“How lovely are Thy dwelling places, O Lord of hosts!” (Psalm 84:1)
What does this scripture mean to you? It means YOU are His dwelling place and you are so lovely! Bob and I have always thought of this scripture as referencing a place, location or real estate… and we have been missing the treasure! To think, that you and I… God has chosen to call us “His location”.
God will never turn out one individual like another. He loves to create a new masterpiece, and you are His workmanship. The simple message to you today is, you cannot be replaced. Nobody can be a representation of Jesus the same as you.
As the resurrection life of Jesus wakes you up every morning, the Holy Spirit is making you whole… perfect… more and more like Him every day. That’s the power of resurrection life, it resurrects you into a unique wonder! You are, and you are becoming the wonder of creation that God intended you to be when He first “dreamed you up”.
If any of us were the same, one of us wouldn’t be necessary. Think about the value and importance of your life with your unique personality and expressions. Instead of being frustrated with your weaknesses and core fears, invite God into those places, and allow Him to love you with accuracy.
Just this morning we were ministering to a couple, and the wife said, “Sometimes my extreme sense of loyalty can drive me to be possessive and jealous, and I don’t want to be like that, but I can’t help myself, it’s just part of my personality!” So, what do we do in a situation that seems so negative?
We paused to reflect the loyalty of God – faithfulness is His very character! We could encourage this precious woman with the reality that God is reflecting that very characteristic through her! It is not negative to be loyal, and love deeply. The only issue comes when we attach fear to that trait and allow it to form a lie that we believe in our heart.
We shared a beautiful moment when the Holy Spirit desired to take this precious woman to that place of fear and say, “Let me love you here. I am loyal just like you. I love very deeply. I always choose you. You are safe in the security of my loyalty towards you. Let me love you and chase away the fear of rejection and the fear of abandonment. Rest in my Love.”
It always comes back to love, doesn’t it? You are loved and you are a lovely dwelling place. Receive His love in the EXACT place that fear is attempting to rob you of your true identity. You are worth it!
With Much Love in Jesus,
Audrey and Bob
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not our own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)