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How Do I Spiritualy Connect With The Holy Spirit?

Hello everyone, I am a new member here, and I am not sure if I am posting in the right thread. I am absolutley embarrassed to ask such a question, but I really want to know. I want to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and I don't know how to do it. I have been trying for some time now, but I think I must be doing something wrong. How does it feel to be filled with the Holy Spirit? How do you know if you have been filled with the Holy Spirit? I am really curious. I am still trying to build up my relationship with God so I really need to know answers to my questions. I have a lot of things wrong with my (I think mentally and spiritually) and I think this is a good place to start. Thanks.

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Hi, and welcome,

Suggest using a concordance and looking up the passages of Scripture which speak of The Holy Spirit / Holy Ghost.

Basically what they say, in part, is -

1. Repent and believe on The Lord Jesus and be baptized in His Name.

2. Humbly, respectfully ask your Heavenly Father for The Gift of The Spirit.

3. Obey (best you can) what you understand to be The Lord's commandments.

4. Be honest - for He Is also The Spirit of Truth.

The Spirit manifests varying gifts, but consistently the same fruit. Study in Scripture - the gifts of The Spirit & the fruit of The Spirit.

[We are known primarily by the kind of fruit which we bear.]

It "feels like" God and Christ have taken up their abode within.

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. <-----> John 14:23

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Hello everyone, I am a new member here, and I am not sure if I am posting in the right thread. I am absolutley embarrassed to ask such a question, but I really want to know. I want to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and I don't know how to do it. I have been trying for some time now, but I think I must be doing something wrong. How does it feel to be filled with the Holy Spirit? How do you know if you have been filled with the Holy Spirit? I am really curious. I am still trying to build up my relationship with God so I really need to know answers to my questions. I have a lot of things wrong with my (I think mentally and spiritually) and I think this is a good place to start. Thanks.
Dear sister,

There is no embarrassment in asking an honest question, and I thank God for your honesty and your sincerety in seeking Him. Just by having such a question and actively seeking for answers, you have already demonstrated that you have the Holy Spirit in you and is guiding you towards a desire to know the Lord and His will. I thank God for you because of this. So, a warm welcome to you into the Body of Christ!

Just a question, are you baptized in water yet? This is the very first and important step after you have given your heart to Christ our Lord. He commanded us saying:

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved
(Mark 16:16)

If you haven't yet immersed yourself in water to make public confession of your faith and identify yourself with the Lord's death, I advice that you do so with a brother in Christ or with a Church that conducts baptism by immersion (not sprinkling of water on your head).

Then after this immersion, you can pray to the Lord to fill you with His Spirit each and everyday so that you may grow in the grace of the knowledge of Jesus Christ. All you have to do is to ask for the filling with an open and sincere heart, and God will do it.

Dear sister, I have to remind you in the love of Christ, that being filled with the Spirit of God is not a feeling, nor is it visible. But if you are truly filled, you will slowly find yourself bearing the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is as such:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance
You will see this fruit in your life in increasing proportions as you mature in Christ, this is the most evident mark that you have the Spirit of God in you. You may not see it immediately, but do not despair, because as long as your heart is trueful towards God and earnestly seeks Him (just like you are now), God will prune you and you will bear fruit for His Kingdom.

Seeing that you are still a babe in Christ, I encourage you to maintain this honest and sincere heart of yours before God at all times, and not be discouraged by your failures and stumblings. Your humility and your earnest desire to know the Lord is also precious to our Lord, so keep that with you and hold on to this grace of God. Your heart is what really matters, because if your heart is right, God will be able to work in you and perfect your faith in the love of Christ.

Put your entire trust in our wonderful God and do not let any anxieties or doubt overtake you, because it is Him who has bought us with His own blood. If He is willing to sacrifice so much to save us, He will surely not abandon us and leave us to our doom, especially when He knows that our heart yields to Him. There will be trials and tribulations, and at times you will stumble because you are still living inside the fleshly tent, but do not be discouraged, nor believe in the lies of the devil who will attack you on all sides, and have hope in God and His salvation. I exhort you in the love of Christ with the following words of the apostles:

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.
Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit.
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love Him, because He first loved us.
(1 John 4)

Do write to me, sister, if you are in need of anything, and I will do my very best to give you advice and comfort. You are not alone in the battle, because God is always with you (whether you feel it or not), and we are also with you in Christ. Remember sister, that faith is not mere feelings, but that of a believing heart that loves and obeys the Lord.

