Do you remember the day that you were baptized into Jesus? That was the singular most important day of our lives. Magnificent changes took place on that day. All our sins were washed away by the blood of Jesus, we received a new life, and we were freed from the reign of sin over our lives. And one of the most amazing things that happened is this: God Himself came to live in your heart on that day.
God Himself came to live within you! Think of the enormity of that statement! If that statement is true (and it is), then there must be enormous consequences that stem from this fact. What changes are being brought about in your life because of the indwelling of the Spirit of God? Is He making a difference in you? Are you allowing Him to make a difference in you?
The Spirit who lives within us gives us the power to overcome sin and to put to death our sinful passions and desires! As Paul writes, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.” (Galatians 5:16-17, NASB)
The Spirit who lives within us changes us from the inside! He causes wonderful things to be produced in our lives. Paul continues, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” (Galatians 5:22-23, NASB).
What effect is the Holy Spirit having in your life? Is He changing you? Are you growing in holiness in your day-to-day life? Shouldn’t God Himself dwelling within us make a great difference in our lives? God wants to make a great difference in your life. He wants to help you overcome sin. He wants to cause us to produce fruit for Him. But we must choose to walk by the Spirit. If we will, God will work amazing things in our lives! He will take us to a new plane! He will abide with us! May we all renew our commitment to walk by His Spirit today.