Day 17 Tuesday January 23
There is no greater privilege than being a host to God Himself. Neither is there a greater responsibility.
IT IS ONE thing to host friends or family in your home; it is something of an entirely different level to consider the reality of hosting God in the home that is your physical frame. This is one of those scriptural truths that we often quote, cite, and discuss, but I am not sure if we allow the full weight of it to resonate in our hearts. Your body is a tabernacle—a temple for God on the earth (see 1 Cor. 6: 19). With His precious blood, Jesus paid an exceedingly high price so that you could be completely forgiven of sin and become a fit dwelling place for God’s Presence. With so high a privilege comes an equally great responsibility. Consider this. When we host guests in our homes, we have certain responsibilities—namely, to create an inviting, welcoming atmosphere for them to feel comfortable. Likewise, we have this same responsibility with the Holy Spirit, as He is the ultimate guest. He has not only come to visit; He has come to abide with us forever (see John 14: 16).
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 CORINTHIANS 6: 19
John G. Lake: Releasing the Fire
AS RECOUNTED BY John G. Lake: My friend was motioning me to come and join him in prayer for this woman who was sick. In his absorption he had not noticed that anything had taken place in me. I arose to go to him, but I found my body trembling so violently that I had difficulty in walking across the room, and especially in controlling the trembling of my hands and arms. I knew that it would not be wise to thus lay my hands upon the sick woman as I was likely to jar her. It occurred to me that all that was necessary was to touch the tips of my fingers on the top of the patient’s head and then the vibrations would not jar her. This I did. At once the currents of holy power passed through my being, and I knew that it likewise passed through the one that was sick. She did not speak, but apparently was amazed at the effect in her body. My friend who had been talking to her in his great earnestness had been kneeling as he talked to her. He arose saying, “Let us pray that the Lord will now heal you.” As he did so he took her by the hand. At the instant their hands touched, a flash of dynamic power went through my person and through the sick woman, and as my friend held her hand the shock of power went through her hand into him. The rush of power into his person was so great that it caused him to fall on the floor.
Increase my awareness of what it means to host Your Presence with my life. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for making my body Your dwelling place. Show me how to accommodate You in every way, making every step with Your Presence in mind. Holy Spirit, You are the One Who empowers me to lay hands on the sick and see them recover. You are the One Who breaks every stronghold and bondage. I draw from Your grace and strength at work within me. I cannot bring healing or deliverance to anyone; You can, You want to, and You live inside of me.
WHAT IS FATHER SAYING TO ME TODAY?