God invites you to fill your whole being with His presence. His presence is more satisfying than the richest delicacies or drinks available to man. His presence will bring peace to your tormented heart. It will quieten your racing mind. It will envelop you when you feel lonely. It is priceless, and freely available to all who need it, or long for it.
I desperately need it today. Which is why I was filled with such thankfulness and relief when I read the following scripture:
“Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]. Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David.” Is 55:1-3
Every part of this scripture blessed me. Am I thirsty? Yes! Do I need spiritual nourishment? Yes! Do I need FREE spiritual nourishment? Yes!
I will eat the nourishing, soul-satisfying promises of God. I will receive life from it so that my soul will be revived! I will be delighted in the fatness (total spiritual joy) that will overtake me after such a spiritual meal, and I will come to Him and be showered by his kindness, goodwill and compassion.
“Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
The benefits of Christ living inside us the moment we are born again are truly boundless, fathomless, incalculable, and exhaustless (Eph 3:8). It seems as if there is no end to this discovery – what an incredible gift it is! A quick recap:
- Jesus is the Word, so we now contain the truth inside us
- God’s presence inside us causes blessing to be around us
- God’s presence (the secret place) protects us and keeps us safe
God is the source, the author and the creator of all life. He IS life. That means this powerful, situation-changing Life now exists inside us. It is this Life that will change hopeless situations into enriching situations full of possibilities. It is this Life that will breathe new life into dry bones. It is this Life that will heal sickness and take away depression. Any ‘dead’ situation will change because of the life which now exists inside of us.
“And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, presihable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.” Rom 8:11
“And he who believes in (has faith in, clings to, relies on) the Son has (now posesses) eternal life.” John 3:36
We have such an amazing gift inside us. I don’t think we can really comprehend how vast and overwhelming it really is! The fullness of God dwells in us the moment we are born again. His divine nature now lives in us (also see the previous post about our new spiritual nature).
“And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and reach full spiritual stature].” Col 2:10
This is incredible! Firstly, it means that the Word of God is contained within you (Christ is the Word – John 1:1). That means there will be a built-in resonance with any truth you hear (your spirit-man will agree and say ‘YES!’). You will KNOW the truth, for it now lives inside you. That is why you don’t have to submit to a list of external rules anymore, for you can now trust the Truth within you (the person, Jesus Christ).
“You show and make obvious that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Cor 3:3
“After those days, says the Lord, I will put My law within them, and on their hearts will I write it; and I will be their God” Jer 31:33