Growing up in a Christian household, but possessing a shallow faith, I really had no idea — who is the Holy Spirit?

Was it my good deeds? Or this mystical thing that surrounds us? As a millennial, it kind of seemed far-fetched and the more I immersed myself in the world’s thinking, the more unlikely I thought of as something that was actually real.

As we begin to explore the concept of what it really means to give your entire life to God, dwelling in the Holy Spirit becomes such an important part of self-revival and renewal.

Throughout your entire life, you could believe in Jesus, but never feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. So how can that really be?

Who is the Holy Spirit?

First, it’s important to address what the Holy Spirit actually is.

However, the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything. He will remind you of everything I have ever told you.

John 14:26

Right from our King’s mouth, Jesus. As He departed the world, Jesus spoke of giving us a “Helper.” Yep, the Holy Spirit.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own. 

1 Corinthians 6:19

In the simplest of terms, the Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit that lives within all of us. Every moment, every second of the day. God lives within us.

Now is that so hard to believe? That in a time when we’re making discoveries about the size of the universe, that our bodies are made up of trillions of cells of bacteria and potentially that aliens exist, that the Creator of it all could have designed our souls so He could have constant access to us?

Our Minds and the Holy Spirit

Take a step back and consider the way our minds work. Generally, we just know the concept between right and wrong.

We have a moral compass that’s drilled into our brains. Every time we make a bad decision, we feel it. Every time we sin, we get a gentle nudge. That’s the Spirit. 

However, the farther away from God we get, the more accepting we are of our bad behaviors and sin. The more it is normal for us. We tend to adopt culture’s values and the Holy Spirit becomes foreign to us.

The more we seek the truth, the more it will come. The Spirit is designed to remind you of truth and tap into what’s wired deep down in our DNA.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

Everyone is born into the world as a child of God, with potential to do so much good. Our experiences and upbringing dictate who we become. But the more we seek Jesus, the greater the opportunity to let the Spirit change you inside out.

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

Ephesians 5:15-18

Why do we choose to get drunk or high? No matter what it is – alcohol, weed or harder drugs – we do it to have an elevated experience, to attempt to be free from anxiety and let loose. We’re searching for a feeling, a euphoria.

But consider what this verse means. To drink the Spirit, it means setting your mind on the things of the Spirit we mentioned above in Galatians 5:22-23. The more we fill ourselves with it and seek it, the more we essentially get drunk off of it.

The natural high that you can get from the Holy Spirit is the most wildly amazing experience you’ll ever have. It’s unmatched. There will be inevitably moments when it’s so strong and the goosebumps start to pop up, while you feel capable of everything good, everything that’s in God’s Word.

So now that you’ve answered “Who is the Holy Spirit”, read on to figure out what might be keeping you from being filled by it.