When the Holy Spirit Indwells the believer
told the disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they receive Holy
Spirit, then they would have power. For many people who come to
Christ, the “power” promised by Jesus never seems to come. Why?
Life is a struggle from one sin to the other, a life of defeat.
What did Jesus mean?
The Holy Spirit
is not an option in the life of the believer, without the Holy
Spirit, there is no salvation. As Paul declares in
Romans 8:9, without the Spirit of Christ
he is not His. Therefore, it is important for us to
make sure we are have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, making
sure our salvation.
if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
Jesus declares in John’s Gospel, “unless one is
born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
Jesus later explains, to be born again means to be born
of the Spirit, where the Spirit of God dwells in the believer.
God Himself takes up residence inside our earthly body, God’s
Spirit guiding our spirit (Romans 8:26-2). So if God is
dwelling inside us, why do we struggle?
What does the
indwelling of the Spirit mean?
process of redemption, after the Holy Spirit convicts the
world of sin, He draws the soul to Christ and salvation,
imparting faith as a gift of the Spirit. The faith
allows the soul to see their guilt of sin and turn from sin (repentance),
asking God to forgive their sins, through the blood of Christ.
Through the death of Christ, the sins of the repentant sinner
are paid for on the cross, they are declared justified
before God, on account of Christ. The Holy Spirit then enters
the new believer and is deposited as a guarantee. The
soul is a new creation before God, Born Again, justified in
Steps in the Redemption process
8 "And when He has come, He will convict the world of
sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
to another faith by the same Spirit, to another
gifts of healings by the same Spirit, I Cor.
For by grace you have been saved through faith,
and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, Ephesians 2;8
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness,
forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the
goodness of God leads you to repentance? Romans 2:4
'to open their eyes, in order to turn them from
darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God,
that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an
inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in
Me. Acts 26:18
Therefore, as through one man's offense
judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation,
even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift
came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation; old things have passed away; behold, all
things have become new. 2 Cor. 5:17
Jesus answered and said to him, "Most
assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he
cannot see the kingdom of God."
With the Holy
Spirit dwelling in us, our bodies become literally, the Temple
of God. We are now separated, from this world, because God has
taken residence with us, we are restored to God. We are the
purchased possession of Christ, whose blood paid for our sins.
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of
truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having
believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14
who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of
the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Or do you not know that your body is the
temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from
God, and you are not your own?
I Cor. 6:19
The word for
Holy, Saint and Sanctify are derived from the Greek
meaning separated, or set apart. A person coming to faith means God has
set that person apart from those in the world. Scripture calls
all who are saved as saints, or holy they are
separated. We are born again, born of the spirit, not of the
with the Holy Spirit dwelling in us?
Jesus told the
disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they receive the Holy
Spirit, which would result in power. The Greek word for power
from this word, we have the word dynamite, the word means
strength power, ability. The Holy Spirit not only transforms us
into a new creation, we receive power to do the work at hand.
We may look
the same on the outside, but inside we are a new creation, we
are born again, with the Holy Spirit and His power. On
Pentecost, the Spirit came upon the disciples, equipping them
with power to bring the gospel forth from Jerusalem. The
power of the Spirit was not only for the disciples in Jerusalem,
but also for us.
We can apply
the benefits and power of the Spirit in our own lives,
understanding what the Spirit does in our life.
1. The Holy
Spirit is our teacher guiding us into truth
(See also John 16;13,
I Cor. 2:10-11
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father
will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to
your remembrance all things that I said to you.
The Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our
weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we
ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with
groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the
hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes
intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
The Holy Spirit gives us joy and peace
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
4. The spirit gives us gifts for ministry
4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5
There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And
there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who
works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given
to each one for the profit of all:
I Corinthians 12:4-7
5. The Spirit gives us boldness to witness
(I Tim. 3:13)
And when they had prayed, the place where they
were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled
with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with
boldness. Acts 4;31
6. The Spirit gives us power (Zechariah 4:6)
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory,
to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner
man, Ephesians 3:16
19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us
who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20
which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and
seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, Ephesians 1;19-20
7. The Spirit
gives us the power to live godly lives
"I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to
walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Ezekiel 36:27
The Spirit helps us to pray
praying always with all prayer and supplication
in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance
and supplication for all the saints
The Spirit gives us wisdom and revelation
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and
revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your
understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the
hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His
inheritance in the saints
10. God the Father speaks through us by the Spirit
"for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of
your Father who speaks in you.
The Holy Spirit, who dwells with us,
gives us power which the world does not comprehend. For many of
us the potential, which dwells within us, is never realized
because we will not take God at His word.
