The Journey Continues: Nov. 20, 2017

The reality that The Holy Spirit’s residence in our lives is our actual mind is still a stunning reality to me.  I don’t know if any of you readers have wondered–struggled–contemplated this over the years, but I sure have.  I’ve never been able to grasp an understanding of my body being the home for God’s tremendous Gift to me–The Holy Spirit.  In the past several days, God has made it abundantly clear that this is not only something He wants me to know, but He wants me to now respond fully to this.

Since I first heard that The Holy Spirit lived within me when I was a preteen boy I’ve often wished I could better understand His presence.  I’ve never wanted to disobey Him but I’ve struggled to know His whereabouts within me.  The idea He was in my heart seemed nice, but my heart was simply an organ pumping blood.  It has a vital role for life which I understand.  I could see why The Holy Spirit was said to give me a new heart, but my heart was still just an organ/muscle responding to unconscious commands to pump.  Christ is Alive and The Holy Spirit had to be too so why would He live in a muscle?

The clarity that He lives in my mind–that is His Home, is so striking.  My mind is always full of thoughts, ideas, things to do and complete.  Of course it makes sense this would be what The Holy Spirit wants to take charge of if I surrender my heart to Him.  The heart of my thoughts and actions is my mind.  It is there I pump out all the thoughts of what I do each day or don’t do.  It is there The Holy Spirit can not only influence me but He can take charge of impulses which happen when crisis hits.  I can trust Him to do this.  I simply need to be willing to surrender control of my life to Him and I do this by giving control of my mind to Him.  (I know I keep saying this but I need to in order to bring this reality home).  I’ve lived so long with this mixed confusion and I love the fact I am seeing it so clearly now!

If this has any meaning for you, which I hope it does, know that Christ’s redemption on the cross was for each of us no matter what memories are stored in our bodies, what actions we have done or what thoughts we’ve had in our mind.  Christ’s redemption has left us debt free and this is why we are said to be “born again”.  This is a spiritual act performed in human form by Jesus Christ.  Our gift included in this redemption is The Holy Spirit and His home is our mind.  Let Christ establish His throne of Grace in your mind as He has done with me.

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.  I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see!”

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