Tommy Tenney wrote about Moses, “He (Moses) longed for more than “visitation”; his soul longed for “habitation”.  Let us rejoice that Christians now have what Moses was longing for—the habitation of the spirit of God as promised by Jesus in John 14:16 and 16:7—the Comforter, the Holy Spirit!

However, we cannot let ourselves be misled into thinking we have an option of letting the Holy Spirit “visit” us on our terms or whim.  If we do so, we may identify with David’s anguish as he cries out in the 51st Psalm, “Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me” (v. 11). What misery to have once looked God “in the face” and know we have built a “sin wall” between us!

That was the plight of Adam when he found that God knew he had sinned; he was ashamed and hid from the presence of God. Richard Alleine expresses that feeling in this way, “He who knows what it is to enjoy God will dread His loss; he who has seen His face will fear to see His back.” A loss of God’s companionship would leave one as a “dead man walking.”

So, what is the antidote to feeling like “a dead man walking? “Seek ye me, and ye shall live.” ( Jer. 5:4, 6)jesus

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. I really appreciate this reminder. We often treat God as if “He doesn’t live here.”

    • oneta hayes says:

      You are so right. We expect him to hang around in case we need something. He does hang around with endless patience but that doesn’t mean he is at our beck and call. Thanks.

  2. Faye says:

    Great reminder. Only Christ rose from the dead. He is with us everywhere – even under the rubble in an earthquake. Once we surrender and ask. His Spirt……Christ in us…..the great mystery revealed Cols. 1. It is always worth reading and absorbing. All the Old Testament they knew the Spirit as a visitor. Christ died and rose from death so now He is RESIDENT in our lives. We have the choice to make HIM President (or boss) or just ‘a friend’ or talk endlessly about our salvation or consciously surrender to let him INHABIT everything.

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