Have You Received the Holy Spirit?Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58

When God created Adam, he created Adam in his own image. There was no carnal nature in Adam when he was created. He had a clean and pure heart. God created Adam with a choice. God does not want us to be obligated to love him. He wants us to choose to love him. The angels in heaven have no choice; they’re obligated to do what God asks them to do. They have no personal will; they are just instruments for God to use. Aren’t you glad that you can choose to serve God? It’s a blessing to be able to choose to serve God and love him because we want to.

When a child is born, he or she has a carnal nature because they’re born after Adam sinned. They’re born after Adam’s image, not God’s image. Every one that has children knows that children are carnal. You don’t have to teach the child to lie, to bite, to grab, or to be selfish. You don’t have to teach your children that because it’s from a carnal nature on the inside. They’re just automatically going to do that. We teach our children what carnality is so they can recognize the need for the Holy Spirit.

When we get to an age of accountability we’re already a sinner. When God speaks to our heart and lets us know that what we’ve already done is sin, we’re a sinner. When we repent, God forgives us, but we still have the carnal nature on the inside. That carnal nature on the inside, if we don’t get it taken care of, will cause a bent to backsliding. That’s the reason why God wants every one of us to be sanctified. When we’re sanctified and the Holy Spirit comes in, it roots out the carnal nature. When the carnal nature is removed, it makes a difference.

And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. Act 5:32

If a person says that they are saved but they’re not willing to be obedient in all that God shows them they will not be a ready vessel for the Holy Spirit. The saved individual has to be obedient to what they know that God wants them to do. God only gives the Holy Spirit to those that obey him.

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 1 John 5:3

It’s vitally important. His commandments are not always written. Has God ever shown you something that you needed to do but wasn’t explicit in the Bible? Those are things that God wants us to obey also. God wants us to be sensitive to his Holy Spirit and the things that he says.

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:5

When we are sanctified the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. There’s a change in our hearts when we get saved. There is a peace, a joy, and a love – God wants our heart completely filled with His love. It’s only with sanctification that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts.

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7

Sanctification is the love of God. Without it, we may get along pretty good for a time, but without it we lack strength. What does the word “endure” mean? The dictionary definition says that it is the ability or strength to continue or last despite pain, fatigue, stress, or adverse conditions. If we’re not sanctified, we’re not going to have that stamina, that determination, or that steadfastness to hang on.

Some religious organizations teach that you get everything in one work. It didn’t happen that way in the bible and it doesn’t happen that way for us. The question for now is, have you received the Holy Ghost since you’ve believed? In order for us to be steadfast and unmovable we have to have the Holy Ghost reigning on the inside.