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Genuine questions being asked about the Holy Spirit

 Please read carefully through these.  Consider your experience and understanding and share with us your impressions. 

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead: Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:9-13)

1.  These are the words of Jesus as written in the NIV translation/paraphrase. Notice that Jesus is speaking of individuals not groups; He is speaking of individual fathers giving good gifts; He is speaking, I believe, about an individual gift of the Holy Spirit to those who are seeking, asking, knocking. This must be the most perfect gift imaginable. Can you tell me what it is?

2.  How do I experience it?

3.  What is the sign that I have received this gift? Is there a sign of having received it?

4.  How do you know you are following the Holy Spirit’s guiding?

5.  What does it feel like?

6.  Does the Holy Spirit’s presence change you and your relationship/fellowship with God in any way?

7.  Not wanting to get into a discussion of “Calvinism” vs. “whatever” here……but my question to this visitor was that I must believe that as a Christian I too am being led in some way by the Holy Spirit to my understanding of the scriptures and we are at absolute opposite poles in our understanding on this point (among others). How can the Holy Spirit be leading us both…..considering we are both Christians?

8.  What is the Holy Spirit doing for us? Not that this particular issue really has anything to do with our salvation……it is puzzling to me that we can come to such opposite conclusions from the same written word handed down through generations and guarded in it’s inspiration by the same Holy Spirit which is leading us in all our ways. Once again, what is the Holy Spirit doing for us?

9.  How do I know what is Holy Spirit and what is my own sinful nature? Can we know for sure? Are we giving the Holy Spirit too much credit for It’s leadership when our sinful nature can drive us off the mark with such ease?

10.  I keep seeing phrases like, “the Holy Spirit taught me” and, “led by the Holy Spirit to……”.   Just what do you mean by the Holy Spirit taught me? 

11.  Do you get a message directly from the Holy Spirit? How do you know?

12.  How are you led by the Holy Spirit?

13.  Is there a path that the Holy Spirit pushes you down? How do you know?

14.  I see a lot of things attributed to the Holy Spirit, but I don’t know exactly how these things are done by the Holy Spirit.

15.  Ahha!!! If I’m reading you rightly, you are saying that we may not know of the Holy Spirit’s working in us and the guidance that the Holy Spirit gives as it happens.  Just have faith that as we truly desire the fellowship and the “God moments”, the Holy Spirit does it’s work and provides the guidance necessary as we are transformed.

16.  Maybe doctrinal and dogma correction are not given directly because it is the heart that is being worked on……as the heart is transformed, the correct doctrine and dogma may become…..uh……well…..just moot because the fellowship with God does not involve doctrine…or maybe better said, it supersedes doctrine.

17.  Maybe this is the “walking by faith and not by sight” that is spoken of.

18.  Just who/what is the Holy Spirit?

19.  How do we receive it?

20.  How does the Holy Spirit guide me?

All these questions are being asked with a humble spirit and a seeking heart.  Please choose one or a few of these numbered questions and comment.  Also make sure you note what question number/s you’re comments are being directed toward.

Thank you saints.  Let the fellership begin!



September 1, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 20 Comments