Harvest Christian Fellowship pastor Greg Laurie explained to his congregation what the Bible teaches about the Holy Spirit, who came down to Earth to guide Christians and help them make decisions that please God.
In a message titled "The Holy Spirit and You," Pastor Laurie explained that the Holy Spirit completes the divine trinity together with God the Father and God the Son. The California megachurch leader also said a person can grieve the Holy Spirit, just as one can grieve a close friend, The Christian Post relayed.
As John 14:26 said, God sent the Holy Spirit to reassure Christians of His promises and to teach them His ways. The Holy Spirit, who is not just a force but is a distinct personality, also seals Christ's followers and marks them as God's own, according to Ephesians 1:13-14.
In addition, John 14:17 said the Holy Spirit was the one that empowered Christians to serve and to bear witness for the Lord to other people. Pastor Laurie explained that the same power that he gave Christ's followers during the day of Pentecost can also be received by believers at present time.
Moreover, Pastor Laurie highlighted a warning in Mark 3:28-30 about the unforgivable sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. He explained that the passage speaks about a "sin that only a non-believer can commit," because it was the "conscious denouncing and rejection of God."
Meanwhile, CRU explained how a Christian can be filled by the Holy Spirit. The article mentioned that just as a person has received Christ by faith, he can also be filled with the Spirit in the same way.
However, there are things that a Christian must do first to prepare his heart for the filling of the Holy Spirit. A person must first want to live according to God's ways and to seek his righteousness.
Second, one must surrender his life fully to Jesus Christ, just like the Apostle Paul reminded believers to offer themselves to God in Romans 12:1-2. Lastly, a person must follow 1 John 1:9 and confess his sins to God ask for His forgiveness and cleansing.