Scripture: Romans 8:9 NASB “In The Pocket”
“However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” Romans 8:9
Part of the standard equipment that comes with being a new creation in Christ (cf. 2 Cor. 5:17) is a full measure of the Holy Spirit. In a sense, God has put the Holy Spirit in our pocket, our inner being. Thereafter, part of the maintenance of our new creation is to keep being filled with the Holy Spirit (cf. Eph. 5:18). What do we need to keep being filled with the Holy Spirit? Because we leak. We are commanded not to quench or grieve the Holy Spirit within us (see blog Spiritual Sensitivity; Eph. 4:30, 1 Thess. 5:19).
Though there is much in Scripture about the Holy Spirit, the church has tended to downplay the role of the Spirit and especially in recent years. Since there have been groups that have abused the teaching on the Holy Spirit, others have decided to ignore Him. I call it “throwing out the baby with the bathwater” (I don’t think I was the first to use that metaphor but it sure fits here, see blog Baby And Bathwater).
But the manual tells us about the Holy Spirit and knowledge of Him is crucial to living the Christian life. Aside from “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”, why do so many churches fear teaching about Him or even talking about Him? Certainly, Satan wants to trip us up and not know all the benefits of the gifts and wisdom that come from the Spirit. But another factor is that it takes courage to step out on faith and trust the Holy Spirit.
Yet, we are commanded to be led by the Spirit (see blogs, Get The “Led” Out and Hanging Together Or Hanging Separately and Rom. 8:14). We are commanded to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18) and to walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16). Do you think God put those things in Scripture for our health? Well, actually, He did. He put them there for our spiritual health. So we best not ignore those passages. We should be trying to understand them and put them to good use.
We are born again with the Spirit in our pocket. It is up to us to stay in His pocket.
If you are, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
This verse indicates that all Christians have the Holy Spirit or else they aren’t even Christians at all. (So don’t believe anyone who tells you that now you are saved you have to receive the Holy Spirit. You can’t receive Someone Whom you already have!) He is in our pocket.
However, part of “work[ing] out our own salvation with fear and trembling” (cf. Phil. 2:12) is figuring out how to be “led” by the Holy Spirit. I call it being “sensitive to the Holy Spirit” (see blog Sensitivity To The Holy Spirit and A Still Small Voice). When we are sensitive to the Spirit, I believe we will be exercising the gifts of the Spirit that we’ve been given and we will be also be guided by the the leading of the Spirit. We need to stay in His pocket.
Unfortunately, being led by God (cf. Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18) is a learning process. It is just like learning to walk like a baby learns to walk, falling down and getting up and falling down and getting up again (see blogs Getting In Tune and Do We Really Have To Be Perfect?). But we can get better at it over time just as we learned to walk as babies.
How are you doing at learning to walk in the Spirit?
The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: Get The “Led” Out