glory to God
When you give God glory for what He has done, you provoke Him to do more. Therefore, never forget to return all glory to God for everything the Holy Spirit helps you to achieve or accomplish. When you don't give glory back to God, you attract curse upon yourself - Malachi 2:1-2.
I have learned over time that I can't do without the help of the Holy Spirit. So, by His help I strive to remain filled and I daily desire to be filled more and more, because it means more exploits and blessings. I don't hesitate to ask for help from the Spirit of God. When I am writing, need guidance or direction, or better understanding I engage Him. Even when I'm looking for anything I ask Him. And any time I do so and listen, I always get the help I desire. This encourages me to engage Him more often than not. You too can do so today.
Ngozi Nwoke is a teacher, counselor and author of "Peace Money Can't Buy" and "The Man Jesus" . She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy peace, God's love and christian living for more fulfilling life. Want more fulfilling life? Subscribe for free email updates today. http://stepswithgod.co
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