c14Jesus said “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever –  the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:16-18 NKJV

Jesus came to earth and was given a body, but the third part of the Trinity came to earth as a Spirit which dwells in the heart of all born again believers. The natural person that has not accepted Christ as their Savior has hostility towards God. They are marked by the passions of the body. Their interest is only in themselves and their desires are for the flesh. However when this person accepts Christ as their Savior, they are born of the Spirit and He indwells in their mind. The Holy Spirit is  the person who God uses to draw people to Christ. He convicts us of our sins so we know the difference between right and wrong. He accepts us into the family of God by living inside of our hearts. He teaches us the truth about God and leads us in all things. He seals us until the day of redemption. Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26-27 NKJV

One of the most dangerous things you can do is resist the call of the Holy Spirit. If you were chosen by God to be a part of His family and you put off the time of your  Salvation you are risking an eternity in Hell. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 NKJV  The longer you resist the call of the Lord the harder your heart becomes until one day you will not be able to accept Christ as your savior at all. The unbeliever cannot receive the Holy Spirit until he has accepted the Word of God as the truth. That is why it is impossible for an unsaved person to understand and accept the truths of God. All of us are spiritually dead  to our trespasses and sins until the Holy Spirit makes the soul of the inner person alive by the Spiritual Birth. Jesus said “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. John 3:5 NKJV The water here meaning the Word of God. Paul the Apostle said  “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11 NKJV

 

Sin separated us from God and even through our disobedience God loved us, however He could not have a relationship with us in our sinful state because He is righteous and true. God had to have someone pay our  dept because there is no forgiveness of sin without the shedding of blood. So God sent His only Son to be a living sacrifice to shed His blood on the cross. Jesus Christ made access for us to God the Father possible. The Holy Spirit is the One who leads us  through  the Word of God by convicting us of our sins. He takes us by the hand and leads us through the open door of Salvation.

We are made up of a body , mind / soul and spirit. People today go to great links to exercise their body and their mind, very few pay any  attention to their spirit. The spirit  is something we have difficulty grasping. We can’t relate to it with any of our senses.  The first thing we have to realize is our human weakness. God’s standard for Christian living can not be accomplished by human effort. We have to depend on the Holy Spirit to do for us what we can not do for our selves. When you are saved by faith and you walk in the Spirit,  you produce the fruit of the Spirit which produces Christian Character.

“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the c15Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such there is no law.  And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”  Galatians 5:16-25 NKJV. The kingdom of God is inside of us. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. “Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20NKJV.

We are a living being created in the image of God. We are His sons and daughters. We are joint heirs with our King and Savior Jesus Christ to the kingdom of Heaven. We have a place in eternity reserved just for us.  These facts alone should  instill greatness in our walk through this life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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