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30th April 2024


God’s Presence

God’s eternal dwelling place, where His presence resides, is obviously the heavens (1 Kings 8:30).
His presence here upon the earth is located to a dwelling place or a person.
We have seen how that has been the tabernacle (then temple) & then the physical body of Jesus.
A movement form place to person. There was further movement to follow.
Following the Ascension of Christ & pouring out of the Spirit at Pentecost God’s presence resides in the people of God.
From place (tabernacle) to person (Christ) to people – believers in the Body of Christ. SELAH
This will be the focus of our deliberations today.


Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV


Because of the finished work of salvation by Christ God now lives in Christians by His Spirit.
Father & Son make their home in the heart & spirit of individual believers through the indwelling Spirit of God (John 14:23).
Your body is the temple (tabernacle / dwelling place ) of the Holy Spirit. His presence is in you & for you. SELAH
We belong to the Lord & our purpose is to glorify Him in, & through, our body, soul & spirit.
How we live matters & it matters in every single way!! SELAH
How incredible it is that God lives in you by His Spirit.


having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Ephesians 2:20-22 NKJV


In addition to this we are also part of the Body of Christ – the Church of Jesus Christ.
TOGETHER believers, Christian brethren, are being fitted & built together into a holy temple in the Lord.
Living stones in a beautiful spiritual temple (dwelling) for the Lord.
Christ being the chief cornerstone (capstone) Who holds it all together.
A dwelling place for God in the Spirit. God’s presence is manifested amongst His gathered people.
That is why it is so important we keep gathering together as the people of God (Hebrews 10:25). Church matters!!

God’s presence dwells in the individual believer through the indwelling Spirit – temples of the Holy Spirit.
His presence is also revealed & manifested in the gathering of believers – a holy spiritual temple in & for the Lord.
I can sense His presence in my own life, but I encounter & experience it more strongly & powerfully when I gather with others.
Where 2 or 3 believers gather in Jesus’ Name His presence is amongst them (Matthew 18:20). That is His promise which never fails!!
However, the glory & weighty presence (Shekinah) of God usually occurs in larger corporate (worship) gatherings. SELAH
How amazing that the presence of God resides in & is made freely available to His people. So, so good. Hallelujah!!

For Reflection

  • Am I freely & daily experiencing the presence of God in my heart & spirit?
  • In what ways have I encountered & experienced the Shekinah glory of God?
  • Meditate upon believers as temples of the Holy Spirit & the Body of Christ as a spiritual temple for the Lord.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You choose to make Your home & dwelling place in me,
Through the indwelling of your Holy Spirit.
Jesus, thank you that You are my cornerstone, fitting me into the Lord’s holy temple,
That in You each & every living stone all hold together.
Holy Spirit thank you that You live in me, Your presence daily empowering & equipping me,
To glorify the Lord through my body, soul & spirit.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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