Dwelling Place

Dr. Amanda Goodson

Where does the Holy Spirit dwell? One might say that He is all around us as the breath of life; another would say that He is like a stream of living water, yet another might say He is within my heart. All of course would be right. But most importantly, the Holy Spirit dwells in us. So how does the Holy Spirit dwell in us? The Holy Spirit comes to live with us as our comforter, helper and evidence that we have Jesus as our Savior and Lord. It is often said that “home” is where your heart is, that it is your comfortable place, where you can hang your hat or the place where you can be you. Some invest a lot of time in finding that perfect house that we will eventually call home. Others spend months agonizing over the right size and price. We are willing to make that emotional investment in our homes. Our society often defines us by where we live and what we own, and where we work. God defines us as in His image and likeness. Some take care of our earthly homes as one of our most prized possessions. So, what about the dwelling place of God? What level of effort do we place in keeping the temple of God a place for the Holy Spirit to dwell?

I have found that the Holy Spirit is not self seeking or pushy. The Holy Spirit is a person who has feelings, intellect, will and a purpose. The Holy Spirit comes from God; He reveals the depths of God to us. The Holy Spirit was given by Jesus; He speaks and points to Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit gives gifts as He wills. He can be grieved or vexed. At the beginning of life, the Holy Spirit breaths the breath of life into our being. When we accept Christ as our Savior by faith, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us. If you haven’t, ask for Jesus to be your Savior and Lord - you will be amazed with what happens after asking in faith!

It would take volumes to speak about the person of Holy Spirit, but I would like to share a more few thoughts. The Holy Spirit was there in the beginning and will be there at the end of time with God the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is gives comfort and compassion. He intercedes for us, as adopted citizens in God’s kingdom, as sons (and daughters of God). He is the giver of life. He can not be confined; He goes beyond space and time. He awakens our faith and regenerates us at our new birth through Jesus. He is merciful and gives us grace. He is a teacher Who teaches us to worship our Father in Spirit and in Truth. He is a counselor and gives us wisdom from God. He is a holy and loving towards us. The Holy Spirit dwells in you at salvation and lives with you forever.

I have a friend, Dee, who moved to Tucson several years ago. She grew up in a church family and the first thing she thought about after she moved was finding a church home in Tucson. She spent at least four months going from church to church looking for the right place for her. She grew up in a small church and preferred the comfort of a small church. The search for a church home was a new experience for her. Into her search, she began to rely on the Holy Spirit to reveal the right place for her to worship. And He did! Now, she is in the perfect place for her. She is happy and has a place to worship that she calls home. Dee also asked for a spiritual mentor and a deeper experience with God knowing that The Holy Spirit will reveal the deep things of God to her, just by asking. Dee is experiencing delight in her worship experience just like she expected.

Knowing that the person of the Holy Spirit dwells within her, Dee knows and relies on the Spirit of God for everything in Jesus. I encourage you to find a place to call home where you can worship and find out more about God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.


God, I believe and rely on Your Word. Holy Spirit, I thank you for your help and comfort. I especially thank You that You dwell within me. I adore you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen