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God’s Holy Spirit: How to Have a Relationship with God, Part 2

My first post on having a personal relationship with God shared how that is possible and how to begin it. This post explains how God interacts with us through his Holy Spirit.

Basic facts about the Holy Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit, as a member of God’s Trinity, is one with God and the same as God.
  • God the Father and Jesus, the Son, speak through the Holy Spirit; he is God’s connection with us.
  • The Holy Spirit is a person of God in his own right, and interacts with us in several ways.

Five ways the Holy Spirit acts in our lives

The Holy Spirit joins his spirit and mind with ours

Read John 14:15-17 from the story of the …

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God’s 4-Page Handbook for Living

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians

If this was the only biblical material you had, it would be enough.  Ephesians is God’s Little Handbook for Living, which runs four pages in my bible.  Because God’s scriptural truths are timeless, this letter  of St. Paul’s is just as helpful today as when he wrote it.

In Ephesians God teaches all the basic principles we need:

  • A description of God.
  • His astonishing plan for humanity.
  • How God relates with us and guides us through his Holy Spirit.
  • His design for living that enables us to experience The Abundant Life on earth (we don’t have to wait for heaven).
  • How to do loving relationships with God and one another.
  • How to care for ourselves,
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9 Ways God Speaks To People

A question people often ask me is “How can I know God’s will?”  Here are nine biblical ways God speaks today and how to use them:

  1. Through the bible.  Before reading a passage, ask God to use it to answer a question, or tell you what to do.  The experience of many is that God gives personal messages through whatever scripture we read.  We can also study particular topics or words that relate to our needs.  For these, get help from study bibles and Internet bible resources with topical indexes or word concordances.
  2. Hearing his voice aloud.  While this is rare, I have had several people tell me they heard God’s voice speak out loud.  As with Moses, God usually
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