Paul’s Epistles: God With Us Through His Indwelling Power

When I sit to think about God with us today in 2019, my mind is reminded of so many of Paul’s charges to remember that God’s Spirit dwells within us, giving us the power to live a godly life in this wicked and depraved world.

We recount in 1 Corinthians 3:16 that our bodies are His living temple.  When we give our life to Him, His Spirit comes to dwell within us. God is with us!

In 2 Corinthians 1:22 & 5:5, God has set His seal of ownership on us and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.  This gives us hope for the future!

Again, in Ephesians 1:13-14 we are told that when we believe we are marked with a seal and that seal is the promised Holy Spirit.  Paul goes on further in Ephesians 1:17-21 to tell us that this Spirit helps us grow in wisdom and revelation of the Father. It gives us the ability to know Him and to understand the hope we have in Him and to know His working power toward us. And this same power is the power that raised Christ from the dead. This power is at work within us – Ephesians 3:20!

It is God’s Spirit in us working to will and do His good purpose, Philippians 2:13. He is doing a renewing work within us, Titus 3:5.

It is this same Spirit that gives us the ability to stand firm in uncertain times – He gives us strength for the difficult days, He empowers us to speak boldly of His love and goodness, He helps us to teach, He reminds us to encourage, He helps us show love and kindness, His Spirit brings us peace, He sustains us, and He is the giver of all joy. The list goes on and on, but the fact of the matter is, Immanuel (God with us) is all we need to walk this life. 

I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas lights. I love how they twinkle and shine. I love how they bring a sense of peace and awe to a dark room.  But the only way for them to illuminate is if they have a power source. If they are not plugged into the power, they are just kind of plain and dull. 

Likewise, Jesus is the light of the world; He came to bring light into a very dark place. He brought us peace and gave us the power (Holy Spirit) to be called children of God. We are now called to be the light of the world because of His Spirit indwelling us. We are to shine like stars in the universe (Philippians 2:15) as we hold fast to the Word of Life. 

Today, as we reflect on God with us through the gift of His indwelling Spirit, let’s remember to “plug into” His indwelling power and be a light – reflecting His glory and goodness.