Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Power of His Presence

You have often heard me make the statement “God is not interested in having a visitation with us, but in making His habitation in us.”

In Ephesians chapter 2, Paul writes using metaphors for Christ’s body as that of a building or temple being inhabited by God through the Holy Spirit. (vs 21, 22) “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.” (Rauch) The Hebrew word for “Rauch” is “Spirit; breath of God; wind.”  Another word for “Spirit of God” is “Rauch Elohim.” The word “Rauch ha-Kodesh” refers to the “Holy Spirit.”

The word for “dwelling place” used in the King James translation is “habitation.” We must get past our notions that church buildings or temples are where God’s presence dwells, as though that is where His power is demonstrated. We have become acclimated to go to a church building to “meet with God.”

That is really not what church is all about. It is true that people can meet God at church. But God’s true tabernacle is the people who belong to Him. Paul writes, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God (Rauch Elohim) dwells in you?”

Stephen, who was a first-century deacon wrote concerning God’s true tabernacle in Acts 7:47, 48 “Solomon built God a house. However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands…”

So we see then, God’s Spirit now rests within us, inside of our physical bodies. The Apostle Peter called God’s chosen ones “living stones as building up a spiritual house.” Paul says, “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (Rauch ha-Kodesh) who is in you.” I might add that the rest of this scripture includes that “you are not your own, for you were bought at a price; (Christ’s blood sacrifice). Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20

Glorify God in Your Body! Remember: We are being built up a “spiritual house.” Our bodies are for God’s Holy Spirit to inhabit. Both our spirit and our body is for God’s glory. To experience God’s presence living inside of you powerfully, we must commit both our bodies and our spirits unto God. The more we shake off our worldly mindsets and give ourselves wholeheartedly to the Holy Spirit to lead us, we will experience the mind and will of God and His glory.

We are vessels and containers for God’s presence to make us alive unto Him. As we empty ourselves of self we will make more room for the power of His Presence!