Continuing from the PART-1: Who Owns You, The battle for your ownership.
God’s Ownership Over A Hand Made Tent
Israelites were under the yoke of slavery for 500 yrs in Egypt under the Pharoahs rule.
In the beginning, when they were started their life in Egypt under the Pharoah, it was a royal beginning. Their life resembles a life that started royal with devil and later turned out to be slavery under devil.
500 yrs later Moses took them out of the Egypt by the mighty power of God.
They crossed the red sea but they roamed in the desert for 40 yrs before reaching their promised land.
After crossing the red sea, for many months they had no clue which direction to go in desert, similar dilemma before most of the people who have absolutely no idea what to do and which direction to go in life.
In the wilderness, God instructed them to build a tent called “Tent of Tabernacle” to dwell in the midst of them.
They built it, then they consecrated, purified the tabernacle by sacrifices of bulls and calves according to the instructions given to Moses by God.
They sacrificed bulls and calves for the purification of – tent of Tabernacle, their own sins, and their priests.
On that day , after consecration and purification , CLOUD CAME DOWN ON THE TABERNACLE AND COVERED IT.
During the daytime Israelites saw the tabernacle COVERED WITH CLOUD and at night time cloud looked like FIRE above the tabernacle.
Two signs was evident there.
a) It was the presence of God, visible to naked eye.
b) It was also sign that soon after the purification, GOD TOOK THE OWNERSHIP OF TENT OF TABERNACLE after the purification.
The cloud that covered Tabernacle started GIVING DIRECTIONS to Israelites in the desert to travel as they didn’t know which path to go.
Whenever the cloud lifted above the tent, the Israelites set out, Wherever cloud settled , the Israelites encamped in the desert.
The Hand Made, purified tent of tabernacle became the DWELLING OF GOD, OWNED BY GOD and gave wisdom to more than half a million Israelites directing their path to travel.
God’s Ownership Over A Human Body
Today God is not looking for hand made tent of tabernacle to dwell in the midst of us.
God wants OUR BODY as the LIVING tent of tabernacle TO ABIDE.
What a great opportunity for each one of us!
For that purification is required like what did for the hand made tent .
But God doesn’t need sacrifices of bulls and calves for our purification.
No amount of sacrifices of bulls and calves can purify us for God to abide in us. And God already did the sacrifice for our purification. All we need to do is actualize it.
God’s Ownership upon us: Starts with Purification
For God to dwell in us, he sent Jesus to this world as a sacrifice FOR EVERYONE WHO LIVED, LIVING NOW AND TO BORN TOMORROW.
Jesus died as a sacrificial animal for the purification(removal) of our sins and corrupted (sinful)natures.
When we acknowledge from our heart the work of Jesus at cross as God’s work ,and believe that Jesus is resurrected and living for us today and receive Jesus the Christ as the savior of our life, our sinful natures in us begin to die. The purification of our self begins to ACTUALIZE.
That’s a MIRACLE .
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
A transformation to life by believing not by DOING something what world’s religions are asking for. Religions asks to do various things to transform our mind.
God doesn’t need anything for us to do to please him.
God want us to acknowledge what He already did for us, leaving aside our prideful heart and intelligent mind. It is our acceptance of heart, trust on God’s love for us.
Sinful/corrupted nature or desires like jealousy, anger, addiction, selfishness, homosexuality,…will be CEASED by the work of God not by our effort.
So that no one can boast that they have become a better person not by their great efforts like fasting or by giving charity or by doing anything good.
All we need is to accept Jesus as our savior and allow God to purify ourselves and abide in us and do his work in this world.
God’s Ownership upon us : Activated by God’s Abiding
Once we accept the purification by Jesus by faith, Next is God should dwell in us . For that Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit, Spirit of God to abide in us.
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive John 7:38
The Spirit Jesus promised is for everyone, When we accept death of Jesus at cross and its purpose, his resurrection, his promise to live with us, Spirit of God come upon us and dwell in our body. Just like God came down like cloud on the tent of Tabernacle.
He (Holy Spirit) is the Gift of God.
We should have the desire for the Spirit Of God.
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
God’s Ownership upon us : Manifestation By Giving Control
Holy Spirit comes to a person and abide in him.
It is the same presence of Jesus Christ, It is the Power of God.
So we expect, if Holy Spirit, spirit of God is in a person he should at least show some difference from his previous life before receiving Jesus as savior.
But we can see Christians who accept Jesus as their Lord and God living as same as before but worse than other people who doesn’t receive Jesus as their savior.
So accepting Jesus and receiving Holy Spirit may not change a person’s condition.
He will continue to live as before.
Acknowledging the presence of Holy Spirit in us by belief and declaration and submitting one’s SELF is the key for transformation .
IT IS ONLY On continuous surrender of our decisions, our will, our desires to God’s will and death of our self (our wishes, desires)by acknowledging the presence of Holy Spirit in us , Holy Spirit takes control of our thoughts resulting the experience of God’s hand in everything that person do.
Whatever that person does will be directed by God, Whatever that person does will be successful . That person can never be in depression and can remain joyful and peaceful. It is just like breaking a seed to grow more.
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
John 12: 24,25
At this point our ownership be taken over by God. Like cloud dwells over tabernacle. God just not dwells in us through Holy Spirit but start taking decisions.
God’s Ownership On You : Starts Directing Your Ways
Holy Spirit reveals God’s own thoughts, God’s will , God’s desire, God’s wisdom.
As you surrender yourselves to the presence of Holy Spirit – God’s thoughts, will, desire and wisdom become your thoughts, will, desire and wisdom.
Holy Spirit start directing your steps, your decisions according to the thought of God, the wisdom of God.
You can easily discern the truth behind what you see, hear from the noise of this world.
God’s Ownership on You: You, Be A Fire In The Darkness!
Like the cloud over tabernacle looked like fire in the darkness, The presence of Resurrected Jesus in you through Holy Spirit makes you a fire that gives light to many in the darkness.
You become the burning fire in the dark world where evil do its best to prevail!
May You be A Burning Fire For God!
That’s why you are born to this world.
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