5 Steps to Deeper Relationship with the Holy Spirit

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Jesus is the Lamb of God (John 1:29) and the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit (John 1:25-34). One of the assignments of Jesus is to introduce us to the Holy Spirit. Jesus gives eternal life and abundant life (John 10:10). Eternal life does not exist outside of salvation but abundant life does not exist outside of the Spirit.

We are “sealed” by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). This speaks of a relationship. We are encouraged “not to grieve” the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30) which speaks of intimacy. Intimacy flows from relationship. Our salvation gives us the relationship but our pursuit of the Holy Spirit brings about intimacy.

  1. You can’t have fellowship with Someone you keep referring as “It.”

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” 2 Corinthians 13:14

The grace of Jesus changed our lives. The love of God is the foundation for everything, and the communion of the Holy Spirit is what will change everything! Many know about grace and love but very few practice communion with the Spirit.

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He waits to be wanted, longs to be welcomed. He needs to be hosted. Many people invite the Holy Spirit, but few know how to host Him. To start fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit we must first see Him as a person. If you want to walk in the Holy Spirit, start with talking to the Holy Spirit. Throughout the day address Him, welcome Him, thank Him and worship Him. You should not feel guilty for not spending time with the Holy Spirit but you should feel thirsty. He wants relationship, not rules.

Read: Who is the Holy Spirit?

When you fellowship with the Holy Spirit, start with the awareness that He is with you, then turn attention to Him and then lift your hearts with affection towards Him.

2. Your relationship can’t go higher than your obedience to the Holy Spirit.

Bible instructs us not to grieve the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 4:30) One of the main ways the Holy Spirit is grieved is when we are disobedient to His word and His leading. Many people after starting the fellowship with the Holy Spirit will begin to have a fellowship with the Holy Spirit, it’s when the Holy Spirit will talk to you. It might start with something like it did with Jesus where the Holy Spirit led Jesus to fast in the wilderness. It may be that you need to repent or apologize. Perhaps you need to start giving or living for others.

If you take the risk of obedience you will experience the reward in that relationship. No risk = no reward = no relationship.

This does not mean though we have to listen to everything that comes to our head. The Holy Spirit uses our spirit to communicate to us, but His voice will never contradict His word. The world says to follow your gut; the Bible says to follow your God.

When I was younger my main prayer was to hear God’s voice but now my prayer is for God to give me the grace to heed His voice. God does not always speak what we love to hear. It’s not always awesome prophetic words for other people or words of knowledge that bring immediate results. Those are nice but at times God’s voice will lead you like Abraham to give up something you are attached you. In that God is testing you if you want to go deeper with Him or stay on the same level.

By obeying the promptings of the Holy Spirit we allow Him to develop within us His fruit. His fruit is His attitudes toward us. They can’t be developed if we are disobedient to Him or if we grieve Him.

3. Come back to Him when you make a mistake.

When we start living in the Holy Spirit we will make mistakes, fall into our old patterns. Sometimes go for days without prayer or reading of God’s word. The key is to always bounce back. Even if we commit sin to repent and get back up in walking with God.

God came to the meeting where He would meet with Adam, knowing Adam fell into sin. God did not cancel the meeting. He was expecting Adam so that they can talk and Adam and can repent and move forward but Adam hid from God. When you sin, run to God. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl but don’t ever stay there in guilt and shame. If you can’t crawl, call someone to take you to Jesus like the friends of the paralyzed man. Men don’t drown by falling into water but by staying there.

The devil will lie to you saying that you are so inconstant, you start but can’t finish that the Holy Spirit can’t use someone like you. The Holy Spirit knew your tendencies, weaknesses, struggles before He committed Himself to your sanctification. He is not shocked or surprised when you make a mess. What shocks Him is when you think He can’t help you to get out of it. When you don’t trust Him enough to pull you out of whatever struggle you find yourself in.

Read: What to pray for? And how to pray?

4. Feed yourself with messages about the Holy Spirit.

Physical hunger comes from not eating, but spiritual hunger comes from not reading. You are what you eat. You are what you feed yourself with. Your spiritual diet can transform your spiritual destiny. One of the habits you can make that will bring awareness of the Holy Spirit in your life is regularly reading about the person and the work of the Holy Spirit. Some of my favorite books that have fueled my love and passion for the Holy Spirit are:

Good Morning, Holy Spirit – Benny Hinn
The God I Never Knew – Robert Morris
The Forgotten God – Francis Chan
Encounter with the Holy Spirit – Guillermo Maldonado
Holy Spirit Introduction – John Bevere

