The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
Part 2 - Sitting? Walking!
Many years ago, I read a very good Gospel tract that suggested the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and "to sit on the throne of our hearts."
Meaning no disrespect, and again, with much appreciation for the author's intent and content, I do not think his imagery of a throne and a sitting Lord reflects the Bible'a actual depiction of the Holy Spirit's involvement within our trusting hearts.
"I will dwell in them, and walk in them" (II Corinthians 6:16).
The Apostle Paul indicates the Holy Spirit inhabits the innermost depths of our being for a far more involved and active engagement. As in primordial days when He "moved upon the face of the waters," the Holy Spirit ever works in the believer "both to will and do of His good pleasure" (Genesis 1:2; Philippians 2:13). Our spirits teem with His infinite being and relentless working within us to form the character of Christ. Thereby, our Savior's quality of attitude, demeanor, word, and deed proceed forth from us as we trust and submit to the Spirit's walking rather than sitting in our born again hearts. "The word of God… effectually worketh also in you that believe" (I Thessalonians 2:13).
We must believe this about God's presence within us. I daily quote Genesis 1:2 in my heart regarding the Holy Spirit's moving upon the face of the waters in order to be reminded of how active and powerful He is upon the face of our hearts. Scripture gives no indication He merely sits on a throne within us. Instead, the Word of God reveals the Spirit of God as present and active. This we must believe because it is true, and also because to the degree we realize and affirm His engaged involvement, we will experience not His sitting, but His walking in us.
"I also labor, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily."
Weekly Memory Verse
"And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness. God was manifest in the flesh."
(I Timothy 3:16)