People often ask how to seek the Holy Spirit. Have you ever thought…?
- I want to know God more.
- I want to experience the fullness of my salvation.
- I want to hear His voice so I can walk in His ways.
- I want to receive a renewed passion for the Lord.
Then it is time to seek the Holy Spirit.
How God’s Word Tells Us to Seek the Holy Spirit
The Word tells us that we are to…
Walk by the Spirit
Walking by the Spirit is a daily choice to seek God’s counsel in every decision. Will there be times you fail to do this? Absolutely. No one is perfect. We are all being made perfect.
When you fail, stop, repent, and move forward. Don’t live in the bondage of guilt because Jesus has freed you by His blood.
Remember, there is no condemnation in Christ!
Start your day in Spirit-led prayer, surrendering your will to God, and asking Him to order your steps.
Be in constant conversation with the Lord throughout your day. Take your thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. This means to set aside your desires and ask the Lord to burden your heart with His.
Walking in the Spirit is abiding in Christ and choosing to adopt the fruit of the Spirit as a way of life.
The passage below includes what it looks like to walk by the flesh, as well as to walk by the Spirit.
- “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”—Galatians 5:16-26
Pray in the Spirit
Praying in the Spirit means that your soul—your mind, will, and emotions—and spirit are active and aligned with God as you pray.
Paul writes that there are times we do not know what we ought to pray. However, God will guide you as you actively seek the Holy Spirit. Be sensitive to His leading and trust He will give you wisdom and discernment in accordance with His will.
The following passages speak to praying in the Spirit…
- “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”—Ephesians 6:18
- “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,”—Jude 1:20
- “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.”—Romans 8:26
Therefore, seek the Holy Spirit to walk by and pray in Him.
So how do you do this?
How to Seek the Spirit
God wants you to seek the Spirit and walk in the fullness of your salvation. This act of faith is for His Kingdom purposes, and it blesses you abundantly.
When you seek the Spirit, it changes your life. Just as the disciples had positioned themselves to be filled and empowered at Shavuot, or Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit baptized them, so too can you!
Here are three steps to seek the Holy Spirit…
- Repent. Repentance is not a step to be skipped. It opens the door for you to seek, and be filled with, the Holy Spirit.
The act of repentance is not to simply be sorry. It means choosing to turn away from the sinful ways in your life that are blocking you from the fullness of God.
Spend time in prayer and be specific about the sin areas in your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to cleanse and renew you so that you can receive more of Him.
- Surrender. The Word says to surrender it all to God. This means holding nothing back. You will be tempted to hold on to certain areas of your life and walk in your ways, not God’s. This will block your journey to seek the Holy Spirit.
You must surrender your mind, will, emotions, and body to the Spirit, meaning all of these are to seek His ways of living.
“And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”—Romans 6:13
- Ask. Asking seems simple enough, but many sit idly waiting, not asking. James wrote about this type of thinking when he said, “… you do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2). So, ask!
Your Father in Heaven is gracious and generous. It is His will for you to receive what He promises. Ask in faith and expect to receive.
Important Note When Seeking the Holy Spirit
The three steps above work together, positioning you to seek the Holy Spirit. You cannot have one without the others. There must be repentance, surrender, and asking. James 4:3 says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”
That problem takes you right back to step 1… repentance!
The enemy will tell you that you do not have to ask. Therefore, you surrender and surrender, but God wants to fill you with power so that you can move forward! That’s why asking is essential.
If you want to seek the Holy Spirit, Shavuot is an appointed time on God’s calendar when He is alive and active, ready to release His fullness to those who repent, surrender, and ask.
Are you ready to receive?
Then join us for Shavuot!
Join us for Shavuot on May 28th and 29th at 7:00 PM CT.
Click HERE for in-house event information.
To Watch Live…
- Mark your calendar for May 28th and 29th at 7:00 PM CT.
- Prepare your heart to receive an outpouring of new wine and oil from the Holy Spirit.
- Click HERE to watch live from Curt Landry Ministries Facebook page on the above times and dates.
This is an in-house and online event (no registration is needed to watch live).
For our on location, in-house guests, registration is FREE but required due to limited seating.