Does the Holy Spirit Live in You?

By   •   April 30, 2009

The Holy Spirit is not an “it.” The Holy Spirit is a Person. The Bible says that He is not something, He is Someone. He is God. There are three Persons in the Trinity–God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is all-powerful. We read in Micah 3:8, “I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord.” The Bible says that God is present everywhere. No matter where we go, He is there. “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?” (Psalm 139:7). The Holy Spirit can be in both your heart and my heart, even though we may live a thousand miles apart.

The Holy Spirit has all knowledge. The Bible says, “The Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10). It is the Holy Spirit who teaches us and takes us deeper and deeper into God’s truth as we go along in our Christian life. We are to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, but we can grow only by the help of the Holy Spirit.

The moment that we receive Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our hearts. Our body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit helps us live the Christian life. There is not a person anywhere who can be a Christian without the Holy Spirit. There is not a person who can follow Christ without the help of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit sees everything that goes on. He knows what goes on in our hearts. He knows what goes on in our minds. Nothing is hidden from Him. And in Hebrews 9:14 the Bible says that the Holy Spirit is eternal.

The Spirit is called holy. The Bible says, “Be holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). And one of the Holy Spirit’s ministries is to help make us holy. We ought to be more holy today than we were yesterday. We should always be conforming more to the image of Jesus Christ, and it is the Holy Spirit who helps us in this growing process.

Conviction of Sin
First, the work of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of our sin. Jesus said, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). The Holy Spirit uses a mother’s prayers, a tragic experience, a pastor’s sermon or some other experience to convict us of sin and of our need to turn our lives over to Jesus Christ. He points to us and says, “You are a sinner. You need to repent.” We don’t like to hear that, but that is the work of the Holy Spirit. Without that work we could never have our sins forgiven. We could never be saved. We could never go to Heaven.

New Life
Second, the Holy Spirit gives new life. The Bible says that we are dead in sins and trespasses. Our spirit within us, made in the image of God, is dead toward God. Mankind needs life. All have sinned. Therefore, all are dead toward God. The Holy Spirit gives us new life in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). You must be born again. And the Holy Spirit is the One who does the work of making you a born-again person. It is a supernatural act.

Paul said to Titus, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). Our good works and all the good things that we have done are not going to save us. We are saved by the mercy of God, by the grace of God. It is something I didn’t earn, something I didn’t work for. It is the gift of God, the gift of salvation.

Indwelling Spirit
Third, the Holy Spirit indwells us. Many of you are spiritually dead and are completely immersed in our hedonistic culture. God says, “I will put my Spirit in you. I will come to live in you.” Your body becomes the temple where God dwells by His Holy Spirit.

That is the reason we should never take anything unclean into our bodies. That is the reason we should discipline our bodies. God loves your body. He doesn’t want it polluted by fleshly lusts and the things to which you give yourself. The Bible says, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).

Power to Serve Christ
Fourth, the Holy Spirit gives you power to serve Christ. “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me” (Acts 1:8). I couldn’t do the work I am doing without the power of the Holy Spirit. I am a communicator of God’s message. He called me and gave me that gift. What counts is the message that–according to Scripture–Christ died for our sins, He rose again, He is coming back again and He is ready to come into your heart by the Holy Spirit and make you a new person. That is the Gospel.

The Holy Spirit produces the fruit of the Spirit, which is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). There are people whom you may not be able to love easily. But the Holy Spirit will give you the power to love them. Love is the greatest evidence that you know Christ. The Holy Spirit can love through you.

There are times I feel that I don’t have joy, and I get on my knees and say, “Lord, where is the fruit of joy in my life?” I find that the joy is there, down deep. It is a deep river. Whatever the circumstances, there is a river of joy.

The peace that passes understanding comes from the Holy Spirit. Whatever the circumstances, I have peace in my heart. I know where I am going, I know where I have been. And I know why I am here–by the Holy Spirit.

