I know about the Holy Spirit but do I feel different when I have the Holy Spirit?
You receive the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. The Bible teaches that God seals us with the Holy Spirit as salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14). When you become saved, God makes you a new creature from the inside out (2 Corinthians 5:17).
So you will feel different because the Holy Spirit now dwells in you (1 Corinthians 6:19). His presence and power change you. You live differently than you used two in your old life. He will form godly desires, godly character through the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and godly behavior.
So, yes, because of the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life, you will feel different and you will feel his presence. Now as you grow in Christ, and as you seek more of the Holy Spirit’s presence, Jesus will baptize you in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4; 10:44-46; 19:1-7). Holy Spirit baptism is an empowerment from the Spirit to boldly witness about Jesus and increased power for Christian living.
You know you receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit when you speak in tongues. Many people think this is strange, but James teaches that the tongue is the most uncontrolled part of the human body (James 3:8). So when the Holy Spirit fills you, he controls the one thing you can’t. And he uses it to proclaim Jesus more boldly than ever before through you.
There are also gifts that the Holy Spirit gives us to minister to others for him. There are different types of gifts for different purposes and times. But a lot of times when the Holy Spirit wants to use you, he will prompt you. This often comes through certain feelings that are different for different people.
So you will feel the Holy Spirit as he uses you to serve others in ministry. There are times when God’s presence in and around you will be so strong that you can’t help but feel the moving of the Holy Spirit. But there are other times you won’t really feel any different, but the Holy Spirit is with you. He never leaves us.
People shouldn’t find it strange when they feel the presence of God and the Holy Spirit. Throughout the Old and New Testaments, the Holy Spirit came upon people and they felt his presence. It should not be strange to us to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit today.
After all, God does not change (James 1:17; Hebrews 13:8). If the Holy Spirit filled people and came upon them for his service in the Bible, he will do the same today. We should not find it strange. In fact, it should be the other way around. We should find it strange if we don’t feel the Holy Spirit in our lives today.
Always be seeking more of the Holy Spirit in the presence of God in your life. Seek him for all he is and has for you. He wants to use you in amazing ways that even you can’t imagine. But he also wants you to know him in his glory and holiness. He wants to guide you into godliness and conform you to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29-30).
Too many Christians walk with Christ and don’t realize the power of the Holy Spirit Jesus wants them to operate in. They are unfamiliar with the third member of the Trinity. But God never intended it to be that way.