WHAT mATTERS? The Power of the Holy Spirit
I was reminded this week of the hypothetical question, “Would our prayer meetings, our Bible studies, or our church services, look or sound any different if the Holy Spirit was removed from His dwelling place in us?” What would your answer be if He had been removed from you? Would you notice? Would you still try to be a Christian? Would you be afraid to announce to others that your power to live the Christian life was missing? Would you fear what others would think if you didn’t do what you think everyone expects of you? Would you put on the smiley Christian face and pretend everything was OK? Putting aside what most of us believe about eternal security, would you think you had lost your salvation? I confess that I would probably participate in all the above to some extent. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit and the presence of the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us, so we don’t have to face that possibility, but the thought of it happening is still disturbing. What then should we say to these things?
First and foremost, we must not rely on our feelings or emotions concerning the truth. Who among us has not at one time or another felt abandoned by God and His presence seemed far away? But our trust and assurance must come from the scriptures, not how we feel at the moment. It is the scriptures that give us assurance by the promises of God that all those who are born again have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. Ephesians 1:13 tells us “In (Jesus) you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.” and “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16 Being reminded of these truths we must also then apply them to our lives. We are to live by faith, that is, to trust what is written and believe what the Holy Spirit assures us of by the Word of God. What matters? Don’t dwell to long on hypotheticals but do rest in what the scripture says. Be listening for His voice, and when you hear Him, be quick to believe and thus obey Him. Your power to live the Christian life comes from the Holy Spirit, not the strong will determination of your flesh. Remember, “(We) are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:5