Holy spirit

DC Collier: How I Know the Holy Spirit is Real | Homes and Lifestyle

“To all who are led by the Spirit of God, they are sons and daughters of God. For you have not received a spirit of bondage leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters whereby we cry out, ‘Abba! Dad!’ The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of god. “
– Romans 8: 14-16

For the past few weeks, I have been sharing my personal encounters with God. So you might ask, “Were these experiences real? “; “Prove it!” Let me answer it this way:

Jesus once met a man blind from birth. After Jesus miraculously restored his sight, man was confronted with the ruling religious “bigwigs” who refused to believe in man’s story. As it is written in John 9:25, after a series of controversial questioning, the blind man finally blurted out, “I don’t know if he (Jesus) is a sinner; something that I Know, that although I was blind, now I see. (John 9:25 KJV)

It sums up my own experience perfectly: “I was blind – now I see. The only rational explanation for my new spiritual eyes was the Holy Spirit.

The changes were instantaneous, dramatic, filling me with a mysterious and unstoppable inner joy.

My wife, friends and relatives noticed it first. I was a party animal, a heavy drinker, a prankster, a flirt, a “fun guy”. I wasn’t so “fun” anymore – not the way they expected.

I was a little too real, unforced, sober, transparent. No need to hide behind masks, no need to have fun. I quickly found myself outside the “budding crowd”.

New ailments

Before meeting the real Jesus, I had regarded him as another character in the Bible, one more mythical actor in a tragic Shakespearean play – no more relevant to my life than Julius Caesar or Napoleon Bonaparte.

Where before I was skeptical, resentful and hostile towards Jesus, now overnight he has become my best friend, my refuge. I felt an overwhelming affection growing for this Eternal Man-God who had met me where I was – in the middle of a smoking crater called my life.

What he saw in me, I’ll never know. I was a dismal prospect at best.

I also felt an attraction for other Christians. Before, I saw them as a little “scary”, worried, moralizing. Now they felt like lost blood relatives. No matter where I was, across the United States, in foreign countries, this “family bond” drew me to those I would once have considered “complete strangers.”

New affinities

Previously, the Bible was “fuzzy,” confusing, seemingly a random collection of mythical fables. Suddenly, I felt like I was receiving a new series of spiritual ‘shows’ that brought the Scriptures to light and revealed a consistency, connection, and a central theme (the redemption of man by God) that I did not. had never seen before. I couldn’t get enough.

Before my conversion, I was at home with the “unholy trinity” – the World, the Flesh and the Devil. Now the things I was looking for had lost their taste.

Of course, I’ve always sinned, but it wasn’t as “fun” as it used to be, and it wasn’t “natural” anymore. I felt it offended the Spirit in me.

Before, when I didn’t stand up for anything, I fell in love with everything. Now I heard a new voice with new ears, from John 10: 26-28: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; and no one will take them from my hand.

I discovered that I have a divine “Pastor”; Before I was lost, wandering, and in great spiritual peril – and worse, I didn’t realize it.

New aspirations

I lived for one person: me. I was focused on “putting my feather nest”, “looking for # 1”.

Now, I am mysteriously drawn to service to others, to please the One who saved me, realizing that I am an ambassador for His Kingdom, not for my own pitiful little fiefdom.

Someone once said that the path to true fulfillment is to live your life for a cause greater than yourself. Amen to that.

Finally, I do not want you to get your idea wrong, I am not a “good for nothing”, as anyone who knows me will attest … I am just another sinner saved by grace.

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you do not sin. And if someone sins, we have a lawyer with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not only for our own, but also for the sins of the whole world.
– 1 John 2: 1-3

– DC Collier is a Bible teacher, discipleship mentor and writer specializing in Christian apologetics. A mechanical engineer and Internet entrepreneur, he is the author of My Origin, My Destiny, a book focused on the basic “value proposition” of Christianity. Click here for more information or contact him at [email protected]. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.