MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2
“And God has given us His Spirit as proof that we live in Him and He in us.”
1 John 4:13 (NLT2)
SIGNS OF LIFE IN CHRIST
The boss was complaining in our staff meeting the other day that he wasn’t getting any respect. Later that morning he went to a local card and novelty shop and bought a small sign that read, “I’m the Boss”. He then taped it to his office door. Later that day when he returned from lunch, he found that someone had taped a note to the sign that said. “Your wife called, she wants her sign back!”
1 John 4 teaches that the presence of the Holy Spirit in our life is a sign that Jesus lives in us. Almost every Christian has wrestled with doubting their salvation on some level at some point. John is trying to reassure us that we are saved when we’ve seen the Spirit work in our life. God wants us to feel secure in our relationship with Him.
Warren Wiersbe wrote, “Imagine the wonder and the privilege of having God abide in you! The Old Testament Israelite would look with wonder at the tabernacle or temple, because the presence of God was in that building. No man would dare to enter the holy of holies, where God was enthroned in glory! But we have God’s Spirit living in us! We abide in this love, and we experience the abiding of God in us.”
Galatians 5:22-23 list the fruit of the Spirit. These are characteristics that will be present in our life when God’s Spirit abides in us. Take a few minutes and read Galatians 5:22-23. List the fruit and one recent example of each in your life. The evidence of the fruit should reassure you of your relationship with God.