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The Friendship With the Holy Spirit

Updated on July 7, 2011

Dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. (Psalms 51:11 KJV Bible)

I am a wealthy man. I have several good friends. You might reckon that I am affluent in the things that count. I was born handicapped and have grown more crippled with years. I have been a diabetic for thirty years, and have had several complications from the disease because I ignored it during its early stages. I lost the use of my kidneys, and my wife gave me hers as a Christmas present 6 years ago. I have always pastored small churches, and I have never had a lot of money. If the world around evaluates this Christian, it would say, “He is passable at best.”  However, I have friends that have been with me every step of the way! My greatest friend is Jesus Christ who is revealed to me through the Holy Spirit. In this hub I introduce you to my friend, companion and comforter, the Holy Spirit.

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. (Psalms 51:11 KJV Bible)

Whatever friends I lose, I must never risk the loss of the Holy Spirit.

I hear the pleading of David in this Psalm. For a season he turns deaf ears to this Divine Guide, but now he is repentant. He well knows what happened to King Saul before him, and he mourns and grieves his sin. (Help me, O LORD, to ever learn this lesson that nothing is more important in this present living than friendship with the Holy Spirit.) With burdened heart he writes this fifty-first Psalm. “Uphold me with Thy free Spirit. Oh take not thy Holy Spirit from me.”

Who Is The Holy Spirit To Me?

The Greek word for this Divine Friend is “Paraclete” (it may be translated in English as "Counselor", "Helper", or "Comforter".). He is One with Jesus Christ and our heavenly Father. Our Savior introduces the coming Spirit to His disciples as “another comforter.”

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; (John 14:16 KJV Bible)

The Spirit’s work within me is to win me wholly to Divine Goodness. He convinces me of my sin; he guides me and allows me to repent; he urges me to Christ Jesus; and his cleansing Blood. The sacrifice of my Savior opens the way to God and my salvation; the Holy Spirit urges and guides me on this journey of faith. He reveals the Eternal Divine Love of God to me. My ‘Paraclete’ removes doubt, disperses fears, and creates trust. Then, He gives me assurance, forgiveness, feelings of Sonship, and sanctification.

And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30 KJV Bible)

No wonder David wails not to lose friendship with the Holy Spirit. Yes, indeed, I am a wealthy man for I have friends, and the greatest of these is Divine. The Holy Spirit is with me in me in the morning, through the day, and attends me at night. He ever testifies to me of Jesus within me.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Act 1:8 KJV Bible)

I am an avid church goer. I guide my churches to believe that the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost) is our friend, and He witnesses through us the presence of Jesus everywhere we go. How imprudent and sinful it is by act or wish or secret sin to grieve the Holy Spirit! On the other hand, how sensible it is to observe His every suggestion and follow His guiding voice along the way.

If we allow this friend to leave the Church, we would be no better than an army without an expert general. I believe it is even worse than this. Is there anything the Church of today more needs than to be refreshed and revived? Where does true revival come from? True Revival can come only from the Holy Spirit.

My Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I pray, “Take not thy Holy Spirit from me!”

For the Church, I pray, “ Take not Thy Holy Spirit from us.”

“Cast me not away from thy presence.”

I want your face and favor, Count me not away as worthless.

Continually permit me the privilege of coming before You.

Your comforts, counsels, assistances, and quickenings are more precious than gold to me.

With you as my friend I am prosperous. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Keep up the union connecting us, which is my solitary expectation of salvation.

It so great a wonder when so pure a Spirit deigns to continue in so low a heart as mine

However, Lord, it is all wonder; it is all amazing together – What a friend I have in you!

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.



Come Holy Spirit


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      Amy 6 years ago

      This is a great article regarding the friendship with the Holy Spirit! Truly, He is the Greatest Friend, Teacher & Companion in the world!!

      However, please do not brag nor boast regarding certain infirmaties, such as illness or handicapped. The Holy Spirit truly does NOT bring upon such things in order to "draw us" closer to him (which this article somewhat insinuates)! If anything, He shall teach us "all truth"--which includes promising truths about healing, wholeness, and restoration from God's Written Word.

      Anything that contradicts God's word on healing and wholeness does NOT come from the Holy Spirit!!

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      justamber 6 years ago

      This is a great hub! I have seasons where I experience the Holy Spirit's presence more than others and that is the thing I seek most. It is good to hear a pastor talking about the Holy Spirit, I feel like sometimes He is the forgotten one among Christians and Churches.

