Holy Spirit I was depressed tonight and so decided I'd do a study. I went to the book shelf and what stuck out to me was a book called "The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit," by R.A. Torrey. It helped me so much that I wanted to share with you all. I realized from the first paragraph that I didn't really know who the H.S. was. I thought of Him just as a spirit sent from God to comfort us. A lesser diety, merely a mystereous but wonderful power not to be fully understood. I know He dwells inside of me, but did not have the comprehension of how huge that was. This author says He is a person whom I can pray to and become as intimate with as I do my Heavenly Father. I hope this author is a good one and not just talking from his head. If I am deceived, I'm sure someone will let me know. He gave 4 different passages of scripture that gives the characteristics of a person. All the destinctive characteristics of personality are ascribed to the H.S. in the Bible. Marks of personality: knowledge, feelings/emotions, will, and concern. He knows the things of man . . . the spirit of God: Knowledge: 1Co 2:10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 1Co 2:11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. He has a will: He uses us according to His will. He is willing to take possession of us and use us according to His own perfect will: 1Co 12:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. He has a mind - the ideas of thought, feelings, and purpose: Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. He prays for us: Rom 8:27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now, I'm not sure if He does this for me because this may be what's called speaking in tongues, which I don't do, but I hope He is making intercession for me. We have two divine persons praying for us - Jesus Christ, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Heb 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. 1Jn 2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. We should feel secure in this knowledge. Joh 15:26"But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.Joh 15:27And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. So, there are two witnesses, the Holy Spirit bearing wittness to the believer and the believer bearing wittness to the world. Here's the "biggy" I've learned, found in 1Jn 2:27 "But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him!!" Isn't that just EXCITING?! (Emphasis mine!) I had a problem in the past of believing what I was told and always going to the Elders of that church to get my understanding, until I started looking in the Word to find answers. And then, of course, I found this forum, but I take myself away at times to search scripture. I know most of you reading this know all this stuff, but it is so revealing to me and just what I need to be taught - from the Holy Spirit, who will be my friend and confidant from now on. We owe our salvation just as truly to the love of the Holy Spirit as we do to the love of the Father and Son. Oh, and off the subject, I found another confirmation about the Trinity in Joh 17:11Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. So far, from this study, I have made a decision to ammend my ways in three areas: 1) to stop joining my husband in any bar specifically to drink because my spirit is disquieted by the words I hear blaspheming God and grieving the Holy Spirit; 2) To stop or walk out of a movie when I feel it is not something I would want to take the Holy Spirit to; and 3) Stop going to casinos with my husband for the same reason. These have all been areas of concern since surrendering to God. My excuse has been that I didn't want to cause a rift in my marriage, but now I will consider it to be a wittness to Norm and I am asking the H.S. to draw him in that direction also. To end this, here is something I have heard every week after church, but I thought it was just a prayer. I found in this book where it is found in scripture. 2Co 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.