The mini-series The Bible aptly depicts what scripture says below:
The Holy Spirit entered you when you decided to give your life to Christ, to become a Christian. But we need to continually ask the Holy Spirit to lead us, to guide us, to help us do the things God wants us to do. When we’re growing as Christians, we should allow the Spirit to take control over more and more areas of our lives.
The Spirit is, first and foremost, God’s personal presence. The Spirit is a person and not merely a force. However, in order to let the text speak for itself, you have start on page one of the bible. Before creation ever even began, we see a depiction of the spirit of God hovering over the dark, disordered waters of the earth, ready to begin spreading goodness and creation.
When Jesus appeared to His closest followers, He breathed into them the Holy Spirit, empowering them too to spread God’s goodness throughout the world. Soon after that, God’s spirit comes over all of His followers.
Today, through Christ and the power He has given His followers, God’s spirit continues to hover over a dark and chaotic world, slowly healing it and working towards the day when it is restored to its former glory.
During the sacrament of Confirmation the spirit is called upon young people in an intimate personal way to manifests its gifts. They are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
- Wisdom is considered the first and the greatest of the gifts. It acts upon both the intellect and the will.
- Understanding is a perceptive intuition which illuminates the mind to grasp the truths of faith. It does not involve a comprehensive understanding of the mysteries of faith, but helps a person understand that these mysteries are credible; compatible with and related to each other; and not unreasonable.
- Counsel functions as a sort of supernatural intuition, to enable a person to judge promptly and rightly, especially in difficult situations. It perfects the cardinal virtue of prudence.
- Fortitude is often identified with courage. The gift of fortitude allows people the firmness of mind that is required both in doing good and in enduring evil.
- Knowledge: The gift of knowledge allows one, as far as is humanly possible, to see things from God’s perspective. It “allows us to perceive the greatness of God and his love for his creatures” through creation.
- Piety accords with reverence. A person with reverence recognizes his total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.
- Fear of the Lord is akin to wonder (or awe): With the gift of fear of the Lord, one is made aware of the glory and majesty of God.