Where the Spirit of the Lord is..

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  His Spirit is what sets us free to live in our freedom.  We are no longer under law but under the reign (rain!) of the Spirit!  His rule is one of freedom!  He leads us by desire and not compulsion.  And He sets us free from every lie we may believe about God or ourselves and brings us to rise up and walk as free sons and daughters of the King.  In His presence is complete freedom.  Darkness, lies and bondage can't exist there!  He has set us free, and we are free indeed!

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is rest.  His Spirit brings us to rest.  To peace.  To a place of quiet away from the noisiness of the world and the racket inside our own head.  He stills all other voices and makes us to hear His still small voice whispering over and over, "You are Beloved!  You are My delight!  You are constantly favored by the Father!  Everything is fine between you and Me forever!"  What a wonderful place to rest - in the Spirit!

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is love.  We are wrapped in love.  God has tied us up with His Spirit in an eternal love knot that can never be undone.  We will never be out of His loving embrace.  He has loved us from all eternity and loves us for all eternity.  He who searches out every deep thing in our hearts LOVES us with a boundless and perfect and unconditional love!  We can't get away from this love because we are joined to Him who IS this love forever, one spirit with His Spirit.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is confidence.  Places where we had felt vulnerable to enemy attacks now become places of complete protection, where we know we are guarded by Him.  We can rise up and laugh at the enemy.  His lies fade away into nothing as the Spirit dispels each one with His truth.  The insecurity we have felt before God melts away as He shows us He is for us.  He is on our side to fight for us.  We can feel strong and brave because our Best Friend is our Advocate and Defender against the enemy's accusations!  The enemy brings the law out to try to condemn us, and the Spirit brings the Life and Righteousness of Christ out to show off in all His perfection!

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is joy!  He is light-hearted, because He knows Christ has already won.  He knows how things will all wrap up, and so He's light in heart.  He's also light-hearted because He's delighted with us!  He actually sings over us with joy and happiness!  He loves to spend time with us and share Himself with us.  He wants to be around us and never grows tired of us.  He is a joy to be around!  He is constantly joyful in us and constantly delighting in us with Divine Delight!

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is ... you!  And me!  We are in the Spirit as God's children, as believers.  We are in the Spirit and we will never go out of the Spirit!  We are in Him and He is in us.  He will abide with us forever, as an ever-present help in trouble.  As a Friend we can always turn to.  As our constant rear guard who watches our back.  As our giver of hope.  As our lifter of burdens.  As our Comforter, Keeper, Helper, and the very Spirit of Christ who lives the Christian life through us!  He will even live this life for us!  He will do the job that we can't handle: the Christian life.  And He will fellowship with us and delight in us for all eternity!

What a wonderful place You have put us, Lord!  You said You were going to prepare a place for us, that where You are, we may be also.  Then You went and cleansed the temple of our lives by Your finished work so we are now fit to be filled with Your glory, Your Spirit. Your Spirit is in us, and even better, we are in Your Spirit!  The place you prepared is a Spirit place, in Your Spirit.  You have put us in the Spirit forever, and in the Spirit we are joined to You and even seated with You in the heavenly places right now.  What a wonderful place You made for us to dwell - in You, in Your very Spirit!  Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is everything we need in abundance and perfect communion with You, and that is where we are forever!  Thank You, Lord!
May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Co. 13:14