“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” – Romans 8:9
LIGHT FOR NOW: It is anti-Christ for the believer to think that he is without the Spirit at any time.
The indwelling of the Spirit implies that the Spirit dwells in the believer, lives in the believer; not temporarily but permanently. Thus, it is a wrong for a believer to think that any time he falls into sin, the Spirit leaves him. That’s a wrong teaching that has deprived many believers of enjoying a permanent fellowship with the Holy Spirit. It is anti-Christ for a believer to think that at any time he is without the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the down payment of the purchased possession; He never leaves you at any time. The indwelling of the Spirit of God in the believer is a present reality of the Christian faith. It is this reality and the consciousness of it that makes the believer invincible. It is the greatest gift any human can receive because once you have the Spirit, you can never perish. In their writings, Paul’s usage of the Spirit was John’s usage of eternal life. This simply means that they are one and the same thing. Unfortunately, many believers have been wrongly taught to the point that they are being cheated out of enjoying the benefits of the indwelling of the Spirit. Some believers believe that the Holy Spirit sometimes leave them because they made a mistake and during such time, they don’t “feel” His presence. This is very wrong as Christianity isn’t a feeling but a knowing; you don’t have to “feel” God to know that He is always with you. Jesus rightly said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever” (John 14:16). And after Jesus resurrected, He told his disciples “…lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20). This was in connection with the indwelling of the Spirit. In the above referenced text, Jesus was communicating supernaturally to His disciples because it is on record that immediately He said this, He left them. What He actually meant was that by or in His spirit, He will be with the believer forever.
Therefore the believer must not reduce his Christian experience to mere feelings; it’s a function of precise and accurate knowledge of the written word of God. “If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given to me to you – ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3:2-4). So when you receive the promised Spirit at salvation, know that He is in you permanently. You may ask, “what if I make mistake, won’t the spirit leave?” The answer is No! That you did something wrong won’t make the Holy Spirit to leave you because it wasn’t by your effort of righteousness that He came to dwell in you. He came to dwell in you because you believed in the Gospel, hence, God gave you His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
INSTRUCTION: You are sealed with the Holy Ghost; acknowledge this!
PRAYER: I am found in Christ; sealed by the Holy Ghost and I am a living and moving temple of God, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The Spirit dwells in you permanently not temporarily.
DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14 EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15