Where Do You Live?
A dwelling is the place we inhabit. In a spiritual sense, the Lord should be our dwelling place. The Holy Spirit indwells us as believers. But we must also live in Him. The Bible calls it, “abiding.” Do we remain IN HIM daily? Do we abide in the Vine? As we draw near to the Lord, He draws near to us. It’s kind of like a dual citizenship. I live in Him; He lives in me.
This week we’ll start a series of lessons on cultivating a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Intimacy is a key to victorious Kingdom living. It infers closeness in a most familiar relationship. Let’s look at some verses to help us cultivate a closer relationship with the Lord.
Read Numbers 14:1-4
1. Where did Israel want to “dwell” instead of taking possession of the land of promise?
Read Isaiah 31:1
2. What was the warning to Israel? Name the things on which they were relying and what God desired from them. What do you think “Egypt” represents to us today?
Read Deuteronomy 17:16B
3. What was Israel not to do?
4. Why do you think they wanted to go back to the land of slavery and oppression? Have you ever felt like giving up and going back to your old way of living?
Read Ephesians 2:12-13
5. Before knowing Christ, where did we formerly live? Describe what the blood of Jesus has done for us.
A note in my Bible says that in their ingratitude, Israel preferred death. It was just too hard to get to the promised land, so they wanted to go back to slavery. Even though they suffered in bondage, they wanted to go back to the familiar. God didn’t want them to look to Egypt for help. He wanted to be their Source. Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Where’s your trust today? Take some time to consider “where you live.” In a state of unbelief or in the presence of the Almighty? It’s our choice. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.