One of the biggest differences between Christianity and other religions is that in Christianity you receive God’s Holy Spirit. When you become a Christian God’s Holy Spirit starts to live inside of you. There is no other religion in the world that says that God’s Holy Spirit will start to live inside of you when you start to believe in God. This is exactly what happens when you start to believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. God starts to live inside of you with His Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit tells us that we belong to God

If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour you will have your sins forgiven and you will receive God’s Holy Spirit. When you receive God’s Holy Spirit it will be a confirmation to you that you are born again and that you are now a Christian. The Holy Spirit is given to those who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour so that they would know that they are saved and belong to God.

The Bible teaches us that: “Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.” (Romans 8:12-17).

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would live in you

Jesus said: “If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.” (John 14:15-17).

Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit of God would live inside of us if we believe in Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the power of God living inside of us. We are saved and made clean because God puts His Holy Spirit in us.

The Holy Spirit was prophesied long ago

Men and women receive the Holy Spirit after they put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. It is with great joy that God gives us His Holy Spirit because He is giving birth to a new man or a new woman who will receive the Holy Spirit and receive eternal life. God is pleased and happy to cause people to be born again because God knows that these people will be filled with joy and will one day be in heaven with Him.

The Bible teaches us and says:

“Then, after doing all those things,
I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your old men will dream dreams,
and your young men will see visions.
In those days I will pour out my Spirit
even on servants—men and women alike.” (Joel 2:28-29).

The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth

God knows that we need guidance and help to live our lives here on earth. Many Christians live in places where it is illegal or dangerous to live as a Christian. In some places, other people will kill Christians. The Holy Spirit is given to us to guide us and to teach us about Jesus and about how to live our lives here on earth.

The Holy Spirit is our guide. He is our comforter. He is the one who carries us when we are discouraged and depressed. The Holy Spirit is the one who gives us great joy and great peace. He is a living power inside of us. He guides us and teaches us all things. It is very good to have the Holy Spirit living inside of us.

“There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me.” (John 16:12-14).

Jesus gives the Holy Spirit

When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour then you too will receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is given to all people who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. God does not play favourites. He freely gives the Holy Spirit to all people who ask Him.

When Jesus was on earth He had many followers. The Bible says that He “breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:22).

Jesus is the one who “will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” (Matthew 3:11).

The Bible teaches us to be filled with the Holy Spirit

We are not to be filled with fear, or anger, or revenge. We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit. God does not want us to be filled with lust, or greed, or hatred. God wants us to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Go in peace.

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