We have all heard how the Holy Spirit lives and dwells inside us. Perhaps we are equally well-versed in Bible scripture pertaining to the subject of the Holy Spirit indwelling inside us. However, are we really living from our spirit in today’s world?
Jesus Speaks of the Gift of the Holy Spirit
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads in all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. (John 14:16-17, New Living Translation).
The Many Parts of Self
Young women today are vastly different from women just one generation ago. Young women today are educated, confident, career-oriented, multi-taskers. While these are all beautiful attributes to have, the other side of that coin is stress, pressure, and overachieving to try to fit into one uniform type of woman.
Young women today may tend to feel that they are all in the same stereotypical role of being highly educated college graduates with exciting careers while trying to balance family, relationships, and work while true matters of the spirit such as ministry and being of service to others might fall by the wayside. Younger women may feel that fitting into that stereotype does not always feel the way it should.
For many female baby boomers, however, there may be a different feeling – a feeling of trying to squeeze in caring for the family while caring for the aging parent and working, as well. Many female baby boomers might even agree that the feeling of there being “more” or “is this all there is “may come into play.
For both sets of women, the possible reason behind these feelings may stem from not fully living from your spirit, but by roles placed on them by society. There are many pieces of ourselves from which we live:
• Our self
• Our ego
• And last, but especially not least, our spirit
Living from our Self
While we may believe that living from our self is a way of being true to ourselves, if you dive deeper you will see that living from our self may simply be a vision of how others see us – others as in society, colleagues, co-workers and even family members. These important relationships in our lives shape us as we watch, learn, grow, and as we view and bounce off one another.
We may think that our sense of self really comes from deep within, but rather we are being our self on the expectations of others. During earlier generations, staying home and raising a family was the “self” that was acceptable, “right,” and “normal” for that generation. Today’s young women, however, may feel that their sense of self is tied into the 9-to-5, being highly educated, and following the crowd.
Living from Ego
While some may say that the ego is that “little” voice, it is more likely that the ego is a louder, bolder voice that may sometimes resemble the voice of a bully. You know the voice – the one that tells you any array of things that work against you such as; “You can’t do that, you may fail.” Or “You know it’s all about you.” What about the, “That will take you way out of your comfort zone, don’t go there” voice?
The smaller, stiller voice is the voice we need to strain to hear. It is the voice of reason, the voice of peace, the voice of our spirit. It is the one that we hear only if we are quiet. It is a gentle, knowing voice that will float up for us to hear only if we are quiet. It is a gentle, knowing voice that will float up to your heart and make it overflow with joy once you discover it.
Once you discover that little voice and learn to wait to hear it, and train your ear to listen, it will bring joy to your true spirit.
Living from Spirit
Now here is where it gets really interesting. Living from our spirit means getting in touch with that place where both you and the Holy Spirit reside. When God said he would make you in His image, this is where He lives. You are powerful, mighty, loving and creative.
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John, 14:26, NIV).
In your life, you can create anything you want, just as God created you. This takes some re-creating though. It also takes some listening. What a blessing to know that the Holy Spirit indwells within us to guide us. What a gift from a loving God. Re-creation starts internally, it is that small space where you get to separate the mind, the ego, and the will from the spirit.
Get present to God’s presence.
Take some time to get into the Word of God; ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.
Seek unity by being in tune with the Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Believe in God, Accept Christ, and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. He fills us up, He empowers us to live wisely. He is our very own wellspring of life.
How Do You Recognize/Get in Touch with the Holy Spirit? Do you meditate, pray – both? Please share here!