Saturday, February 25, 2017

"His Home Is Our Hearts" - 02/25/17 - Numbers 33-34

“God’s beloved;...
God’s permanent residence.
Encircled by God all day long,
within whom God is at home.” (33:12)

Did you catch the best part of this verse?

"within whom God is at home.”

He is talking about you, His beloved.
You who are "in" Him and He is "in" you.

Permanently - unless you decide to kick Him out.

Just one of the many things about our Abba that amazes me. He gives us the free choice to love Him....or not.

He isn't like the intruding mother-in-law, the butt of all jokes, coming to visit and never moves out while taking over the entire house and running it her way. He comes when invited and only goes where you allow Him to. Not that He doesn't want to be everywhere, He is not intrusive. He desires for your house to become a home revolving around Him.

He loves us that much, knowing what is best for us - is Him.

He calls us "His Beloved". And when we have invited Him into our "heart home", He sees us in all stages. When we have our  best clothes on, our hair is fixed with our best face on. Our "heart home" is picked up and spotless, all areas organized and purged. He sees us at our best, and still dust bunnies flutter around our ankles - no matter how much we clean.

We shall strive to have our  "heart home" be totally in Him until our last breath.

There will be times He will see us at our worst. Our hair hasn't been combed and is wild about our head, the robe we are wearing could stand up by itself in a corner, if you could find a corner. Our "heart home" will at times be a mess, cluttered and dirty, dishes mounted upon the counter, flies buzzing around rotten food. TV is a continuous source of noise and foul language our mouths sometimes imitates. 

Because we live in the world, because we are human, there are times when our "heart home" isn't reflecting Him. Thankfully, when we have asked Him to make our "heart home" His "permanent residence" we become "encircled by Him all day long".  He holds us accountable when our housekeeping falters, encouraging and helping us to get things cleaned up and in order. He shows us that our "heart home" has to be at the ready for The Divine Appointments He has made each day. 

Our love for Him begins to prevail over our backsliding and we find ourselves desiring and continually striving to give our "heart home" over to Him. We begin to love living in our "heart home" when He isn't a guest, but a member of our family. 

When He is The Lord of our "heart home" we become blessed beyond words while submitting to His ways, following His example of keeping our "heart home" in order.  We come to love not having the "ugliness of sin", amongst the beauty of His Home - our "heart home".

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