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Holiness and Happiness

Transfiguration of Christ PictureAndrew Murray a South African Pastor (1828-1917) considered the Holy Spirit dwelling to be essential in bringing holiness and happiness to a Christian. He wrote, "Holiness is essential to true happiness and happiness is essential to true holiness. If you would have joy, the fullness of joy, an abiding joy which nothing can take away, be holy as God is holy. Holiness is blessedness." God wants us to allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us just as we might dwell in a home. To do this, we must allow the Holy Spirit free reign. That is why the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5.16-19, " Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit." In other words, do not willfully exclude the Holy Spirit from your life. The Holy Spirit sanctifies the believer, or as Paul puts it again in 2 Thessalonians 2.13, "But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose us as firstfruits to be saved, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth." Note that some manuscripts render "firstfruits to be saved" as "chose you from the beginning." We who are Christians were chosen from the beginning like the first fruits of a harvest!✞

Helping Hand

fisherman by Emile RanoufThe French painter Emile Renouf (1845-1894) depicted on one of his canvasses called, "The Helping Hand," an old fisherman in a boat with a little girl seated beside him. Both the elderly gentleman and the child have their hands on a huge oar, and the old man is looking down fondly at her. Apparently, he has told her that she may help him row the boat, so the child feels she is doing a great share of the work. It's obvious, however, that his strong, muscular arms are the moving force that propels the boat through the waves. In the same way, the Holy Spirit does the majority of the work in us as we work away at the Christian life. We may think we are essential but it is really the Holy Spirit dwelling in us that does most of the work!✞

Jesus Experience

Jesus laughingOthers will desire the Holy Spirit when they see his work in us. James 4.4-5 explains, "You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? " The phrase "adulterous people" is an allusion to covenant unfaithfulness. The phrase "the spirit he has caused to dwell in us" may also be translated "that the spirit he caused to dwell in us envies intensely" or "that the Spirit he caused to dwell in us longs jealously." The Holy Spirit is here given human emotions and "envies intensely" or "longs jealously." William Barclay (1907-1978) writes, "Great men we know about, Jesus we know. The others we remember but Jesus we experience." We experience Jesus through the Holy Spirit.✞

"Holy Spirit Dwelling"
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by Ron Meacock

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