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Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Morning by Morning, May 1 - Until All Cross Over
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Help me continually come to deeper places of deeper surrender to You - morning by morning - a little more deeply each day. ...
"While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, until the entire nation finished crossing over the Jordan" (Joshua 3:17).
We don't know how long it took for the entire nation of Israel to cross over the Jordan River from their wilderness to their inheritance. But we do know that the priests who were called to stand at their post went before them and then did not move on into the land of their inheritance until every man, woman, and child crossed over. They bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord, the physical reminder of Your Spiritual Presence, always going before them and always going with them.
In Christ, Your Spiritual Presence abides within each of us. In that sense, our hearts are the ark of the covenant of the Lord, as Your Holy Spirit abides in the temple our lives, set apart for You as the dwelling place of God. "The Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands" (Acts 7:48). Instead, "(we) are God's temple and God's Spirit dwells in (us)" (1 Corinthians 3:16).
And now we are all Your priests, set apart and anointed by Your Holy Spirit, bearing Your living Presence within us, to minister to You and to those You've entrusted to our care (1 Peter 2:4-9; Revelation 1:6). So let us stand firm at our post, wherever You have called us and strategically positioned us in every season of the journey. And let us not be in a hurry to move on and cross over into our own inheritance of all You have promised until all You have entrusted to our care have crossed over with us. This is the heart of Christ, our Great High Priest - that none would be lost or left behind (John 17:12). This is the heart of our Father - "not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).
We are each responsible for our own choices - even the choice we each have of whether to enter into the fullness of the inheritance You have for each of us as children of God or not (Hebrews 4:1). But at the same time, we are to pray for one another, reach out to one another, stand up for one another, "until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My Friend, in the name of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of our Father, may you stand firm in the places the Lord has strategically positioned you to pray for all entrusted to you enter into their inheritance in Christ. Be released form all false responsibility and fully engaged in every true responsibility to which the Lord has called you. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!
Please join us in person or by Live-Stream for our monthly Evening of Healing with Max Lucado and Tommy Hays at Oak Hills Church, Crownridge campus at 7PM CST Wednesday May 1st (www.oakhillschurch.com). Our Rapha God Ministries prayer team will be joining the OHC prayer team and elders for personal prayer ministry for all who desire spiritual, emotional, and physical healing in the name of Jesus. Please keep us in prayer and may the Holy Spirit minister the healing love of our Father to you and those on your heart in Jesus' mighty name.