The night before I was about to fly I had a dream: the Lord told myself and one other person were protecting the flight. When I awoke I understood that my faith and that of another believer would protect that flight. We were carrying His presence with us. We were spilling bits o’ heaven.
Another time while flying the pilot told us that we would have to fly through a storm and expected severe turbulence. My heart sank, turbulence made me feel sick on small aircraft. I started thanking God that He would clear the storm and that this would be a turbulence-free flight. About 15 minutes into smooth flying the pilot announced that turbulence was still coming and not to get out of our seats. He made the same announcement some time later and was silent for the rest of the flight. The flight was perfectly smooth, I didn’t even feel one bump!
As Christians, not only do we walk in God’s presence, but we bring Him with us wherever we go. People are blessed when we are around, since God’s presence flows from us and we spill bits o’ heaven. As carriers of Him our lives are marked with His blood and sealed with the Holy Spirit. We have been recreated to carry His presence everywhere we go.
Joseph worked for Potipher an Egyptian pagan and Potiphers house became blessed. Though Potipher was not in covenant with God the blessing on Joseph still flowed onto this non-believer’s house-hold. Now Joseph couldn’t carry the presence of God like we do, because he didn’t have Christ’s blood or the Spirit inside him, but he was a child of promise and even he was spilling bits o’ heaven…
As believers, we are children of promise like Jospeh, and we are covered in Christ’s blood and sealed with the Holy Spirit. How much more do we bring God’s presence and blessing to our worlds?
Jonah too was a child of promise, but he didn’t always live in agreement with God and caused a ship and total strangers great danger. His influence was the opposite of Josephs even though his calling was like Joseph’s- to bless the nations and spill bits o’ heaven…
Though we are children of promise, blood-covered and Spirit-sealed it is possible to be of little effect. If we are not aware of our call and if we don’t live in agreement with who we are, we won’t spill God’s Kingdom to our world. During difficult or busy times we may tend to forget who we are and what we are called to. It’s during these times that we must make purposeful agreement with what God has said about us and our call.
Agree with and know who you are:
1 I am so valuable that God has given His own blood for me.(Jhn 3:16)
2 I have been created in God’s image and recreated as righteous in Christ. (Gen1:27, 2 Cor 5:17)
3 Though I am a clay vessel I carry the treasures of heaven (2 Cor 4:7)
4 The presence of God lives inside me and brings hope to the world (Colossians 1:27)
5 God has called me to usher His kingdom into the world (Mark 16:15)
When we live in agreement with heaven nothing can come against this truth and the effectiveness of our lives!
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”1 Corinthians 3:16
“Mothers love is pain,” a friend told me when my children were babies. A parent loves until it hurts. The parent-child bond does not originate in man’s attempt to be good, but is placed in our DNA by God.
Much about God is revealed to us through His creation (Romans 1:20). We are created in His image and the parental DNA that humans carry is a clue into the nature of God. Our parental DNA mirrors Father God’s heart.
I believe that understanding His love for us is the most important revelation we will ever receive. It’s not a one-time ‘get it’ moment but a continual growing revelation of how He loves me. This is a pursuit we must run after. The more we understand this, the more we will taste Him.
We cannot force our hearts to understand His love. Romans 5:5 says that God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. His Spirit reveals His love to our hearts, but we can also position ourselves to receive this revelation:
1. Believe God’s Word– what it says about His love for us, even if it contradicts our feelings about God or ourselves. Believing places our minds and hearts in alignment with God and we are able to receive.
2. Spend time in His presence simply to receive His love. In this time try to refrain from your own requests and busyness even if they are spiritual and good.
3. Practice awareness of His love. When you think of Him during your day, stop for a moment (in the car, grocery store, at your desk) and consider His love for you. Allow yourself to sense His love. It’s amazing how this will change your day and life!
Here’s a meditation exercise to help us become more aware of God’s love for us:
Take a minute, quiet yourself and ponder this…Think of how much you love your kids. Think of how many times you think about them and how important they are in your life. Think of how quickly you are grieved if they are hurt or in trouble. Think of how your whole day is ruined if something is not right with them. Think of how happy you are when it is well with your child. Now learn from your own heart. Abba Father loves you MORE than you love your own children. He loves you with a perfect Father and Mother love. His compassion over you is greater than your compassion for your kids. So is His mercy, His favor, His forgiveness, His grieving, His grace and His thoughts toward you.
Now live from that outflow and rock your world!
God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (Romans 5:5)
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