Day 2: We are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. 
Scripture: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own…” 1 Corinthians 6:19 (ESV)
There is a chance that the term “indwelt” is unfamiliar to some of us. After all, it is rarely used, because not much is typically indwelt.
But to understand the deeper meaning of this word in the context of our Scripture, let’s first consider the root.
To “dwell” with anything is “to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside.”  The Pilgrims dwelt amongst the Native Americans centuries ago in North America. Over the many months in the new land, the Pilgrims grew to understand the unique ways the Natives hunted and farmed. As both people groups spent time together, they gained skills and respect for one another.
As well, Jane Goodall lived or dwelt with chimpanzees in remote areas of the world to study them.  From her time with the chimps, she learned much about their daily lives, their intelligence, and their relations with other chimpanzees. Jane’s time dwelling amongst chimpanzees significantly contributed to our understanding of their nature and the need for their preservation.
Both of these examples show us when we dwell with others, we begin to learn about them more personally. Communication is enhanced and relations typically deepen as a result.
It’s one thing to dwell with a culturally different people group out of necessity to survive or to dwell with a bunch of chimpanzees in a muggy, mosquito infested jungle to study their behaviors. But it’s an entirely different thing to be indwelt by God’s own Spirit.
Simply put, to be indwelt with the Holy Spirit, is for God’s very own Spirit to dwell inside us. This happens only for those who believe in Jesus and his work on the cross. But when a person believes that Jesus gave His life for their sins and they repent, His Spirit comes and resides within their very body.
But this easy access to the Spirit of God has not always been the case.
In ancient times, the Hebrews would have to make a pilgrimage to the Temple of God in Jerusalem where His presence resided to offer their sacrifices. It could take days to travel there depending on where you lived. Then there was the business of coming up with a perfect, blemish-free animal or sack of grain for a burnt offering. Once the offering was acquired it would be given over to a priest in the Temple who would burn it as a sacrifice to God. Sin would be atoned for in this manner.
But because Jesus came and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice to atone for our sins on the cross as God’s son, we no longer have to trek to Jerusalem and give offerings to be forgiven or to be near God’s presence.
As our Scripture for today states, God’s own Spirit no longer dwells in the Temple, but rather within the temple, or bodies, of His believers. He resides in us. What an extraordinary thing!
Not only am I grateful that there are no expensive treks to Jerusalem in my future, but I am also grateful that God has determined that His dwelling place is in me as a follower of Christ Jesus. This means He is with each of us wherever we go if we are in Christ. There is not a moment of the day that He is not with us, understanding what we are going through.
This also means that we have access to Him 24/7. Communication with Him is not hindered by illness, business, or accessibility. If we are afraid, confused, or in sin, we can pray to Him right then.
But access to God is not the only treasure we have. As His Spirit dwells within us, we actually become more and more like Him. In fact, we begin to bear the resemblance or “fruit” of His very nature. These are things like His “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)
To be indwelt by God’s Holy Spirit is many things. But the most important thing is that with this close, intimate access to Him, our relationship with Him is deeply affected and enhanced. We are assured that He knows us and that we can know Him personally and meaningfully. Through Jesus our sinful nature is cleansed and made righteous with His, and our lives are given access to God. How remarkable!
His indwelling Holy Spirit provides for us a relationship like none other.
In the Old Testament David declares, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:7-10)
What a wonderful thing to know that the Spirit of our God is always with us! What a comfort for us when we feel alone! What a friend we have when we need to talk! What a guide for us when we are unsure! What a privilege and convenience we have been given! What a wonderful thing it is to give thanks that we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God today!
 “Thanksgiving Every Day.” Charles Stanley. In Touch Ministries, showtime, November 19, 2023, YouTube Video app.
 Our Work, Jane Goodall Institute, 5 December 2023, Our Research & Science – Jane Goodall Institute USA.