Monday, August 8, 2022

The Promise Within Us

 By: Joanne Viola

 Lately I have been thinking about the Holy Spirit.

Christ, in talking with His disciples, promises them they will never be alone. He also promises they will have the Spirit of truth indwell them. Christ explains further:  that the Holy Spirit will teach them all things and will remind them of everything that He has said to them. (John 14:15-26). This unique group of men appreciated all they were being told and promised.

Life remained hard for this band of Christ’s followers. They faced persecution. All, except John, met the death of a martyr. John was sent to exile and tortured. He must have questioned why he was left to live without any of those men that were closest to him.

Yet every one remained believers in Christ, fulfilling the purposes to which they were called.

Let’s fast forward in time …

There are times we each feel the world is against us, that we have been forgotten. We may feel on our own. Alone.

There are times that our spirits feel wounded and broken. We’re humbled. Sometimes we are just glad to have made it through yet another day.

It is days like this when we need to remind ourselves we have everything we need right inside of us. The very same promise Christ gave His disciples has been given to us.

“ … having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of the promise,
who is a first installment of our inheritance,
in regard to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”

(Ephesians 1:13b-14, NASB)

The day we accept Christ, the Holy Spirit indwells our person. We then house the same Spirit as the disciples years ago. The same Promise now resides inside of us that was inside of  each of them. We have been sealed, His Spirit remains with us. Where we go, He now goes.

His Spirit will:

  • guide us
  • remind of His love for us
  • remove doubt and fears
  • infuse us with strength to face the day’s challenges
  • give grace and peace to a frazzled mind.

Do we rely on Him as heavily as we can and should? Do we really think about what that truly means each day?

Bottom line is His Spirit is all that we need and will fill us with whatever we need.
He is within us.
Today may we rely on Him.


Photo by Kateryna Hliznitsova on Unsplash


  1. Your list of five benefits the Holy Spirit brings to our lives is such an encouragement, breathing fresh energy into our souls. Worth reviewing every morning--maybe again in the afternoon too. Thank you, Joanne!

    1. Nancy, in these days we are living, I need the reminder daily. Grateful you were encouraged!


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