Countdown to Pentecost – Day 5
“…he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:17
While Jesus was on earth, he told his disciples that the Holy Spirit was already dwelling “with” them but he prophesied that in addition to dwelling “with” them, he would actually dwell “in” them. This actually occurred on the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2:4 when those 120 believers in the upper room “were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
This is the distinguishing factor of the “spirit-filled” believer. Though the Holy Spirit is present with all Christian believers, those who have received the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, actually have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. This means that we don’t have to look for guidance from an external source. Like Paul told Timothy, we just need to “stir up the gift of God” that is already abiding within us (2 Tim. 1:6). Though many believers pray as if they are trying to get God to come down, the “spirit-filled” believer just has to stir himself up and tune in to what the Holy Spirit on the inside of you tells you do, say, go, etc.
“Christ” is not Jesus’ last name. “Christ” means “the anointed one and his anointing.” The bible refers to “…Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). This means that the Holy Spirit, “the anointed one and his anointing” is living, alive, and well inside every spirit-filled believer. This should give you the assurance that you are never alone, never without help, and never without the power of the Holy Spirit to deal with whatever the devil throws your way or whatever circumstances arise in your life.
Make this confession everyday:
“I am a spirit-filled believer. The anointed one and his anointing abides on the inside of me. Therefore, I already have the power to bind the negative and loose the positive in my life, in my home, on my job, for myself and my family. I have what it takes to deal with anything that comes my way but the power of God himself lives and dwells in me.”
Are you always aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence in you? Why? Or Why not?