H o l y  S p i r i t--Q u e s t i o n s ,  P a g e  3
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-What about the Holy Spirit and "speaking or praying in tongues"? 

-What does it mean to be "in the Spirit" -Romans 8:1? Also 1Peter 4:6.

The spirit is the heart of an individual -Romans 2:29. Being "in the Spirit" is having Christ in you -Romans 8:9; 2Corinthians 3:3.
    When you are sure Christ is in you, you are sure that you are righteous -Romans 10:10,11. You then live this life with that sureness, that confidence base. You live out your life more from within, the internal, where He abides, than from getting your information for existing from externals, the experiences that you pass through as you grow older.
    Few if any of us ever see when our prime of life is. You may have gone through it and may still be expecting it to come. In this it's good to talk to older people; ask them if they think that you are in your prime time of life and if you are, make the most of it. How? Ask God. He'll guide you. Yes He will!

This being sure whether or not, you are indeed having Christ dwell in you, is most important, and with a checkpoint continually about you, you can always be sure -1John 3:16-24 "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth.(original denotes {indicates}, 'of one who looks at a thing with interest and for a purpose').his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments.(no plural in original, and fits better with this verse anyhow).dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us." 
    Paul listened strongly to his heart, knowing that Christ is there -Acts 18:5; 19:21; 20:22. Apollos was fervent in the Spirit -Acts 18:25
    Jesus groaned in His Spirit or, in His heart, where the Spirit of the Father was -John 11:33
    Walking "in the Spirit" is walking in love.(Galatians 5:14,16 word 'walk' in this verse means 'to go about your concerns with', to know the Holy Spirit is right there with you, in you, 'to use', 'to make use of opportunities').and giving attention to God in you by prayer, bible study, thinking and awareness of His presence in you as you live your daily life in truth. 
    When you seek for opportunities to express the wonderful love God has placed within you, you are "walking in the Spirit", and Christ is expressing Himself through you, actually, as you. Walking in the Spirit is knowing that you are righteous.(how can you be anything else if Christ be in you?).because Christ is in you. This is how we walk worthy of the Lord -Colossians 1:10.
    God is joined to you -1Corinthians 6:17. He expresses through us in spirit, soul and body.
    From the fine book-The Rest of the Gospel; When the Partial Gospel Has Worn You Out-by Dan Stone and Greg Smith "You can't even talk without a body...The total you is involved...God says to us "I'm going to live in you and other people are going to see you, but you know it's Me." What this tells us is that we can stop seeing ourselves as a liability. We can cease thinking that something more needs to happen to us spiritually before we can be an asset to God. If we keep focusing upon ourselves externally, we'll keep thinking 'He can't use me yet'."
    As Christians, we often castigate ourselves for our humanity, the frailties we know we still have, feeling that God can't or won't use us, act through us, etc., as long as we are so imperfect. So silly is this. God can remove any problem from any of us at any time He so determines, or to any degree of relief that He determines. But there is a key for getting Him to act. If you still have problems, God is leaving you with them – for His reasons, so praise God for this, and be happy! -1Thessalonians 5:18; Psalms 100:4.

Know that "the old man" is crucified and no longer serving sin (missing the mark, both of love for yourself and others) and you now focus on that which is inside of you.(Jesus).and the new state of your being that He made possible -Romans 6:6
    One renews the spirit of his mind by changing his thinking -Ephesians 4:23. God forces no one to change his thinking, but he can give one guidance as to how and cause circumstances to make one stop dead and turn around in his thinking, as what happened to Paul. Being stubborn means having to learn the hard way. 
    Repentance means a change in thinking. From what? Repentance is a first part of the stage of ongoing Christian growth. It is a result of God having "called you" to know Him and have a relationship with Him, made possible by what Christ came to Earth to do in the body of Jesus. Repentance is part of the conversion process.
    Repentance is not a decision you make. Repentance is a gift from God. It's a result of a decision God has made in your favor. Your decision hopefully would be that of acceptance of God's gift of repentance, bringing yourself in contact with Him, since the way has now been opened for you, to accept it. 
    How we need to change is to how God thinks of us, which is much greater than how we generally think of ourselves. Repentance is more than that of having done wrong and being sorry for it. Being sorry for one's errors is only the beginning point.....Questions continue


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