By Samuel Liu

 

This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.

Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?

Isaiah 66:1

 

Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19), and God longs to rest in each one of us. We are His dwelling place and He lives in us!

To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Col 1:27

 

It is God’s desire to make His home in us. Many of us want God to “use” us in kingdom ministry, and we long for the power of the Holy Spirit to flow through us, in preaching, teaching, praying, healing, and miracles. It is right that we seek for God to “move” through us, and it is the intention of the Holy Spirit to do these things through us, as we are His vessels (2 Tim 2:21). But, we need to realize that God’s foremost intention is to rest in us, for the purpose of establishing intimate fellowship and relationship with us, and not to move through us.

Furthermore, the more God is able to rest in us, the more His manifest glory will be seen upon us. And when others see His glory resting upon the sons and daughters of God, they will come and receive salvation in Christ without us striving to flow in the gifts of the Spirit! We need to allow God to rest in us first, before we seek Him to move through us.

 

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples;

but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.

And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Isaiah 60:2-3

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