Christ The Dwelling Place Of Christians
The Place where Christians dwell is Christ, He is our home, our habitat and our hiding place. There is no place of safety for the Christians outside Christ. This is because our life came from Christ, is in Him and can only be sustained by abiding in Him the Christ. Imagine the life of someone who calls himself a Christian outside Christ. That life will never have a meaning.
When a man receives Christ by confessing Him to be the Lord of His life, the man comes into a glorious place known as Christ. Christians must dwell consciously in Christ for the glory of God to manifest in them. to help you understand where the Christians must remain in Christ i want to help you know something about habitation.
Habitation Determines Life
Every created thing and every living thing has its natural habitat. Different animals have their different habitat, these habitats are where they survive and flourish. When you change the habitat of most of the animals, you destroy them or cut short their life span.
The natural habitat for fishes is water, no fish can survive in the land. There are animals created to live and survive in water just the way there are animals created to survive in land. We also have animals that can survive both in the land and in water.
If you take animal created to live and survive in the land and put it in water, you would kill the animal. Animals than can’t swim can’t survive in water they will be drown with water. The same way, if you take and animal meant to live and survive in water and put it on land, it won’t survive.
Purpose Determine Habitation
The purpose of every created thing or animal is what determines its habitat. Swimming is the purpose of the fish. God created fish to swim and the only place where swimming is possible is in water. Fish can survive and swim only in water because of its purpose. When fish comes out of water, it can’t swim and becomes a prey to animals who live on the land.
Birds were created to fly, that is their purpose but flying is only possible in open space or air. Because of this, God didn’t create birds to live in water but in open field where they can fly as they will.
God does not just do things, whatever He does is for a reason. He created things for and with a purpose in mind and put the purpose the things He created. Trees don’t flourish or bear fruits in every environment but in specific environment. Different fruit trees produce fruits only in their specific places or environment. With this understanding, it would be wrong for a believer, a Christian, a child of God to think He can live and survive in any environment.
Christ The Only Environment Christians Can Prosper
All God’s children are fashioned by God to prosper and flourish in Christ. This is because, Christians are God’s children, born anew and created in Christ Jesus. We must remain connected and attached to our source who is Christ to prosper and flourish. Every Christian must understand this truth; Christ in us is our glory
“For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].” — Eph 2:10 Amp.
God does not live in every place, He lives in a specific place. He is everywhere of cause because He fills everything with Himself but His manifest presence is not everywhere. God does not manifest Himself in every place but in specific places. There is an environment and an atmosphere where He lives lives always.
God created the Christians to live in a particular environment. It is only in that environment that the Christians can prosper, flourish, enjoy health, live in abundance, walk in continuous victory.
There is an atmosphere for the Christians, specific atmosphere with specific conditions. We must find out what the Christian environment is so we can live there. To understand this environment where God created the Christian to live in every minute, it is good we understand the environment where God dwells.
The new creation, the Christians are God’s children and can only survive in the same environment where God also lives. Where does God dwell? What is and where is His habitation? How can man live there? Is it possible to live where God lives?
We all believe that God lives in heaven, that is true but where is heaven? Is heaven a physical or geographical location?
Heaven Is The Habitation And The Home Christians
Christians live in heaven but our bodies live on earth because it is made from earth.
When most of us are asked where heaven is we point towards the sky as the direction or place where heaven is. I want to show you where heaven is – it’s a spiritual place not a physical place. God is not a human, He is not visible to the normal man but to the spiritual man. Heaven is where God lives and that is where we Christians are suppose to live continually also.
Every Christian is born from heaven, from above because we are born of God. Being born of God and from heaven we should live our lives permanently in heaven.
Heaven is not a place we are going to when we leave this earth, it is our present home and country. Anyone who is not born from heaven now and live in heaven now can’t go to heaven after he leaves this world.
There is nothing you can do by yourself to enter heaven. All you need to enter heaven is accept Jesus Christ and live for Him and in Him every day of your life.
Habitation of Christians, Heaven, Is A Real Place
Christ is a real place meaning the dwelling place of Christians is a real place. We live continually as Christians in the Spirit real known as Christ. Christ is our heaven, our home, and everything.
The only place God lives is heaven, but how can one know heaven? Heaven is a real place, a place more real than the physical world. It is a place more real than your physical body and anything you can see. Heaven is real and is not far from you.
But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above ) or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): Romans 10:6-8 NKJV
What is the word saying? He is saying, do not think God is above and you need someone to bring Him down nor should you think He is below and you need someone to bring Him up. The meaning of these statement is that, heaven I’d not above physically and Is not below. Jesus says the word is near you, in other words, heaven is near you and in your mouth. WOW!
What Is Heaven And Where Is It?
God lives in heaven and He lives in His word. Christ is the word of God, so, Christ is heaven where God dwells. The place God dwells is His operational headquaters that’s why God does all things in and through Christ. Thinking of heaven outside Christ is not possible for everyone who has truly known God.
