GRACE MEANS GOD LIVES IN US
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.
- Ephesians 1:13
How close do you think God is to you? The Bible says that when you trust Jesus the Holy Spirit enters your soul and empowers your life.
The Holy Spirit accomplishes so much in the life of a Christian. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, empowers us to serve, guides us in life, and guards us in doubt.
The Holy Spirit produces in us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
The Holy Spirit makes new people with new identities that are grounded in Jesus; new minds that love the Bible; new powers for life, mission and evangelism; new passions for godliness; new hopes for the future and new joys for living.
The Holy Spirit is the comforter, helper, encourager, leader and developer of God’s people. The Holy Spirit does these things not to magnify himself but to apply the work of Jesus in the life of Jesus’ followers so that much is made of Jesus.
Many years ago the Holy Spirit worked in mighty ways to bring Jesus into this world.
First, he miraculously worked in Mary to place Jesus in her womb. Then he gave her supernatural strength, comfort, courage and faithfulness. Remember Mary was about 15 years old when she became pregnant with Jesus. Without the Holy Spirit, Mary would have been overwhelmed by worry, doubt, fear, and uncertainty. Without the Holy Spirit, Mary would have said no to God’s call on her life. But because of the Holy Spirit, Mary joyfully said yes.
This kind of joyful, hopeful, purposeful, triumphant, obedient life is available to you today by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Read Galatians 5:16 – 26. In what ways do you see the Spirit producing good fruit in your life? Invite the Holy Spirit into your life to be at work in and through you today.
 Matthew 1:20