I thought 2 verses below will help, will no longer expound as I usually present my view in a way that usually makes more things complicated, haha
Matthew 7:15-20 New King James Version (NKJV)You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Anyway, on the second thought, will still expound it
A Bible verse containing principle or a teaching or a reminder to a “community of men” can be applicable to “individual”, in my opinion.
In the same manner in SECULAR things: an individual right to defend oneself (self-defense) can go up to the thought of the right of a nation defending itself from foreign aggression (national defense/security)
In the same manner in the reminder to the “7 Churches” in Revelation is addressed to “Church” or “Community of people” but it can be applied to "individual"
Why I need to say it: the 2 verses below:
the 1st verse seems to refer to “fruits of community of men: ie: False Prophets and their students/followers” or can also be interpreted as “fruits of an individual: False Prophets and their own actions”
while the 2nd verse seems to refers to “emanating from individual as a fruit”
see how I make things complicated? Just a thought....from another student....
You are asking a good question, for youself and all of us. Since you, being a Christian and believing in Jesus will receive the Holy Spirit. You will know that the Holy Spirit is in you during those situations in your life when you are filled with LOVE and compassion. Other times when you are challenged, you will get filled with courage, boldness and confidence. And in those moments when you have to make a decision, you will receive wisdom, insight, ability and authority.
In Acts 1:8, 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Please read and meditate on John 14:26, 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
In your daily life, Alison, please read your Bible. Please attend Bible studies, focus on your pastor's sermon. When the 12 disciples believed in Jesus as the Son of God, He promised that the Holy Spirit would help them remember what He had been teaching them.
Now, here is the magnificence of God. In those moments when you don't know what to say or how to say to Him in your prayers;
In Romans 8:26, 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
We all are already praying for you, Alison, and hope the posts and these scriptures will help you know when the Holy Spirit is living within you.
Have you received the holy spirit? Well think back to when you first asked Jesus into your life.
I remember when that happened, I cried out "abba" Father... in an unknown tongue. See what happened was the holy spirit was giving me utterance. Other things happened as well, I could read the Bible and He would speak to me through scripture and help me to understand His word. And He helps me pray and share Jesus with others.
Romans 8:25 and Galatians 4:6 tell us we have been adopted by God. When we bear fruit i.e good works and character of becoming more like Christ we display how we are growing in the Lord.
Hi, there. You seem quite interested in learning about the Holy Spirit. I would suggest reading the writings of the Apostle Paul in the new testament.
The Word of God says that we receive the Holy Spirit the minute we accept Jesus into our hearts/lives and we become born again Christians.
You can trust that what the bible says is correct.
5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
Step out on faith and talk to the Holy Spirit. The Word of God says it was better for Christ to go so He could send the Helper (Holy Spirit) to us.
7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
The Holy Spirit leads us into truth and understanding producing Wisdom. Every morning when I pray I say hello to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Your faith will also start to build up and become stronger as you begin to pray. The Holy Spirit will lead you into truth. Ask him to reveal himself to you and to help you start this new journey of discovering the Holy Trinity of God. If you ask, be prepared to receive. He will talk with you, lead you, teach you, and your walk with God will become stronger.
If you ever need anything, please reach out. You are starting a wonderful journey. You don't have to walk it alone. We are all here to share and help each other grow. Take care.