24 Feb 1 Corinthians 6:19; Acts 2:38; Galatians 5: 22-26
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5: 22-26
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
The Spirit dwells in all Christians We received Him at conversion. He is a Counselor like Jesus and comes alongside us to strengthen and guide us. He releases the life of Jesus in us and assures us that His promises are ours, as we accept the processes of God.
To be “filled” with the Holy Spirit is to be like Jesus. It is to saturate our minds with the Word of God so we will know and have the power to act and think like Jesus. When we become Christians, we still have free will. To surrender to God and His Spirit doesn’t mean giving up the operation of our will, but to harmonize our will with God’s will. This is a life-long process. The Spirit is not functioning if there is no thinking, feeling, or choosing for God’s will. The Spirit convinces through the Word and in our hearts! If we have free will intact, and we are determined to be like Christ, the best help the Holy Spirit can give us is a good, clear picture of exactly what Christ was like, what He thought and felt, and the basis upon which He made decisions. The proof of being under the control of the Holy Spirit is the fruit of the Spirit. When this supernatural fruit is present in your life, everyone will know that you have been miraculously changed into the image of Christ. Obeying the Bible is being led of the Spirit. The Spirit converts and edifies through the Word. The Spirit persuades people’s minds by the words of the Gospel through the church. Is it your desire to be changed by the Holy Spirit? If so, you must spend time alone with Him and ask Him to make Jesus real to you. Wait patiently on the Lord. During this time, don’t pray for things, pray for Him. He will fill you with His thinking and His feelings.