|Anne Marie Molster & Amie Rogers|
Throughout the entire Bible, people have sought out the comfort of the Lord. At times, they simply rested and worshiped in His presence, but also relied on Him to bring victory in times of adversity. The reassurance that God was with them offered confidence, strength and hope in all they faced. God’s desire then was just as it is now. He longs to be with His people and live among them.
“Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.” Exodus 29:42-45 NIV
Later in Acts 2, a group of one hundred twenty people intentionally shut themselves away in the Upper Room – in the quiet, awaiting the return of the Lord’s Presence. They saw and received the mighty rushing wind and tongues of fire from Heaven, resting upon them leaving, them forever changed; which in turn, changed everyone around them.
This is where we must see ourselves today. We are to establish Heaven here on Earth. Wherever we go, we must take Heaven with us! We have been empowered to heal the sick, lift up the lame and the rejected, open blind eyes and raise the dead! Church as we know it has forgotten that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is the very power within us. We are Heaven manifest. We ARE His Glory Carriers, we are the ones He’s chosen to change this world.
His presence upon us is the power that births miracles, opening doors for the signs and wonders of Heaven here on Earth! It is no mistake that there are twenty-two scriptures referencing the Lord’s presence. It is the key to opening doors to the plans He has for us.
“I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” Isaiah 22:22 NIV
There is a level of excitement in the spirit as many begin to understand that the Kingdom of Heaven is, in fact, at hand right now! We have been given the gift of Holy Spirit so that we too can be carriers of His presence, glory and miraculous nature!
“From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. ”” Matthew 4:17 NLT
As Jesus preached these words, we can be assured that they were quite confused. Heaven as they knew it was an inaccessible thing; something only a high priest was allowed. They could not fathom that they could easily grasp hold of it. Although they may not have understood Him at the time, as Jesus continued to put His words into action, they began to witness Heaven. Heaven turned water into wine, Heaven touched the lepers and healed them, Heaven broke bread with tax collectors (the most hated of the Jewish people), Heaven sought out the rejected and adulterers, Heaven opened blind eyes, Heaven made the lame to walk, Heaven raised the dead, Heaven miraculously fed the hungry and Heaven washed the feet of those that would deny and betray Him.
Then, Heaven went to the cross, taking on the sin, sickness and shame of all those that had gone before Him, those hanging beside Him and for ALL who were to come after Him. He received the punishment of death for it all, then three days later, defeated that death when He rose from the grave.
“And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. “And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him to life on the third day. Then God allowed him to appear, not to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses. We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.” Acts of the Apostles 10:38-41 NLT
When something has been defeated, we are given dominion over it!
Just as Jesus displayed the power of the Lord in Luke 4:18, as His Father’s spirit rested upon Him, we have been given the same power and authority! The favor of the Lord has come and it rests upon each one of us!