“But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.” 1 Corinthians 6:17 (ESV)
Being joined together with the Holy Spirit also means that there must be a suitable place for him to reside. God points out that our body is that place.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)
The dwelling place for the Holy Spirit is a temple, a place that should be holy, sacred and pure. That is a pretty tall order for most of us in this crazy world. So how on earth can we achieve the goal? It’s all about trusting in God to provide our needs.
When the Holy Spirit moves in, the trash will have to move out. You see, he cares about the condition of his dwelling place. Not because he needs to take up space, but because he takes ownership of his home. In Christ, our hearts will want nothing more than for the unholy to find a new residency, and for the holy to come right in and sit down. Out with the trash and in with the Lord!
The Holy Spirit becomes our great influencer when we accept Him into our lives.
His very presence in our spirit is the presence of God himself. This means that when he lives within us, we are a part of God. We are connected to him forever. John 16:13-14 tells us that we are sealed and secure in Christ permanently.
I know how easy it can be to get down on yourself and to feel like you are unworthy. That sense of not being good enough seems to pop-up on a regular basis, doesn’t it? Well, chase that doubt away!
Because you are in Christ, you ARE worthy! The Holy Spirit won’t reside in a place that is not suitable for him. So focus on being all that God has called you to be. It doesn’t matter what mistakes you’ve made in your past or what lies you have been fed, you matter to God.
You ARE a holy and beautiful dwelling place for the Holy Spirit. By his very presence, Jesus is glorified.
That means that when the Holy Spirit lives in you, your purpose is to glorify Jesus. So go out there and do it! Shine sister shine! Embrace the fact that Almighty God lives within you! You are joined together with him; you are no longer your own because Jesus Christ bought and paid for you with his life.
So stop doubting yourself, and start trusting God. Glorify him in all that you say and do! It’s easy to do when you recognize that you’re never alone. He’s right there with you for every breath you take!