Understanding and Obeying the Holy Spirit

If you want to live a peaceful life you need to recognize your weaknesses and limitations then become willing to do something about them.

I understand it’s very humiliating to admit how powerless you are.

But being dishonest with yourself this way will only allow pain from you past and pain you have suppressed control you.

God called His people to mature spiritually and become free from self.

That’s understanding you don’t always have to be strong and pretend to be perfect.

Part of our responsibility is to enjoy life and stop spending all our energy trying to understanding everything.

We need to take our time and learn to understand and obey the gift of the Holy Spirit.


No matter how many times our willpower fails us we always lean on it to try get us through whatever our situation may be.

Often we have more faith in ourselves than we have in God.

That’s why God tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6  not to learn on our own understanding.

As Christians we try to live our lives on our own power and make our own decisions.

We sometimes make them impulsively.

There are many factors that influence our decision.

We are slaves to our own way of acting, thinking and feeling.

We are slaves to self-deception.

The good news is that God have been guiding His people out of slavery and into a new life of freedom for a long time.

Centuries ago He used a pillar of cloud and pillar of fire to lead His people to freedom.

Today He uses the impetus of the Holy Spirit to lead us to freedom.

Under Construction

There’s a demolition process that needs to take place before you can begin to be guided by the Holy Spirit.

We each come from different backgrounds so we each have a different understanding of the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost as some people prefer to call Him.

There are those who become filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues.

Others can lay hands on people and healing them.

Do I belive it happens?

Yes most certainly!

Now if someone tells me they were filled with the Holy Ghost and started walking on water I would find that one hard to believe.

I’m just saying I’m not there yet.

Although God gives each of us spiritual gifts none of us have a full understanding of the power of God.

Now we know only a little, and even the gift of prophecy reveals little!

Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now. (1 Corinthians 9, 12 NLT)

Imagine if you will your mind being a filter between your spirit and the television shows you watch, radio stations you listen to, or anything else that may distort your thinking like your out dated belief system.

It’s impossible to obey the Holy Spirit if you can’t hear Him so our spiritual filter have to be cleaned daily by God’s word.

Some people’s spiritual filter are so clogged with negative debris God have to clean it with His word like a HVAC mechanic have to sometimes clean an evaporator with acid.

The Response

Ignoring negative thoughts that may come with the process of following your spirit takes practice.

You will face doubts, insecurities and fears.

That’s normal.

What’s not normal is hearing God speak to you.

I thought people were crazy when I first heard them say they heard a word from God.

I would say to myself, “This person needs more than God if he think he can hear God speak!”

Over time I began to hear Him speak to myself as well.

How I know it was the Holy Spirit?


As you go through your day in time you too will be able to discern who is speaking to you the flesh or the spirit.

He will help you make better choices.

This will give you hope and the ability to trust yourself.

Gradually you will begin to see things around you change for better because you have quieted the negative voices in your head.

The Light Within

God guides us even at times when we feel far from Him.

You know when your conscience tells you something isn’t right or to do the right thing?

Well that’s the light of the Holy Spirit.

If you have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior then I have some good news for you.


And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you do, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. (John 14:16-17 NLT)

When you’re guided by the Holy Spirit you’ll understand what God wants regardless of what you think and feel.

Eventually you will refuse to believe everything you tell yourself and fill in the unknown with negative assumptions.

And that’s the key: Knowing and obeying God in the face of adversity.

Guidance by the light of the Holy Spirit takes:




As you do these things you’ll have a better understanding of the Holy Spirit.


In our powerlessness God makes Him power available to us through the Holy Spirit.

We all desire to have a meaningful life.

Study have even shown that a meaningful life is healthier than a happy one.

Spiritual empowerment is vital if you desire to accomplish anything significant in life.

For instance like having a healthy marriage, demonstrating more confident or being emotional strong.

These are the type of things the Holy Spirit gives us power to do.

Jesus promised that after he left the Holy Spirit will bring us power.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 ESV)

But little do people know just what kind of power believers have!

Are you fighting depression?

There is power in you to overcome that!

Do you want to kill your bad habits?

No problem, the Holy Spirit have you covered!

Here’s a good one…

Are you feeling guilty about anything?

Well rest assured that the Holy Spirit is ready to help you forgive yourself so you can walk in victory.

The power of the Holy Spirit changes people lives. It changes our hearts and gives us the power to tell the truth about ourselves and God.

With the help of the Holy Spirit no problem is too great to overcome and no life is so far gone it can’t be made new.








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6 replies

  1. Beautiful words, and so true. I used to pass over the Holy Spirit because I didn’t understand his role in the whole process, but now I ask the Holy Spirit to guide my day, tell me what to do, and tell what to say. I struggle with the self that wants to be in control, but I’m getting better at stepping back and getting out of my own way.

    Thank you. 💕

    • I’m like you I never thought of the Holy Spirit renewing power transforming us from the inside out.
      But when I ask for His help I do and say things that question who just said that. 😂
      Now this might sound funny but I just finished reading The Shack and not only is it a good read but it gave me a better understanding of the Trinity.
      They all work together in our lives.
      I highly recommend reading it.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
      Have a great weekend.

  2. This is so true! We must accept our weaknesses and come to the realization that though we possess these weaknesses, His strength is perfect and in Him, we are strong. We often “underestimate” how truly powerful the Holy Spirit is.

    • Hi Nashelle,
      When we accept our shortcoming we allow the power of the Holy Spirit to work through us.
      Self-acceptance is an important principle to learn because when we can accept ourselves we then can accept others.
      Thanks for the encouraging comment!
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  3. It is an amazing post!
    i remember what our pastor told us, “To understand what the Holy Spirit is telling, we have to pray earnestly.” Indeed, prayer with faith unleashes spiritual power that move mountain in our life.

    • Hi Joan,
      I agree with the Pastor.
      When we lack understanding and wisdom the storms of life can be devastating.
      But like everything else we learn in our walk in Christ, understanding the Holy Spirit is a process we grow into.
      Thanks for commenting.

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