A Lot Like Love

he hears you

This is not about love or maybe it is. You’ll just have to figure it out for your self. But first, here’s a story.

It was a typical day for Mario.

He wakes up, eats his breakfast, and prepares for work. He commutes to work and stays in the office from 8am to 5pm. Afterwards, he walks out of the office and joins the rush hour traffic. There, he blends in among the sea of people that belongs to the working public.

It was a typical day for Mario.

He passes by the grocery store on his way home. He gets some packets of food, some drinks, some dessert. He’s going to have a good dinner tonight.

It was a typical day for Mario.

He piles all his groceries to the cashier. He looks at the cashier. Looks at the screen of the cash register.  His hand reaches into his pockets to get his wallet. Suddenly, his knees wobbled. His falls. He gets a glimpse of the ceiling and everything went black.

It was not a typical day for Mario. Because on that day, Mario died of stroke.

Hypertension is also called a silent killer. As our blood pressure races, our heart works doubly almost to the point of destroying arteries. Kidneys, and other vital organs could also be affected. Stroke also has a high probability when our blood pressure is high. What made it worse is that most of the time,  we won’t know whether our blood pressure is high or not unless we have it checked. For younger people, we wouldn’t care about blood pressures and things. We think it’s only for old people, but diseases and stroke happens to the young as well as to the old.

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Scary right?

There are some things in this world that we don’t see, hear, smell or understand, but their presence affects us entirely. It can be a disease like hypertension or cancer. It can be something as simple and necessary like air or sunlight. Or it can be something powerful and abstract like love.

hope-is-the-flame-alice-chenThe Holy Spirit is one of those. It’s a lot like love. Or actually, it is love. We don’t understand it apart from it’s role in the salvation of mankind. We have a lot of questions, theories, and hearsays about it. Debates, discussions and even quarrels have occurred just to prove or disprove its existence. One thing is certain though, we are told that we are to experience the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. Now how do you do that?


I asked some friends how they would know that they are experiencing the Holy Spirit. One friend said that you should feel a calm presence even in the presence of a calamity or problem. Somehow you feel the presence of God in times of trouble. Another friend suggested that when you are experiencing success in all areas of your life because of your devotion to God, then you are experiencing the Holy Spirit. Probably when you have devoted all your life to God and have seen how He has blessed you, you could say that you are experiencing the Holy spirit. Finally another friend said that when you are speaking in tongues, healing the sick and preaching in front of a lot of people. Probably true, a lot of apostles experienced that like Peter, Paul, or John.

renaissanceHowever, I don’t think just being calm would mean that you have the Holy Spirit in you. Maybe it’s not enough evidence to say for sure. Getting success could be an indication but that might be too much of the result and not the exact manifestation itself. Finally, I realized that the devil could also cause you to speak in tongues like those demon possessed people. The devil can also heal the sick and can even make you so bold as to preach in front of a lot of people.

So how would you know that the Holy Spirit is leading you and that you are experiencing its power?

But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more.Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.
John 16:7-10

img_1201223979283_11The real and only indication that you are experiencing the Holy Spirit is not when you can speak in tongues, or when you can preach well or when you can heal the sick. The Holy Spirit convicts you of sin and tells you to believe in the Savior. It leads you the path of righteousness which is only through Jesus Christ. Finally, the Holy Spirit leads you to believe that the enemy has been defeated by the Messiah. Therefore, real manifestation that you are experiencing the Holy Spirit in your life is when you are getting closer to Christ.

When Christ is being magnified, glorified and exalted, the Holy Spirit is working in you. You are experiencing the Spirit to the fullest. You are experiencing God’s love to its full extent.

Therefore, do not be deceived. If it is not leading you towards Christ, if it is not showing you a love that will not let you go, then it is not the Holy Spirit.

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