4.28.2014

The Holy Spirit dwells in us

The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you.

This is amazing truth.

Romans 8 is one of the most popular chapters in the bible. I even heard someone refer to it as "the great 8".

A couple of years ago I was reading Romans 8 and verse 11 jumped out at me like never before.

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.

Think about this. The Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead must have had unbelievable power, right? A resurrection has never happened before in history, but it happened to Jesus.

But the crazy thing is that same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us. That's unbelievable.

This means not only we will be also raised and live with Him for eternity but it also means the powerful Spirit dwells in us right now so we can rely on his amazing power to live for God. We are to live super naturally by the strength that God supplies not by our own strength.

We are powerless on our own. But God in Spirit dwells in us. Direct access to God and he actually gives each of us power through his Spirit. That is crazy and unheard of in the Old Testament. But God made this all possible through Jesus's blood. (See Ephesians 2:13-18)

It's the Spirit who gives us understanding of Jesus' love for us, who gives us affection for Jesus more than anything else in this world, who helps us to love people, even people who are hard to love. The Spirit also helps us to care about things God cares about, who helps us in that moment of temptation, who helps us to overcome sin, who helps us to be generous to the poor and needy, who leads us to share the love of Jesus to those who do not know him here and in countries where there's hardly any christians, who humbles us, who helps us forsake entitlement and helps us not to complain when we receive bad customer service from a store, who leads us to pray, who let's us know what to pray for and give us words to pray, etc.

If the Spirit can raise Jesus from the dead, what can it not do. It is powerful to do anything.

So remember, if you believe in Jesus and claim to be a follower and disciple of Jesus, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you. I want to encourage you spend time thinking about this and let this truth sink in. Then my hope and prayer is that you will come to genuinely acknowledge and trust God and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit each moment.