My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt. So do not be afraid. – Haggai 2:5
The prophet Haggai delivered a message to the governor of Judah and the remnant of Israeli exiles from Babylon to get busy building the second temple of God. They had started but quit. They had built houses for themselves, but God rebuked them and told them to get busy building his house. Part of the message given to them contained a word of encouragement from God. He had not removed his Spirit from them; thus, they had no reason to be afraid and should be going about building the temple.
Since Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, he sent us the promised gift of God – the Holy Spirit. During the OT period, God placed his Spirit upon specific individuals to accomplish various missions throughout time. However, Jesus told that if he went to the Father, he would send another who would be our helper, guide, and teacher. He is the third person of the Holy Trinity – God the Holy Spirit. Paul, also, taught us that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, not some brick-and-mortar building.
Thus, if we are the temple of the Spirit, who dwells in us continually and is thereby with us continually, do we have anything of which to be afraid? No! Paul taught elsewhere that if God is for us, then who can be against us? God is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, all three in one. Therefore, if God is with us as any of the three in one and one in three, there should be nothing that we are afraid of in this life. Zechariah, the prophet, would later teach the Jews that it’s not by human power or might that things get done but by God’s Spirit. Again, if the Spirit is with us and lives in us, there is no reason to be afraid of anyone or anything.
Go in peace and may God’s grace be upon you.
Father, thank you for giving us the gift of your Spirit. Your Spirit dwells in the heart of every believer from the time of conversion onward. Because your Spirit remains with us, we have nothing to be afraid of in this life. Therefore, I ask you to give me radical boldness to stand up and declare the truth of the Good News of Jesus to all who will believe. I ask you to embolden me to stand against principalities, powers, and spiritual wickedness in high places. I don’t wrestle with people but evil forces. Strengthen me to do battle against the enemy and his hordes. In Jesus’ name, Amen.