Recently, I read a book by Francis Chan titled “Forgotten God” which detailed how many Christians spend so much time and focus studying God and Jesus that we, at times, forget about the Holy Spirit. It was an excellent read and I highly recommend it, and today I wanted to expound on the evidence of the Holy Spirit dwelling within you.
It’s reasonable to say that if a man is an excellent husband, it will be shown by his actions and love for his wife. Likewise, if a woman is a good mother, it will be evident by how she raises and teaches her children. The presence of the Holy Spirit is the same way. When we give the Spirit room to work within us and in our lives, his presence is irrefutable.
The blessing and indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a very special and powerful thing. Jesus tells us in John 16:7 that it’s even better for us to have the Spirit as our Counselor than to have Jesus. It is the very soul and Spirit of God that resides in us. Let’s look at a few examples in the Bible of what we are promised when the Holy Spirit is alive within us.
- The Spirit is our encourager (Acts 9:31)
- The Spirit is our advisor (1 Corinthians 2:6-10)
- The Spirit is our Counselor, Comforter, and guide (John 14-16)
- The Spirit gives us power (Acts 1:8)
- The Spirit convicts us of sin (John 16:7-11)
- The Spirit brings us life and freedom (Acts 8:10-11, 2 Corinthians 3:17)
- The Spirit brings us hope (Romans 15:13)
- The Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26)
- The Spirit speaks for us (Mark 13:11, Luke 12:12)
- The Spirit helps us serve God and others (1 Corinthians 12:7)
- The fruit of the Spirit is evident in our lives (Galatians 5:22-23, 2 Corinthians 3:18)
As we can see from this list, the Holy Spirit plays an integral part in our lives for the glory of God. We have the greatest gift we could ever receive here on earth from God through the Holy Spirit. And because of his presence, we can be transformed into the likeness of our Lord. But we must be careful and continually examine ourselves to be sure we don’t hinder the work of the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). We should look to the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 as proof that the work of the Spirit is alive and well within us. If those graces are absent, we should pray that we may be transformed by the Spirit, that He may cause such a change within us that it would be impossible to hide our love for God and his holiness.
I encourage you to study each of the scriptures listed in today’s post and find comfort and confidence, hope and strength in the knowledge that, if you’ve given your life to God, the perfect Spirit of Him resides within you.