Apostle Grace Lubega
John 14:26 (AMPC); But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counsellor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.
If you desire to build and deepen your relationship with the Spirit of God, it is very important that you relate with Him as a Person and not as an active force.
When people consider the Holy Spirit as some force, they objectify Him and relegate Him to the role of an entity that merely gets things done for them. With such a perception, the Holy Spirit is an undefined power with no form of identity and relatability.
God does not desire that we relate with Him in such an impersonal manner.
As a Person, the Holy Spirit has a will. This means that there are things He wishes to do for and through you. When you are conscious of this fact, you will always seek to acknowledge what His plan or direction is in any set of circumstances.
As a Person, the Holy Spirit has emotions. This means that He responds to your attitude and actions. He can be grieved, angered and disappointed by what you do. If you relate with the Holy Spirit as a person with emotions, you will be careful not to do the kind of things that would make Him sorrowful.
As a Person, the Holy Spirit has an intellect. He has discernment and as such, knows exactly what is required in any situation. Relating with Him while bearing this in mind will cause you to consult Him like you would a friend every time you need to make a decision.
May this knowledge shape your relationship with the Spirit of God.
FURTHER STUDY: John 16:3-15, Ephesians 4:30
GOLDEN NUGGET: If you desire to build and deepen your relationship with the Spirit of God, it is very important that you relate with Him as a Person and not as an active force or power. As a Person, the Holy Spirit has a will, emotions and an intellect.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this knowledge. The Bible says that I have been sealed with the Spirit until the day of redemption. He is my Ever Present Help in time of need, my Advocate, Counsellor, Comforter, Intercessor, Strengthener and Standby. I grow deeper in my relationship and friendship with Him. In Jesus’ name, Amen.