Over the years I’ve noticed that the majority of people I’ve met know that God is good. This does not seem to be a point of contention. We all agree that God is good but how many of us believe that He loves us?
God is good. We view our lives through the paradigm of our mistakes, habits, and mistakes. From this paradigm it is hard to imagine how such a good God could love us. He is holy and we are unholy. From a natural perspective it just doesn’t make sense.
A person is led to the Lord and receives His free gift of salvation. How many continue on and develop a close intimate relationship with Him? There are many who pray hour after hour for His power to be manifested when their focus should be on developing their relationship. I believe that this is the reason the Church seems to be lacking power today.
We will not be able to enter into relationship if we do not first change our paradigm. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be with us. Paul talks of the fellowship we can have with the Spirit in 2 Corinthians 13:14.
If our paradigm is clouded by a sense of unworthiness, we will never enter into relationship. Dr. E. W. Kenyon described this as having a sin consciousness. This has hindered many Christians from the relationship that God so desires to have with them.
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 2 Corinthians 5:16
Paul talks of knowing Christ after the flesh. God created us spirit, soul, and body. We can know ourselves after the flesh, after the soul, and we can know ourselves after the spirit. Most of us only know ourselves through the input provided by our five physical senses.
I would ask you to describe yourself if we were going to meet for a cup of coffee and I’ve never met you. You would probably describe yourself by telling me how tall you are and what color your hair is. The reason is that my ability to recognize you will be based on the input of my five physical senses.
Many of us know each other after the flesh. We can describe each other’s physical attributes like hair color, eye color, height, etc. How many of us have gone deeper and gotten to know someone after the spirit? I remember a story of a missionary returning to his home country. He came into contact with a pastor and immediately knew something was not right. The reason was that he could sense the pastor was not where he should have been spiritually.
Most of us have never spent enough time in prayer and in the Word to get to know God after the spirit. This hast hindered our vision. The Word tells us that we can lay hands on the sick and that they will recover (Mark 16:17-18). We do not see this because our vision does not match the Word.
The average Christian thinks that the power of God is out of reach. They will spend hours crying our for God to pour out His power. The power is a person. This person is the Holy Spirit who has come to dwell in our spirits.
If the power is a person and that person is dwelling inside of us, how can God pour out His power? The Holy Spirit’s arrival is described in Acts 2. He poured out on the early Church and He has not left. We do not have to pray for Him to be poured out because He is dwelling inside of our spirit.
We are going to begin exploring what it means for the Holy Spirit to be dwelling inside of us with the goal of developing vision of His indwelling presence.
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