From the Voice in the Garden to Adam
and to Abraham
and to Isaac
the one who wrestled with Jacob
and sent Joseph ahead to save all of Israel
who called to Moses from a burning bush
and spoke to Joshua in the tabernacle
who inhabited the pillar of fire and of cloud
who inspired judges to lead
gave prophets Words to speak
and kings wisdom to reign
and kept His promise
by coming Himself, in the flesh,
who did not leave us nor forsake us
but left us a Witness,
making us witnesses ourselves,
in this day, in this hour,
for those who seek Him.
Romans 8:16: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”
“Beareth witness” means He shows UP! God Himself, Jesus, in the flesh–now OUR flesh, our redeemed flesh, once weak and worthless, now filled with this Treasure!
Have you received Him? No, not reciting words like ‘I accept you..’ followed by nothing noteworthy. Have you received Him? Undisputable evidence of His presence?
(‘Received’ implies that the action is taken on the part of the giver, not the receiver. We cannot instigate a ‘reception’ until something is given. A football is not ‘received’ until someone throws it.
God is not passively waiting around for us to ‘receive’ this spiritual football–pardon the sports analogy–while it hovers just above our heads. He throws it when we’ve shown we’re ready to catch it! He takes the action, and there is no disputing when you’ve caught it–it’s right there in your hand!)
He has never, and will never, leave Himself without evidence. When so much of our social system depends on proof, do you think He would require us to stand on nothing and claim belief when no active, tangible proof of Him exists?
Do you think He would hold the proverbial carrot in front of our faces by saying, while in the flesh, “I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you,” and never follow through, but instead let us believe that heavy statement was figurative? Would He leave us hanging like that for two thousand years?
Do you think He willingly removes His presence from our daily lives just to see us squirm and struggle?
Let me ask you: for an engaged girl who lives far from her fiance, would he never call or visit? Do you think there’d be much of a relationship there if she didn’t see or hear from him until the wedding day?
He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust. He knows our weaknesses and is sufficient for all of them. He knows we humans are fickle, easily distracted, easily swayed by temptation when we feel detached from Him. And He knows that our detachment from Him is remedied by an audible, tangible Proof of His presence.
I must tell you: Jesus is alive. Not figuratively. Not in the way that a deceased person is kept ‘alive’ by our memories (for this is what His presence amounts to for so many people, unnecessarily!), but ALIVE. He lives, and where He lives is EVIDENT! You KNOW when you have met the Creator, because He causes you to say what you could not say, do what you could not do, be what you could not be without Him.
He is supernatural by nature; His evidence in us, therefore, is–MUST be–supernatural. In keeping with His nature.
I must tell you it is REAL.
Have you received that witness–the Holy Ghost–since you believed? Acts 2:1-39