We are so use to talking about ‘God with us’ that we ignore the truth that ‘God is in us’ as Christians.  As we come into December we are reminded of Christmas. Christmas in turn is a wonderful reminder that God is with us in Jesus Christ. Jesus is “Immanuel”, God with us.   But, there is more to it than that, we need to understand that God is in us, not just with us.

The early disciples of Jesus were bewildered and grief stricken when Jesus told them that He was going to leave them.  That He was going back to the Father who sent Him into the world.  His concern was for His followers.  He is telling them that His leaving was the best thing for them.  Jesus said, “It is necessary that I go away.”  How could this be?  He could not make such a statement if He had not been prepared to assure them that His withdrawal in physical form meant no absence from Him spiritually.  He told them, “I will not leave you comfortless” meaning, “I will not leave you orphaned.”   Jesus left this world physically so He could send back the Holy Spirit.

A story is told of a young boy whose mother asked him, what the preacher preached about in his sermon this morning?  His answer was, “that the preacher said that the Lord was going to give us a warm blanket.”  The mother said, “I have never heard anyone preach on that.”
Are you sure that is what he preached about?”  “Yes, Mommy, I’m sure.”  All day long the mother could not get the thought out of her mind that God was going to give us a warm blanket.  Finally, the mother telephoned a neighbor and asked, “What did the preacher preach about in the morning service?”  The neighbor replied, “He preached about Jesus giving us ANOTHER COMFORTER.”
This would be the Holy Spirit to be in them to do for them what Jesus had done while He was with them in the flesh.

The Holy Spirit lives in the believer.  Our bodies are the temple, dwelling place of the Spirit of God. We are urged to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  This means that we are to be yielded to His control. I Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God.”   The Holy Spirit leads us in the production of fruit.  You do not see the filling of the Spirit but you can see the works. Jesus said, “By their fruit you shall know them.”  If a person is filled with the Holy Spirit, it will be evident in his disposition and in his deeds. When a person allows the Spirit of God to lead, that person’s heart becomes a garden that is fertile for growth in the things of God.
Such inner qualities as love, joy and peace.  Such qualities toward one another as patience, kindness and goodness.  Such attitude toward God as faithfulness, meekness and self control.

We need the Holy Spirit not to receive knowledge (we have God’s truth in Scriptures) but to be empowered (enabled) to live lives of holiness.  The Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus to be the Christian’s helper.  The word “helper” means “one called alongside.” Jesus stands beside us to help us, encouraging and strengthening us.

The Holy Spirit does all this in order to build up the family of God, His Church.  The Holy Spirit does not function in us just for our personal desires but to advance God’s cause, to lift up God’s Son and to save souls.  Your acceptance of Jesus brings to you forgiveness of sins and the indwelling of God’s gift, HIS SPIRIT THAT IS HOLY.















































One Response to “GOD IN US”

  1. Max: So glad your “warm blanket” was with you….and so relieved you’re doing well. Take it easy for a while….

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