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The One True God Lives within Us

Day Thirty-Two
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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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 spiritually dead. (Ephesians 2:1-3) But the Spirit was still at work, He was wooing us to God. As we become Christians an astounding thing happens, the One True God comes to dwell within us. The Spirit gives us spiritual life and power, and makes us a part of God's spiritual realm. (Titus 3:5)

What does it mean that the Holy Spirit dwells within us? Ephesians 1:13-14 says,

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. NASB®

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?

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 Him, and His plans. The Spirit enlightens us about spiritual things, and gives us His wisdom to comprehend and experience the many magnificent things God has freely given to us. We could say, because of His Spirit within us, we are now linked to God Himself, and His love in supernatural ways. (Ephesians 3:16-20)

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®


Life Application:

The Spirit living within us wants to transform us into mature Christians. A mature Christian is one who is very much like Jesus. (Ephesians 4:20-24, 5:1-2) The Spirit will slowly but surely mature us, but we need to chose to cooperate with Him. You cooperate with the Spirit by allowing Him to lead you.

How to let the Spirit lead you:

  1. Let God's Word be the guiding force in your mind, heart, will, and emotions. This will allow the Spirit to lead you. (John 14:26, 16:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:21-25)
  2. Be trusting in or relying on God. When you are trusting in God, the Holy Spirit is leading you. (Proverbs 3:5-6; Hebrews 11)
  3. Get sin out of your life. When you sin you are going your way and not God's way, so of course, the Spirit isn't leading you. (Psalm 1:1-3; 1 Corinthians 3:1-3)

Read Galatians 5:16-25. Are you walking by the Spirit or letting the Spirit lead you? God gave us a handy list in Galatians 5:22-23, so we can check our lives to see if we are walking by His Spirit, or by our own flesh (sinful nature). (Romans 7:18-8:8)

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 5:22-26 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.

Even with the Holy Spirit living within us, we still have a sin nature (the flesh) which tempts us to sin. (Psalm 51:5; Mark 14:38; 1 Corinthians 10:13) 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 choice - to obey God (His Word) or your sinful desires. When I allow my sinful desires to lead me, instead of God's desires, believe me it never turns out as wonderful as I thought it would.

Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. James 1:13-15 NASB®

Ask the Spirit to show you any sin in your life, and to help you stop it. (Psalm 32:3-5; John 16:7-8; 1 John 1:9) Remember, He is your Helper, He wants to help you!


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