Last week, we covered what it takes to be reunited with God through Jesus Christ:
- HE makes us aware of our sin and our separation from Him.
- HE Comes to us and asks us to give Him our sin and our lives.
- HE makes us realize that we cannot clean ourselves up. WE NEED HIM.
- WE repent by turning to Him and asking Him to make us His.
- HE DOES! We experience a oneness with Him, a closeness that includes love, joy, peace, hope and grace. It’s Amazing! We are truly “filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy!” 1 Peter 1:8-9.
We have begun a relationship with the God of the Universe! We now have His Son living in our hearts–HOW? That’s the big question that we are going to answer today.
Read Ephesians 1:13-14.
- What happened when we believed? We were given the Holy Spirit. Just to clarify, the Holy Spirit is not an “it,” but a Person. He is the essence of Jesus. Hear Jesus’ own words in John 16:13-14. HE will guide us into all truth; HE will not speak on His own, but only what HE hears from the Father; HE will tell us what is yet to come; He will glorify Jesus because it is from Jesus that HE will receive what HE will make known to you.
- The Holy Spirit was promised long ago: Read Isaiah 34:16, Ezekiel 36:26-27, Joel 2:28, and Zechariah 12:10. This is NOT a make-it-up-as-you-go plan. It’s always been Plan A; there’s NEVER been a Plan B.
- What is a guarantee? It’s assurance of something better coming. Want to know what’s coming? Read Ephesians 3:20-21. Now you know as much as I do!
- We are God’s possession. We now belong to Him. We are not our own anymore. Let’s read it: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
If we were to stop right there, we would have plenty to make us want salvation. Knowing and housing God–WOW! But wait, there’s more! We are clean inside, we are assured of missing hell, and we are promised heaven and all that goes with it! Have you ever thought that if heaven is where God is, and God is in our hearts, then heaven is in our hearts–we’ve already begun our eternity with Him! We have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We are His for eternity. Let’s just stop and praise Him now… “God is so good, God is so good…”
Three things we need to know:
- Searching the Scriptures daily is vital to a follower of Christ. The Thessalonicans received Paul’s teaching and preaching, but it was the Bereans who were considered more noble. Why? Acts 17:11.
- The Trinity lives inside of you–What?! God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have taken up residence in us. Read John 14:23, 15:26, and 16:15. Don’t ask me how He can run the universe from our hearts, but He does! I reckon it’s because of His Omnipresence and Omnipotence.
- We are mobile temples. Wherever God lives is His temple; He lives in us, so we are living, mobile temples. Consider this: When Jesus died, the temple veil was torn in two from top to bottom (Luke 23:44-46). Why? To let us in? Yes, but more than that: To let Him out! 50 days later, on Pentecost, tongues of fire came and… well, let’s read it for ourselves: Acts 2:1-4. We’ve already read that we are temples of the Holy Spirit. If the Spirit is God, then He resides and rules in our hearts.
When is the last time you have thanked Him for saving you? Have you thanked Him for coming to live in you? Do you acknowledge Him everyday? Listen to His direction? Consult His wisdom? If we only became Christians to miss hell, then we missed the point of Christ’s redeeming work on the cross! If Christ is important to you, then YOU WILL make spending time with Him a priority. I write out cards. The first one I read every morning as I begin my time with Him goes like this:
- Acknowledge the Lord as my Lord.
- Open myself up to His Spirit.
- Tune in to His voice.
- Have Him search my heart.
- I read, “Search me, O God, and know my [ugly] heart; test me and know my [every] anxious [and fearful] thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me [so that I can repent], and lead me in [Your] way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24.
I start off EVERY morning like this. If I need reminding, I have written in the corner: put off/put on entitlement-selflessness; pride-abandonment of self; vanity-humility; impatience-kindness; selfishness-self denial; sloth-diligence; anger-compassion; lust-captive thoughts; spite-forgiveness; rage-gentleness. I’m sure I will come up with more.
We can do it, but we must give up our arrogance and pride and come humbly to Christ everyday. We need His daily bread; we need HIM.