May the God of peace strengthen your faith and bless you with His immense love and mercy!
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Thanks to everyone who had replied. I have been baptized I think seven years ago. The reason I said I have a lot of things going on mentally is because sometime in Feburary 2007, something went wrong with my mind. Like I didn't have control of thoughts that was coming in to my mind. I mean is was negative thought against God for no reason at all. I could be thinking about something are doing something as simple as watching tv, and the negative thoughts would just override my thoughts or things that I be doing and pop up in my head. It's scary and I don't know how to completely turn it off. This is why I need to connect with the Holy Spirit to help me.
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Thanks tturt for the information. Sorry I couldn't reply to you through pm because I haven't post at least 15 posts in order for me to send messages yet. I haven't had the chance to read the url yet because I was gone most of the day. I know you are trying to help me out the best way you know how, and I sure do appreciate it. I am going to try to read some of it tonight though. Thanks a lot and have a bless night.
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Cassie,

There's likely a "reason", for this unpleasant change. You may have come into contact with someone or some medium which conveys an "anti-God" spirit.

Pray and search your mind and memory to see if something/someone stands out, and then firmly determine to remove yourself from that influence, doing all you can to stay away from it. Asking for God's Help in Jesus' Name.

If study and prayer don't seem sufficient you may find "prayer and fasting" helps.

If unfamiliar, studying what Scripture says about it, and what others have experienced can help.

Here's a link to the fasting forum here at CF. Fasting - Christian Forums

May The Lord Be Pleased !

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Thanks to everyone who had replied. I have been baptized I think seven years ago. The reason I said I have a lot of things going on mentally is because sometime in Feburary 2007, something went wrong with my mind. Like I didn't have control of thoughts that was coming in to my mind. I mean is was negative thought against God for no reason at all. I could be thinking about something are doing something as simple as watching tv, and the negative thoughts would just override my thoughts or things that I be doing and pop up in my head. It's scary and I don't know how to completely turn it off. This is why I need to connect with the Holy Spirit to help me.




James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.


2 Corinthians 10:5
5. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;


Isaiah 26:3
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.


John 16:33
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
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You know what Wayfaring Man, I haven't thought about me coming in contact with someone like that. I know I had went into deep depression in 2005 (still in depression). Losing a home in a flood, I was laid-off from my job, lost a good friend of mine in 2006, I was trying hard to get my life together, dropped out of college, lost another good friend of mine in 2008 to a murder/suicide. Just a whole lot of stuff going on. Than the negative/evil thoughts come along added on to my problems. I have never had thoughts like this ever in my life. It is awful. I never want to think like this, but it is so uncontrollable. It is like I have two minds, one I think on my own and the other I don't. You have brought up an idea that have not cross my mind. I think fasting maybe a good idea. Thanks a lot.
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"I have been trying for some time now, but I think I must be doing something wrong."

What is that makes you feel like the Spirit is not already in you??
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Originally Posted by Cassielaven View Post
You know what Wayfaring Man, I haven't thought about me coming in contact with someone like that. I know I had went into deep depression in 2005 (still in depression). Losing a home in a flood, I was laid-off from my job, lost a good friend of mine in 2006, I was trying hard to get my life together, dropped out of college, lost another good friend of mine in 2008 to a murder/suicide. Just a whole lot of stuff going on. Than the negative/evil thoughts come along added on to my problems. I have never had thoughts like this ever in my life. It is awful. I never want to think like this, but it is so uncontrollable. It is like I have two minds, one I think on my own and the other I don't. You have brought up an idea that have not cross my mind. I think fasting maybe a good idea. Thanks a lot.
Hi again Cassie,

With the additional info, it sounds like the tempter opportunistically planted a sense of "blaming God", (while you were suffering from a series of hardships and difficulties), somewhere in your mind, perhaps even subconsciously, and you then began to agree with the tempter's "reasoning" which essentially blames or tries to make God look bad. And that gave the tempter a place to speak within.

To find freedom, look to The Cross of Christ, and see there is where all the blame/fault/sin was laid, upon God's Innocent Son !

Which reaffirms that God Is Love. And helps us to renounce and refute any thought or innuendo that suggests or implies that God should be blamed for the bad things that happen to us, or our loved ones.

Suggest telling your Heavenly Father you're sorry for giving place to the tempter's lies, and ask for His Help to be cleansed and protected against all that still seeks to wrongly blame Him.

Consider also The Book of Job, how he suffered, and had to endure much, but God came through for him, and raised him up so that he was even much better off than before !

Fasting may still have a vital role.

May The Lord Be Pleased to Help & Heal. For His Holy Name's Sake. Amen.

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