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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. After we become Christians an astounding thing happens, the One True God comes to dwell within us. The Spirit gives us life, and empowers us to live for God. (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. 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. The Holy Spirit inspired each of the many authors of the Bible as they wrote. (2 Peter 1:20-21) That is why we call God's Word, "God breathed" or inspired by God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) The Spirit also uses God's Word to teach and guide us.

"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... Now we have received... 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 Spirit is called our Helper. He empowers us to live for God. The Spirit represents Jesus to us. This is because He is Jesus Christ's proxy in the world while Jesus isn't here in bodily form. Jesus' disciples were worried about Him leaving them, so Jesus tells them about His Helper, the Holy Spirit. He assures them that this Helper will guide, empower, and teach them (and us too). This is because the Helper hears from God the Father and God the Son directly. (John 14:26, 16:13-14) Did you know you have a hotline to God because His Spirit lives within you? What does it mean to you that the Holy Spirit is your Helper?

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).

...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®


Life Application:

Read Zechariah 4:6; John 14:16-17, 26, 16:7-8, 13-14; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 3:16-20; 2 Timothy 1:7. These verses will give you some more information on the Holy Spirit. Write down any insights you have about the Spirit. How do you feel about the One True God living within you?

Are you walking by the Spirit; 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. If you have the fruit of the Spirit in your life - that means you are allowing the Spirit to produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in your life. These character traits are the fruit produced in our lives when His Spirit is leading us. Is your life full of the fruit of the Spirit? If you are not producing these character traits, ask the Spirit to empower you to.

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®

Even with the Holy Spirit living within us, we still have a sin nature 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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