As believers, our first step on the path to growing our gift is to be able to discern the presence of the Holy Spirit.  He has a tangible presence and we should recognize him when he comes.

We should also invite his presence.  One of my pastors, Pastor Quanidos, says, “The Holy Spirit is a gentleman.  He won’t come in if we don’t ask.”

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, and peace, 1 Galatians 5:22-23. New International Version. Biblegateway.com and that is what he brings with his presence.

Sometimes there is an stillness that comes, an intense stillness. 2 Psalm 46:10.  English Standard Version.  Biblegateway.com. 3 Trader, Alexis. Two Kinds of Stillness:  Be Still and Know That I am God.” Ancient Christian Wisdom. 3 March 2013.  Accessed 11 August 2013. 4 1 Kings 19:11-13. King James Version. Biblegateway.com.   Sometimes the air will feel thick (in a good way.)  Sometimes you will smell a fragrance along with his presence, 5 2 Corinthians 2:14-16. New Living Translation. Biblegateway.com. 6 Murphy, Reverend Jim and Carolyn. The Works of the Holy Spirit in the Believer Part 2. Hundredfold Ministries International. Accessed 11 August 2013.  or you might feel a wind. 7 John 3:5-8. New Living Translation. Biblegateway.com

Sometimes people can see the presence.  I was just talking to someone in my church last week who shared that she had once seen a cloud, the Shekinah glory. 8 Exodus 13:21-22. New Living Translation. Biblegateway.com. 9 Exodus 40:34-38. New Living Translation. Biblegateway.com.  Not everyone at the service saw it, but several people did and confirmed it.

You may be in a situation where you feel the presence of the Holy Spirit and other people don’t experience the same thing.  This can be because, as I mentioned before, we are all unique and God relates to us as individuals. 10 Psalm 139.  English Standard Version. Biblegateway.com.

But it also might be because they are spiritually closed off, either because they have unconfessed sin in their life 11 Isaiah 59:1-2. New International Version. Biblegateway.com. or because they just aren’t open to experiencing God in a tangible way. 12 Hebrews 10:26-27. English Standard Version. Biblegateway.com

God won’t force on us something that we don’t want.

But for someone who is an unbeliever, the presence of the Holy Spirit can be a completely different experience.  It may bring conviction, or it says that it can be like a foul odor to those who don’t believe.

Again, it is very important as you are growing in your spiritual gift to be around people who are on the same path.

References   [ + ]

1. Galatians 5:22-23. New International Version. Biblegateway.com
2. Psalm 46:10.  English Standard Version.  Biblegateway.com.
3. Trader, Alexis. Two Kinds of Stillness:  Be Still and Know That I am God.” Ancient Christian Wisdom. 3 March 2013.  Accessed 11 August 2013.
4. 1 Kings 19:11-13. King James Version. Biblegateway.com.
5. 2 Corinthians 2:14-16. New Living Translation. Biblegateway.com.
6. Murphy, Reverend Jim and Carolyn. The Works of the Holy Spirit in the Believer Part 2. Hundredfold Ministries International. Accessed 11 August 2013.
7. John 3:5-8. New Living Translation. Biblegateway.com
8. Exodus 13:21-22. New Living Translation. Biblegateway.com.
9. Exodus 40:34-38. New Living Translation. Biblegateway.com.
10. Psalm 139.  English Standard Version. Biblegateway.com.
11. Isaiah 59:1-2. New International Version. Biblegateway.com.
12. Hebrews 10:26-27. English Standard Version. Biblegateway.com