Where God lives
In his message to us this past Sunday Pastor Andrew referenced Isaiah 57:15, pointing out two quite different localities in which the Lord God Almighty is pleased to dwell:
“For this is what the high and exalted One says— He who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.’” (Isa. 57:15).
Did you catch that? God, the Eternal One and Creator of all, Who is comfortable in “the high and holy place” is just as comfortable “with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit.”
And what does He like to do there, in the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit? He wants to “revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
According to Merriam Webster “revive” means “to return to consciousness or life,” to make something “become active or flourishing again.” It involves a restoration from a state of depression, inaction or disuse, a renewal of mind or memory. God is comfortable to live within broken people and loves to renovate them into glorious abodes, “high and holy” ones like His other dwelling place. And He’s just the One Who can do it!
But His labour isn’t free — It’ll cost you your pride.
Ripping out your pride may make a mess inside you, but all long-lasting renovations go through that. God gets out the mouldy bits behind the drywall, tears out the wood rot, and firms up the foundation.
Where is He?
He’s right outside your door… right now… Listen… hear that knocking? Hear Him call?
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in… “ (Rev. 3:20a)
You know what you must do.
To hear Pastor Andrew’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Sept. 13 message.