Holy Spirit in Old Testament times
the period of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit dwelt selectively, and
could be removed (Psalm 51:11). The Holy Spirit came upon those
who were to minister for the Lord, for example, the Spirit
rested upon the seventy elders of Israel.
the Lord came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of
the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the
seventy elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon
them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again. Numbers 11:25
The Holy Spirit also filled Joshua, David, Daniel and
others, that the Lord’s work could be completed. The prophets
looked forward to a day, when God’s Spirit would rest upon
humanity and sins would be forgiven. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel
and Joel looked forward to such a day when the Spirit would
dwell in men eternally and sins removed. (Isaiah 59:21, Ezekiel 36:26-27, Joel
for Me," says the Lord, "this is My covenant with them: My
Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your
mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of
your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants'
descendants," says the Lord, "from this time and forevermore." Isaiah 59:21
of Christ, the Messiah would pay for the sins past, present and
future, the Mosaic Covenant was only a foreshadowing of the
eternal sacrifice of the Messiah, who would redeem humanity.
11 But Christ
came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater
and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of
this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but
with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all,
having obtained eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:11-12
Only with the
eternal sacrifice of Jesus Christ, could the Spirit of God dwell
eternally with humanity, since Jesus atoned for all sins.
Today, we have a relationship with God, which those in the Old
Testament period, could only dream of, we have an eternal
relationship with God through the Spirit, dwelling in us.
Baptism of the Spirit mean?
word Baptism comes from the Greek word,
submersion or immersion. The most famous person associated with
this term is John the Baptist, who preceded Jesus in ministry,
preparing Israel for the coming of Messiah. John baptized
people with full-body immersion in the river Jordan, for the
repentance of sin.
John’s ministry was contrasted with Jesus by baptism, John we
are told baptized with water, but Jesus would baptize with the
Holy Spirit and fire (Judgement). So what is being referred to
indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is
coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not
worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and
fire. Matthew 3:11
the Baptist prepared people for salvation, through repentance,
his work was in anticipation of the Messiah, who would pay for
the sins of world. Therefore, when we come to Christ, we are
baptized in the Spirit, meaning we are saved.
by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-whether Jews or
Greeks, whether slaves or free-and have all been made to drink
into one Spirit. I Corinthians 12;13
water is a symbol of identification with Jesus, we are dying
with Christ, our old nature dies and a new one emerges. (See
also Matthew 28:19)
3 Or do you not
know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were
baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him
through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from
the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk
in newness of life. Romans 6:3-4
baptism is merely a picture of what happens in the Spirit. For
this reason, after someone believes, they are baptized. We
identify with the with Christ’s death and resurrection, which
allows us to be baptized by the Holy Spirit. Every “True”
believer needs to be baptized by the Spirit, since there is only
one Baptism (I Cor. 12:13).
Can lack of
faith prevent God’s Spirit
Why then do we
lack power, if we accept Christ and the Holy Spirit dwells in
us? The answer for many is belief, do we really believe God can
accomplish what He promises in His word? This is not new,
throughout the scriptures God has always operated through
faith. From the Garden of Eden, the Serpent had Adam and Eve
question, not believe what God commanded. They fell because of
lack of belief.
Lack of faith
prevents God from working in our lives. Hebrews chapter 11
notes the heroes of the faith. What made them special? They
believed God. Do we really believe God’s promises?
without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes
to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of
those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
Israel from Egypt through mighty miracles, yet they spent
forty-years wondering in the wilderness of Sinai. Why? What
went wrong? Again, Israel lacked the faith in God’s power and
ability. They refused to trust God, even though He delivered
them from Egypt. Only Joshua and Caleb were allowed to cross
into the Promised Land, because they trusted God. They believed
he could deliver them from the giants in the land. They pleaded
with Israel to trust God, but they were nearly killed, by the
people because of their faith.
God allows us
to listen in on the conversation, between Israel and the two
spies, Joshua and Caleb and the rest of the nation. These two
reported through eyes of faith, and the other ten through
unbelief. Therefore Israel sent twelve spies into the land,
the two who we know about are Joshua and Caleb. All twelve
spies saw the same land, but 10 came back with a bad report,
while Joshua and Caleb came back with a good report.
Report of the 10
27 Then they
told him, and said: "We went to the land where you sent us. It
truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28
"Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the
cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the
descendants of Anak there. 29 "The Amalekites dwell in the land
of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites
dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by
the sea and along the banks of the Jordan."
Joshua and Caleb
30 Then Caleb
quieted the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once
and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it."
31 But the men
who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against
the people, for they are stronger than we."
32 And they gave
the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had
spied out, saying, "The land through which we have gone as spies
is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom
we saw in it are men of great stature.
