Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I can have the Holy Spirit living within me. Scripture is filled with references to His indwelling Holy Spirit. We receive His Holy Spirit when we believe in Jesus. It is His Holy Spirit within us that gives us hope, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are called the fruits of His Spirit living within us. When we see these character traits being manifested in our lives, we know He is at work within us.
Here are some assurances from God’s Word about this amazing Holy Spirit that lives within each believer: Ephesians 3:16 “that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,” His Spirit with gives us power for living! 2 Corinthians 1:22 “And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” His Spirit is a seal and guarantee of our salvation in Jesus. Galatians 4:6 “And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” His Spirit declares our sonship and allows us to call God our Father or Daddy. 1 John 4:13 “By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.” His Spirit helps us to stay connected to Jesus. Romans 8:11 “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” His Spirit gives us a His spirit to be with us forever.
Belief in Jesus and His work on the cross brings the Holy Spirit into our lives. Rejoice in that hope today and look for His indwelling work within you. He is there-alive and working in you! He gives us the power to resist sin, stay connected to the Father and guarantees results. His fruit is eternal and always for our good and His glory!
Suggestion: Today- look for His fruit in your life– peace where you might not have thought, patience where you usually would be impatient, joy where you did not expect it, a reaction to a situation with kindness, a deed unexpectedly done, a gentle touch or word to another, a trust in God that is unexpected but natural, showing self-restraint exactly when it is called for- any of these are the working of the Holy Spirit within you. Rejoice and give Glory to God.