Lesson 6

For Him to Dwell in Us

As we give ourselves for the Lord each day so He gives of Himself to be with us. James 4:5–8 says:

‘Or do you suppose that it is in vain that the scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit which he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace; therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Subject yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind.’

For the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts, we have to be cleansed of any sin within us. No matter how close we come to the Lord, sin can still come up as an issue to be dealt with, for even the smallest sin can cut us off from the presence of God, until it is confessed and dealt with.

To be cut off from the presence of God will be terrible for us even for a short while. We will understand how Jesus felt when He cried out in Mark 15:34:

‘And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Elo-i, Elo-i, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”’

God could not look on Jesus while He was carrying the sin of the world upon Him, your sin, my sin. God is holy. He cannot look upon sin. We become separated from Him if we sin. Only what Jesus did for us on the cross can cleanse us from that sin. We have to return to the cross of Jesus in repentance, and receive His forgiveness, then we are set free to come back to His presence. We need to be careful not to grieve the Holy Spirit.

It may take time to regain the level you were walking in the Lord before. For this reason we ought to walk in the Lord very carefully, keeping our eyes open, thinking and praying, keeping clear from sin as we would from a plague. As James 4:7 says:

‘Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.’

If we resist the devil, God will dwell with us. As 2 Chronicles 6:18 says:

‘But will God dwell indeed with man on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain thee.’

And Revelation 21:3–4 says:

‘And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”’

But we still live in the former times. The second coming of Jesus has not yet occurred. These verses are speaking of heaven. The good news is that Jesus’ first coming has already happened. After Jesus ascended into heaven He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts. We are able to come into His glorious presence and we are able to live in His presence and the Holy Spirit can dwell in our hearts. We have already passed from death to life. We also become one of His people, we become connected with God and He becomes connected to us, for God’s Spirit dwells in us.

1 Corinthians 3:16–17 says:

‘Do you not know you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If any one destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are.’

Colin Urquhart gave a wonderful sermon on the temple within us and I have made it part of my life. He spoke first on the four pillars:

Holiness – we have to live a holy life clean from sin;

Faith – we have to live a life of faith in Jesus;

Love – we need to love God and through His love love one another;

Power – through living for Jesus, dying to self in order to live for others will release God’s power through us in whatever gifts the Lord has given to us.

The temple also has a roof. We will call this truth, for we have to walk in full truth, for truth sets us free. The temple also has walls. The walls of wisdom keep outside what should be kept outside – all sin – and keep inside what should be kept inside – the presence of the Lord. The temple also has windows to let in the light of the Lord, full of glory. Here we meet God where the Holy of Holies lives, in constant communication with the Lord who will then enable our light to shine before men.

We also have senses. Eyes are the windows of our bodies, letting the light in. We must never let any darkness pollute this. Do not look at bad things as this will let darkness in, rather fix your eyes on Jesus. Only look on the positive things in life, on doing good. Ears, like eyes, can let darkness and negative things enter us if we listen to bad things, even gossip or unbelief. Don’t listen to it. Be holy to the Lord. Then we have a mouth, a doorway to the overflow. Out of the heart the mouth speaks. We need to give account for every foolish word, for the power of the word is powerful. We should rather be as a fountain of life, to bless, encourage, forgive. Nothing negative should come out of our mouths. What we say should be holy, for God knows our words even before they are on our lips, for He discerns what is in the temple.

Through the Holy Spirit God is able to dwell in our hearts. Is this not worth everything? Is this not the most wonderful gift, the most wonderful potential for our lives, to have the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts every day of our lives? Is this not why Paul prays in Ephesians 3:14–19:

‘For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.’

To comprehend the love of God would take all eternity and then we only discover the beginning of it. The Lord gave me a tiny glimpse of His love some time ago. I had raised my voice in sharp rebuke towards my daughter and then realised this was not God’s way.

I came to the Lord in repentance expecting a deserved rebuke but instead experienced His love and then He spoke to me these words:

‘You are mine and I am doing a new thing in your life that will release you fully into My work. You need to spend much time in My love. You need to absorb My love deep deep within your heart, so much so that you become secure in My love, trust in My love, know My love.

Then, My child, you will not turn away as unworthy from Me at every mistake you make, but shall run into My arms instead. For worthiness has nothing to do with love. Worthiness is of self-effort, of the world. But love, My child, is so much higher, so much stronger. Love is of Myself and this love, My child, you need to become so grounded in and secure that nothing will be able to shake it, nothing will be able to separate it.’

He then led me to Romans 8:35–39:

‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword? As it is written,

“For thy sake we are being killed all the day long;

we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

This is unconditional love. This word made a powerful impact on me. Instead of a mistake, making me react out of fear, I can now react out of love. To do things out of love is the right motive. Because love is unearned, it makes one humble and keeps one humble. One realises deep within that it is only through the love and grace of Jesus that we have any hope at all. It is through Him alone and what He did for us on the cross, that we can have this glorious new life in Him and be partakers in His wonderful love, and have His precious Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts. This also helped me to correct my daughter through love. John 14:15–21 says:

‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.’

To receive the Holy Spirit daily within us we need to receive Him into our hearts, spirits, mind and body.

We need Jesus in our hearts and spirits, as we reach out into the boundless, touching the beauty of Jesus, discerning His nature, receiving His love, His joy, His peace. We need to receive Him into our minds, that He may dwell there, so that we will begin to see from His perspective, think as He would think, understand others as He would. His dwelling in our minds will change our emotions to love others with His love, and feel as He would feel. This is growing in Him, increasing our capacity to love and care and do.

We also need to receive Him into our bodies so that we can actively feel His presence reaching every area with the pulsating vibration of His life within – His cleansing, His indwelling, His power to walk in His ways.

As He dwells in us, we are able to hear His voice, speak forth His words and allow Him to touch and heal others through our hands.

No unholiness can remain. Even sickness may leave if He really indwells to this extent and this is His will for us.

If we let God have His way in us, we will be transformed by the indwelling of His Holy Spirit within us.

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