1 Samuel 10:6 “The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.”
When Saul in the Old Testament, who was just an average person, received the Holy Spirit into his body, there was significant evidence that something very special had happened to him. People could not recognize him because he started declaring the Word of God publicly and without shame. Something had “gotten into him” so to speak and it was the Holy Spirit.
Point 1: If you are a Christian then you have the Holy Spirit living with you. If you do not have the Holy Spirit then you are not a Christian. This is the true and infallible test of your salvation. Paul says in Romans 8:9 “You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.” Anyone can call themselves a Christian. It is easy because Christians are supposed to act a certain way and those behaviors can be duplicated. But the true test is not in the deeds, but rather in the source of power that enables one to do the deeds.
Point 2: If you have the Holy Spirit you will have a hard time sinning and will be aware that you are offending God. The Holy Spirit is powerful, supernatural, and is completely at odds with the weakness of human desires. Any attempts to live without the direction of the Spirit after receiving Him into your life will result in feelings of disappointment, guilt, shame, or otherwise ineffectiveness. This is to be expected since sin is contrary to God. Ephesians 4:30-32 says “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Point 3: The Holy Spirit is powerful and if He is in you, you will have the power of God on your life which will be noticeable. Just as Saul was noticed by others when the Holy Spirit came on Him, you too will be labeled a Christian. Christians do not hide, they stand out (Matt. 5:14). Christians are meant to be different, look different, and not conform to the world any longer (Rom. 12:2). In the Bible, God’s presence is synonymous with fire (burning bush, chariots of fire, fire from heaven, tongues of fire, etc.). If you have the Holy Spirit, there will be a burning passion, a fire inside of you that is difficult to contain. Hebrews 12:28-29 says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
APPLICATION: If these 3 points are not characteristic of you here is something to consider. You may know who God is, but it is likely that you have not received the Holy Spirit, which according to the apostle Paul, means you do not belong to Jesus yet. Please message me, email me, or talk to your pastor about whether or not you truly know the Lord Jesus Christ. Consider this passage in Acts 19:2-6:
“Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit. So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” ‘John’s baptism,’ they replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.”
This is such an interesting passage. The people at Ephesus had not had an encounter with Jesus yet. They got part of the message, but not all of it. They had been told that they needed to prepare for Jesus and start living right by repenting and believing (having faith) in God. But they had not had Jesus preached to them and had not received the Holy Spirit. Therefore, when they received Jesus their lives completely changed and they then had the power of God. As Christians today, it is not enough to believe in a life of good deeds and faith in a general God of heaven. Since Jesus Christ has been revealed as the messiah we must receive Him into our lives and live by the power of His Holy Spirit, or else, we are not really Christians.