Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you (2nd Corinthians 6:17)
Apostle Paul urges the believers not to form binding relationships with non-believers because it may weaken their Christian commitment, integrity, and standards. We shouldn’t isolate ourselves from unbelievers, but we shouldn’t be running buddies with them either. If we isolate ourselves from unbelievers, how would they be able to see and experience the kingdom of God working through the believer who has a correct relationship with the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit will make a believer “holy and spiritual”.Many have been taught when you receive salvation, you receive the Holy Spirit as well, but according to scripture, the individual has to be filled with the Spirit. Jesus was the Son of God, and after He was baptized, the Holy Spirit came upon Him in the shape of a dove (and Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon Him – Matthew 3:16). Jesus was led in the wilderness after He was filled with the Holy Ghost (Spirit) (And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness – Luke 4:1). Jesus was the Son of God, He was giving us an example of what we need as Christians to demonstrate the power of God. The Fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit comes by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit living within our being.
If we were filled with the Holy Spirit when we received salvation, why would Jesus and the Apostles instruct the believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Why did Jesus instruct His disciples after they had been taught and trained by Him to stay in Jerusalem until they are endued with power from on high? If they had received the Holy Spirit at their conversion, it wouldn’t have been a need for them to wait in Jerusalem to receive the Holy Spirit (And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry (stay) ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high – Luke 24:49).
After Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared to His disciples and showed them His hands and His side, and instructed them as the Father had sent Him, He was sending the disciples, and He breathed on them and told them to “Receive the Holy Spirit” ( And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit -John 20:22). Just as Jesus and the disciples received the Holy Spirit, we as Christians need to receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus instructed His disciples then and now that it was a gift, and if we ask for it, we shall receive it (If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him – Luke 11:13).
The reason why so many Christians fell in their Christian walk is that they haven’t been filled with the Holy Spirit. The reason why so many Christians can continue to live as an unbeliever is that they haven’t been filled with the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit indwells our being, we no longer have a desire to live or act as an unbeliever because the Holy Spirit will change our worldly desires to spiritual desires. We can commune with the Father through the Holy Spirit when we don’t know exactly what to pray for, the Holy Spirit will intercede for us with groanings we can’t interpret with our natural understanding (Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercessions for us with groanings which cannot be uttered – Romans 8:26).
In order for us to demonstrate the power of God, the Holy Spirit must be reigning in our beings. Just as it took faith to receive salvation, it’s going to take faith accompanied with forsaken all to follow the instructions of the Word of God to receive the Holy Spirit. Just as we need food to build up our bodies with strength, we need to pray in the Spirit building up our faith (But ye beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit – Jude 20th verse). We can be saved, and know the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, memorize scriptures and yet not be filled with the Holy Spirit. That’s why preachers can preach and can’t live what the preach, that’s why a person can sing, but cannot align their life with what their singing about. This is why the Spirit of God can step into the congregation and people will begin to look around, moving and fumbling, because they can’t feel the Spirit. It’s the Spirit of God in our spirit that connects and reverence the Spirit of God when He enters a place. The Holy Spirit is a gift for every believer, who is willing to be directed by the Scriptures and the Spirit of God, all you have to do is ask, believe and receive.