33 "There we saw
the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and
we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we
were in their sight." Numbers
contrast between the two groups, what did Joshua and Caleb have
that the others lacked? It was faith in God’s ability. They
knew God could give them the land if He wanted. How did the ten
spies see themselves, compared to the men of Canaan? They were
like grasshoppers; their lack of faith, not God’s ability
prevented them from entering the land of promise. Their lack
of faith also caused them to wander in the deserts of Sinai for
the next 40-years.
Do we say the
same thing to God? Israel wanted to go back to Egypt; they did
not trust God’s ability. Many times when we struggle, we look
back to the time before we came to Christ, thinking what was it
like in our “Egypt”. We get frustrated with the battle over sin
or our problems, they become our giants and we are like
grasshoppers. Why can’t we defeat them, lets go back to Egypt!,
we hear ourselves saying.
Just as in the
days of the Exodus, our battle is a battle of faith, not a
physical battle. Will we trust the Lord to deliver us from our
giants, or will lack the faith? Do we believe God has the
ability? Listen to Joshua, as he pleads with Israel to trust the
6 But Joshua the
son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those
who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; 7 and they spoke
to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: "The
land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 8
"If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this
land and give it to us, 'a land which flows with milk and
honey.' 9 "Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the
people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has
departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them."
10 And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now
the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting
before all the children of Israel. 11 Then the Lord said to
Moses: "How long will these people reject Me? And how long will
they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed
among them? Numbers 14:6-11
Lets apply this
situation in our own life, the Lord asks Moses how long will
they not believe Me? Do we really believe we can have
victory? Do we really trust the Lord? Are we like Joshua and
Caleb or are we like the ten-spies?
We need to
evaluate our relationship with the Lord, if we are like the
10-spies, what can we do to change? We need to take our
thoughts captive to word of God, not what the world thinks and
in my life
my fear of
Success in the world, does not mean success with God. It
does not matter what the world thinks, only God thinks.
How much faith
should we have?
So how much
faith do we need for Holy-Spirit empowered lives? God
understands our lack of faith for this reason despite our lack
he still answers our prayers. We just never know the full
potential of God’s answer for us because we lack. Contrast
the examples below
Jesus comments on faith
woman from Tyre who pleads with Jesus to heal her
Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is
your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her
daughter was healed from that very hour. Matthew 15:28
centurion who trusted Jesus words alone
When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and
turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him,
"I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not
even in Israel!"
Disciples are scared to die in boat with Jesus
But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O
you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the
winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
Lord will do marvels even with a small amount of faith, but many
times our unbelief prevents us from going beyond what we
expect. In the Gospel of Mark, the father of demon-possessed
boy begged Jesus to save his son; Jesus told him
things are possible to him who believes”. The man replied, "Lord, I
believe; help my unbelief!"(Mark 9:23-24).
Jesus and the boy’s father both knew
he faith, even though the faith was lacking. Therefore he asked
Jesus to help his unbelief.
The man did not rest in his unbelief, he prayed Jesus
to take him to a higher level in faith. We too, must not rest
in unbelief; we need to beg the Lord to increase our faith.
can we increase our faith?
way is to examine our areas of doubt, and do something about
it. Where do you lack in faith? Do we question the existence
of God? Whether the Bible is true? Is Jesus really the
Maybe we need to get answers to these questions, so our faith
can grow. Well, we can take these questions to the Lord, just
like the giants in the Promised Land.
Bible prophecy for me has played a great role in building faith,
because God presents the evidence of Himself through His
word. When I had doubts about Jesus, I read
and Zechariah 12:10,
both which reveal the role of the Suffering Messiah, 700 and 520
years before Christ. The Seventy Weeks of Daniel, tells us the
exact month, year and day, Jesus would die 539-years before he
Whatever our issue, God provides the answers, we just need to
ask Him to help us increase our faith. We should not rest in
the Lord in your unbelef
How do I
know God exists?
Lord help me to know you are real, reveal yourself to
me, Help me to stop doubting.
Why should I believe the Bible?
Lord help me to see the truth in your word, help me to
trust in scripture
Israel struggled in the wilderness because they did not believe
the Lord. The result of their lack of faith was their
disobedience. Obedience and disobedience follows our faith in
His words. The more we believe, the more we respond, the less
we believe the less we respond. Is God really watching? Does
God really care what we do? Well if we do not think God cares
or watches, then we do what our flesh wants to do.
What is the result of having God’s Spirit in us? We now have
the power, literally the “Dynamite” to live a life pleasing to
the Lord. Do we have enough faith to obey?
16 Do you not
know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are
that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to
death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Romans 6:16