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. Henry Bemis says:

    It is OK to address the Person of the Holy Spirit directly? I feel like I need to tell Him – “Holy Spirit…I want you to totally saturate my mind and heart and drive out the darkness there”. If the Holy Spirit is fully God then that would be OK right?

  2. ernie pinto says:

    How does one get saved unless the Holy Spirit is leading them from within?

  3. Jairod says:

    I asked Jesus for salvation a year ago and I’m constantly going over it in my mind did I ask for it right and am I really saved. How do I listen to the Holy Spirit? I still find it difficult in some situations to show love to people. And going back and forth on weather or not one can lose there salvation. And worried that I might have committed the unpardonable sin.

    1. BGEA says:

      These are good questions, Jairod, and we are thankful that God is moving in your spirit. Please visit where you can talk and pray with a member of our team.

    2. Lechia Cobb says:

      Why do you need to ask for God’s spirit when at the time of salvation the holy Spirit comes inside us?

  4. Linda says:

    I am 75 & was saved at about 22 years old. I don’t recall knowing much if anything about the Holy Spirit, or much of the Bible. I know now that there were many years I was not doing Gods will for my life, living in sin etc. Most of what I learned was on a Christian radio station where many sermons were given by Swindoll, Stanley, Beck, Jeremiah etc. I have been going to a Baptist church, have joined the church & attending bible studies, Sunday school & church services regularly. I find it hard to pray & feel it is not reaching God, and wonder if the Holy Spirit is still with me?
    Recently came across Hebrews 10:28,29, Acts 4:12 & am afraid that I have gone against the Holy Spirit to the point I will die without mercy.

    1. BGEA says:

      Thank you for your question, Linda. Our team will get in touch with you as soon as possible to respond.

  5. Cynthia Rhoden says:

    I have been reading the Bible. I want God to use me any way to help others, help me to understand and be confident I am worthy of God’s blessings he has given to family, friends, preachers, my friend Gail, for what I can do to help others. Amen

  6. Nancy Hill says:

    Love this.

  7. Jumlang Stephen Jumlang says:

    im blessed after reading this, i pray the good Lord will continue to bless you real good.
    i want you to subscribe me to any of your daily or weekly publications thank you.

  8. Jim says:

    I’ve been backsliding the last several years. Is it possible to come back to Christ and have the spirit come back as part of my life? I’m thinking I might not be able to. Please pray for me.

    1. Isabel says:

      Dear Jim, as long as your heart desires to follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit will give you the grace and guidance to do so. Seek Him and He is faithful to respond.
      1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
      No sin or failure is more powerful than God’s love for us. Jesus has conquered ALL sin and he is mighty to save!