Heaven is not a physical place the physical or the carnal man can see with his optical eyes. What is called heaven is a place in the spirit realm. Heaven is in the word of God. No one can see heaven outside the word of God and no one can go to heaven outside the word. It is not a geographical place, it’s a spiritual environment and it is the environment of the word of God.
All the manifestations of God are the manifestations of His words. The revelations of God are the revelations of His word. Revelations of heaven are the revelations of the words of God.
From the first he was the Word, and the Word was in relation with God and was God. This Word was from the first in relation with God. All things came into existence through him, and without him nothing was. (John 1:1-3)
God Is Always In His Words
The only place anyone can find God is in heaven and that is in His words. God is His Word and the word of God is God they are inseparable. The only way you can find God is in the word. Only the word reveals Him and only through His word can man know Him. Jesus says;
I and my Father are one. (John 10:30 BBE).
Heaven is not man’s thinking. No one knows there is anything called heaven until the word says it. Only the word knows the existence of heaven and where it is that is why we can’t define it differently from the way the word defines it.
Jesus says; “I am the way, the truth, and the life!” Jesus answered. “Without me, no one can go to the Father. If you had known me, you would have known the Father. But from now on, you do know him, and you have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father. That is all we need.” Jesus replied: Philip, I have been with you for a long time. Don’t you know who I am? If you have seen me, you have seen the Father. How can you ask me to show you the Father? Don’t you believe that I am one with the Father and that the Father is one with me? What I say isn’t said on my own. The Father who lives in me does these things. Have faith in me when I say that the Father is one with me and that I am one with the Father. Or else have faith in me simply because of the things I do. (John 14:6-11 CEV)
These words of Jesus reveal God in His word and inseparable from His words. Remember Jesus is that Word and He is God.
God’s Original Plan For Man
Before creating or allowing anything, God always establish His plan and purpose for that thing first. What really is God’s original plan and purpose for man? I show you the answer from the scriptures.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26-28 KJV)
God planned that man be exactly like Himself. Since man was created to be like God in every respect, it means where God lives is where man should live, in the word.
Man Was Created To Live In The Word of God
Where God lives is in His word, there is no other place man can live in successfully than in the same word of God. The glory of man’s life is in living in the word. Living in the word of God is living in Christ.
Man’s life ought to be only in the word of God, the devil knows that’s why he always tries to deceive man not to live in the word. Adam and Eve didn’t know this, so, the devil tricked them. God gave Adam His words to live by and for as long as he live in that word, his life remain in him. The devil who was excommunicated from heaven came to deceive Eve and she listened. When they accepted the devils advice, they went out of the word of God and that was the end of their lives, they died instantly.
Jesus Came To Give Life
From the time Adam and Eve went outside the word of God and died, all men who were born were all dead. Death that came through Adam spread to all. Up until the time Jesus came, man found it hard to live in the word of God. Law was given but man could still not keep it.
Jesus came to give life to man through His death, burial and resurrection. His death didn’t bring the life, but His resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit made it possible. The Holy Spirit is the life giving spirit Who is always giving life to everyone who wants life.
Life everlasting is now in Christ, He says; “I am the way, the truth, and the life!”
A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest. (John 10:10 CEV)
God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. (John 3:16 CEV)
Everyone who has faith in the Son has eternal life. But no one who rejects him will ever share in that life, and God will be angry with them forever. (John 3:36 CEV)
The Life Of Christians Can Only Be Sustained By The word of God
Man’s life came from the word of Word and can only be sustained by word of God. God’s word is man’s natural habitation. Living outside the word of God is only natural for the spiritually dead man, but for the Christian, it is unnatural.
Only the Christians can live by the word of God because we are born of that word.
having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever. I Peter 1:23 NKJV
For the man who is not born of God, living by the word of God is a difficult thing.
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. I Corinthians 2:14 NKJV
The only way a man can derive joy living for, by and in the word of God is to be born of that word and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit makes us willing to do the word. He makes us derive joy living in, by and for the word of God.
God’s Word The Dwelling Place of The Christians
The word of God is a place, it is the dwelling place of the Christians, God’s children. We are born of the Word and can only live, survive, prosper, flourish and expand by living in the word. The word is our life. See the following scriptures.
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (1 Peter 1:23 KJV)
My son, give attention to my words; let your ear be turned to my sayings. Let them not go from your eyes; keep them deep in your heart. For they are life to him who gets them, and strength to all his flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-22 BBE)
God’s word is the Habitation of the Christians. Our strength, prosperity, sound health, promotion, advancement, etc are all in the word. The only place the Christian should dwell is in the word of God. Christ is the word of God and He is a place, that is the place we dwell as Christians.
The Secret Place Of God
Psalm 91 is one of the chapters of the Bible I love most because it reveals the benefits of living in the secret place of God. That secret place of the most high is the word. I will like to the whole chapter.