3) How do I know if I am not abiding – or out of fellowship with the Holy Spirit? 

Ask the Holy Spirit if there are any unresolved issues.

Even though I am walking in fellowship with the Lord and have no unresolved issues, not all that I do is motivated by Him, or is even pleasing to Him. As I allow Him to grow and mature me, He will increasingly have more freedom to bear His fruit.

If I find myself out of fellowship with the Holy Spirit, it is by my choice.

I do not need to be out of fellowship with the Lord any longer than I choose to be.  Restoration to the condition of abiding fellowship will take place immediately upon confession of the offense(s) for which the Holy Spirit is holding me accountable.

How can I know if I’m out of fellowship with the Holy Spirit? Usually symptoms indicate an ailing body. Similarly look for on-going spiritual symptoms of the sinful nature, such as:

  • stumbling
  • striving
  • anger
  • impatience
  • lack of peace
  • irritability
  • frustration
  • sense of defeat
  • addictive behavior
  • dissatisfaction
  • complaining
  • critical or
    judgmental attitude
  • worry
  • anxiety