Dwelling of the Holy Spirit through Generations
I remember as a child my mother teaching me a bedtime prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.” My mother saw ending the day with prayer as the most vital part of raising the children in our home. Now that I have children of my own, I am trying to decide what aspects of my faith besides prayer have made the most significant difference in my life. Understanding the meaning of the Holy Spirit and how it dwells within us strengthens my faith. Explaining the experience of the presence of the Lord still has been the most difficult aspect of the Trinity to explain to the younger generation.
Jesus brought us the baptizism of the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist had been baptizing by water. After Jesus was resurrected, God gave us the Holy Spirit as a gift. II Corinthians 5:5 reads: Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come (NIV). We have this gift of the Lord’s presence until the day the Lord returns. The day of Pentecost marks the most significant event in the beginning of Church History. Multiple people gathered to listen to the events of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection and received the Holy Spirit. The Book of Acts describes how these new believers in Jesus continued to spread the Gospel and how the presence of the Holy Spirit continued to be experienced in the multitudes.
We can experience the Holy Spirit by prayer and by quieting our minds and allowing the presence of the Lord to dwell within us. I Corinthians 2:10 . . . “the Spirit searches all things, even deep things of God, for who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him?” (NIV) The Spirit guides us.
My prayer for you: May the Holy Spirit dwell within you and strengthens you. May this gift from God bring you closer to his prescence. May the Spirit guide you and empower you. May you share his presence with others and teach all generations what the power of the Spirit can do.
Sirpa Gorman is the Co-Chair/Secretary of Love INC of Eagle River, Board of Directors and a member of King’s Way Ministries. She is a therapist and has a private practice in Eagle River.