THE MOVING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people?"
(2 Corinthians 6:16).
What else does the Holy Spirit do in our lives? He is the...
20. Indwelling Spirit
1 Corinthians 6:19 says, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" The word "temple" is actually naos and is literally speaking of the Holy of Holies where the Shekinah glory of God dwelt in the midst of God's people in the wilderness. However, God no longer dwells in a tabernacle. Instead, my body and your body has now become a Holy of Holies for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. How incredible.
The Holy Spirit delights to dwell in our hearts. He delights to dwell in our homes. He is a dwelling and abiding Spirit. It takes a lot to comprehend this amazing truth, doesn't it? But when you realize that your body is the shrine of the Holy Spirit, it changes your attitude to your mothering and everything you do in your home. No longer will you drudge along in your own strength, complaining and despairing. Instead, you will rejoice in that everything you do is a sacred task. It is a holy moment when you hold your baby and your little ones in your arms. It is a holy moment when you do the laundry and wash dishes. It is a holy moment when you clean the bathroom and scrub floors. Because the Eternal and Holy Spirit resides within you.
Read Luke 11:13; John 14:16-17, 23; Acts 2:38-39; 5:32; 8:14-17; 15:8; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:8; 2 Timothy 1:14; 1 John 3:24 and 4:13.
21. Interceding Spirit
Romans 8:26-27 says, "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."
How can we keep up with the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives? Apart from everything else, He also intercedes for us with groanings that cannot be uttered. He helps us to pray when we don't know how to pray. Many times He will pray through us with groanings too deep for words. Read also 1 Corinthians 14:14-15; Ephesians 6:18 and Jude 20.
22. Joy-Giving Spirit
Romans 14:17 says, "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness,, and peace, and JOY IN THE HOLY GHOST." Our joy is not dependant on our circumstances, but the joy of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. No matter what you are facing, you can have joy every day in your home because the joy of the Holy Spirit is in you. Paul affirmed the Thessalonian believers, "And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with JOY OF THE HOLY GHOST" (1 Thessalonians 1:6).
But, you don't feel joyful? Please don't rely on your feelings. If you have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, you already have joy. Therefore, live in the experience of who the Holy Spirit is in you.
23. Justifying Spirit
1 Corinthians 6:11 tells us that we "are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." To be justified means to be made righteous. We are not made righteous by our own goodness, because we have none of our own. We are made righteous by the Spirit of God. One way to remember the meaning of justified is to realize that God looks upon us "just as if I'd" never sinned.
24. Leading Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the One who wants to take the lead in our lives (Matthew 4:1; Luke 4:1; Acts 15:28; 16:6-7 and Romans 8:14). He wants to lead you each day as you mother in your home. Ask Him to take the lead and guide you as you walk through your day.
He often leads by forbidding us to go somewhere or do something (Acts 16:6).He also leads by appointing and directing us (Acts 20:28).
25. Liberating Spirit
The Holy Spirit does not lead us into legality or religiosity. The Holy Spirit leads us into freedom in Christ. It also has the meaning of generosity. 2 Corinthians 3:17 tells us that "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Are you in bondage? Are you in a spirit of legalism? Sorry, this is not the work of the Holy Spirit. Are you tight-fisted and selfish? This is not the working of the Holy Spirit.
26. Life-Giving Spirit
Romans 8:11 says, "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." How can you feel dead and forlorn when the life-giving Spirit lives in you? Well, you may feel like this, but feelings are only temporary. The eternal truth is that the Holy Spirit in you is a life-giving spirit and wants to energize and pour life into your mortal body.
Love from Nancy Campbell
"Thank you, Father, that you have chosen to make my earthly clay the "Holy of Holies" of your Holy Spirit. Help me to always be aware of this truth for I don't want to live below your purposes for me. I want you to fill my temple to bring glory to your name. Amen."
I am only a jar of clay, but I have the light of the Holy Spirit living in me.