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Many equate the Holy Spirit with power rather than with relationship. They call upon Him solely for their needs, and not for intimacy. These Christians have a surface knowledge of Him but don’t know Him as a friend would know a friend. They don’t know what He’s feeling or when He’s hurt or offended. They don’t understand His emotions or know His character beyond a general knowledge of His works and functions. There is no revelation of the person of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture describes the Holy Spirit as a person with specific characteristics. The Spirit speaks (Acts 8:29; 10:19; 11:12; 21:11; 1 Tim. 4:1; Heb. 3:7). The Spirit may be spoken to, tested, grieved, insulted, or blasphemed (Acts 5:3, 9; Eph. 4:30; Heb. 10:29; Matt. 12:31).  The Spirit guides, calls, commissions, and intercedes (Rom. 8:14, 26; Acts 13:2; 20:28).

Intimacy with the Holy Spirit is what every heart craves—He is the one who quenches our spiritual thirst (Jn. 7:37, 38). In the final words of 2 Corinthians 13, Paul expressed to this church his desire that the “communion [fellowship] of the Holy Spirit” (v.14) be with them. The Greek word for communion is koinonia, which means “unity, a close association, fellowship, close bond, or partnership.” Paul was suggesting something much deeper than the Spirit’s power, anointing, and gifts. He was saying that we can experience close relationship, intimacy, and partnership with Him.

Shortly after I was saved, I read a book about intimacy with the Holy Spirit and began to spend hours each day communing with Him. I would ask Him questions and He would respond; I would ask Him to help me understand Scripture and He would give me revelation. Over the years, continued intimacy with the Holy Spirit has been a powerful key that’s opened doors to the miracles, open heavens, and favor in my life and ministry.

Getting to know the Holy Spirit intimately, as with any relationship,  requires spending time with Him. It’s living with Him moment-by-moment, as you would with someone you love. Fellowship and partnership with the Holy Spirit causes heaven to touch earth in the human, relational sphere of our lives.

“You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:17b, author’s emphasis). The Holy Spirit is in us and with us. This “with us” presence is the communion, the koinonia. Everything in the Bible revolves around the person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was involved in creating and sustaining all life (Gen. 1:2; Job 33:4; 34:14).

The Holy Spirit was involved at significant times in Jesus’s life: His conception (Matt. 1:18), His baptism (Matt. 3:16), and His time in the wilderness (Luke 4:1). The Spirit empowered Jesus to preach, do miracles, and cast out demons (Luke 4:18; Matt. 12:28), was present with Him on the cross (Heb. 9:14), and raised Him from the dead (Rom. 8:11).

Intimacy with the Holy Spirit was the key to Jesus’s victorious life and ministry. Knowing the Holy Spirit personally is vital for our lives today too.

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