“This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.” (1 John 4: 13).
This is an answer to a commonly asked question, that arises again and again, though we may know it at some level. David, begged the Lord, “Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” (Psalm 51: 11). This was after his sins associated with Bathsheba, that required the prophet’s conviction saying, “You are the man.” (2 Sam. 12: 1-13). It is entirely possible that David was the one who had quenched the Holy Spirit and withdrawn himself from God’s presence. This example is for each of us, not to compare and judge his sins as egregious, but to show how sin blinds and captures us. Moreover, it serves as an encouragement that high people are no less subject to falling than the ordinary man. Finally, we see that God took the first step toward David in order to restore him to relationship. God would send a prophet to you, if necessary, to bring you to repentance. His mercy is everlasting and He says through Paul, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38-39).
That is God’s part, but as it comes to knowing and progressing to living in Him (Yeshua) but how does it manifest? The Spirit works inside the Believer, via a Spiritual connection with God. When we were recreated as a new creation in Messiah, we received the indwelling Holy Spirit. He is a person whom we can know. Have you had conversation with God? Yeshua described His sheep as becoming acquainted to recognize His voice. He is not verbose and He may not speak English or even speak at all when communicating. God can make himself known, but he responds to the contrite and lowly, that essence that exists universally in the heart of a child, by faith.
Our communication with God can be very specific, but even so it coincides with scripture. God has told us in His Word everything we need to know. His Word records dealings with millions, generations over thousands of years. There may be different configurations and means of living, but nothing is truly unique in its essential purpose. This does not mean that we don’t need the Holy Spirit or that the Bible is a substitute for the Holy Spirit. It means that God never contradicts His Word. Moreover, the Spirit brings to mind various relevant scriptures.
God knows every thought before we think it. He often arranges things in advance so we ask that which He desires us to have, whether it is knowledge, release, peace, or any number of things for us or those around us. Acts 10 is an amazing illustration of this “behind the scene” activity where Peter and Cornelius are prepared and brought together by the Holy Spirit’s coordination and leadership. We must not limit what we think the Lord can or will do, it is repugnant to His presence. This is key regarding things of the Spirit. I cannot overstate the importance of this condition of your faith; the limits you place on God are like fingers stuffed in your ears and eyes shut tight, so you can neither hear nor see. The Bible says, do not be like dumb animals who must be led by bit and bridle. (Ps. 32:9; Jude 1:10; 2 Pet. 2:12). We should believe that everything written in the Bible applies to us, that God can and will work mightily in and through us. “For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.” (John 3: 34). We are all sent to speak as ambassadors of Yeshua Messiah. The unlimited Holy Spirit will do His part. Will you respond saying, “Yes, Lord, have your way in me.”