There is much more but this is just a few things that will wet your appetite and give you broader knowledge of this amazing person. One of the things that you can do as well if you don’t like reading is to watch/listen to messages on the Holy Spirit, here are a few links of my messages that could be of blessing to you:

Intimacy with the Holy Spirit
Relationship with the Holy Spirit
How to know the Holy Spirit

5. Invest your life into the salvation of souls.

The purpose of the power of the Holy Spirit is for making us into witnesses (Acts 1:8). Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will come upon us and we will receive power, tongues were not mentioned in Acts 1:8. It seems to me that most people have limited the Holy Spirit baptism to speaking in tongues instead of walking in power. We need both. The purpose of the power is SOULS. I truly believe that we quench the power of the Holy Spirit when we live inward focused lives that don’t reach out to the lost souls.

In Ezekiel 47, water came out of the temple and went to the dead sea, lowest point on earth. The closer it got to the dead sea the deeper and wider it got. Holy Spirit once revealed to me during my fast that as long as I value Him and heading in the direction of the lost with all my being, His grace will gradually increase in my life. This word is also for you. Make sure your ministry is headed toward the lost. Make it your number 1 goal to see people come to know Jesus. I fast for that. I pray for that daily. I structure our ministry for the lost to be brought to the Kingdom. I monthly support ministries that win the souls.

Souls matter to the Holy Spirit, and they have to matter to me. That’s how His power flows. His power is not for making us famous or rich or known but for Jesus’ name to influence our generation and that as many as possible to come to the Kingdom.

Hows your relationship with the Holy Spirit?
What are some materials you have come across that blessed you about the Holy Spirit?

This blog was written by Vladimir Savchuk.

Pastor Vlad is the lead pastor of Hungry Generation Church, an author of “Break Free” and “Single, Ready to Mingle” and a founder of free online school “Vlad’s School.” To download free e-books, sermon series, small group study guides go to vladimirsavchuk.com

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  1. I invite Holy Spirit into my life daily. In the past, I wouldn’t think of asking for his guidance, wisdom and friendship whenever I was troubled or had a concern. My relationship with Him now is growing every day! Some books that I have read are Forgotten God(Francis Chan), Good Morning Holy Spirit(Benny Hinn) and Greatest Power in the world(Kathryn Kuhlman). Inspired by those authors’ passions for sharing their insights of the Holy Spirit.

      1. Never came in contact with your ministry Pastor Vlad, but I am immensely blessed by the message. Truly you hit it I the head investing in the salvation of souls for God is non negotiable. I am truly grateful for the message. God bless you Sir.

      2. God bless you sir, I have been watching most of your videos jealously and am so blessed by this article. I love the Holy Spirit and want to grow with Him

    1. Wow!! Was glad I read this and the knowledge in this write up is just so great. I promise to have a personal relationship with the holy spirit by obeying him and also investing my life into bringing people closer to God.

    2. 08095702630.. please I’d be grateful if u message me on Whatsapp.. I’d like the PDF too..I recently got Baptized with the holy ghost and I want to pleased Him and know more about Him

  2. Wow. This is good….. Ive been seeking more knowledge about Holy Spirit. Also I was blown away by your teachings on the Holy Spirit on Youtube. That really opened my eyes.. Bless you MOG

  3. I have been listening to your messages for a year. Messages on Holy Spirit was an eye opener to me. Though we know that there is Holy Spirit but we forget to address as a person. I have been learning for the last three months and still learning. Thanks for the list of books to read on Holy Spirit as I was finishing on good morning Holy Spirit and still had that urge to read more. Thank you and God bless!

  4. Thank you Vlad for this post. I came across your it when I was looking for some insight into how to depend on God and God alone. How to identify the works of the flesh and the works of the Spirit. Although I know I can’t do anything of myself, I really want to depend wholly on the Holy Spirit and the Spirit alone.

    God bless you for you post and words of encouragement.

  5. It is exciting to here people talk about their hunger for deeper relation with the Holy Spirit. In 2001 Jesus came to me in a vision two time, lamenting,
    “The church has abandoned the one I sent to alongside with them. The one who walked with me when I was on earth. Go unveil to the church the mystery of intimacy with the holy spirit as I show you”
    It has being awesome encounters after encounter. Glory to Jesus

  6. This is a powerful message. Thanks for refreshing my heart to think the direction of This Amazing Personality of The Holy Spirit.

