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The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:16, esv).
Let there be no confusion on this point: If you are a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit. “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body” (1 Corinthians 12:13). By believing in Christ you were “sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance” (Ephesians 1:13–14), the down payment on everything He’s said will be yours throughout all eternity. Even as you can never lose the favor of God on your life if you’ve turned from your sin and embraced His forgiveness by faith, neither can you ever lose the Holy Spirit. He will always be in you.“God has given you His Holy Spirit to unburden your heavy heart and operate as a Helper for you.” Click To Tweet
That’s God’s job—to indwell you, with all the Holy Spirit.
But it doesn’t mean you’re continually being “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18, emphasis mine), as Scripture commands you to be, and as God wants you to be. Until you allow Him to totally, thoroughly permeate you—like chocolate sauce stirred into a glass of milk—all the necessary ingredients may be inside you, but you’re not letting Him fill you.
That’s the part you can participate in.
And so, even though God has given you His Spirit to unburden your heavy heart and operate as a “Helper, to be with you forever” (John 14:16) . . .
Even though He’s given you access to “a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7) . . .
Even though He’s able to provide you victory over old habits and weaknesses so that “you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16), you and I forfeit the freedom, joy, peace, and confidence of being filled again and again with the Holy Spirit when we continue opposing His intended purpose in our lives.
If that progression pretty much describes your feeling today, you can change it, right this minute. Here’s how: (1) Recognize your need to filled. “I’ve been trying on my own. No wonder I’m so tired.” (2) Confess all known sin. “I knew the right; I chose the wrong. I’m sorry.” (3) Yield yourself to God’s purposes. “Whatever You want from me, I’m Yours.” (4) Ask Him to fill you.
And He will.
Father, as much as it hurts to admit, I confess I’ve been resisting You. I’ve been choosing my way, thinking it’s better. But You haven’t made provision for me to live as a Christian without You. Your provision for me is to live Your life through me by Your Spirit. I recognize Your plans as being what’s really true. I confess to You how I’ve worked against You. And I yield myself again to Your purposes. Fill me, Lord, with Your awesome Holy Spirit. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.
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