The Holy Spirit’s presence in you is your guarantee that you belong to God and are part of His family. His presence also demonstrates the genuineness of your faith and secures eternal life for you. Once Christ, through the person of the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in your heart, it is forever. However, it is important to keep in mind this tension that exists, a two-sided reality in a Christian’s life. On one hand you are complete in Christ, your acceptance with Him is secure. On the other hand you are growing in Christ, becoming more and more like Him. The daily challenges and temptations are the opportunities that help you grow. As you react to this daily tension, it is possible for you to “grieve” or “quench” the Holy Spirit by your sinful nature. Although the Holy Spirit continues to dwell in you, you may sense a loss of power, peace, love, joy and sometimes even wonder if the Holy Spirit has left you because of the silence. Such a sense of loss will continue until the sins which have grieved and quenched the Holy Spirit are confessed and forgiven by the cleansing blood of Christ. “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:30-32
The whole point is you have this amazing helper, full of God’s power dwelling in you to counsel, direct, teach you the ways of God. He empowers you for a task, He comforts you in bereavement and trouble, He makes you holly (not perfect) but in right standing before God. The end result of the Holy Spirits work in you is deep and lasting peace, even in the midst of conflict and inner struggle. All you have to do is be aware of His presence, and listen to His nudging’s as He leads you through life. “And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7
Two more action steps to insure this power in your life:
- Quiet time each day. You have to intentionally stop your life to meditate on God’s Word to gain knowledge, pray to grow your relationship with Christ and listen for the direction of the Holy Spirit. This alone time helps you become mindful. It is the process of being aware-intensely aware of everything going on around you. Mindfulness helps you be keenly aware of the Holy Spirit’s guidance toward a good decision that lines up with God’s way. These are the choices that lead you to personal growth and peace in Christ. “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
- Allow the Holy Spirit to produce fruit in you. The work of the Holy Spirit in you is producing the character traits that are the nature of Christ. When you work with the Holy Spirit and not against Him by your selfish nature, good fruit grows in you. Being led by the Holy spirit involves the desire to hear, and the readiness to obey God’s Word. When you live each day controlled and guided by the Holy Spirit, the words of Christ will be in your mind, the love of Christ will direct your actions, and the power of Christ will help you control your selfish desires. “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22-23
There will always be this tension in a believer’s life that is the very thing that keeps us needing Christ. The Holy Spirit is always ready to coach us through the tension, replacing your stress and grief with peace. In the process of His work, transformation happens as you become like Christ.
- How are you carving out time in your day to make room for the work of the Holy Spirit?
- Meditate on Galatians 5:22-23. Which of these qualities do you want the Spirit to produce in you?
- Have you praised and thanked God for the amazing gift of the Holy Spirit that helps you become more and more like Christ?