Many believers know how tto say that the Spirit of God dwells in them… but use that as an excuse not to fellowship with other Christians in a church, to stay at home to do their own stuff, etc. My brother, my sister, today’s passage says this: “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances”. Hmmm… interesting isn’t it?
You see, God had planned all His stuff well, but we tend to distort them to do our own stuff with them. The Spirit of God is in us for a purpose that has nothing to do with what most people think: He is there to remind us that our bodies are the temple of God and should not be defiled by sexual sins, etc (1 Corinthians 3:16-17), and you never hear someone who tell you that because the Spirit of God dwells in them, they don’t have to go to church and they are keeping their body pure to honour the Lord… My friend, the Spirit of God is there to help us become a bit more like Christ everyday. The first thing we notice about Christ is that He looked for fellowship, and as soon as he started His ministry, He got the disciples around Him. The second thing is that even when He died, Christ was not alone on the Cross… two people were by His sides. So, now my friend, why is the Spirit of God in you who have decided to stay home and away from fellow believers, or you who wander around the earth instead of being stable in a church… Unless we understand the reasons why the Spirit of God dwells within us, He will not be able to get to the truth of the Word: “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak, and He will disclose to you what is to come” (John 16:13)… Many people strangely hear from the Spirit of God, but the Spirit is not leading them to change their character first, to renew their minds or develop the fruit of the Spirit… hmmm… Is that really possible at all? Let’s learn not to deceive ourselves. The first thing the Spirit of God does in us is to convince us of our sins to lead us to repentance, for we cannot be saved without true repentance (Acts 3:19). Believing in Christ is not enough to make you a converted Christian… Conversion comes by the Work of the Spirit in us. That is the reason why He dwells in us. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.