Denny answers:The Holy Spirit is always with a true Christian believer.
When you first place your faith in Jesus, you receive what is called the “indwelling” of the Holy Spirit – the Holy Spirit (God) Himself comes to live inside your spirit, even though you can’t see or feel Him. The Holy Spirit is there to help you know God better, so that you can start thinking in God’s ways and have a heart that wants to only make decisions that please Him.
The Holy Spirit works differently today than He did before Jesus was born on the earth. Back then, the Holy Spirit was not always with believers. But, after Jesus rose from the dead and went back to heaven, the Holy Spirit began staying with believers permanently. We can try to “quench” the Holy Spirit, which is like trying to put out a blazing fire that does not want to die; we can try and try to ignore His reminders that we need to live for God and put Him first, but He never stops bugging us about it until we turn back to our faith in God. We can “grieve” the Holy Spirit, which means we make Him sad that we are turning away from Him. Still, the Holy Spirit never leaves us!
Go back to:
- “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ” (Romans 8:9).
- “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place…They were all filled with the Holy Spirit…Jesus was lifted up to heaven and is now at God’s right side. The Father has given the Holy Spirit to Jesus as He promised. So Jesus has poured out [given] that Spirit [to all believers]” (Acts 2:1, 4a, 33).
- “…God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5b).