I love the imagery of a child nesseled into their parents chest, softly cuddling into the small of the neck. Absolutely content, knowing that in that moment they are safe, secure, fully covered by the protection of their parent. Whenever I see a child and parent in that place I get struck by awe and wonderment and see God complete in that moment. “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”(Psalm 139:140) Just recently I had a revelation that when I am praising our Father, whether it be worship in a corporate setting or in the comfort of my home or car, I always reached my hands to the heavens and rejoiced. Recently though, I had the revelation that since He is in me, seated in my heart and my heart is His heart, I am no longer seeking external things when the living temple is internal! To me this was incredible. My heart began to sing joyful praises that I can see myself blended in Christ’s perfection hidden in Him. Hallelujah. Now, most of the time during my intimate worship, I place my hands on or over my heart.
Colossians 1:27 Proclaims “Christ in you is the hope of glory!” We are told 35 times in the book of Ephesians alone that we are seated in Christ and He is seated in us. No longer do we have to seek the external idea that “someday” we will be with Him. When we are immersed in the Spirit, He is with us and will never leave us. “Once when Jesus was eating with them, he told the Apostles. “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4-5)
The last thing Jesus said to the Apostles before He ascended in the clouds was “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Act 1:8) This is extremely good news because “Jesus asked the Father, and He gave us another Helper, that He may abide in us forever.” (John 14:16)
We can stand boldly in who we are and who’s we are and nothing we do or don’t do will ever change that. We have been given all we need to reign in life. We don’t need to beg for something we already have. “Christ lives within us” (Romans 8:10) “In Christ, so you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:15-16)
His favor and kindness (Grace) is enough for any issue in our life! “For I passed on to you first of all what I also had received, that Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for our sins in accordance with what the Scriptures foretold, that He was buried, that He arose on the third day as the Scriptures foretold.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) The new temple comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and Christ’s resurrection life being poured out onto all flesh! We are as close as we will ever be to the Father until the perfect day when we are completely glorified and in His presence! This should free some of you up. In our biggest joys He is there, in our biggest moments of sorrow He is there. Psalm 91 is a present reality we are provided for, we are perfect, righteous, holy, married to the King of kings.
God is thee Father that lavishes His children with all the desires of their hearts. He holds nothing back from His beloved children. God’s love for us is supernatural and unconditional. His Love for us is the essence of the New Covenant, and His Love will never fail. We don’t need to work to please Him, He is already pleased with us. We don’t have to fast, read the Bible, or attend church, His favor and kindness super abounds because of His love for you and I. We are seated in Christ and He is seated in us! Hallelujah. “God will never leave us or forsake us.” (Hebrews 13:5)!
Is your relationship with God based on your performance? (flesh, and approval) Or is it based on His performance for us? (Jesus) The more we rest in our heart, which is His temple, the more the manifold wisdom of God begins to work in our lives. We are no longer waiting. The Kingdom of God is alive and well in each and everyone of us. The earth should tremble with every step we take because we carry His Spirit! So often its mistaken that it is our love for Him, when really it’s His love for us. “God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love-not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”(1 John 4:9-10) Anytime you go back to focusing on your love for Him, remember His ultimate act of Love, Jesus. His Son who was our ransom to posses the promise land the moment we believe! We have all been bought and paid for! We never have to worry about being returned because we may not fit, we don’t have to keep the tags of our sin on our hearts repeatedly returning to the action of asking for forgivness. We don’t have to serve Him to receive our reward in Heaven. We are now sons who are one with Christ! “I said, “You are gods; And all of you are children of the Most High.” (Psalm 82:6)
Father, we thank you that you Loved us all so much you came as flesh and ransomed us back to perfection. Not only that you also poured out your Spirit on all of us so we can be complete, one with you. Because of that nothing can separate us from you. We are your perfect masterpiece, your ultimate treasure and your oil of Joy! Thank you that we can now see ourselves the way you see us, beautifully hidden in Christ. Thank you for pursuing us always, never leaving or forsaking us and for bringing the desires of our hearts to pass. Father we praise you and thank you that we never have to struggle with our identity again. Thank you that we continue to go to our hearts where communion happens. In Jesus precious name we pray. Amen Amen Amen
Blessings and Abundance,
Kurt and Katy