The journey of Christianity presents many important figures one of those being the Holy Ghost – oftentimes also referenced as the Holy Spirit. The Holy Ghost provides hope and guidance for Christians and non-Christians. Ultimately, he convicts a person’s heart with God’s truth and brings forth how sinful we are on a daily basis. All in all, the Holy Ghost pulls at our heart strings and embodies are thoughts by asking us to repent and turn to God for forgiveness and ultimately a new life.
Therefore, Christian followers and others not of the Christianity faith have an opportunity to essentially turn over a new leaf and start over – no matter what their sins may be or how they’ve lived their life prior to encountering the Holy Ghost. Anyone has the possibility to seek out true redemption that can change the course of their life.
The Holy Ghost was a real person who came to reside within Jesus Christ's followers after Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. During this time, Jesus told the apostles, "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you."
The Holy Spirit’s presence is documented and is not something that is brushed over. He is deemed as a person who is equal with God the Father and God the Son. The Bible also references him and it’s revealed that he’s considered to be the third member of the Godhead. Jesus told the apostles, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
No matter what journey you’re embarking on and no matter what you’re struggling with, stand tall knowing that the Holy Ghost will provide you the means and mindset to accomplish greatness. When we refer to a person being born again that Christian is taking an oath of believing and receiving Jesus Christ. Ultimately, God resides in that individual through the Holy Spirit. Therefore the intellect, emotion, and will of the Holy Ghost is shared with that Christian.
The Holy Ghost bears witness to everyone. He tells Jesus Christ what lies within the hearts of the people. Moreover, he acts as a Christian's teacher because he advises our Lord and Savior what we’re struggling with and how we’re trying to change. The Holy Ghost is able to testify for our sins and be the gateway of forgiveness. An example of this can be seen when Jesus tells his disciples, "The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come."
Even though the Holy Ghost has the ability to assist those who aren’t Christian followers, he also has the ability to live inside those who believe in Jesus, in order to produce God's character in the life of a believer. Attaining this by ones’ self is impossible because the Holy Spirit will build into your life’s love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Instead of trying to be loving, patient, kind, God asks us to rely on him to produce these qualities in our lives. Therefore Christians are asked to walk and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Through his enrichment the Holy Spirit will empower Christians to perform ministry duties that promote spiritual growth among as a Christian.
As a Christian, as a mother, as a friend, as a worker and as a human being I’ve found the Holy Ghost has helped me make sense of my roles in life. He has provided me with the salvation and certainty that I will not be condemned for making mistakes on a day-to-day basis. I am one person and it’s okay if I can’t juggle everything. It’s okay if I forget things because I have the power of the Holy Ghost on my side. He has helped me humanize the roles that I’ve been placed in. Moreover, he has helped me feel represented within my daily life.
Oftentimes I think people perceive Christians to be holy. While they may be in fact holy, I think the definition that follows the word holy is somewhat misconstrued. Being holy doesn’t mean you’re perfect. Being holy doesn’t mean you don’t make mistakes. Heck, being holy doesn’t even mean that you have to attend church every single Sunday. The Holy Ghost has helped me understand that holy means trying. Holy means giving it my best. Holy means learning from my mistakes. Holy means connecting with others on a personable level and widening my community. Holy is more than a word it’s a way of life. Don’t get wrapped up in the definition that others associate with the concept of being holy. Instead, define it yourself and allow it to meet your own standards and way of living.
I invite you, whether you’re a Christian or non-Christian follower to get acquainted with the Holy Ghost. His presence will help you find your way in life and get you directed towards the goals and aspirations you hope to achieve. His embodiment will provide you with the strength to proceed when you’ve been shut down or turned down. Moreover, his strong willed nature will fill your mind, body and soul with the energy you need to wake up every day and hit the ground running.