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Week 2: The Indwelling Presence

The whole people of God are journeying from Easter to Pentecost! Along the way, Christ Church Nashville will be posting short meditations on the Holy Spirit for you to use in your personal quiet times, or to read aloud with your family and friends. Let’s consecrate Pentecost 2015 as a season of expectation—a Holy Spirit advent—as we walk the road together. 

These meditations are excerpted from a book by Pastor Dan and Pastor Hunter called The Road to Pentecost. It is available for free in our bookstore or to download here.

THE HOLY SPIRIT PLAYS a significant role in a believer’s life. John wrote that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, guides people into truth, and draws believers to Christ (John 16:8; 16:13). Therefore, apart from the work of the Holy Spirit, we would have no awareness of our sin. Repentance is only possible through the initiation of the Holy Spirit. In this way, the Holy Spirit is the first mover when a person comes to faith. The Holy Spirit moves toward us and in response we move toward Him.

Once a person submits to God, repents from sin, and puts their hope for salvation in Christ, the Holy Spirit moves in to stay. The Holy Spirit is given to everyone who believes in Jesus (John 7:39). Paul writes that our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:19).

This is big news! If we belong to Christ, the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. We can never be separated from the Holy Spirit.

Because the Holy Spirit lives inside of us, the Holy Spirit is constantly communicating with us. Scripture tells us that:

The Holy Spirit assures us that we are God’s children (Romans 8:16);

The Holy Spirit prays for us (Romans 8:26);

The Holy Spirit directs us in the choices we should make (Acts 20:22);

The Holy Spirit warns us when physical or spiritual danger is present (Acts 20:23); and

The Holy Spirit is our source for sanctification—making us more and more like Jesus every day (Titus 3:5).

We are prone to forget that the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. In every place that we decide to go, in every word we choose to say, and in every decision that we make, we carry the Holy Spirit with us.

Because we are hosts for the Holy Spirit, we have a great advantage. We have God inside of us praying for us, knowing our every thought, directing us, warning us about danger, making us good. But just because the Holy Spirit speaks to us doesn’t always mean that we hear. Just because the Holy Spirit warns us doesn’t always mean that we listen. We have to yield our lives to the Holy Spirit’s work. We have to open our hearts and minds to receive help from the Holy Spirit—help that He promises to deliver.

Father, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Help us to open our hearts and minds to the ever-present fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, please continue to intercede for us, direct us, warn us, and make us holy.