Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
"We received . . . the spirit which is from God." (1 Corinthians 2:12)
Jehovah God does not force his holy spirit upon unwilling recipients. It would be reasonable, then, for us to ask, ‘What can I do to receive holy spirit?’ Well, the Bible shows that there are a number of things we can do. An important step is quite straightforward—ask God for it. (Luke 11:13) Another useful step is to study and apply the counsel in God’s spirit-inspired Word. (2 Timothy 3:16) Of course, not everyone who simply reads the Bible receives God’s spirit. But when a sincere Christian studies God’s Word, he can absorb the sentiments and outlook reflected in the inspired Word. It is also vital that we accept that Jehovah has appointed Jesus as His representative and the one through whom God has provided his spirit. (Colossians 2:6) Accordingly, we want to model our lives on Jesus’ example and teachings. (1 Peter 2:21) The more we strive to be like Christ, the more we will receive holy spirit.
(Watchtower issue: 9/15/08, 4:4-6)