Becoming a People ofHabitation

This is the last in my series of reposts from seven years ago.  Next week’s post will be new.

“Revival is merely a visitation-a much lower form of spirituality than the Father intends.”

Graham Cooke

Recently our son’s friend paid us a visit on his way to Colorado.  His stay was brief, barely 24 hours.  I enjoy hosting visitors, trying to make them feel valued and comfortable during their short stay.  The day after Jesse left, I heard the Lord say, “I’m looking for a few good men and women, whom I find trustworthy, to host My Presence.”

A visit is a short stay, a brief residence as a guest.  To inhabit is to occupy as a place of settled residence; to dwell, live and abide.  The difference between the two has to do with the length of stay and the level of formality or intimacy.  Are you always serving them or do they help themselves to what’s in your refrigerator and cupboards? One is temporary and the other is permanent.  One is a guest and the other is like family.

I want to be one of those few, good women.  I want to host God’s presence 24/7.  I want to make it so easy for the Holy Spirit to make Himself at home within my spirit that He doesn’t want to leave.  I want the Holy Spirit to feel valued when I make time with Him a priority.  And I want the Holy Spirit to unpack His bags and stay a while, or better yet, never leave.

So what can we do to encourage the Holy Spirit to descend upon us and make His home within our hearts and spirits?  Humility releases His Presence, anointing, and  favor.  When you’re humble, it’s His agenda you want to fulfill, not yours.  It’s Him you want glorified, not yourself.  Isaiah 66:2 says, “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my Word.”

Being pure in heart and innocent with childlike faith makes the Holy Spirit want to take up permanent residence. God wants us to implicitly trust His fathering. “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false“ (Psalm 24:3-4).

Holiness is another character trait of the one God desires to inhabit.  The Holy Spirit is uncomfortable around sin.  Examine your heart, your thought life, the words you speak and your actions.  Ask yourself if the Holy Spirit would want to unpack His bags and stay awhile, or would He be uncomfortable visitin