The Habits and Customs of Jesus that attract God’s Presence – 2 John 3:34 – For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him.
Jesus was a man of the Word: Luke 4:16-21 16 So, He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up and as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” 20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today, this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
A man’s habit shows what inhabits within him. One of the customs or habits of Jesus was to go to the house of God and read the Word of God. You are what you eat. When Jesus was tempted by the devil, He responded with the Word. The amount of the Word of God you allow in you will determine the level of His presence you will activate. Depth determines height. Root determines fruit. Jesus was a Word addict so the devil could not deceive Him. You will observe that the devil misquoted a scriptural verse (Psalm 91:11-12) and manipulated it to tempt Jesus, but Jesus was and is smarter than him. Jesus was a seeker of the presence of God. In the above Scripture, in verse 17, the Bible declares that Jesus ‘found a place’ in the book of Isaiah. Pursuit is the proof of desire. Jesus sought details on what the presence of God upon Him would do. Only seekers truly find. There is a difference between the presence of God within and the presence of God upon. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit so He had the presence of God within Him from birth but it was after the presence of God came upon Him that everything changed. Notwithstanding that He was the Son of God, He still sought and desired the presence of the Father. To carry and manifest God’s presence on a consistent basis, you need to want to go deeper with Him on a constant basis. Jesus acknowledged and affirmed God’s presence with Him. Jesus was always conscious of the presence of God with Him and the difference it made. He said He was one with the Father (John 10:30); He said that God was always with Him; He said the Spirit of God was upon Him (Luke 4:16-18); He said God glorified Him; He said His Words were full of the Spirit of God. Every single word you say affirms and acknowledges something and it is what you affirm that is confirmed and what you confirm is what is established.
For Further Study:
Luke 4:16-18, John 10:30
Questions for Reflection:
- Do you know you are created to be God’s habitation?
- Will your habits make Him comfortably inhabit your spirit?
I create a conducive space for God in my life and I allow Him to flourish in me and around me.