"Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and He in us, because He hath given us of his Spirit….1 John 4:13
CONSIDER THIS: The word “dwell” here is also translated “ABIDE” – ‘menomen’ in the original Greek language. When you and I were converted from the kingdom of darkness to the Eternal Kingdom of God, in Christ, we were given a “Seal of Approval”, if you will. This seal is the Holy Spirit of God, the Restrainer, Counselor, Guide and Protector. He was placed IN us and we know it because HE IS ALIVE! He LIVES in OUR spirit and abides, indwells, continues to exist as the Agent of Christ.
ACTION: Our job this morning, even for mature believers, is to ensure we continue to walk in step with Him! If we do not, we will be saved, but barely. You cannot lose what you did not have. However, all reward will be lost. Ponder your walk in the Spirit this day. Are you in alignment with Him with Lord and the way to begin assessing the process is to examine all compartments of life. In the 21st century, as it was forever, people like to shut this off from God and give that one up…and so on. We either give all up or we are not in full compliance. Start the process now.
Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your Spirit Who abides in us and is the guarantee that we are Yours forever. He is more than our security and reminder that You are God. He is there to guide, teach, convict, reveal and direct our paths in the way we should go. Lord, we also know that He is a gentleman and will not force His way on us, unless we allow Him. You are THAT gracious a God, that You allow us, at the risk to ourselves of being self- focused, to make the choice of how much of the God the Spirit we allow to rule our lives. Father, we aim to be 100% even though we are kidding ourselves and are more like 50% of less. Help us move towards that state of full commitment and begin today, in Jesus’ Name amen.