08 May, 2009

Who Is In Control

A couple a days ago I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who made the statement, "Can you even imagine what it would have been like to be Adam and to walk with God daily?" I didn't really say much to him at that time, but that thought kept running through my mind the more I thought about it, the more I began to think about how he was missing such an important part of having a relationship with Jesus Christ. When we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit dwells in us. Literally, we walk with God 24/7. The sad thing is, most people fail to realize what it means to have the Holy Spirit living in them. We have such a misunderstanding of what a privilege we have and honestly, we neglect our Lord. I think it is because we have such a misunderstanding of the presence of God. The fact is, we have come to the point that we associate a building that we call "the church" as the place of worship and thus, God's presence. Many have become conditioned to think that they must go to "the church" to get in or experience the presence of God. We have in effect limited God to a particular place at particular times. This is not what God intends for us at all. His abiding presence in us means that God intends for us to stay in constant communion, constant harmony and walking with him at all times. But the sad fact is that we act as if there is a switch by which we can shut God's presence on and off as we will. As I have thought on this, I've come to realize that the real problem is that we have not acknowledged who the master of the house is. Instead of submitting our bodies and lives to God, we have, in effect, given him a room in the house. We try to limit God to one room, one area of our lives and we remain in control of the whole of the house. I wonder how our lives would change if we really, I mean really, submitted ourselves wholly to the Lord? What if instead of allowing God out his room once in awhile, we allowed his purpose and authority to rule the house? What if we spent time communicating with him daily... not just throwing out our demands and wishes for the day, but actually listening to him and obeying him. I believe that instead of once in awhile experiencing the presence of God, we would live, breathe, walk and move in his presence and power.

The question really comes down to, "Who is really in control of our lives?"

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