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  • 2 Samuel 7:5,6: Go and say to My servant David, 'Thus says the LORD, "Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in? "For I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the sons of Israel from Egypt, even to this day; but I have been moving about in a tent, even in a tabernacle."

    Matthew 8:20: Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.

    Why is it that we as humans want to control so much of what God can do. There is no limit to what He can do, and yet we put on our own minds what we think He is capable of, or not capable of. 

    We see from these two scriptures that David wants to put God in a home, in a box and make it a shrine much like idols. I believe that David's intentions are good, and it looks a lot like worship, and yet in essence David is trying to sort out and compartmentalize God. It is like saying, ok God, I will go out and fight nations, and rule here, and I will put you over in this spot, and we can all go to You when we need to. 

    The fact is, God in all three forms is a God that gets in the muck and mire of this life. He is on the front lines of every battle, and every area of our lives. He is not a god who sits on a mantle over the fireplace, or is in a huge cathedral with ivory towers. He may be there too, but He is not limited to the box we try and put Him in.

    With Jesus, we see the same thing. He tells the scribe, look if you want to follow me, you have to be ok with camping out every night, and going to places you aren't used to going. He says, foxes have holes and birds have nests. What He is saying is that everyone has a place, and it is not for the faint of heart to go where Jesus is going. 

    You see, The Lord took the Israelites out of physical slavery and bondage, and that war was won. David carried around the Ark of the covenant and wherever the Ark was, victory was also there. 

    With Jesus, He came and broke the yoke of spiritual bondage and slavery, and still upheld all the benefits of the physical with Him for you and me. There was no war or battle that Jesus led the charge on for land or natural kingdom, but it was the spiritual battle that He bore on His own. We can see from all of the scriptures that relate to Him driving out demons, casting off sickness, and healing the lepers. All of those battles looked physical, but were all spiritual. Under the old covenant, there were few who were healed of ailments, and when they were, there was an act of some sort that had to take place. With Jesus, it is invoking His name, His touch, that which He gave to each and every one of us through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit truly has no residence other than to say He is everywhere that He is welcomed. If we ask for the Holy Spirit we will receive the Holy Spirit, and we cannot build a temple for Him. We cannot put Him in a home or a box, He is free flowing. He is in our bodies, the air, and wherever we meet in Jesus' name.

    Let us open ourselves up, set free our mind of control, and allow the Lord to lead us, instead of try and dictate where and what God can do, and where He can reside. He belongs wherever He wants to belong, and the more of Him we see, the more we will truly be free. In Jesus' name. Amen.

    Father, thank You for being everywhere we are today.  Thank You that we don't have to go to a temple or through another man to get to You.  Thank You that we just have to recognize Your presence and acknowledge that You are our God and Father in Heaven.  We seek You today to be the Lord of our lives and lead us in all things in Jesus name. Amen.

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