AUGUST 7

The Spirit in You

Bible Reading: Romans 8

Romans 8:9, “You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.”

Perhaps you saw the news story from May of this year…A passenger with no flying experience was forced to land a Cessna plane after the pilot had an apparent medical emergency.  The unnamed passenger radioed Air Traffic Controllers, “I’ve got a serious situation here.  My pilot has gone incoherent.  I have no idea how to fly the airplane.” How scary that must have been for that passenger!  He started the plane trip with a pilot, then suddenly he was on his own, all alone!  I imagine he listened very attentively to the instructions from the air traffic controller!  Would that we might approach life with a similar spirit of attentiveness and dependence on the Spirit who indwells us?  That we might echo that sentiment as we look to the Spirit — “I have no idea how to live this life!”

Our passage distinguishes between two different groups of people—those who have the Spirit of God and those who don’t.  Everyone falls into one group or the other.

Perhaps it would be good for us to review some important foundational truths regarding the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is a person—not an it, a force, or an energy.  Holy Spirit is a Divine person—the third person of the Trinity.  This Divine person indwells every believer in Christ! We know this is true because of the promise Jesus made to His disciples: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.  You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17).  He “will be in you,” Jesus promised, and so it is for everyone who trusts in Him.  You’ll find that same truth clearly articulated in other passages (1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:13, and 1 John 4:13).

Jesus called the Spirit, the Helper, which means one called alongside to help.  Since the moment of saving faith, you’ve been indwelt by the Helper.  Wherever you’ve been and whatever you’ve gone through, you’ve never been alone.  Though it is possible for you to quench the Spirit, or grieve the Spirit, He has never left you and never will.  His ministry is to mediate the presence of Christ to you, in you, and through you.  This ministry is so intimately intertwined with Christ, He is even referred to as the Spirit of Christ.  Throughout your journey, He’s been directing your focus to Jesus, as a pilot keeping you on course!  How blessed you are in His indwelling presence!

Charles Spurgeon has spoken of how blessed we are: “You that are believers have the most forcible reasons to hold the Holy Ghost in the highest esteem; for what are you now without him? What were you, and what would you still have been, if it had not been for his gracious work upon you? He quickened you… He gave you understanding…He awakened your conscience… He gave you abhorrence of sin… He taught you to believe, and made you see that glorious person who is to be believed, even Jesus, the Son of God. The Spirit has wrought in you your faith and love and hope, and every grace. There is not a jewel upon the neck of your soul which he did not place there.”

SINCE JESUS CAME INTO MY HEART

What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought
Since Jesus came into my heart;
I have light in my soul for which long I have sought,
Since Jesus came into my heart.

Chorus: Since Jesus came into my heart,
Since Jesus came into my heart;
Floods of joy o’er my soul like the sea billows roll,
Since Jesus came into my heart

I have ceased from my wand’rings and going astray,
Since Jesus came into my heart;
And my sins which were many are all washed away,
Since Jesus came into my heart. [Chorus]

I shall go there to dwell in that City I know,
Since Jesus came into my heart;
And I’m happy, so happy as onward I go,
Since Jesus came into my heart. [Chorus]

Songwriters: R.h. Mcdaniel / C.h. Gabriel; Since Jesus Came Into My Heart lyrics © Word Music, Llc

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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