Being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Being immersed (baptized) with the Holy Spirit.
Being led by the Spirit.
Walking by the Spirit.
Made alive by the Spirit.
Gifts of the Spirit
Fruits of the Spirit
The above are all biblical ways of talking about the experience of the Holy Spirit.
Every believer receives the Holy Spirit when he or she becomes a believer. To be baptized into Christ Jesus is to be baptized into the Spirit of Christ.
The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? Having started with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh? 4 Did you experience so much for nothing? --if it really was for nothing. 5 Well then, does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? (Galatians 3:2-5)
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us--for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"--in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14)
The Holy Spirit is manifested in our lives.
Some "ordinary" experiences of the Spirit:
Hoping in God when we are on the mountain and in the valley.
Responding to our calling even when there seems to be nothing in it for us.
Accepting our death with surrender to God's promise of life eternal.
Trusting in God for strength in the midst of conflict, disappointment and change.
Praying into the "silence" and yet knowing we are being heard.
Surrendering ourselves to God and experiencing it as victory.
Trusting our questions and confusion to a God who we do not and cannot comprehend.
Filled with the Holy Spirit: Zechariah spoke a prophecy. (Luke 1:67)
The Church of God on the Day of Pentecost spoke in tongues (Acts 2)
Peter proclaimed the word of God. (Acts 4:8)
The disciples spoke the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31)
Stephen had a vision. (Acts 7:55)
St. Paul regained his sight. (Acts 9:17)
The disciples were filled with joy. (Acts 13:52)
Personal Pentecosts - in prayer, worship, ministry.
Preparing for Pentecosts - The Key:
And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. (Luke 24:49)
All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer.... (Acts 1:14)
Share experiences of the Spirit. What have been some of your personal "pentecosts?".