Day 3: Living by the Holy Spirit

 

The Apostle Paul - “And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit) so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.” (1 Corinthians 2:12)

We learn from the Bible that some people live supernatural lives. There are different characteristics of those who live supernatural life, one of which is living by the Holy Spirit. A spiritual person has received God’s Spirit into their lives. They’ve been born from above by the Holy Spirit. They are not merely natural people who have been improved somehow. They can’t be described as if they were a tadpole who turned into a frog. Instead, spiritual people are more like frogs who have been transformed into princes by the power of God’s Spirit. 

When does the Holy Spirit come into our lives? The Apostle Peter writes,”Each of you must repent of your sins, turn to God, and be baptized to show that you have received forgiveness for your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) Therefore, the Holy Spirit comes into our lives at salvation, at the very moment we repent of our sins, put our faith and trust in Jesus, and surrender control of our lives to the Lord.

A little boy once went for a doctor’s examination. The doctor looked down his throat and asked, “Is Batman in there?” The boy didn’t respond. He looked in his ears and asked, “Is Spiderman in there?” Still, there was no response from the boy. Then, the doctor took his stethoscope and placed it over the boy’s heart and asked, “Is Superman in there?” The boy finally spoke and said, “No, Sir. Superman is on my underwear. Jesus is in my heart.” Christians often say that Jesus is in our hearts, but it’s the Holy Spirit who lives in our lives. Jesus has ascended to Heaven. He’s at the right hand of our Heavenly Father, where He is constantly praying for us (Hebrews 7:25), but He has left us another just like Him, the Holy Spirit, to indwell our lives, to live inside us and with us, to help us live the victorious lives we should all want to live and that the Lord has called us to live. 

The Holy Spirit comes into our lives at the moment of salvation. At the moment of salvation Christians are also: (1) birthed by the Spirit into the family of God (John 3:5), (2) baptized by the Spirit into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13), (3) guaranteed by the Spirit for the purposes of God (2 Corinthians 5:5, Ephesians 1:13, 4:30), and (4) sealed by the Spirit for the glory of God (Ephesians 1:14). Christians are not merely nice characters - they are new creations who have been transformed by God’s Spirit.

Followup Activity - In your journal or on a piece of paper, write out the four ways God’s Spirit works supernaturally in the lives of Christians (from the last paragraph above). Read through it throughout the day to remind yourself of what it means for you to live through the Holy Spirit. If you’re leading your family through this devotion, have them complete the same exercise.

Prayer for Today - Lord, help me to live supernaturally through the power of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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