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      Tony L Smith 7 years ago from Macon

      Pastor Walt, its good to hear someone talk about Holy Spirit, never heard the simular thought about the General, but I like it. Holy Spirit truly leads us to victory. Holy Spirit loves to glorify the Fathers heart and finished work of Jesus Christ

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      Lims Thomas 7 years ago

      Thank you Mr. Watt for sharing me about Holy spirit in a very friendly way..I want holyspirit with me as my friend in this 21 years..I believe he will be the greatest asset for me for all ma life..

      Keep me in your valuable prayers.So that I can experience the fellowship of holyspirit

      Thank you

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      Pastor_Walt 7 years ago from Jefferson City, Tennessee

      Thanks Susan!

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      Susanwl 7 years ago

      Love this, Thank you! to late to comment?

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Your testimony is awesome, so is this HUB!!!! May God always watch over you as I can see He has! This Hub touched my heart!!! Luv Luv

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      Mike Martin 8 years ago

      Pastor Walt, there is no need to pray to God for him not to take the Holy Spirit from you. I would never pray that kind of a prayer. First, David could because the Spirit was not abiding with men as yet. He (the Spirit only came upon men, not in men. However under the new covenant, he (the Spirit) dwell in men. Then the bible says he (the Spirit will never leave you but abide forever. So there is no need to pray to God not to take away the Holy Spirit from you because that like telling God that you do not trust his word. The Spirit will never leave you my brother. He is here to stay. And that is for ever. The Spirit of God lives within your spirit. That's the reason when God speaks, he speaks through his Spirit who in tern communicates to your spirit who in tern communicates to your mind/understanding/soul.

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      yolanda yvette 8 years ago

      I have wanted to know the Holy Spirit, personally, ever since I got saved because I had heard ministers of God talk about Him in ways that fascinated me. He was real to them. We know He is real. But these people made Him come to life for me.

      I have been on my journey of becoming acquainted with Him for some years now. Sometimes, I have been close to Him. Sometimes, distant. Even before running across your hub, I had determined to sincerely draw near to Him. And stay near. That's why I read this hub to begin with. The title drew me immediately because of my decision to renew my relationship with the Holy Spirit. I wanted to see what you would say about Him. I got more than I expected because people, even ministers of the Gospel, don't always seem to understand the Holy Spirits' true role in our lives as believers. You did a great job of explaining the kind of relationship we are to have with Him.

      Your passion for Him is evident and has set my heart aflame for fellowship with the Holy Spirit. You have helped me regain an earnest desire to get to know my 'ever-present companion.' Thank you, Pastor.

      I pray that Christians all over the world will long for intimacy with the person of the Holy Spirit through this hub. For this is the will of God concerning His people. Thank you, again, sir. Today, I have become one of your fans.

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      Pastor_Walt 8 years ago from Jefferson City, Tennessee

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      Your words honor me. I pray this hub blesses many folks!

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      Carrie Bradshaw 8 years ago from Manhattan

      Oh, what a beautiful message, pastor. I know someone told me she was lonely, and yet as she receives the love of the Lord, her lonliness goes away. When we know Him, we are never alone and walking in the friendship of Jesus Christ and receiving the comfort, love, guidance, power and anointing of the Spirit is our very life of peace. Great hub!

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      Alexander Silvius 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      You have offered another perspective for me, I know Jesus is my friend, but I always looked at the Holy Spirit as something that could not go away no matter how much we neglected it, like salvation. Nice hub!

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      Robert E Smith 8 years ago from Rochester, New York

      The Pastor shows pastor. Thank you that you still minister here. Love you buddy.

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      Pastor_Walt 8 years ago from Jefferson City, Tennessee

      Thanks James,

      My few "infirmities" are nothing compared to what many go through. I am still actively preaching, and I stay busy for Christ. Your comments bless me. I hope and pray that I can equally bless others.

      Friends, we can do all things through Christ.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      AMEN! You spoke the Truth with power and I love your message. God Bless You and comfort you in your infirmities.

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      Sciantel 8 years ago

      I became well aquainted with the Holy Spirit 14 years ago. He is absolutely my best friend!That is next to Christ.

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      Melody Lagrimas 8 years ago from Philippines

      The Holy Spirit indeed has been my comforter through difficult times. Thanks for this hub, Pastor Walt.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 8 years ago from Manila

      Thank you for sharing this hub. The Holy Spirit is just as awesome as Jesus and the Father. The triune God is incomplete without the Holy Spirit.