The holy spirit is the very essence of the divine dwelling in us that convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgment. God gives us his spirit so we can glorify him by manifesting his righteousness in our lives. God expects us to exercise and respond to the holy spirit and bear fruit. It is essential to renew the spiritual man daily and chose to obey the mind of the spirit and rule over the carnal mind.
Before his retirement in 2021, Dr. Donald Ward pastored churches in Texas and Louisiana, and taught at Ambassador Bible College in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also served as chairman of the Council of Elders of the United Church of God. He holds a BS degree; a BA in theology; a MS degree; a doctor’s degree in education from East Texas State University; and has completed 18 hours of graduate theology from SMU.