The Holy Spirit lives in you!
Do you sometimes feel that God is missing in your life? The Holy Spirit can change that for you. The New Testament writers insisted that Christians of the time experience the living presence of God. But is he here for us today? If so, how is he present? The answer is that God lives in us today through the Holy Spirit as in the time of the apostles. We perceive it as the wind and therefore cannot see it: "The wind blows where it wants, and you can hear its whistle; but you do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So everyone is who is born from the spirit " (John 3,8).
A Christian scholar said: "The Holy Spirit leaves no traces in the sand". Since it is invisible to our senses, it is easily overlooked and easily misunderstood. On the other hand, our knowledge of Jesus Christ is founded on firmer ground because our Savior was human. The God who lived among us in human flesh, Jesus Christ, gave God a face for us. And God the Son also gave God a face to the Father. Jesus insisted that those who saw him also "saw" the Father. Both father and son are together with spirit-filled Christians today. They are present within Christians through the Holy Spirit. For this reason, we certainly want to learn more about the spirit and experience it in a personal way. Through the Spirit, believers experience the closeness of God and are authorized to use his love.
For the apostles, especially John, the Holy Spirit is the counselor or comforter. He is someone called to help in trouble or need. "Likewise, the spirit also helps up our weakness. Because we do not know what to pray, how it is due, but the spirit itself intervenes for us with an inexpressible sigh" (Romans 8,26).
Those who are led by the Holy Spirit are God's people, Paul said. Moreover, they are sons and daughters of God, who address him as their father. Being filled with the Spirit, God's people can live in spiritual freedom. They are no longer bound to the sinful nature and live a new life of inspiration and oneness with God. This is the radical change that the Holy Spirit brings about in converting people.
Your wishes will be geared towards God instead of this world. Paul spoke of this transformation: "But when the kindness and love of humanity of God our Savior appeared, he saved us - not for the sake of what we would have done in righteousness but after his mercy - through the bath of rebirth and renewal in Holy Spirit" (Titus 3,4: 5).
The presence of the Holy Spirit is the determining reality of conversion. Therefore Paul could say: "But who does not have Christ's Spirit, is not his" (from Romans 8,9). If a person is really converted, Christ will live in him or her through the Holy Spirit. Such people belong to God because his spirit has made them his relatives.
Spirit filled life
How can we have the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and know that the Spirit of God lives in us? The authors of the New Testament, especially Paul, said that the result of a person's response to the call of God is empowerment. The call to accept the grace of God in Jesus Christ empowers us to abandon ancient ways of thinking and to live with the Spirit.
Therefore, we must be encouraged to be guided by the spirit, to walk in the spirit, to live in the spirit. How to do this is described in a broad principle in the New Testament books. The apostle Paul emphasized that Christians should "stimulate" the spirit that helps them live the virtues that include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5,22: 23).
Understood in a New Testament context, these qualities are more than concepts or good thoughts. They reflect the true spiritual power within believers as given by the Holy Spirit. This strength is waiting to be used in every life situation.
When put into practice, virtues become "fruit" or proof that the Holy Spirit works in us. The way to be empowered by the Spirit is to ask God for the virtuous presence of the Spirit and then be guided by it.
As the Spirit guides God's people, the Spirit also strengthens the life of the Church and its institutions. Only in this way can the church be strengthened as a corporate structure - by individual believers who live according to the spirit.
Love in Christians
The most important proof or quality of the work of the Holy Spirit within believers is love. This quality defines the nature of God and who God is. Love identifies spiritually guided believers. This love was the primary concern of the Apostle Paul and the other teachers of the New Testament. They wanted to know if the individual Christian life is strengthened and changed by the love of the Holy Spirit.
Spiritual gifts, worship and inspired teaching were (and are) important for the church. For Paul, however, the dynamic work of the love of the Holy Spirit within believers in Christ was of far greater importance. Paul could speak "in the tongues of people and of angels" (1 Corinthians 13,1) but if he lacked love, he was nothing more than a noisemaker. Paul could also "have the gift of prophecy", be able to "fathom all secrets and knowledge" and even "have a faith that can move mountains" (Verse 2). But if he lacked love, he is nothing. Even a warehouse of biblical knowledge or firm convictions could not replace the ability to love the Spirit. Paul could even say: "If I give everything I have to the poor and give my body to the flames without love, it will be of no use to me." (Verse 3). Doing good work for yourself should not be confused with the work of the Holy Spirit in love.
Decisive for the faithful are the active presence of the Holy Spirit and the response to the Spirit. Paul emphasizes that the true people of God - true Christians - are those who have been renewed, reborn and transformed to reflect the love of God in their lives. There is only one way this transformation can take place in you. It is through a life guided and lived by the love of the indwelling Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit is the personal presence of God in your heart and your thoughts.
by Paul Kroll