As we make room for the Lord in every area of our lives, He becomes a host, not a guest. We do not desire a simple visitation of the Lord, we desire His habitation. We go from temporary to permanent; from seasonal to continuous. As we celebrate our savior’s birth, we pray that He will be welcome in every household and occupy a bigger place than ever before!
When it was time for Jesus to be born, Joseph and Mary were forced to stay in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. The lack of concern for them, even with Mary’s condition, showed their poverty and thus, Jesus, the Savior of the World, was born in a manger where no one would expect such royalty. Even now, though He is Lord of all, He continues to look for hearts where room is made for Him. We may think our hearts are not clean or ready for the Lord; however, God looks for us to invite Him in, not because we are ready, but because without Him we can never be ready.
When we prepare for guests, we make sure the house is clean and everything is at its best. When we prepare for hosts, we turn the keys and everything we have over to them. As the host, our Lord sweeps clean our home and transforms it from a manger to a mansion. He doesn’t look at what is made for Him; He looks for those who are willingly making a place, from glory to glory!
Luke 2:7 “And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
When we are in the presence of the Lord, we enjoy His love, His peace and His rest. Often, it is in that place that He distributes gifts to us without our realizing it. Only later do we notice an increase of His gifting, in and through us, as the need arises. His presence always comes with presents from Him. As we seek Him and not the gifts, we find that He showers us with the gifts.
These gifts are spiritual gifts and come from the greatest gift, love. He wraps us with more of His glory so we can be His gift to others. We carry and distribute His love to all those we meet. As this most precious gift is given, it leads all of us to experience His presence and seek Him even more. His word, healing and peace are shared with others and multiplied in more ways than we can see.
We do not know the results of our sharing Christ’s love. God continues to increase all that is done from His heart of love. We do not follow the signs and the wonders; they follow us. His love heals, restores and comforts. His love is what brings forth all that comes from Him. As we love Him and rest in His presence, let’s receive His presents to present to the world, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 13: 1-3 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
We are battled before and after we obey the leading of the Lord. Most of the battles take place in our minds. Our minds look at things in the natural and tell us we are not going to accomplish what the Lord has called us to do. After we rebuke the liar, obey the leading of the Lord and walk into what is laid before us, we find another great battle awaits us.
The battle that comes after our obedience attempts to stop us from doing anything for the Lord again. Because the anointing increases as we allow the Holy Spirit to move through us, the enemy attempts to stop us from continuing in our steps of obedience. He uses fear without ceasing. His lies pertain to self, insecurity, guilt and inadequacy. The way to go through this warfare is to focus on who the Lord Jesus is: yesterday, today and forever.
The warfare is great after we do anything in the name of Jesus. That after is also the before of the next leading we will obey. The Holy Spirit often empowers us by multiplying His instructions so that we move in the Spirit from one thing to another, with no time in between. The before and after is eliminated by our moving forward, back to back, leaving no time for the adversary. We are more than conquerors, from glory to glory!
Deuteronomy 11:12 “… a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.”
Because God so loved us that He gave, we so love that we give. God’s love is what we are to give, above all. It is a gift; therefore, it’s given without any expectation of receiving anything in return. God keeps on loving us and we keep on loving, by grace, through faith.
Forgiveness, joy and peace come as we give love. It’s not our human love that we give; it’s the unconditional love of God that has been placed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Love is one of the nine fruits of the Spirit, and the one without which none of the others could exist. We recognize we are walking with the Lord by the way we love one another.
It’s not what is given in the natural that has value; it’s the love that is given through a gift. This gift can be a hug, a smile, a scripture or a cookie. The value placed on a gift is the same for all things given: the love that it carries. A hug from a heart of love is worth much more than an expensive gift from obligation. Truly the Lord Himself is a gift that never stops giving, from glory to glory!
1 John 4:11-12 “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.”
When Jesus asked the blind man if he saw anything, the blind man looked up and answered that he could see men like trees, walking. Then Jesus put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. The blind man was then restored, and saw everyone clearly. Spiritually the Lord touches us again and again until we are restored and can see things clearly.
The Lord’s plan is greater than what we can see. He desires that we know His will undoubtedly; and through various ways; He brings clarification and confirmation again and again. Some things He has for us are so great that if He would show them to us too soon, we wouldn’t believe it. The Holy Spirit will gradually bring to light what we need to know. When things are not clear, we ask the Lord to touch us again and again until our next move is visible.
The Lord anoints our eyes to see what He has for us. Receiving His sight, His vision for us, is like removing a veil; things we see become clearer than ever before. We see Him, others, and even ourselves with increasing glory. Our spiritual vision improves and we can see how all things will be restored. What a blessing it is to know that even though we see dimly now, it is only temporary. The Lord’s hand is upon us, from glory to glory!
Mark 8:24-25 “And he looked up and said, ‘I see men like trees, walking.’ Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.”
Our Heavenly Father is seeking those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. The idea of God finding us the moment we worship Him, leads us to worship Him even more. With our heart turned towards Him and our hands lifted up, we embrace Him through our words, tears and expressions of love. We stand in awe as we meet God face-to-face and rejoice in His presence.
We rejoice in worshiping Abba Father and giving Him glory and honor because of who He is. A lesser known benefit of worshiping is that satan is publicly rebuked and reprimanded during our praise. Our adversary was cast out of the place of worship even though he used to be the praise leader in heaven. When we do what he is no longer able to do, he is resisted and has to flee from every area of our lives. It is imperative that when we feel the most oppressed, attacked or in warfare that we rise up and worship. In doing so we get closer to what is of God, and further away from what is of the enemy. In that place of intimacy nothing can come between us and the awesomeness of God’s glory.
If we ever need to feel closer to God, let’s worship. When depression tries to come upon us, let’s worship. When darkness increases in the world around us, let’s worship. When we don’t know what to do, let’s worship. No matter what it takes or where we are, we press through to worship, from glory to glory!
John 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.