Dwelling Place 4/2/20

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1)

Where do you live? Not the town and house you live in. Not a physical address. Where do you live out each day? Where is it you live wherever you happen to be, whatever happens to go on around you?

We usually choose the physical place we live. Maybe it’s near family and friends. Maybe it is in a part of the country we enjoy. Maybe it’s a place that gives us a variety of activities and entertainment options.

We also choose the spiritual place we live, but even not choosing is a choice. We are taught frequently in the Bible that spiritually we struggle between two places: the earthly and the heavenly. This struggle also determines what we value and how we live. If we don’t choose the heavenly, we have automatically chosen the earthly.

Our flesh pulls us towards the earthly dwelling. We want to be independent; we want to focus on ourselves and get the things we want. When we give in to the flesh, we also find that it comes with regrets and frustration. We discover that these things don’t satisfy us. They leave us empty.

God draws our spirit to Himself. As we draw near to God, we discover a lasting peace and security. We find meaning and purpose. We find treasures that don’t wear out or grow old. Abiding in the shadow of the Almighty gives us a sure and secure shelter in which to weather out the storms of life.

The word “abide” means to continue. We continue in God. By His strength and grace, we persevere. As we continue in Him, our spirit is strengthened. Our understanding and wisdom grow. Through the Holy Spirit we have the mind of Christ. We begin to love what God loves. We begin to will what God wills. We begin to seek His glory above all else. We become a new creation in Christ. Our greatest longing becomes to dwell in the shelter of the Most High and abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Amen.

Pastor Mike

 

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