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Who is the Holy Spirit, anyway?

When you were a kid, did you ever picture what God might look like? Maybe you pictured an old, wise man with a beard. Or the long-haired Jesus from a movie like the Passion of the Christ. But you probably never pictured the Holy Spirit.

Yeah, He feels vague and mysterious, to be honest.

You’re not alone. Many Christians feel that way. So, who is the Holy Spirit? Let’s talk it over together.

During Jesus’ last supper with His disciples, He tells them, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16-17a). Some translations call the Holy Spirit a “helper” or “counselor” in place of “advocate.”

The Holy Spirit lives inside all believers, helping and empowering us to be more like Jesus.

Advocate… counselor… helper. The picture is getting clearer now.

The Holy Spirit lives inside all believers, helping and empowering us to be more like Jesus.

Stories we receive from India bring even more clarity to who the Holy Spirit is. He is working in the hearts of believers like Samisa!

When Samisa joined an Adult Literacy Class, she worked tirelessly to change her life. She attended every class, learned to read and write, and best of all—received salvation in Jesus! Outwardly, Samisa was thriving, but inwardly she struggled with anger, often verbally lashing out at her husband.

Samisa soon realized she couldn’t change on her own. So she asked the Holy Spirit to help her and, as she immersed herself in prayer and Scripture, her attitude was renewed! Samisa embraced the Holy Spirit, and she was freed from anger’s grip.

The Holy Spirit helped Samisa change, and He can help you, too. How do you need the Holy Spirit to be your advocate, counselor, or helper today?


  • Ask the Holy Spirit to make Himself clear to you so you can see Him at work.
  • Consider a current difficulty in your life and pray that the Holy Spirit would be your helper and advocate in that situation.

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  • Learn more about the Holy Spirit by joining our Pentecost Prayer Guide, a 10-day devotional starting May 9. Click here to sign up!