Do you know Christ? The Holy Spirit comes to magnify, to glorify and to exalt the Son. Jesus said the Holy Spirit shall not speak of Himself. He comes to magnify the Lord Jesus Christ. He comes to glorify Jesus Christ (John 16:13-14). And the Holy Spirit is pleased when you glorify Christ in your life.

It is the Holy Spirit who draws you to Christ. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts you of your need of Christ. There is only one way of salvation, and that is Christ. It is a dangerous thing to resist the Spirit. “Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:28–29).

I am asking you to give in to the call of the Holy Spirit. I am asking you to say, “I want Christ in my life, to be my Lord and my Savior.” I know thousands of churchgoers who need to come to Christ, led by the Holy Spirit. You need to say, “I want Christ in my heart.” Say, “I want to know I am going to Heaven. I want my sins forgiven. I want to start a new life.” d:

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  1. Doris P Kelly says:

    I have failed Jesus so many times, I need revival in my soul!

  2. Kayla Hight says:

    I keep asking Jesus to come in my life over and over again I have been baptizied and saved. Why do I not feel like I am?

    1. BGEA says:

      Kayla, rest assured, He heard you and answered. Hopefully, this question and answer from Billy Graham will bring you some comfort:

    2. BGEA says:

      Kayla, it’s important to remember that salvation is not about a feeling, but about God’s promise to us. He promises that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

      Salvation doesn’t depend on you and what you have done; it depends only on Christ and what He has done for you through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. By paying the price for our sins, Christ broke the barrier between us and God and provided a way for us to spend eternity in heaven.

      Because we are imperfect, we keep sinning after we are saved, but we are typically convicted to turn from our sins. There is a change in our lives: when we have Christ, we actively try to obey Him. We WANT to stop sinning and we seek His forgiveness. He will help you through whatever issues you are facing and promises that you will not be tempted beyond what you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). He can help you stay strong even when tempted to go back to your old ways.

      Here are a couple of encouraging verses for you. Isaiah 43:25 says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 1:18 also says, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” By accepting Christ, He has forgiven you of your sins. And He can transform your life if you let Him guide you.

      So how do you do that? Although you should put your faith in Christ each day, you don’t need to worry about your salvation since you have already accepted Him as your Savior. Instead, pray and ask for wisdom. Ask God to guide you and to help you do His will. Find a Bible-teaching church so you will have fellowship with other Christians. Read the Bible and allow God to speak to you through its pages. He can help you grow in your faith.

  3. Lorinda says:

    This was awesome message about the Holy Spirit it explains a lot! Very helpful in the learning process about moving forward with Lord and the Holy Spirit

  4. Angela says:

    I am saved and I know the Holy Spirit lives in me but my mom constantly makes me feel unsaved or my faith wavers because I am a new Christian. My mom tells me I’m not saved until I speak in tongues and I don’t have the Holy Spirit living in me unless I speak in tongues. She says that’s the evidence that I have the Holy Spirit. I thank you for your web site. When I typed my question in, Billy Graham popped up and I said to myself, he will know and he will not steer me wrong!

  5. Heidi Szczesiul says:

    Thank you very much this help me understand. I wish to read as much information to learn all that I can. Thank you very much Heidi

  6. Eloise Graywolf says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you……I really needed to be reminded of this today! Again, thank you.

  7. Shepherd Warrior says:

    Thank you for the insight.


    Thank you for this up lifting message. Pray for me that I can serve out Lord God. That has been my dream for 5yrs on an every Day basis . I have ministered to people for about 12 yrs now. I don’t know how to let the Holy Spirit work. I ask, ask, and wait upon the Lord, but I am so overwhelmed even my wife left me because of my depression that I have had all my life. She once said I may as well go be a monk (meaning I was no good for her or my children.) and just live for God day and night. I am 44yrs old now. I know it is by Jesus Faith that I am saved, not mine. my part is only to believe! God I believe every word you say, please help my unbelief. Thank you Don Squires

  9. hardley mboya says: