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7th February 2023


The Beauty & Blessing of Place

Place is something we occupy & inhabit as human beings & it is therefore important to us.
God created the earth as a special place for us to live.
Each one of us will have our particular favourite place & places.
It may be a physical place, a psychological place (happy place) or a spiritual (thin) place.
Wonderfully Jesus, through His death & resurrection, has prepared an eternal place for us.
We can therefore be at peace if we remain ‘In Christ’.


“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself;
that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:1-3


Through His death & resurrection Jesus not only dealt with sin & conquered death, He also prepared an eternal resting place for us.
He has made it possible for us to dwell eternally in the Father’s house.
Open access & a forever welcome to the presence of God is eternally ours in Christ. How wonderful is that.
One day, upon Christ’s glorious return, we will get to be where He is now forever.
In the interim He dwells within us through the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11).

Jesus is with us now & He will ever be with us. He never leaves us or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5).
He is with us now by the Spirit & He will be with us in the future in person – wow what a wondrous blessing & privilege.
Jesus has prepared a special place in my heart for Him & a special place in the Father’s house for me – SO, SO GOOD!!
He has done everything needed to make it certain for He loves us so much (John 3:16; 1 John 3:1).
As you await that future eternal home keep enjoying the peace that only Jesus can give in the special place that is your heart.

The Scriptures highlight several special places where blessing & benefit for the people of God abound:

  • The SECRET Place
  • The HIDING Place
  • The SPACIOUS (Broad) Place
  • The PLEASANT Place
  • The DWELLING Place
  • The HEAVENLY Places
  • The RESERVED Place

We will explore a little more about each of them in turn through this series.


For Reflection

  • In what ways am I experiencing the peace (Shalom) that Jesus gives?
  • Do I share my favourite place(s) with Father, Son & Spirit?
  • Meditate upon the special place Jesus has prepared for you.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the manner of love that you have bestowed & lavished upon me ‘in Christ’,
That You have made room for me in your eternal habitation.
Jesus thank you that You have prepared a special place for me,
That you dwell in my heart & that I will reside & rest in the Father’s house.
Holy Spirit help me fully lay hold of & rest in the peace of Christ,
Keep my heart firmly & fully focused upon Jesus that it may stay trouble free.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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