Of course, when we get to the refrain, my kids (and me - I can't lie), belt it out like nobody's business:
God's not dead,He's surely alive.He's living on the inside,Roaring like a lion.
We were singing this on the way to worship on a recent Sunday and I couldn't help but think, "if there's a lion living in me - if anything is living in me - roaring like a lion, shouldn't others be able to see it?"
21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” (Mark 1)
We see, in Scripture, that when men, women & children have had even one evil spirit in them, everyone around them knew it. If the Creator of the universe is living inside of me, shouldn't people around me see that?
Paul warned the Thessalonians not to "quench the Spirit," and I have to admit that I wonder if that's just what we're doing. However, I wasn't even sure I knew what that looked like, so I did a quick Internet search and came across this great article about how one quenches the Spirit. These are the author's Top 10 Ways to Quench the Spirit, and I thought I'd include them here because they really resonated with me:
10) We teach people that God isn’t speaking to human beings nowadays.
9) We freely indulge our desires to the point that our heart gets so hard that we no longer hear what God is saying to us.
8) We tell the Holy Spirit that we will do what He wants later, or when we are older.
7) We intentionally disobey the direct commands of Scripture.
6) When we are with believers, we pretend that we are better Christians than we really are.
5) We ignore the guidance of that our conscience gives us.
4) We care more about what other people think about us than we care what God thinks about us.
3) We believe that because of grace it doesn’t matter if we obey God or not.
2) We let our pride keep us from doing anything that we consider to be humbling.
1) We force people to quench the Spirit by programming church meetings to the point that no one but the preacher or someone on the program is expected or allowed to initiate anything in the meeting.
In his fabulous book, The Forgotten God, Francis Chan asks, " If you had nothing but Scripture to guide you, would your understanding of the Holy Spirit be far different from what it is today? " Chan goes on, "if I were Satan and my ultimate goal was to thwart God's kingdom and purposes, one of my main strategies would be to get churchgoers to ignore the Holy Spirit."
What about you - can people see Who is living inside you?