The Holy Ghost, also referred to as the Holy Spirit, is the third person of the Christian God Head. The Holy Spirit’s role in the God Head is often understated, often overlooked, and often misunderstood.
What do Christians believe about the Holy Spirit?
He cannot be “caught.”
How many times have seen someone catch the Holy Ghost in church? Truth be told, the Holy Ghost cannot be caught. He is the spirit of God that dwells in the hearts of believers. One Chicago Christian said that “The Holy Ghost is often described or defined in non-Biblical terms. He does not make you dance in church or feel guilty. He does live within you and, if you let Him, he will help you grow spiritually.”
His Official Introduction: (http://bible.cc/acts/2-2.htm )
The Holy Spirit was announced by a fiery wind and the demonstration of gifts by the disciples and some around Him. While some believe that speaking in tongues is a sign of one being filled with the Holy Spirit, it is not the only one. During His announcement, there was also the interpretation of tongues, preaching, giving, and spiritual unity.
He Seals (http://bible.cc/ephesians/4-30.htm
The Holy Spirit, when He dwells in us, makes and leaves a mark. His mark is an invisible (for now) sign of our belief in Jesus Christ and our salvation from Him. His seal is an internal sign of an eternal faith.
Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is grieved when we consciously do things that are ungodly. He is grieved when we mistreat others. He is grieved when our actions do not resemble those of Christ.
The Holy Spirit and the spiritual battle (http://bible.cc/romans/7-21.htm )
The Holy Spirit’s role in our life is also to help us to combat evil. The Apostle Paul lamented over the spiritual battle that goes on within the heart of believers. As Christian’s, sometimes our desire to do the right thing is a struggle. It is perfectly normal for Christian’s to wrestle with doing the right things. No matter how much we wish to do the right thing, Christian’s must understand that “wrong” will be present and available. The battle; that battle, will be an everyday battle for believers. Christian’s believe that the Holy Spirit will lead the way to Godly living.
The Holy Spirit, if you let Him, will help you to navigate around and away from wrong and trouble. He is active in our hearts.
The Holy Spirit helps us to be productive
The Holy Spirit should be visibly evident in the lives of believers. His presence should be evident by the fruit that we produce.
Those “fruit” qualities are the outward evidence of a vibrant and active (Holy) Spirit who is at work in our lives.
As one Chicagoan put it; “The Holy Spirit is a friend, guide and comforter. But He will only be as active in our lives as we let Him.”