The Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:17
Today I want to return to that night in the Upper Room when Jesus taught His disciples about the ministry of the Holy Spirit. As the disciples sat and listened attentively, Jesus explained that the Holy Spirit had been with them all along, but soon would be in them. As they had ministered at Jesus side, the disciples had experienced an atmosphere of the anointing and had temporary moments when the Spirit of God would come upon them. However, they had never experienced the Holy Spirit living inside them.
Up to that moment in history, the Holy Spirit had only taken up permanent residence inside one Person—Jesus. Even the prophets, priests, and kings in the Old Testament never knew this glorious privilege. Under the old covenant, the Holy Spirit might temporarily come upon people to specially empower them for ministry and service, but this anointing was temporary.
So, when Jesus told His disciples in John 14:17 that the Holy Spirit shall be in you, it was a mighty statement, because the Holy Spirit had never before lived inside a human being. This was Jesus declaring that for the first time in human history, the Spirit of God was going to literally come inside believers and abide there. His presence would no longer be temporary or fleeting, as people in the Old Testament had experienced. The Holy Spirit was going to take up residency and dwell inside them permanently, to never move, never waver, and never pack His bags and leave for another location.
God never intended for the Holy Spirit to be a Guest. The Holy Spirit has come to stay as a permanent resident inside your heart, and He will be with you for the rest of your life. This is yet another reason why you should develop your relationship with Him. He has moved in, taken up residence, and is committed to staying with you until that glorious day when you are ultimately relocated to Heaven itself.
My Prayer for today
Father I thank you that the Holy Spirit is not a Temporary guest, but a permanent resident inside my heart. Help me to remember this and to live my life in away that honors His indwelling presence. Help me to live with the constant awareness that He is with me always. I am so thankful that He does not come and go and that He is not a fleeting relationship in my life. Help me to cultivate my fellowship with Him until I come to know Him deeply in my life on a practical level.
Remember: God never intended for the Holy Spirit to be your guest. The Holy Spirit has come to stay as a permanent resident inside your heart, and He will be with you for the rest of your life.
Love, Pastor Cindy.