Come Holy Spirit: A Constant Companion
Brenda Gatlin explains her journey with the Holy Spirit and five aspects of the companionship of the Spirit.
Regional Leader, Midwest North, Vineyard USA
My journey with the Holy Spirit began a little over 26 years ago when I discovered that God was passionate about me experiencing a personal, meaningful, authentic, and genuine relationship with him. In my first Vineyard church, I began to hear that God wanted me to experience his presence through a friendship with the Holy Spirit. Today, I relate to him daily and nurture a friendship with him. Here are my favorite things about having the Holy Spirit in my life:
He is the one who makes it possible for me to experience and relate to God the Father.
Romans 5:5 says God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Without the Spirit, we find our relationship with God becomes dry, distant, cold, and a religious ritual. The Spirit is the experienced reality of God and he makes it possible for my relationship with God to come alive. The Spirit helps us experience all the benefits of being God’s children. He makes the Father become my Abba Father. Without the Holy Spirit, we would not experience God’s presence. Psalm 51:11 sums it up:
“Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.”The Spirit helps us experience all the benefits of being God’s children. - Brenda Gatlin Click To Tweet
He is the one who makes it possible to be transformed and changed from the inside out.
He’s the one who begins to change me and eventually makes me start to look and sound like Jesus. Galatians 6:7,8 says,
“Don’t be misled – you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.”
He’s the one who deposits supernatural healing and help from God in me and brings wholeness and freedom to me. That results in my life beginning to show evidence of the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, and patience (Gal. 5:22-23). He’s the one who begins to flow through me so that Jesus Christ is reflected in my life instead of my flesh.
He is the one who makes it possible to receive spiritual gifts and do things that Jesus did.
He releases the gifts in me, nurtures the gifts in me, and breathes on the gifts in me. If there is not a release of spiritual gifts, then I have no real authentic expression of God’s heart and am lacking in kingdom fruit. The Spirit allows me to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the people that Jesus wants to touch through me. As I learn to receive his Spirit, my gifts are nurtured and I can become who God meant for me to be. I can express God’s heart to others, freely giving what he’s given me.
He is absolutely all-inclusive, available, and accessible to anyone who acknowledges their need for him.
To experience his presence, all we have to do is acknowledge our need for him and turn towards him (this often includes repenting and renouncing pride). A simple and humble prayer of, “Holy Spirit, come. I welcome you here now,” ushers us immediately into God’s presence. This is what Jesus meant when he said, “The kingdom of God is at hand.” Humbly walking with our God means we are learning to be intimate and dependent on his Spirit by turning toward him and dwelling in his presence.
The Holy Spirit is my friend, and in his presence, there is peace.
Peace is a state of tranquility, freedom from disturbance, a state of security, and freedom from oppressive thoughts or emotions. Our spirits are starved for the gift of peace. It’s restful, and there is no other place to find true peace outside of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:6 says,
“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”