Knowing Holy Spirit as a Person

In this special excerpt, Sean Smith shares some practical ways we can begin to view Holy Spirit as a Person and not an impersonal force. 

Below are some notes from our Partners-only Monthly Mentoring Session. These sessions have been recorded and you can access them by becoming a Partner today! Find out more at

Sean started off by saying that the first imperative for intimacy with God is that you have to have a revelation of God as your Father.

Secondly, you must recognize the Holy Spirit as a Person. Holy Spirit is not “junior God.” Sometimes people treat Holy Spirit like He’s a junior partner in the Trinity. 

Jesus told His disciples that it was good for Him to go away because He would send another helper. The Greek word used there means “another of the same kind.”

Sean mentioned how he thinks about what Peter would have thought . . . that no one could replace Jesus because He’d done all sorts of miracles. But Jesus knew His mission was to bear our sins upon Himself, to pay the price to release the Kingdom of God, etc … 

Sean said Jesus was telling them, “You’re ready for this and as real as I’ve been to you, that’s how real Holy Spirit wants to be.”  

So, is your relationship with Holy Spirit as real as the disciples walking with Jesus? To feel that, bring Holy Spirit into your situations and get His perspective, wisdom and narrative.

Sean then mentioned how when Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone, he did not say, “the iPhone.” He only said, “iPhone,” making it more personal. In the same way, we can drop the “the” and say, “Holy Spirit.” This can give us a better sense of intimacy.

Holy Spirit is not chill bumps. He’s not goosebumps. He’s not warm flashes. He’s not even power alone, those things are impersonal.

Holy Spirit is a Person! He has feelings and He can be grieved. He’s not moody but He has moods.

He’s in the mood to heal. He’s in the mood to restore! He’s in the mood to convict … Sean said, “I’m not saying He’s moody, I’m saying He has moods.” 

Holy Spirit talks and He has a will! It’s all proved in Scripture that He is a Person!

InLight Connection thanks Sean Smith for sharing his heart with us!

P.S. Thank you to all of those who partner with InLight Connection and give on a regular basis. You are holding their arms up in the spirit right now, and they are truly grateful. For those who have not yet given or it’s been a while, please consider giving now (or partnering monthly) … to help, just click HERE. Becoming a Partner will give you access to the upcoming guest speaker events. These meetings are going to be POWERFUL!

Doug Addison is the founder and president of InLight Connection. Doug is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is known for his Daily Prophetic Words, Spirit Connection podcast and blog. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California where they are impacting the arts, entertainment and media industries.

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