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The Dwelling Place

John 14:17-“even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. (John Hagee Prophecy Bible)

The Bible mentions two earthly places where God continually dwells, one is a city and one is a person.  That is, the city of Jerusalem and the body of a believer in Christ Jesus, respectively.

Today, the political leaders of Jerusalem have spent around $400,000 in cleaning the streets of their city from dust, and spray paint, and have arranged luxury accommodations in two-thirds of the 237 rooms of the King David Hotel-- all done to receive a man in whom they hope can help them achieve peace and security.

Indeed, one day, their City will receive the Man who will come in the flesh to supernaturally deliver them from their enemies, but until then, the church (the spiritual seed of Abraham), has the interim privilege of having the God of Israel dwell within each member.

We Are God’s Dwelling Place!

With the birth of Jesus, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory” (John 1:14).  Jesus promised to prepare a dwelling place for us with the Lord.  “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you (John 14:2).  In order for us to go there, we must first have Jesus dwelling in our heart.  “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God” (1 John 4:15). 

Don’t just dwell with God in a Sunday morning pilgrimage.  Every day seek His presence through prayer and Bible study.  Find the time to celebrate the joy of being a Christian and let the Savior know how thankful you are for what He has done for you. Does Jesus dwell in your heart?  When was the last time you longed to dwell with the Lord?  Are you willing to be a doorkeeper? ( from “ Diamonds for Daily Living”  John Hagee Prophecy Bible, pg. 658).

The way to “clean our streets,” in preparation of receiving our King, is through prayer and Bible study.  Here are some tips for thorough cleaning as you renew your mind daily (Rom. 12:2).

1)     Ask the Spirit of God to meet your heart’s need as you read (Ps. 119:18).
2)     Think about the meaning and implication of what you are reading. 
3)     Take careful note not only of the words that are used but also of how they relate to 
        one another.
4)     It may be of great help to read the same portion over daily for a month’s time…
        for its    words to take root in your heart.
5)     Read the Bible extensively… sometimes…read large portions at one sitting.
6)     Have a particular time every day when you habitually give yourself to the reading 
         of the Word of God.
7)     Read it faithfully.  Do not let a momentary lapse discourage you. 
8)     Read it obediently.  Because the Bible is god’s Word written to you, it is essential
        to obey it (Es. 24:3).  (John Hagee Prophecy Bible, p. 528).