April 16, 2018 by Kgalalelo
I went to visit my family for the Easter holidays two weeks ago and took my children with me. While on the road, my eldest daughter, who is eleven said to me ‘mommy, if you decide to go anywhere with the family without us, please don’t leave without telling me as you did last year’. I asked her why it was important to inform her since those who would be taking care of her in my absence were my relatives. The answer was quite unexpected when she replied, ‘I feel uneasy when you are not around because you are my home’. I was taken aback by her answer since my family is her family too and leaving her with the family is similar to looking after them myself, but evidently, it was not equivalent. I felt something move inside of me though when she said. Her response was profound to me. It indicated that my presence was significant to her. It made her feel safe and at ease while my absence made her feel perturbed no matter who she was left with or how close those people were to me.
I thought to myself as I was driving, ‘if only we knew who was with us always, we wouldn’t be apprehensive’. God is our home and not the house we live in or the people we live or spend time with. Our home is not the workplace we spend most of the day at or any other institution or building, but His presence wherever we are, is home. The Word of the Lord says, “I will not leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5) and “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). God is with us always as prophesised in Isaiah 7:14 which says "a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Emmanuel!” meaning God with us. Jesus came that God may dwell amongst the people in person and when He prepared Himself to ascend to heaven He said to His disciples that they would receive another Helper who will abide with them forever. This scripture is not meant for the disciples alone but for all believers.
The Holy Spirit who dwell in us is the presence of God in and with us. God’s omnipresent Spirit dwells in all living things and wherever we are, He is there also. Whenever we are fearful and anxious, it’s an indication that we have stepped away from the presence of God and functioning outside of Him and need to return home. He never departs as promised by Him and we can find Him whenever and wherever. Alignment is always key to enjoying the presence of God that is continually with us.
His Spirit animates us, it enlivens the bodies that we are contained in because we are spirit beings and when the body dies, the spirit lives on. This simple sentence made me understand Jesus’ words when He said “I and the father are one” (John 10:30). He identified Himself with the Father because He knew relentlessly that the Father is always with Him and His spirit and that of the Father are united. He also said “the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner” (John 5:19). When you remain in the Lord, you are well positioned to hear and follow guidance and direction you receive from the Holy Spirit.
You dwell in the secret place of the most High and abide by the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91). David surely knew what He was talking about because He was cognisant of the presence of God with Him wherever He went. He was confident that even if he walked through the valley of the shadow of death, he would fear no evil because God was with Him. He had the assurance that God’s rod and staff protected him.
Elijah knew and walked with God and the Word of God says that when He was on the mountain “the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-12). God doesn’t have to make noise for you to hear Him, He doesn’t shout because He is inside of you. A pastor once said that God is closer to you than a brother and that nearness implies that you don’t have to scream always in prayer, He can hear you and be able to read your mind.
The bible says “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24). He knows when you get up, what you think and what your next move will be because you are a part of Him. He therefore, can hear every prayer of everyone at the same time because we bear His name. We are part of His DNA. Statistics says that we are more than seven billion people on earth and even so, God can hear every supplication, request and cry of our hearts. He knows what is happening in our lives right at this moment. He said even the sparrow doesn’t fall on the ground without His knowledge (Matthew 10:29). We are more valuable to God than many sparrows because we were created in His image and likeness.
Just like my daughter, it should make us uneasy when we depart from God who is our home and therefore should align ourselves with Him every moment of each day. It should be a lifestyle and not only a church or temple experience but wherever we are, we should be home. Our lives should not depend on what others are doing or having in their lives or even their presence in our lives but should depend on the company of God with us always. The Acts of the Apostles wouldn’t have been possible devoid of the outburst of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Jesus said to them they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them and with the power of the Holy Spirit they went on to heal people, perform many miracles and preached the gospel. The Holy Spirit enabled the apostles and it enables us even today and even helps us in our weaknesses. We, therefore, cannot accomplish much without being home with God.
The Spirit of God rested upon Jesus like a dove as soon as he was baptised by John (Matthew 3:16). He was initiated into ministry the moment he came out of the water and spoke wisdom, fed multitudes, healed, taught, encouraged and elevated those who came to Him. All righteous actions are accomplished within the home and any venture taken separate from God may get you lost. The only way the Israelites could conquer and enter the Promised Land was by sticking with God and acknowledging Him in everything for the Bible says, “So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands. Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; everyone was fulfilled” (Joshua 21:21-45).
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. &
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