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Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.” — Romans 8:8-9a

Being “in the Spirit” is not based on how close God feels but on the presence of God’s Holy Spirit. The two are not the same.

Believers don’t always agree on exactly when the Holy Spirit is received but they do agree he is found in Christ, a promised Gift for assurance and comfort.

“You were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit because you believed in Christ. The Holy Spirit is the down payment on our inheritance” — Ephesians 1:13 (CEB)

In Christ the Holy Spirit no longer comes and goes but remains even as our feelings change.

It’s time for us to stop asking, singing, pleading for him to come and time start thanking him for being here, moving on to what he wants us to do now that he is.

— fritz

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“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” — Psalm 91:1

The Bible says God has a secret place.

Is this just a euphemism for God’s general care or is there, really, a place (physical or spiritual) not even suspected by most?  Is it just a euphemism for heaven or can the living person enter?

Psalms 31:20 calls it a “Pavilion” or “tent” saying it is a place of God’s presence, a place of safety from pride and strife of tongues. Job calls it a place of wisdom and that it is “hid from the eyes of all living” (Job 28:21) so at this point it sounds a bit like heaven, but not so fast! The New Testament, using the term “mystery”, says it is now revealed!

Paul said he discovered it and we could, too!

“By revelation [God] made known unto me the mystery; as I wrote afore in few words,  whereby, when ye read ye may understand…)”– Ephesians 3:2-4

He wrote the secret mystery is that God always planned to join himself with mere human beings — and actually does so in Christ! This mystery, he said, is “Christ in you” (Colossians 1:27) and that we actually enter into Christ like we enter our clothing (Galatians 3:27).

More than a euphemism, the Bible says our bodies actually become a physical part of Christ and that what we do in our bodies, both good and bad, is being done with and to Christ’s body. (1st Corinthians 6:13-17) This is why we need to do right things with our bodies. That same passage says those joined to Christ are one spirit, the human spirit infused and one with God’s Holy Spirit.

God’s secret place, his pavilion? Safe in Christ!

“God raised us up and seated us in the heavens with Christ Jesus … to show future generations the greatness of his grace by the goodness that God has shown us in Christ Jesus.” — Ephesians 2:5-7 (CEB)

Start reading the Scriptures from this perspective and a whole new world opens!

– fritz
Related Post: “Thin Places” — March 20, 2012

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“Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.” — Jesus (Mark 9:1)

Some point to this verse to say Jesus expected his return to be in the lifetime of his followers. The reasoning goes, then, that since he was wrong about that, maybe he was wrong about other things, too.

What is wrong is thinking he’s talking about his second coming, taking his statements out of context with the events that followed.

About his second coming Jesus actually told his disciples

“The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.” (Luke 17:22)

So who saw the Kingdom of God come with power? The answer is in the very next verse where Jesus takes Peter, James, and John for prayer and his appearance changes. They see him in his glory and it gives them such a shock they don’t know what to say!

That “Coming of the Kingdom of God with power” was also seen the day of Pentecost where the Holy Spirit filled the disciples hearts and they were awestruck!

And the “Coming of the Kingdom of God with power” is seen, today, where men or women, young or old, decide to let Jesus be their boss — holding nothing back.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12)

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me…” (Acts 1:8)

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive:” (John 7:38)

I don’t think Jesus was wrong, he knew exactly what he was talking about.

— fritz

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“My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” — Psalm 63:1b

God has the answer for a thirsty soul!

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) — Jesus (John 7:38-39)

Jesus has now been glorified and the Holy Spirit is available for the asking.

Two Additional Thoughts:

  1. Why settle for a canteen when whole river is offered?
  2. Wanting is not the same as asking

Also see: Pray it forward — August 30, 2011
Also see: Expecting Good – October 21, 2011

— fritz

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If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? … If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? – Jesus (Luke 11:11-13)

Some are afraid to ask for God’s Holy Spirit, afraid to commit fully to Christ — afraid he may require a change too hard or allow an experience too painful.

Not so. Jesus assures that when asked for his Holy Spirit it will be good — not something too hard (a stone) or something which will bite back (a serpent).

How could we expect otherwise.

— fritz

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Breath

And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. — Genesis 1:2

Throughout the Bible, in both Old and New Testaments, in both Hebrew and Greek languages, the word translated “Spirit” is the same used for Breath and Wind. Why?

Part of the answer, I believe, is that wind, breath, spirit is unseen and uncontrolled. It can be felt on our skin, it can be heard blowing through the trees and tall grass, we even try to track it with radar, but it goes where ever it goes without or control, approval, or direction.

God’s spirit is like that and so are his followers.

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit — John 3:8

He moves and we benefit. We pray for it, wait for it, work with it or against it, but we don’t control it, and we don’t control those following him.

— fritz@langgang.com

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And behold, Elisabeth thy kinswoman, … this is the sixth month with her … And Mary arose and entered into the house of Zacharias and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit; and she … said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb … For behold, when the voice of thy salutation came into mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”

I remember my wife’s first pregnancy — she eagerly anticipated feeling the baby move.

Elizabeth, in the Bible, was six (6) month’s pregnant so the timing of feeling her baby was not that unusual. What made it so extraordinary was God’s Holy Spirit.

God often uses ordinary events, adding his Holy Spirit to make them truly extraordinary, so don’t miss it by requiring something completely unique. Open up to the Holy Spirit’s ability to make even the ordinary extraordinary.

Sound bite: God’s Holy Spirit make ordinary things extraordinary!
Prayer: Jesus, take my ordinary life and use it for your purposes, that make it truly extraordinary! Amen.

— fritz@langgang.com
See “Coincidence Or Answered Prayer?” – August 20, 2011

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