The comfort which comes to us from the Holy Spirit is connected to our obedience. The assurance which comes to us from the Holy Spirit is connected to our obedience. Joy is connected to our obedience. Absence of fear and anxiety and doubt is connected to our obedience. And we have the capacity because we have been made new and we have the resident Holy Spirit empowering us.
Now mark it that the Holy Spirit is not an influence. The Holy Spirit is a person. We never refer to the Holy Spirit as “it,” we always refer to the Holy Spirit as “He.” And He is the third member of the Godhead, equal to the Father, equal to the Son in deity and in personhood, personality.
If you study the Bible, for example, you will find that: The Holy Spirit possesses mind, emotion, will. He knows the deep things of God. He loves the saints. He makes decisions. He speaks. He prays. He teaches. He guides. He commands. He fellowships. He comforts. He may be grieved. He may be quenched. He may be lied to. He may be tested. He may be resisted. He may be blasphemed. And all of these things indicate that He is indeed a person.
Watchman Nee of China told about one of his new converts and the man’s wife:
“Late one summer I stayed at a hill resort in the home of a mechanic and his wife, both of whom it was my joy to lead to a simple faith in the Savior. When the time came for me to return to Shanghai, I left with them a Bible. “During the winter the man was in the habit of taking alcohol with his meals, sometimes to excess. Soon, with the return of the cold weather, the wine reappeared on the table, and, as had now become his custom, he bowed his head to give thanks for the meal. But today no words would come! After one or two vain attempts he turned to his wife. “What is wrong?” he asked. “Why can not we pray today?” The wife took the Bible, but turned the pages in vain, seeking light on the subject. They could find no explanation, and I was far away. “Just drink your wine,” she said; but no, he knew he must give thanks, and could not. “Take it away,” he exclaimed at length; and then together they asked a blessing on the meal.
“When eventually the man was able to visit Shanghai he told me the story. Using and expression familiar in Chinese: “Brother Nee,” he said, “Resident Boss wouldn’t let me have that drink!” “Very good,” I replied. “You always listen to Resident Boss!”
“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth (I John 2:20).” “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. (Ezekiel 36:27)