Is God Your BFF? Part 3 Getting to Know the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit, God IN You

He is one of God’s greatest gifts to us, the power of God, living right inside you. How well developed is your relationship with the Holy Spirit? Do you know who He is, what His purpose is, or that He is your constant helper? This week is most definitely my favorite of the series. I can’t wait to share more with you about this incredible Power you have been given.

We’ve been talking this month about fully developing our relationship with God. We’ve learned that the way to do that is by cultivating the key qualities that make any good friendship last: quality time, good communication, and knowing Him FULLY as Father, Spirit, and Son.

Today we’ll dive in to the final part of a  3 part series helping us understand why quality time and communication with each member of the Trinity is important. 

During week 1, we talked about cultivating a relationship with God the Father, check it out here. Week 2 we explored exactly who Jesus is and how to grow your relationship with Him, read that here. Finally, this week we get to dive into developing a mighty friendship with God living right inside you, the Holy Spirit!

The Holy Spirit

He is your personal counselor, your teacher, and constant helper. The magnificent gift of God, poured out on you.

So why get to know Him better? Because He is God’s most personal gift to you, His own mighty power living in you! He’s your all access pass to all of the fullness and glory of God. He embodies God’s strength, might, comfort and rest, all at your fingertips. When you become a born again, spirit filled Christian, then the Holy Spirit takes up residence right inside you. He is with you wherever you go, doing whatever you do. Seeing everything you see, hearing everything you hear, feeling everything you feel.

Have you ever been in a situation where you had a roomate? Maybe as a kid you shared a room with a sibling, or had a roommate in college? If you’re married, you have a lifelong roommate in your spouse. To have a successful relationship with your roommate, you need to talk, interact, and cooperate. Imagine how lonely or outcast you would feel if your roommate never acknowledged your presence? What if they never talked, interacted, or consulted with you, but instead just lived every moment as if you weren’t even there?

How would that make you feel? I’m guessing pretty lonely. Maybe even useless, or unloved?

That’s exactly what we do to the Holy Spirit when we live our lives apart from Him! When you have the literal ability to tap into the Supreme Power of God, anywhere, any time, why would you ignore it?

How to Spend Quality Time with the Holy Spirit

  • First and foremost, acknowledge His presence! EVERY DAY!
  • Talk to Him. Ask His opinion about things you encounter.
  • Listen to His promptings, and follow His leading.
  • Consult Him with your day to day choices.
  • Seek comfort in Him in your daily troubles.
  • Celebrate with Him in your daily triumphs.
  • Pray with Him, tapping into His power.
  • Be purposeful to include Him in your day to day, minute to minute life.
  • Treat Him like He’s like the best friend you’ve ever had, because He is.

How to Have Good Communication with the Holy Spirit

  • Read the Word and learn to recognize His voice as He speaks to you.
  • As you’re seeking to include Him everyday, listen to His promptings. Part of His job is to quicken your spirit to make you aware of the things of God.
  • Seek counsel in Him, and heed his advice. Just like you would do with an earthly counselor, lay out your troubles and trust Him to help you.
  • Let Him teach you the ways of God. He holds all of God’s wisdom and is ready and able to share it with you.
  • Let Him pray for you. You have your own unique spiritual language, and when you don’t know what to pray, He will take over and pray for you.
  • Trust that the Holy Spirit will always lead you in the direction of God’s will for your life, and follow where He leads.

Scriptures to Help You Get to Know the Holy Spirit

Click here for a printable list of these Scriptures.

Walking hand in hand with the Holy Spirit every day will bring you so much closer to the life God intended you to live. I hope you are feeling empowered and ready to embrace all that God has for you!

Blessings and love,

Tiffany

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Is God Your BFF? Part 1, Getting to Know God the Father

To fully develop a relationship with God, you must cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. First up, God the Father.

Have you ever met someone that you really liked?

How about your best friend? Did y’all have an instant connection? Or maybe you had a rocky start? Have you been friends for a long time, or is your relationship still in that new “honeymoon” phase? No matter what your story is, I’m quite sure that you didn’t become bff’s with that special person from just one meeting. While every friendship story is unique, I bet they all have at least one thing in common. You must have made a choice and a commitment to take the time to get to know each other, resulting in an ever-growing, blossoming, and lasting relationship.

To be blessed with the kind of friendship you have, you must have cultivated your relationship. You’ve made time for each other, you do things together, you talk frequently, you share important details about your lives, you help each other, you support each other, you depend on each other. There’s no doubt that quality time and good communication have become the foundation of your relationship.

One other key thing to note about your bff… you probably don’t know just one side of them. You know them completely. You know them at work, at home, at play. You know every side to their personality. The good, the bad, and everything in between, you know, you accept, and you love.

To fully develop a relationship with God, you must cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. First up, God the Father.

Our relationship with God is no different! The key to cultivating a great relationship with God is found in quality time, good communication, and knowing Him FULLY, every part of Him.

Enter the Godhead, or the Holy Trinity

Its a concept that can be really hard to grasp, and the truth is, I fully believe this is one of those things that our finite minds just cannot fully comprehend. The best way for me to explain the trinity is to think of it like a family. For example, the Young family is ONE family, with 7 members (mom, dad, and 5 kids). Each individual person uniquely equipped with their own gifts, talents, and personalities, but all connected, acting together as a single family unit. The Trinity, is ONE God, manifested in 3 separate and unique persons, all acting together as a single unit.

To fully develop our relationship with God, we have to take time to cultivate a relationship with all three persons of the Godhead; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

To fully develop a relationship with God, you must cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. First up, God the Father.

 

Join me for this 3 part series to understand why quality time and communication with each member of the Trinity is important. And get practical tips for developing each one of these relationships.

Today, we’ll talk about cultivating a relationship with God the Father. Next week we’ll explore just who Jesus is, and work on developing a personal relationship with Him. And in two weeks, we’ll dive into developing a mighty friendship with God living right inside you, the Holy Spirit!

God, the Father

We call Him the Creator, Almighty God, Powerful One, Abba, Father, Alpha and Omega.

He spoke creation into existence, He is a planner, He loves unconditionally, and He forgives completely. His holiness, His power, and His love transcend time and space. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, His ways higher than our ways. The Bible declares there is no one good except God, not even one!  He upholds us with His righteous right hand, gives us promises of protection and blessings, passes out grace freely, curses those who curse us, and calls us His own.

Why do we need to know Him and develop a personal relationship with Him?

Because He created you! He knew you before you were ever conceived, and set you apart with a plan and a purpose. His promises of blessing are waiting to be lavished on you. He wants to be your Shield and your Protector, and He wants to lead you into His righteousness, to show you how you can live in His presence from here to eternity. His love for you is unconditional, He fights for you, He wants what’s best for you.

Do you want to know who you really are, and what your purpose in this world is? Why not get to know the one who created you and find out?

To fully develop a relationship with God, you must cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. First up, God the Father.

Ways to spend quality time with God the Father

  • reading the Word
  • worshiping Him for who He is
  • practicing gratitude to Him
  • quiet time spent listening to His voice
  • daily devotionals
  • prayer

Ways to practice good communication with God the Father

  • pray without ceasing
  • present every request to Him
  • praise Him in every circumstance
  • be still before Him, listening to His still small voice
  • listen as He speaks through the Word
  • listen as He speaks through others
  • obey His commands

Scriptures to help you get to know God the Father

Click here for a printable list of these Scriptures.

I hope you’ve got some great ideas now for how to cultivate a personal relationship with God the Father. Let me know how your journey is going and any other helpful tips you might have in the comments below!

Blessings and Love,

Tiffany

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