Luke 19:5 “And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.”

I love what Jesus said when he finally met Zacchaeus; “…come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.”

The intention of Jesus is always for us to accept him and give him a permanent residence in our “house”; this is not talking about a physical structure but rather our hearts. Hear him:

John 14:23 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”

John 14:23 “Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.”(AMP)

God once lived in the “Ark of covenant”, then He moved to the Tabernacle but that has never being His intention. God’s plan has always being to make a permanent residence in the heart of man. No wonder he said:

1Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own,” (AMP)

The first thing God gives at the New Birth to a believer is the gift of His Spirit so that he can gain permanent residence in us. Once he gains unhindered access, he helps us live the way he lived while here. We become his ambassador and an extension of his kingdom on earth.

Jesus want to use our hearts as a control center for our lives. The primary place where we learn morals, courtesy and good behavior is from our homes. A child that is well trained at home will not misbehave outside. When Jesus takes over our “house”, he begins to instruct, guide and direct our affairs from there.

To be continued…

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