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The One True God Lives within Us

Day Thirty-Two
by Gini Crawford, MSW
www.BecauseOfGod.com

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As Christians an amazing thing happens, the One True God comes to dwell within us. Before we were Christians, the Holy Spirit did not live in us, so we were powerless to do anything for God, even to have faith in Him. This is because we were in spiritual darkness or spiritually dead (John 1:4-5; Ephesians 2:1-3). But the Spirit was still at work - He was wooing us to God (Nehemiah 9:18-21; Psalm 139:7-8). As we believe in God the Son - God the Father and God the Holy Spirit give us new spiritual life, or a new birth, as the Spirit comes to live within us (John 3:3-21; 1 Peter 1:2-5). Every time I think about the fact the One True God lives within me, it takes me back to realizing how much God wants to be with me. Yes, it's an amazing love we have from our God.

I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances ... so you will be My people, and I will be your God. Ezekiel 36:27-28 NASB®

The Spirit gives us God's power. Do you feel spiritually wimpy at times? I know I can. Yet, it is a feeling we really shouldn't have, because the power of the universe lives within us (Acts 1:8; Ephesians 3:16,20). So for heaven's sake, ask the Spirit to empower you to live for God. He is our Helper (Ezekiel 36:27-28; John 14:26).

The Spirit seals us and is our pledge

We are sealed in Jesus by the Holy Spirit at the moment we believe in Him. The word sealed in the Greek language means - to set a seal upon, mark with a seal. In scripture, a seal symbolizes a finished transaction, ownership, and security. When something is sealed, everything is in order. It is the final approval of that transaction. When the Spirit seals us, it signifies that the eternal transaction of payment for our sins has been completely and perfectly finished in Jesus. (John 19:30) We are now His, and are eternally secure in Him, because we have His seal upon us. What does it mean to you that you are sealed by the Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is our pledge from God. The word pledge even today in Greece can mean engagement ring. God's Spirit is His symbol of love given to us so we can know without a shadow of a doubt, we are His forever, and that every promise given to us from God is guaranteed. Instead of wearing the love symbol on our finger, we wear Him in our hearts. (Ezekiel 36:26-27; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 3:3) Isn't this a beautiful illustration from God, showing you He loves you?

In Him (Jesus), you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation -- having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13-14 NASB®

The Spirit reveals God's thoughts to us. Have you ever found yourself thinking something like, I wish I could know his thoughts? I sure have. As you know, it is impossible to know what a person is really thinking unless they tell you. Only God's Spirit knows God's thoughts. Yet, because of God's great love for us He wanted us to know His thoughts, so He sent His Spirit to dwell in us. The Spirit indwelling us, allows us to understand and know God, His Word and His will. The Spirit enlightens us about God's spiritual realm - heaven, spiritual things, and gives us His wisdom to comprehend and experience the many heavenly things God has freely given to us.

But just as it is written, "Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him." For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. 1 Corinthians 2:9-13 NASB®

The Holy Spirit and God's love. God has poured His love within us and continues to flood our hearts with His love through His Spirit. He does this by causing His Spirit to indwell us. We know of God's love because the Spirit lives within us. (Ephesians 3:16-20). Beautiful reality, isn't it?

...hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5 NASB®

I think many of you are familiar with the dove as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 3:21-23) Our yard is full of doves. A dove couple made a nest in our front yard, and were lovingly watching over their eggs. My husband heard loud squawks one day, and went out to see the two doves flying at a bobcat to protect their eggs. We both realized the doves were willing to give their lives for their eggs. The Spirit of the One True God hovers over us and in us with His ever present love for us, and faithfully protects with His very life.

What are your thoughts about the Holy Spirit living in you? And always being there for you?

 

Life Application:

Does the Spirit Lead You?

The Spirit doesn't want us to stay as immature babies in Christ; controlled by our sinful desires or flesh. So the Spirit works to transform us into a mature Christian; one that acts very much like Jesus. (Ephesians 4:13-15, 5:1-2) The Spirit will slowly but surely mature us, but we need to chose to cooperate with Him. We cooperate with the Spirit by allowing Him to lead, empower, fill, control, or guide us. Read Psalm 139:7-10; John 14:26, 16:13-15; Acts 11:12b, 16:7; Romans 8:5-6, 26-27; Ephesians 3:16, 20, 5:17-18. Describe what the Holy Spirit does from these passages.

Even with the Holy Spirit living within us, we still have a sin nature (the flesh) which tempts us to sin (Mark 14:38; 1 Corinthians 3:1-3; 10:12-13). Yes, as Christians, we do have the power not to sin, but there still is a battle raging within us at times, wanting what our sinful desires want, not what God wants. You have a moment by moment choice - to obey God (His Word) or your sinful desires (Romans 6:19). When I allow my sinful desires to lead me, instead of God's Spirit, believe me it never turns out as wonderful as I thought it would.

God gave us a handy list in Galatians 5:22-23, so we can check our lives to see if we are being led/walking by His Spirit, or by our own flesh (sinful nature). Read Galatians 5:13-26; James 1:13-15.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control ... If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit ... Galatians 5:22-25 NASB®

If you have the fruit of the Spirit in your life, that means you are allowing the Spirit to lead you. If you are not producing these character traits then you are leading yourself. I believe no one is led by the Spirit all the time, but to be like Jesus we need the Spirit to be leading us most of the time. Who is leading you most of the time, the Spirit or yourself? Remember, He absolutely wants to lead your life! So ask for His help, He is our Helper. (John 14:26)

I love to have the Spirit leading me; it's a very reassuring feeling. And sometimes God's Presence is so close when I am being lead, it makes me feel like I am in heaven. You too?

These Christian principles help me to stay walking with the Spirit:

  1. Love God and others. (Mark 12:28-31)
  2. Let God's Word and prayer guide you. (Luke 11:9-13; James 1:21-25)
  3. Be trusting in or relying on God. (Proverbs 3:5-8)
  4. Get sin out of your life. (1 John 1:9)

 

For more information see: How to let the Spirit lead you.

 

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