The Holy Spirit is part of God’s Trinity, which also consists of God the Father and God the Son. He is sometimes referred to as the third person of the Trinity of God. The
The Greek word for the Holy Spirit is Parakletos, meaning an advocate, helper, or Intercessor.
During the Old Testament times, the Spirit of God could come into servants of God only for performing a divine purpose then leave after accomplishing the purpose.
But when Jesus Christ is about to depart back to His Father after His earthly ministry.
There is something that He mentions about the Holy Spirit that is far much different from what was experienced during the times of the Old Testament; He was going to send the Holy Spirit to His believers to abide with them forever.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (John 14:15-17).
What a turnaround of events, now the presence of the Holy Spirit was not just to be present for a specific time and depart but abide with believers forever.
So, what happens when the Holy Spirit is in your life?
Well, when the Holy Spirit is in your life:
- You decide to walk by the Spirit. You will never fulfill the desires of the flesh but live according to the will of God in your life. (Galatians 5:16)
- You will, therefore, bear the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is joy, love, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23).
- The Holy Spirit differentiates you from others. Peoples will recognize you as a child of God. Even evil Spirits and torments will run away at your present.
- You will always succeed in everything you do.
Purpose of the Holy Spirit
For us to be able to fully understand what happens when the Holy Spirit is in our life, we need to understand the purpose of the Holy Spirit clearly. According to the Amplified Bible Translation, this is clearly explained in the following verse and in a better way.
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor. Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever–(John 14:16 AMP).
Helper: The Holy Spirit is our closest Helper. Whenever we face challenges in our lives, He comes in to offer help.
Comforter: Even though Jesus is not here in the flesh, the Holy Spirit is here in us and constantly comforts us in all our troubles, particularly in times of trial.
Advocate: He is our Advocate. He represents us to the Father as our Advocate and always pleads our case before His Father. As we rely on Him, we become well-represented before the Father, and that gives us peace with God the Father (Romans 5:1).
Intercessor: He is also our Intercessor; this should comfort us because we should always be assured of someone praying for us, especially the times that we are weak. Likewise, the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans, 8:26).
Counselor: The Holy Spirit comes as a Counselor; he will always give us good counsel and reveal to us the things of God. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. (1 Corinthians 2:10).
Strengthener: He is also our Strengthener in times when we find ourselves to be weak and discouraged. As long as we depend upon Him, He will give us the strength to move on with life.
Standby: Finally, the Holy Spirit is our Standby, always Standing by us, ready to offer help in times of need.
The Holy Spirit will only be effective in our lives only when we allow Him to work in our lives by making a personal decision to walk by the Spirit.
Walking by the Spirit is allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in all aspects of our lives. It is not giving our flesh a chance to rule our lives.
When a person has the Holy Spirit in their life, he/she doesn’t always fear but brave in life.