A Brief Look at Where the Lord Lives
If you desire to receive the Savior as your Lord, it is rewarding and uplifting to understand where He comes from and where He lives. This King of Kings, comes from the Kingdom of Heaven. We are looking at the spiritual, the mysterious, the real, and that which you can experience.
Scripture says no one can declare that “Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit!” In the sphere in which God reigns, His Son must be our Master, not simply a being who makes suggestions. God deserves and expects to be honored to be our leader, to have first place in our life, to have preference and precedence over every thought, idea and direction we take. Every where this only begotten (born) Son of God comes, He brings His Kingdom. His purpose is to establish His Kingdom, to never leave those who make Him the Lord of their life, and to spread Heaven’s Kingdom through Christ being formed in them. (Galatians 4:19) His Kingdom is a Kingdom of love, because God Himself is love.
I have read and listened to all sorts of preachers. I think Myles Munroe is the best human illuminator in the world on this subject of the Kingdom. Myles Munroe’s website is: www.bfmmm.com. If you stay under the tutelage and leading of the Holy Ghost, and keep steeped in the written Word of God, He will teach you all things! (John 14:26) You will be able to teach with authority, but it is still the acceptable way to God for you to follow the footsteps of the Apostle Paul, and compare what you are persuaded is the mind of Christ, with other saints who have taken Christ as their Lord!
You have probably heard that God is omnipresent. Omnipresent means that He is everywhere at the same time! He is in the chair you may be sitting in and the roof over your head if you are so fortunate, He holds all those molecules together, but this does not mean that He is in the form that can communicate with you. Let me use an example now to explain a little more how we can pinpoint where God is. Although scripture says the Messiah, Christ Jesus, is far above all the Heavens and even though King David said, “If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.” These things do not explain to us how to pinpoint where He is.
The example I would like to use speaks about a great being who spends his time healing the sick, teaching spiritual matters and medical ones all around the world. He saves lives, instructs in outstanding universities, and at major medical facilities. You might call him a universal man, but this does not mean he does not reside in a specific country, a specific city, a specific house and with specific children, mate and pets. Although, at any certain time, he could be anywhere, sometimes, he goes to where “he hangs his hat”: a place called home. Now, is when this professor and doctor fails to be a perfect example, because unlike God, he cannot be everywhere at the same time. God, however, can be everywhere at the same time and also, so to speak, be where He loves to hang His hat.
King David said he would not give sleep to his eyes or slumber to his eyelids until he found the habitation of the God of Jacob. (Psalms 132:4) This implies the God of Israel, whose Son is the Redeemer of them who will be the true Christians, has a mishkan. This English word habitation, in the Hebrew, is mishkan. Mishkan is a wonderful word that initially means a residence. Those who have shared this Divine Presence in a place God always finds pleasure in, depend on Him showing up there regularly! In some cases, it can also mean a lair of animals, even a shepherd’s hut, a tent or a dwelling place.
Now you know where God has a residence. No, He does not dwell in temples built with hands (Acts 7:48) not even a church building or a great cathedral. His residence was discovered according to Psalms 132:6 in the “fields of the wood.” The words, fields of the wood means flat spread out country, ground, lands or soil. Wood means a green group of trees filled with honey, sometimes called honey trees. Such trees are usually ancient old-growth forests. Fields planted with such kingly timber was not made to turn into lumber, but it was growing to become God’s pleasure. (Revelation 4:11) You might say as He desired it. God had a residence in tall undisturbed forests covering a huge area of basically sacred places to Him. There even was a stratum of the forest near the Earth nourishing and sheltering this home of animals. When we save the vanishing sacred forests and other atmospheres, we enable God to rest with His people.
If it was God’s intention, He could have been resting or meditating on the Earth and enjoying its creature’s purposes, when Satan was cast down to this Planet. Satan, in his pride and arrogance, would corrupt it and deceive Eve. God may have been right here observing all that Satan did in preparation for his next move on humanity and all creatures. No doubt, God could have watched from Heaven or Earth for nothing is hidden from God’s sight. You can have Biblical grounds to expect to experience God as you meditate in His word and delight in His creation deep in the forests. Many people have found this to be a dependable fact.
Ultimately, we must bring up the matter of the Holy Spirit. If your assembly of believers does not know the third person of the Trinity, they are missing the top promise and intention of the Most High. He calls it the Baptism of the Holy Spirit the promise of God, not a promise of God. Luke wrote of the coming of the Holy Ghost, the third person of the Trinity, and reveals how important His coming was to the called out ones and to the Father’s purpose. Remember, that the Holy Ghost will baptize us and be with us forever. In fact, we are the Holy Spirit’s final residence. The Godhead moved around quite a bit as we read from Genesis to Revelation. We must acknowledge that God was so desirous to baptize His believers, not just with John’s baptism of repentance, but with the Holy Spirit, as the scripture records, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, and the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4)
You may have read in the scriptures there is one God in three persons. We call this the Blessed Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Ghost, yet one God. (Jesus said, “I and my Father are one.”) The third person of the Trinity is the Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost. Receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not the end of your journey. Perhaps it is at best, the end of the beginning of your Christian walk. He is your teacher and He will bring to remembrance whatsoever Jesus has spoken, especially if you pray in tongues when you are alone with God. “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh mysteries in the spirit unto God.” (1Corinthians 14:2)
The Holy Spirit really is best known as a person for He teaches just like you had a built in professor. He reveals and authenticates the gifts Christ gave unto you and He shows you things to come. This can mean He shows you that the bridge on the road you are driving on is washed out or He shows you the connection of certain scriptures. He can tell you not to go to work at the twin towers today or make you more learned than some prestigious bible college. He was Paul’s teacher, thank God He is mine and if you open to Jesus, He will baptize you in the Holy Ghost. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John tell us that Jesus Christ will baptize us with the Holy Ghost and fire.
If you don’t regularly speak of the Holy Ghost and do not baptize in the Holy Ghost in your place of meeting, I submit that you might not know the Jesus Christ of the Bible, for He will baptize you with the Holy Ghost. If you have never heard of the Holy Ghost, I will have to say the same thing. The Holy Ghost and the Holy Spirit are two interchangeable names. You are the final residence of the Holy Spirit.
When we hear that the entire creation and all creatures are eagerly awaiting the manifestation of the sons of God, the Orthodox Jewish Bible calls God in this text, Elohiym. Elohiym is a plural name which would indicate the triune God but God is also one. Look at what Proverbs 30:4e asks, “What is God’s name, and what is His Son’s name, if you can tell?” Clear back before there were any Christians, the Old Testament declares that God had a son. The verse following this tells us, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” (Proverbs 30:5) This is telling all our Jewish brothers and sisters and you readers that every word of God can be trusted.
If you want to trust God, believe His word and He will be a defense unto you. You need no other and the Elohiym also called, the Lord God Almighty, traveled from Heaven to earth, probably as often as He wished and loves the forests for His residence and though He is everywhere, Christ in you is the hope of glory. When the disciples heard Jesus say that He, the Spirit of Truth, is with you and shall be in you, they did not understand who the Holy Spirit was that was going to be in them. (John 17:14) In John 14:18 He tells them, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”
The indwelling of Christ is a great mystery. The Trinity is a mystery. The oneness of God is a mystery, but it is no mystery when you invite Jesus to be your Lord, and find out that His final residence is you. You will begin to become all that the eternal God can make you, a being that has become God’s mishkan. Enjoy it!
And don’t forget the forests for you can still find God there. When the Holy Spirit forms Christ in you and you meditate in His word in the ancient old growth forests. “For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12)