"Slaying in the Spirit," according to sociologist Margaret Poloma, is "the force of the Holy Spirit infusing a person with such heightened inner awareness that the body's vitality goes away and the individual drops to the floor." The killing involved in this phenomenon is not physical but spiritual. It is done by the influence of the Spirit upon the mind and will of the victim, causing them to lose control over themselves and fall to their death.
The early Christians were able to kill themselves by this means because they were filled with the Spirit. For example, Paul told the Ephesian elders that he had the spirit of revenge against them, but God "made him walk other paths" (Eph 6:12). Here we see that when the Spirit is present, he can prevent someone from falling to their death even if they want to jump off a building or get into a car accident.
Today many people claim to have the spirit of revenge against others. When asked why they want to die, they usually say it's because they are mad or sad.
The Holy Spirit also serves as a comforter or paraclete, a person who intercedes, supports, or acts as an advocate, especially during times of adversity. And he works to persuade the unredeemed of the immorality of their conduct as well as their moral position as sinners before God. He convicts them of their sin and calls them to repentance.
The Holy Spirit also works in believers to produce different effects. He helps us understand what Jesus said about the kingdom of heaven (Mt 13:19), enables us to live by faith rather than by sight (Php 3:3), fills us with new life (Eph 5:18), guides us into all truth (Jn 16:13), makes us willing to obey his commands (Ro 8:14), helps us endure suffering (1 Pe 4:10), and more.
Finally, the Holy Spirit lives within us to protect us from our own desires and impulses. He keeps us free from evil actions and leads us into right choices whenever we find ourselves about to make a decision.
He preserves us, teaches us, and guides us because he cares for us. He wants us to be happy and fulfill our potential both as individuals and as a community. Only then can we praise God and enjoy him forever.
The Rain of Spirits The Spirit's deluge washes away the dust of illusion, allowing you to recognize sin for what it is and the Savior for who He is. In this energizing environment, the reaction of brokenness results in heart purification, followed by the infilling of the Spirit. This is new life—revival.
This is a reference to the Holy Ghost coming upon individuals who have responded to gospel preaching (see Acts 2:1-4). The Spirit's presence brings spiritual gifts (see Gal 5:22-23), so that the church can function as God intends.
In the Old Testament era, there were times when the Lord would pour out His wrath on mankind, causing tremendous floods and storms that destroyed much of the world. These events were seen as judgments from God because they resulted in a large number of people turning to Him and being saved.
These judgments never brought about repentance in those who received them, but they did result in their suffering abandonment by God. However, those who were saved had no way to avoid these trials. They knew that God was always with them, even when they could not see Him.
During these periods of divine judgment, it seemed as though everyone and everything was against God's children. Their enemies tormented them, and their friends abandoned them. But Jesus told His followers that they should not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul.
The Spirit is the source of life; the flesh is of no use at all. "The words I have spoken to you are full of energy and vitality." He will be renowned in the eyes of the Lord. And he must abstain from wine and strong beverages, or else he will be filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother's womb. That is why holy people who live a righteous life receive their inheritance from God, but sinners do not.
Jesus said: "You shall know them by their fruits". Jesus was saying that we should look at what they do, not just how much knowledge they have acquired through their schooling or any other means. The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. If someone is born again, they will bear these qualities to some degree. But if we want to grow in them, we need the help of the Spirit.
We cannot fill ourselves with the Spirit. We can only accept him who calls us into his kingdom and makes us his children. However many prayers we pray, however many acts of kindness we do, however many sacrifices we make, none of this brings salvation by itself. Only Jesus Christ can save us, because only he can open the door to heaven and let the Spirit fill us up.
The Holy Spirit's purpose in the sanctification process is to bring about salvation, purification, and empowerment of the believer. A spiritual baptism of fire is used to cleanse. The Spirit also helps believers maintain a relationship with Jesus throughout their lives.
The Holy Spirit plays an important role in the entire sanctification process. He brings about our salvation by regenerating us (see Romans 6:13-14). He keeps us close to Christ by living within us (see Ephesians 3:16), empowering us to live holy lives (see Ephesians 1:13-14). And he continues to guide us as we follow Jesus (see Acts 16:6-7).
We cannot be saved alone. We need Jesus' power over sin in our lives so that we can obey Him and avoid falling back into sin. The Holy Spirit comes at work through Christians to help them pursue holiness.
He is also needed by those who want to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Before a person can be baptized in the Holy Spirit they must first believe that Jesus is the Son of God and ask Him to come into their lives. Next, they should seek the evidence of His presence in their lives by praying for guidance from God.