[Column] Forge an Intimate Fellowship with the Holy Spirit

Forge an Intimate Fellowship with the Holy Spirit

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

A prophetic minister named Rick Joyner saw a huge vision one day. It was a vision in which countless soldiers stood on a vast plain. There were three kinds of soldiers. The first kind was an incompetent, inept group with artificial guns. These were the soldiers who could not fight in war. There was another group of soldiers who were fewer in number but equipped with proper weapons and discipline. Yet they were without clear direction and focus. The commanders needed more training as well.

A group of soldiers who stood on the frontline were very small in number compared to those behind it. Nevertheless it was the best troop equipped with state of the art weapons. It was apparent that it could lead to victory in any battle. As God revealed this vision, He said he would desire to gather the soldiers of God. This is the army of the Holy Spirit. Lord is gathering and training the people of the Holy Spirit to destroy the evil spirits and prepare for the harvest in the end times. Therefore, we must be armed with God-centered thoughts, faith, dreams, and authoritative words. God at this time desires to reap the harvest of the end times through the soldiers of the Holy Spirit.  For this, we must be the people of the Holy Spirit. Without becoming the people of the Holy Spirit, we cannot internalize the fourth dimensional spirituality. Once we become the people of the Holy Spirit, it is only natural for us to experience God’s miracles in our lives.

First and foremost, we need intimate Fellowship with God the Holy Spirit. The purpose of God’s creation of man is to grant eternal life. Eternal life is the life in which we fellowship with God without end. God wants us to spend much of our time in His presence. While it is necessary to accomplish important tasks, it is even more necessary to converse with God with a loving heart.

John 15:15 reads, “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” Servants do all that their masters tell them to do yet mutual intimacy is lacking. Intimate friends, however, share with one another their plans and dreams. God wants our fellowship with Him to be joyful and blissful.

Christ has ascended into heaven and His helper, the Holy Spirit, is now present with us. The word “helper” has five meanings. It means an agent that helps, instructs, comforts, arbitrates, and judges. Are there problems in your life?  Is your business struggling? Do you need new ideas for your business? Do you need wisdom when studying? James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” As we petition our Father who “gives liberally and upbraids not,” He grants our desire. It is God the Holy Spirit who helps us in this event. He is our true teacher. Regardless of how much we listen to sermons and study, we can never fully understand the spiritual principles of God if the Holy Spirit does not allow it.

Also, the Holy Spirit becomes our comforter. If you come down with stress from human interactions and life, seek the comfort of the Holy Spirit. He grants us grace to transform stress into strength. God the Holy Spirit protects, defends, and advises us in all paths of life.

What we need is the intimate fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Kathryn Kuhlman, one of the best known female evangelists in the healing ministry, laid emphasis on the intimate fellowship with the Holy Spirit. She said, “Don’t pray only when need arises.” This is what we need to be ever mindful of. We tend to pray only when there is a problem and when we are stricken with diseases. It is important to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. How would our friend think of us if we visit him only when there is a problem?

Rev. David Yonggi Cho realized this truth back in 1964. Back then he was often bed-ridden after collapsing due to busy ministry schedule. As he researched the Scriptures, he realized that the Holy Spirit was the personal God. After that, he invited the Holy Spirit even on the pulpit. At the old location of his church in Seodaemun, he set aside an empty chair for the Holy Spirit. At each crusade, he prayed, “God the Holy Spirit, Accompany to the pulpit.” Even in the middle of crusades, he prayed, “God the Holy Spirit, Help me with my sermon” and treated Him as a distinct person. In a relationship, a person feels delighted and respected when he is treated as a relational being. If he is not being heard, he feels dejected and miserable. God the Holy Spirit wants to converse and fellowship with you. Yet we depart from His presence as soon as we finish our passionate prayers; we say our farewell, “Good bye Holy Spirit.” Even when He desires to speak to us, we do not listen. We must train ourselves to converse and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Through intimate fellowship with the Holy Spirit, we secure our spiritual foundation in God.

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