Google+ 01/20/13 The Spirit Lives in You!

1 John 2:27-29

 

But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you,

So you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true.

For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie.

So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.

And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns,

You will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.

Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do what is right are God’s children. 

 

Most of our gospel lessons and readings presented in churches focus on obtaining the Holy Spirit.  There is nothing wrong with this concept as it is extremely necessary.   There is a subject that is often neglected regarding the Holy Spirit.  This subject is the topic of our Scripture lesson today.  John talks to us today about the reality of living in the Holy Spirit.  We know that everyone that accepted Christ on Pentecost had the Holy Spirit fall upon them.  We also know that when people accept Christ in today's world, the Holy Spirit indwells them.  So now what?  Our Scripture tells us.  Once the Holy Spirit dwells within you, you don't need someone to teach you about right and wrong.  As a matter of fact, we really need to ignore most earthly teaching in favor of the Holy Spirit.  Our Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit will teach you everything you need to know.  What the Holy Spirit teaches is not a lie.  I am appalled at the lack of integrity that is displayed by most teachers of the Scripture.  Unfortunately, most ministers who preach on Sunday, write their sermon on Saturday night.  The problem with this, is that they also conceive most of it on Saturday night.  I have always made it a practice to decide my sermon topic on Monday morning and spend the entire week in prayer, listening to the Holy Spirit as the body of the sermon takes root and grows.  God has a chance to change my mind and gives me ample opportunity to research what I am going to teach, so as not to misinterpret God's word.  This is important to all of us.  Your testimony, actions, words, and daily decisions may be the only evidence that Jesus exists to the lives of those around you.  It is imperative that we remember to listen to the Holy Spirit.  How do we do this?  We must stay in constant fellowship with God.  Our Scripture tells us that if we do this, we will be ready and full of confidence when Christ returns.   Here is the big finish.  Knowing that Christ is righteous, and living daily with the Holy Spirit inside us, makes us righteous in Christ.  This identifies us as God's children.  The influence we will have on others is immense. This is not because we are great and righteous.  It is because God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit are righteous.  So, keep testifying about people obtaining the Holy Spirit.  It is important.  Let's also spend some time living in the Holy Spirit.  Believe me, people will notice as the "Spirit lives in You."