No Condemnation
May 13, 2013
Flesh Isn’t Flesh
May 15, 2013
No Condemnation
May 13, 2013
Flesh Isn’t Flesh
May 15, 2013

God’s Dwelling Place – Part 1

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You and I dwell in houses, apartments, condos, or even RV’s. It’s where we live. We come home from work or school to our house, where we reside. Have you ever thought or considered where God dwells? Your first response is probably “well, in Heaven, of course.” That is true but there’s more to God’s dwelling place as we’ll see in the next few days. Let’s first look at God’s original plan to dwell with man and how, through Jesus, God is now dwelling in you and I.

From the beginning of time when God created man, He wanted to dwell and fellowship with him as He did with Adam in the Garden of Eden. Fellowship was and is God’s idea. Nothing would deter God from accomplishing His eternal plan, not even the fall of man when sin entered the world.

 God’s dwelling would always be in the midst of His people. It was first in the Tabernacle in the wilderness. The Tabernacle served as a meeting place between God and man, and was also known as the “tent of meeting”. There God would meet with man. God’s chosen priest(s) would stand in place for the people, who because of sin, could not enter the presence of a holy God. God’s presence was in His Tabernacle, and this Tabernacle was portable, moveable, and allowed God’s presence to be manifested as He directed the people through the wilderness and into the Promised Land.  The Tabernacle was God’s idea and design. It was His initiative, once again drawing man to Himself so He could dwell with man and fellowship with him.

God’s dwelling place in the midst of His people later became more permanent when King Solomon built the Temple, a house for God. His father, King David, had declared the beauty of God’s presence, the longing he had for spending time in His presence, in the courts of the Lord (Psalm 84;1-2). The one thing David sought after and desired was “to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life and to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His Temple.”

David had a heart for God. He knew the importance of spending time in God’s presence. He knew God’s presence would change his sinfulness. God’s presence would transform him and always lead him into victory.

If your life is lacking God’s presence in a real way, realize that He isn’t afar off. He’s as close as your breath; and all you need to do is invite Him into your life and He will dwell and live in you. Think about it: the God of creation wants to live in you because He loves you.  So, get ready; this is only Part 1.

“And I heard a great voice out of Heaven saying, Behold,
the tabernacle of God is with men
, and He will dwell in them
,
and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall

be with them, and be their God.”
Revelation 21:3