“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
The Spirit is always the life giving principle. His work in us is the sealing, sanctifying, enlightening, and strengthening; it is all rooted in this: as He is known, honored and given a high place in our hearts then His gracious workings will be experienced.
Many of us have grown up with an incorrect conception of the Holy Spirit, and the work He does in our hearts. He, the Holy Spirit, is not an “emotional feeling” but a reality and the acceptance in the faith of the promise of Jesus that He would send us a Comforter, the Spirit of God to dwell within us, Him being the power working through us to help us live a true life in obedience to God. In our fleshly body however, we will at times sin, but all we have to do is repent and our relationship with the Spirit is restored and our conscience is again at peace.
The next thing we want to try to understand is that His presence is not immediately sensed in the life of a new believer, this was my experience, and I found that growth must take place in our faith, prayer and time spent alone with Jesus. As time progresses we become sensitive to His presence. (This too, is the work of the Holy Spirit). The simplest way I can express it is; it’s like knowing someone is in the room although we don’t hear or see them, we sense their presence and know they are there. It is our faith that is the essence of His presence! As maturity takes place we become more aware and the joy of the Lord fills our hearts.
There is so very much to learn and I have only begun and it is absolutely fascinating as the Holy Spirit is filling my heart with wisdom. I invite you to join me again as we share and endeavor to understand only a very small portion of God’s Word! However, I would like to add, I am finding the key to victory in rejecting temptation is the power of the Holy Spirit living within this mortal vessel that God so dearly loves! He will do the same for you!! However, in Mark 14:38 is a warning!! “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”