Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our Father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Mark 11:9
When a famous person is arriving in town, everyone gets excited. They roll out the red carpet and line the streets to see the person arrive. Flags are flown and people are talking about it.
The excitement goes even higher when the person is there to help them and make life better. Praises and honor are given to the person in their excitement.
As Jesus came riding into Jerusalem, the people lined the road before and after Him. They shouted praises to Him and about Him in their excitement. They expected great things.
Although He does not physically come riding in on a donkey, Jesus still loves to make an appearance in the lives of people. He now sends His Holy Spirit in to touch and change the lives of people. The Holy Spirit is there to help the believer overcome the world.
However, there are some people who are not excited about God showing up. Sadly this includes some in the church. Upon seeing God showing up, they know that there will be changes needed to be made.
The Pharisees did not like it when Jesus arrived. God’s presence shines light upon sin. It meant change.
Every believer should be excited when God shows up, whether in a church service or somewhere else. He should be welcomed. Praise should be raised up, because God is there to bring about life and to make changes for the better.
In the presence of God, the cares of this world should take a back seat. Praise, honor and worship should take priority in God’s presence.
God wants to work in your life. He wants to be an ever-present presence in your life.
Allow yourself to stop what you are doing and roll out the red carpet for God to enter into your life. Be aware of when God is showing up to make a change.
Do not fear God’s presence, but embrace it, knowing He loves you and wants to be with you. God is desiring a relationship with you and is riding in on a colt to meet with you.
Are you excited about His presence? Or do you dread His arrival?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will welcome God’s presence in your life; that you will give great praise to God; and that you will allow God to change your life.
The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits. And the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE. Ezekiel 48:35
Titles or names can be important to let people know about something. It allows people to know who someone is and what his position is. It allows people to know what city, county or state they are in.
Without any names, people would only have confusion. No one would know who anyone or anything is. There would be no division as to what is good and what is bad.
Ezekiel was given a vision of the future city of Jerusalem. As he finishes out the vision and the book, he is told that the name of the city would be: The Lord Is There.
There are some people in the church who do not believe that titles should be used by anyone. They feel that titles is sinful and only fills one with pride. However, God used titles throughout the bible. Think of all the titles were given to God: provider, banner, shepherd. God also gave people titles: friend, priest, minister, witness.
One of the titles that every believer has in common is that he is a Christian. That title lets everyone know that he is a follower of Jesus. Being a follower of Jesus, also means that one has His Holy Spirit to guide him. Thus he also has the ancient title that Jerusalem had–The Lord Is There.
God is with every believer and the world should be able to see that. It is what sets a believer apart from the rest of the world. It is what drives him to live a life that is different. It is what compels him to turn away from sin and sinful practices. God’s presence is what gives the believer strength to love everyone, including his enemies.
You, also have a title and a name. When people look at you, who do they see? When they talk about you, what do they say?
You are a child of God and God’s presence is with you. Live your life in a way that brings honor to the name God has given you. Be willing to let the world know who Jesus is and what He has done for you and for them.
Just as God had said He would be with the city forever, He is also with you forever. You can have the name–The Lord Is There.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that the world will know God is with you; and that you will be God’s witness to the world.
Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste. Ecclesiastes 2:3
Most people have someone that they love to be around. They enjoy the presence of the person and what that person can bring into their life.
Each person is able to bring different things into the life of someone else. Some bring peace, others strength, or a listening ear, or care, or joy, or some other feeling or need that a person has.
Although many people do bring good things into the lives of those they are closest to, there are often many times when they do not bring those good things and will sometimes bring in negative. Each person has his own set of challenges and these are often brought into a relationship.
In this passage today, the lady loves to be with her loved one. She loves the fruit that he brings to her.
This is like the relationship of the believer (the church) with Jesus. The true believer in Jesus will enjoy being in His presence. The shade in the verse indicates that he is nearby.
When one is living for God, he will enjoy God’s presence. When he is living in a sinful way, he will despise God’s presence or run from it.
One of the things that God brings into the relationship is the fruit of His Spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control are the fruits of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of His presence in the life of a believer.
A good sign for the believer that he is truly living for God is if he loves God’s presence and His fruit. Many do not taste the fruit because they want to live as the world lives and then they despise His close presence.
What do you love? Do you look forward to spending time in God’s presence, or are you in a rush to move on to “bigger and better things” that are only temporary and do not really satisfy?
Allow yourself to slow down and sit in His presence and enjoy what God can bring to you. Taste of His Holy Spirit and the fruit he has for you. These things are eternal and will benefit you more than the food and relationships of this world.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus has for you; that you will love to spend time with God; that you will know the great taste of God’s fruit in your life; that you will find satisfaction in God alone; and that you will love God with all of your heart.