“Don’t you yourselves know that you are God’s Sanctuary and that the Spirit of God lives in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16.
When you look at the words “Holy Spirit” what comes to your mind? Do you think of it as being a mystical source of power that floats around the Earth? Are you afraid of the Spirit? Did you know that the second you ask Jesus into your heart, His Spirit went into you as well? This blog post today is simply to help you understand what exactly the Holy Spirit is and how important it is.
To start off, let’s look in John 14 when Jesus is discussing with His disciples: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also with me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? Then Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to Him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes before the Father except through me.” Let’s stop there for a second to recap. Jesus basically was foreshadowing His death. See, Jesus knew that He had to carry out His Father’s will, which was to die for us all so we could be with Him again. His disciples were very confused on what He was talking about. We now know that He was talking about Heaven. As we continue reading, we see that He not only promises us Heaven after death, but His Spirit on Earth. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever. even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows Him. You know him, for he dwells and will be with you.” John 14:1-6; 15-17.
God’s Gift To Us is His Spirit: In Luke chapter 11, Jesus tells us that we are to ask Him for His daily bread. What does that mean exactly? Just as our physical bodies need nutrients to survive, so does our spiritual bodies. We need God every single day, hour, and minute. We cannot possibly live a good life without His guidance.That is why He gave us His Spirit so that when we ever come across bad situations or need to forgive, His spirit will lead us into everlasting grace. “If then you, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:13.
God has given His inheritance: The first chapter in the book of Ephesians is a letter written from the Apostle Paul to the people of Ephesus. He writes to them about how Jesus came from the glories of Heaven, to live among the lowest of people (thieves, prostitutes, drug dealers, etc) to save us. He blesses us with His mercy. His grace. His forgiveness. Paul later explains that with Jesus came along God’s inheritance. He freely gave the most powerful thing in the world, to you and me. WOW! He gave us His Holy Spirit. You know, the same Spirit THAT BROUGHT JESUS BACK FROM THE GRAVE! Talk about overwhelming! “In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to His will. In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit.” Ephesians 1:11.
Be as of the Spirit: While it is very amazing (hallelujah) that Jesus willingly gave us His holy spirit, it is also very dangerous. It’s important that we understand that once you ask the Holy Spirit into your heart, you have to let your old self die. You can’t live two sides of the same coin. The Holy Spirit is a very powerful force. It is also a good source. We have to let go of our huge sins that hold us back from truly trusting the Holy Spirit to live out our lives. “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30.
Regard yourself in the Spirit not the Flesh: For some of you, there is a huge decision you have to make: live in the ways of pleasing Man or God? Heart stabbing question. This is not easy in any shape at all. To this day I struggle with this. Jesus knows that. He lived through it. That’s why He promised us He will always be here. Through Him we cannot possibly fail. We can help one another out. We can learn to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. We can outlive sin. We can overcome the darkness and rise to the mountain tops. We don’t have to live the ways of this world. Everything here will pass away, but God is forever. “Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives His Holy Spirit to you.” 1 Thessalonians 4:8. God loves you so much. He is alive and still here, ask for His Holy Spirit to change you.