We may see the sin, bad habits and repeated failings in our lives and ask ourselves, “Is the Holy Spirit really in me?” When our thoughts and actions are so far from God’s perfect will, we may even doubt the presence of God in our lives and think that we are not worthy of God’s love.
By focussing solely on our negative characteristics, on our guilt and continuing sinfulness, we risk developing a sense of low self-esteem and negative self-image, both of which can hinder our effective service and cause us to cease functioning as a useful member of Christ’s body on earth.
An antidote to this paralysis is to look at ourselves from God’s point of view.
God values you enough to actually die for you, to save you from ruining your life throughout eternity. God loves us so much that we have become His children, children of the King, and co-heirs with His only begotten Son. God loves us so much that He is continually present in our life and will never leave us.
This isn’t thinking too highly of ourselves or that we are more important than others – this is realistic thinking. It is believing in our true identity in Christ – that we are exactly who the Bible says we are.
As we live in the Spirit, and the Holy Spirit lives in us, our battle against sin should not be fought in an atmosphere of defeat, but of victory. We are new creatures in Christ; apart from Him we can do nothing, but with the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, we are being progressively renewed into the person God wants us to be.
As Christians, all our sins and guilt have been removed by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. We should therefore not feel guilty any longer, but confidently accept our forgiveness and live in the knowledge that God accepts and loves us in spite of our problems and mistakes.
God has showered His grace upon us and enabled us to live a fruitful life, filled with the Holy Spirit and able to be an example to everyone around us. Armed with this knowledge of how God feels about us, we can develop a healthy sense of self-worth and will be able to love both ourselves and our neighbours in the way God intended.
As you read this excerpt from the Christian book Letters from Home, be encouraged by how our Father feels about you and what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit, in His own words.
|You are very special, For do you not know, My child, that you are My sacred dwelling place, My holy temple? (1 Corinthians 3:16)|
It is I, your God, that lives inside you,
You are not your own. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
My Son’s own temple was destroyed,
But He raised it again in three days. (John 2:19)
My Spirit raised Christ from the dead,
And it is My same Spirit that now lives in you. (Romans 8:11)
My Spirit within you shows you belong to Christ,
And guarantees your wonderful future. (2 Corinthians 1:22)
Be filled with the Spirit and with wisdom. (Acts 6:3)
For, if you do not have My Spirit, you do not belong to My Son. (Romans 8:9)
Excerpt from Letters from Home, Chapter 8: My Holy Spirit, Your Counsellor.
A Letter from our Father about the Holy Spirit.
Join us next time, when we’ll be asking, “Grieving the Holy Spirit: when do I make You angry, God?” *
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