Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne:
"Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever"
Psalm 23: 6
God is dwelling within us right now so that we may dwell with Him, both now and forever. Bless His holy name! The essential truth of our Christian life is that God has come to save us and live in us as "‘Immanuel,’ which translated means, ‘God with us’" (Matthew 1: 23). This is the essential truth of our ministering to the Lord as well.
Ministering to the Lord, in our inner temple, is our response to the truth of Immanuel. Because God is with us, abiding in us, and calling us to abide in Him, indeed to become one with Him, even as He and the Father are one (John 15:4, 10:14-15, 17:21-24), we joyfully respond, as God’s Own New Covenant priesthood (Revelation 1:5-6, 5:9-10, 1 Peter 2:5-9). "Ministering to the Lord" (Acts 13:2) is surely what we must do, what our spirit within yearns for, because God does live within us. So it is right and good for us to frequent the temple of the Holy Spirit within us (1 Corinthians 3:16), our "inner room" (Matthew 6:6), so we may be with our Lord in His presence, offering praise and adoration, stillness and reflection, gratitude and humility, even as He envelopes us in His Own "goodness and lovingkindness."
The simple point I make here is that the more time and frequency we spend in God’s house now, dwelling within us, the more consistently sure we will be, every day, that "I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Amen. Love and dwell with the Lord now and look forward to loving Him and dwelling with Him forever, always remembering with joy that, "we love, because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19). Bless You Lord. Hallelujah!