What Does the Holy Spirit Do?
1. The Advocate
Romans 8:26-27 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.
Once we accept Christ as our savior, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell inside of us. In the previous passage, Jesus lists the many functions of the Holy Spirit. This is your soul’s connection with God; not your flesh and never your flesh.
Let’s look up the definition of an advocate. According to Dictionary.com, an advocate is a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person or a person who pleads for or in behalf of another, such as an intercessor. The Holy Spirit is our intercessor and communicates to God for us. The Holy Spirit receives the thoughts of God, therefore knows how to pray according to His will.
2. Teacher and 3. Reminds You of Truth
John 14:26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative- that is, the Holy Spirit- he will teach you and remind you of everything I have told you.
The Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance and minister to you the word of God. This is beneficial for encouragement, comfort, and guidance. Now, in order for the Holy Spirit to do this for us, we need to feed Him. What does the Holy Spirit eat? The word of God of course.
Jeremiah 15:16 When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight.
Just like our bodies need food, so does our spirit. We need the living word of God on a regular and continuous basis. This enables the Holy Spirit to be able If you go too long without food, your body starts to weaken. The same goes for your spirit. In order to fight the battle against your flesh, mind, and outside forces, you need to be connected to the word of God in the Bible. He will give you knowledge and wisdom that comes from God. He will teach you many lessons in life, help you uncover deeper meaning of scripture, and direct your path.
4. He Convicts You of Sin
Romans 8:1-2 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
To convict means to impress with a sense of guilt. The Spirit helps you to live a blameless life because you belong to Christ. To walk in the Spirit means you live each moment depending on God, listening to His voice, and obeying His commands. But if you do give in to your flesh, which does happen, the Holy Spirit is there to convict you.
This experience for me is like when I know I’ve done something wrong and I can’t stop thinking about it. It is a sense of guilt. This is the Holy Spirit’s way of nudging you to acknowledge what you did, to repent, and to reconcile (to make right). He corrects us when we are wrong and encourages us to do what is right. God is always there ready to forgive and not hold it against us, but we have to first acknowledge what we did. We have to listen to the Holy Spirit when He is trying to convict us. Conviction vs Condemnation
Know the difference between condemnation and conviction. In Romans 8:1, it says there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. To condemn means to criticize, chastise, shame, or attack. This is something that Satan actually does not God.
God will convict you through His Holy Spirit which is like a nudging feeling or when you can't stop thinking about something you have done wrong. Conviction comes from the Latin word convincere (convince). It means to convince someone of the truth. The purpose of conviction is to bring you to repentance (to turn around) and to reconcile you back with God. Do not ignore Him when He is trying to convict you and do not continue to feel shame and guilt after you have already repented. When God forgives us, He does not hold the same sin over our heads, therefore you should not do the same.