Read His Words Before Ours!
Emmanuel. God with us. Three simple words filled with infinite power, meaning and purpose.
God, our Creator, Savior, our Peace and only Rest. The First and Last, Beginning and the End.
He. Who laid the foundations of the earth and speaks boundaries to the seas.
He. Who walks the recesses of the deep and commands the morning light.
He. Who knew no sin, yet loved each of us enough to willingly accept the separation of death in order to afford us life eternal.
HE. Dwells with us…in every season.
He dwells with us…
when illness or physical difficulties cloud our physical reality.
when we lose sight of our purpose and identity.
when our children choose differently than we would hope.
when our marriage enters foreign or frightening territory.
when we face friction in our friendships or family relationships.
when we struggle to keep our footing in the natural…and spiritual realms.
I am always amazed that the moments when we find ourselves immersed in the most uncomfortable and painful places are also the moments our spiritual inheritance becomes most obvious. We would not be able to walk through adversity with love, joy, peace, or any of the other spiritual fruits without owning our spiritual birthright and claiming our inheritance in Jesus. He upholds us and we draw on the supernatural peace and strength that only Holy Spirit can give us.
But what about when things are going okay for us on the surface? What about when our seas seem steady and the tempest appears distant?
He dwells with us when…
when everyone is healthy.
when we know our purpose.
when our children are walking with Jesus.
when our marriage feels strong.
when we are comfortable.
when we feel secure in our situation and comfortable in our Christianity.
But are we supposed to be comfortable in our Christianity? If we are all being transparent here, I think we will all agree that sometimes we become so accustomed to our life rhythms and checklists that we start to trade a little of our wonder for…complacency. When our lives are humming along at a pace we desire and we feel good, we start to put God into a little Sunday-and-Wednesday God-box of our own invention. We forget that He dwells with us always. We think we can pull Him out when we “need” Him…but as things continue at the pace we like, those times become fewer and farther between. We don’t always even realize what we are doing as we begin to take credit in our lives, accepting accolades that belong to Him. Sometimes it’s because we are so busy that we don’t want to open the door to an in-depth conversation. Sometimes it’s because we are just busy or tired and it’s easier to take the credit to keep the day rolling. Sometimes it’s because we don’t want to be “that Christian” who always brings God into every conversation.
Is any of this sounding familiar?
When we are comfortable, we sometimes forget that our inheritance dictates that our lives are not about us anymore…they are about Him. Loves, don’t misunderstand me here. I’m not saying that we have to preach at every person we encounter…but we do need to recognize the opportunities He grants us to sow into the lives of others in love. Listen, there is nothing wrong with enjoying what God has given us. He literally loves us more than life. He loves to give us good gifts. But when we fail to walk with Him in our inheritance, we are turning away from His best for us and others.
He dwells with us to change our lives and empower us to change this earthly reality through our love, our actions and by bringing Kingdom encounters to others through His Holy Spirit. When we fail to acknowledge His authority and kingship in our hearts and to invite Him into every area of our lives each day, we are effectively squelching His Holy Spirit.
Father, help us to recognize the behaviors and attitudes we cultivate that take precedence in our hearts over You. You are worthy of all praise and recognition. You are God, there is no other. Forgive us for our weakness and show us how we can become better vessels for Your Holy Spirit today. We give every area of our life to You and ask You to move here.
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!