How to Tap Into the Holy Spirit

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For Christians, the Holy Spirit is one of the three distinct persons of God, along with God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit, often referred to as the Holy Ghost, is an ethereal spiritual force that empowers those who seek the Lord. By tapping into the Holy Spirit, Christians can experience spiritual growth and draw closer to God.

1 Develop the gifts

Develop the gifts of the Holy Spirit. God directs his followers to "earnestly desire and zealously cultivate" the gifts of the Holy Spirit, proclaims 1 Corinthians 12:31. Traditionally, there are seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. By developing these gifts, you grow closer to God through the power of the Holy Spirit, who bestows them.

2 Pray daily

Pray daily. Spend time with God in quiet prayer and ask him to send the Holy Spirit upon you. The Lord responds to those who pray to him, particularly when they request to honor him more. Begin each morning and end each day in prayer.

3 Fellowship

Fellowship with others that share your faith. In Matthew 18:20, the Lord says,“For where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them." The Holy Spirit descends upon people who have convened to praise God's Holy Name. Sing songs of praise and share together the love of the Holy Spirit.

4 Read the Bible

Read the Bible. God's followers learn in 1 Corinthians 2:16 that the Holy Spirit cloaks the one who immerses himself in God's Word. To tap into the Holy Spirit, you have to know about the Holy Spirit, so read passages that specifically invoke the Holy Spirit. Verses and scripture describe the special powers of the Holy Spirit. For instance, Galatians 5:22 expresses the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.

Audrey Farley began writing professionally in 2007. She has been featured in various issues of "The Mountain Echo" and "The Messenger." Farley has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Richmond and a Master of Arts in English literature from Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches English composition at a community college.