How can God live in us and see no change? Hmmm … it’s possible! It’s common! It may be in opposition to our religious mindsets to think this way, but it’s true. Our God is not the God of robots. He is a God of love, faithfulness and integrity. He gave us the gift of FREE WILL and until our wills are enthralled in His love that causes us to submit and obey, our wills prevail.
“For this is how much God loved the world—He gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in Him will never perish but experience everlasting life.” (John 3:16 TPT)
Now that Jesus had been glorified at His suffering, death and resurrection 2000 years ago, we have been given the utmost gift of love from God, Jesus Himself. He powerfully demonstrated such great love that when we truly believe Him as the One Who was sent to save the world because of love and that He was raised from the dead, HOPE was birthed for us to be restored into having free access into the throne of God, to commune with Him intimately and confidently.
Because of the power of His blood shed at the cross that washed away our sins, we were made holy and blameless before Him. Our state of holiness made possible and secured by Jesus’ finished work, NOT of our good works, opened the way for us to be temples of His Spirit abiding in us forever.
The Holy Spirit is in us as a river, not as a lake. Rivers move. They are not stagnant. Rivers are powerful and flowing. Rivers change the geography of the land they flow over. Thus, this is what He wants to do in us and through us.
“Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.‘” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive.” (John 7:37-39)
Not to be mindful of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives postures us to have a life limited to our own ability. It is a life of hopelessness, despite His limitless power made available to and for us. Apart from Him, we can only live according to our senses and never beyond them. It takes the Spirit of faith for us to move beyond our intellect. We need a constant and consistent revelation of His Word that keeps us fully persuaded of how much He desires to be involved in every area of our lives.
Indeed, “people perish due to lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6) We are to be reminded of that our lives can only go as far as what we know.
No wonder His Word says, “Let the words from the book of the law be always on your lips. Meditate on them day and night so that you may be careful to live by all that is written in it. If you do, as you make your way through this world, you will prosper and always find success.” Joshua 1:8 (The Voice)
To have a successfully changed life, we are to be constantly supplied with the bountiful measure of the Holy Spirit as we choose to spend time with Him. When the oil of His presence smudges us, we are greased with ease to change for the better. It is He Who perfects that which concerns us, but He will not do it apart from us and we will not be able to do it apart from Him. It is He Who is our HELPER! He HELPS and He does not do EVERYTHING for us, as most of us think. When we meditate His Word, it is He Who reveals. He does not do the meditating for us. When the Bible says, “FEAR NOT!”, it takes our own decision to trust in the Word of God that when He says it, He anoints us to do it. He opens our eyes to see and our hearts to believe that God DID NOT give us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). He leads and we follow. He guides and we obey. We are in partnership with the Holy Spirit, having Him as the greater partner.
There may be times when our lives seem to be of redundancy. We wake up at the same hour, take the same road to work, do the same things at work, eat lunch with the same people, etc., but let us not allow familiarity to get the better of us. You see, when we are so familiar with the road we are taking on every day to work, we no longer need a GPS to guide us and take us to our destination. The same is so when we take for granted the things that we do daily.
But when seek Him first and foremost before anything else, it changes our thoughts and perception. When we are filled afresh with the presence of God, acknowledging Him in all of our ways, we will evidently notice the daily loads of benefits that He positioned for us to enjoy every step of the way.
“Here’s the one thing I crave from God,
the one thing I seek above all else:
I want the privilege of living with Him every moment in His house,
finding the sweet loveliness of His face,
filled with awe, delighting in His glory and grace.
I want to live my life so close to Him
that He takes pleasure in my every prayer.” (Psalm 27:4 TPT)
So, why not eat the Bread of Life Who is Jesus, the Word made flesh, daily and drink our daily dose of the River? Why not allow the Holy Spirit to teach us how to live not by bread alone but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God? Why not allow Him to move freely in and through us and quench Him not?
“We are never to restrain or put out the fire of the Holy Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19 TPT).
The Holy Spirit is in us and He desires express Himself in and through our lives. The only possible way is for our minds to be renewed and be conformed according to the Word of God for He never goes contrary to the Word.
“We are not to grieve the Spirit of God or take for granted His holy influence in our lives (Ephesians 4:30).”
We are to be fully aware that He knows ALL THINGS, the deep things of God. He is the Spirit of the “ALL-KNOWING GOD” dwelling in us. When we confidently trust in, lean on and rely on our revelatory knowledge of His Word that HE knows us more than we know ourselves, that He knows our every need and the provision that He has for us, that He knows which way is best for us much more than what we know, that He knows our expected glorious life’s purpose before He even formed us in our mothers’ wombs and He knows how to get us to fulfill it, then, why not be humble, open and teachable and allow His holy influence in our lives which is His delight?
“The same Lord OVER ALL is RICH to ALL who call upon HIM.” (Romans 10:12)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for knowing me way beyond I know myself. Thank You for giving me Your Son, Jesus, that I may come to know You, Your love, Your goodness, Your mercy, Your grace, Your truth, Your power and Your faithfulness. Have Your way in me, Lord. Here I am. Change me. Mold me. All that I am and all that I have is Yours. Holy Spirit, be free to move in my life that I may be conformed according to the image of Jesus Christ and be a diffuser of Your glory and love to the ends of the earth, in Jesus’ Name! Amen!