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    In what ways does the Holy Spirit act in you?

    It is the grace of God that He supports those who are weak in faith by giving them visions and sensory experiences to support them until they grow to the point where they can put their faith in the written promises alone.
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    In what ways does the Holy Spirit act in you?

    I'm sorry that maintaining that we walk by faith in God's Word rather than by sensory perception and experiences (ie: sight), causes you concern. For me, God's written word is sufficient for this life, and I am content to wait until I get to glory before I am able to see the Lord in person and...
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    In what ways does the Holy Spirit act in you?

    So, which is the true believer then? The one who has their faith in emotions, sensory experiences, dreams and visions; or the other who bases their faith on the written Scriptures? 2 Corinthians 5:7 gives a clue: "For we live by believing and not by seeing."
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    In what ways does the Holy Spirit act in you?

    Here is something I have just read in a commentary by a major Reformed Bible commentator. "There are two types of believer: (1) the believer who needs experiences and emotions and if they don't get them their walk with God comes to a halt until they have their next sensory experience. This is...
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    In what ways does the Holy Spirit act in you?

    I get you. I enjoy our exchanges because if we always agreed with one another the forum would be boring. I have thought more deeply and learned more from those who have disagreed with me and have jousted with me in these threads. If someone just reacts with a red cross or a frown face to a...
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    In what ways does the Holy Spirit act in you?

    The Scripture says that the just shall live by faith, not experiences or feelings. Faith comes by hearing and believing the written Word of God; in other words, reading the Bible or hearing the Gospel preached. The Scripture also says that without faith it is impossible to please God, and that...
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    In what ways does the Holy Spirit act in you?

    I did ask the Lord about dreams and visions and He told me I didn't need them because I had the reality of Christ through the indwelling Holy Spirit, and that the indwelling Holy Spirit would teach me all the things I need to know. Then I asked Him why genuine believers did have dreams and...
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    In what ways does the Holy Spirit act in you?

    I go along with you in this. After two years of trying all the religious stuff I got out in the middle of a park at night and introduced myself to God. I felt all lit up inside like Times Square. If was as if the Holy Spirit turned the lights on inside of me, and the Bible, like you, became a...
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    In what ways does the Holy Spirit act in you?

    Even if you get a revelation or vision that complies with written Scripture, it is basically superfluous and unnecessary because God has already said it in the Scriptures and all one has to do is go and read it.
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    In what ways does the Holy Spirit act in you?

    The Bible is quite clear in itself. Just reading it gives us all the information we need to know. We don't need qualifying "revelation" to give us a deeper understanding of what is clearly written. If we can't understand and obey what God has clearly set out for us in the Bible, then there...
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    In what ways does the Holy Spirit act in you?

    That sounds like Bethel theology where experiences overrule written Scripture.
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    In what ways does the Holy Spirit act in you?

    Peter's vision was for a particular one-off purpose, to rid him of his religious prejudice against Gentiles. It was not made up of confusing disconnected symbols and shadows. It was a distinct view of definite objects, along with a distinct message from the Lord. No comparison with the...
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    In what ways does the Holy Spirit act in you?

    What power do you mean? Paul said that the power of God is the Gospel of Christ that leads to salvation to those who believe it. When he told the Corinthians that he was going to come to them with the demonstration of the Spirit and power, he meant that he was going to preach the Gospel to...
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    In what ways does the Holy Spirit act in you?

    Faith involves reading the Bible to find God's will, and doing the Bible to do His will. Putting faith in visions, dreams, "new" revelations, and sensory feelings is not doing the Bible. Revelation that is not consistent with written Scripture is heresy. Revelation that is consistent with...
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    In what ways does the Holy Spirit act in you?

    Not leaning on our understanding is not turning our brains off and departing from commonsense reasoning. God gave us a Bible to study and to meditate on, that requires that we use our brain to use comprehension 101 to see what God is saying to us in the pages of Scripture.