  7. I am blessed by your message on Holyspirit, I will start to make a relationship with Holyspirit God bless you and family thank you very much 🙏

  8. I’m dying in thirst for the HOLYGHOST,, I’m greatly encouraged to desire HIM the more…i wish I could lay hands on some helpful materials from u, sir.
    God bless u

  9. I’m new at learning all this and just have a few questions if your able to help me or anyone these maybe stupied questions and i’m sorry but who is the holy sprite becasue it states in the name of the father which is God and the son which is Jesus and the holy sprite?does that mean both also in your reading i was confused becasue at the begining you state greiving for God is us not obeying thats how he sees it then in the middle of your reading you said we arent obeying and greiving so how can it be both thank you

    1. Hello Tanya,
      The Holy Spirit is the third Person of The Trinity, The One Jesus promised to send to us when He gets to Heaven…. The Holy Spirit is The Comforter, Advocate, Teacher and He wishes to be your Best Friend if you allow Him
      And what Pastor Vlad was trying to explain about disobeying and grieving is that when we disobeying the Voice of The Holy Spirit, we grieve Him (We hurt Him) because He is a Person and He has feelings

    1. Am so blessed by this message sir
      My life was almost becoming a mess.
      Now i know who i need to know in person thats the HoslySpirit. Thank you sir

  10. I just stumbled on your material, and it’s so impactful and refreshing. I have been searching for materials that will help me grow with my relationship with the Holy Spirit, so I could be a blessing to the world through my ministry. I love the fact you said, the Holy Spirit already knows our weakness, so we don’t need to keep running away when fall short of the standard. All we need do, is repent and get back in fellowshipping with Him. THAT’S POWERFUL! More of God’s grace upon you Sir

  11. This is an amazing resources..
    God bless you sir..
    Pls I’ll appreciate if I can get the PDF format of the following materials:
    The greatest power on earth,
    Divine influence of the Holy spirit.
    Goodmorning holy spirit by Benny hinn.

  12. It’s powerful,my innerman is lifted searching for the Holy Spirit ,God bless you man of God

  13. I am so bless reading your write up and become thirty for more knowledge on sustaining good relationship with the Holy Spirit

  14. Wow.
    This is amazing.
    Lord please help me, I really need the Holy Spirit, I’ve been so self minded forgetting the Holy spirit. May HE help me in Jesus Name. Amen.

  15. This is awesome, definitely has encouraged me to gain a closer relationship to the Holy Spirit. I invite everyone to find and read the Book of Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) it often refers to the Holy Spirit as ‘Her’, a Femanin spirit. Which makes sense since the God head represents family as it is here on earth; Father, Son and the Holy Spirit(Femanine). She sits near the throne of God. What a blessing it is to receive her!

  16. Wow! What a timely message, I was really looking for the message on the Holy Spirit. Am deeply blessed, the message has just made a turn around in my walk with the Holy Spirit. Thank you very much pastor. I m kindly asking for more of such material and books that can help me in Ministry.
    PASTOR LEMMY MULENGA (from Zambia )

  17. Thank you sir, we thank God to use you to transform our lives, to rivive us, i get all the answers i need about the Holy spirit, again thank you sir

  18. this is a great message it gave me more understanding about the Holy Spirit I will try to get those books for more information thanks so much

  19. Thank you so much for. I was so blessed. I’ve read Good morning Holy Spirit, some of Kathryn kulman’s books..I’m really going deeper in the Holy Ghost.

  20. I stumbled on this post whilst searching for ‘how to develop your relationship with the Holy Spirit. WOW! Thank you for the insight. I’ve been blessed and encouraged. May God continue to bless your ministry.

  21. Great teaching! I was in a place of spiritual drought for years. Then I stumbled upon Pastor Vlad’s Youtube channel a few weeks ago and it has changed everything. I have learned so much and my intimacy with the Holy Spirit is growing daily. Thank you, this ministry is a blessing.

  22. Thank you Man of God for this write up. I was wondering how a fellowship with the holy spirit will be like and how to go about it but your article has really shone light on the topic. May God continue to bless you with deep knowledge about his kingdom to bring to the world.

    1. Thank you Sir, I’m really impressed by this wonderful piece. I’ve been crying to God for help, now i know who my helper is in the person of the Holy Spirit. Thanks once again. God bless you real good Sir.

  23. Glory be to God. Pastor Vlad I am grateful on this insightful sermon on the Holy Spirit. may the Almighty God abundantly bless you in His works. Amen and Amen

  24. I have recently opened my heart unto the Holy Spirit in my life. He is a spirit that is absolutely amazing. He’s the spirit of truth. I strive to have a closer relationship with him, and this sort of helped in a way. 🙂

  25. Praise be to God almighty ,for guiding you towards these truths . It has endowed to me that holy spirit needs souls and his indwelling in me is to equip me for better future .

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