What does it look like to be joined at the hip to God? If we can't see, smell, taste, touch, or hear Him how do we know if we are in His presence? How do we experience what we can't experience with our physical senses? How do we partner with Him in every thought, word, or deed? Where is He anyway?
God the Father is in Heaven… right? God the Son is seated at His right hand… right? And God the Holy Spirit lives inside the believer somewhere… right? Well I don't know how to get to Heaven without dying, so I don't know how I can possibly partner with the Father or with Jesus. That leaves me with the Holy Spirit… and He doesn't talk much….
More questions than answers. That's why it's easier for me to go with man than to go with God. Even though trusting man to help me is risky at best, at least I can get my hands on man's kind of help. But trusting God to help is just out there… maybe He will and maybe He won't… I can't even see if He's available. And to think of partnering with God on a 24/7 basis is just… well… really, really out there.
If you are sitting on this very uncomfortable fence, then jump off on the side of faith. Leave all that human‐effort stuff on the other side of the fence and make this declaration together with me:
Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses, but we will trust in and boast of the name of the Lord our God. (Psalm 20:7 Amp Bible)
It's hard to have a partner if I don't know where He is. So where is He? (And I'm not talking Heaven.) If I'm going to join myself to Him on a 24/7 basis here on this earth, then I have to know where He is here on this earth:
- Holy Spirit lives within me (see John 16:1–15).
- Both the Father and the Son make their home with me (see John 14:23).
- I am in Christ (see Romans 8:1).
- I sit together in heavenly places with Christ Jesus (see Ephesians 2:6).
It certainly appears that God is keeping up His part of the deal. I am in Him and He is in me—not just as the Holy Spirit, but as Father and Son as well. But I can't wrap my mind around this. Who exactly am I partnering with? Technically, I suppose, I'm dealing with God's Spirit, but I'm also dealing with Jesus and with the Father, according to Scripture.
If this is as confusing to you as it is to me then let me share with you my experience. Again, this is my experience and is not to be taken as anything more than that.
God has never identified Himself to me as any specific person of the Godhead. So I don't get wrapped around an axle trying to figure out whether I'm dealing with Holy Spirit, Father, or Jesus. I can figure it out if I want to go to the trouble, but I've never sensed the need to figure it out. What's important to know is if I hear from the Father, I've heard from God. If I hear from the Son, I've heard from God. If I hear from the Spirit, I've heard from God. (See John 16:14–15, John 14:6–7, John 10:30.)
God has already positioned Himself in your life. Although you may not realize it, He is already familiar with each of your thoughts, words, and deeds (see Psalm 139:140). You are not waiting on Him to do anything. He is waiting on you. He even has your work already cut out for you:
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; [it is] the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8–10 NKJV)
Your work is not to make yourself right with God; you were made right with God by His grace through your faith in Jesus' work. Your work is to demonstrate your faith by what you do (see James 2:14–18). And this is accomplished by cooperating with Him in accomplishing what He has for you to do.
The difference between working under the law and working under grace can be illustrated by thinking about two different ways of riding a bicycle:
- Under the law, when you ride your bike your focus is on not falling off. At all costs you must not fall off.
- Under grace, when you ride your bike your focus is on where you're going. At all costs you must get to where you are going.
I will close today with two of the conversations I've had with God, as He has helped me understand how I am to work together with Him. I share with you only to help you see what this has looked like in my life. Even though the underlying Biblical principle is unchanging, He may help you understand it in a different way than He helped me.
May 15, 2008: “I don't do anything without you in mind. Don't you do anything without Me. We work together.”
January 4, 2011: “I know every single detail of every assignment I have for you. You don't.
“I want you to get into the ‘habit’ of asking Me about every action you take. When you make decisions—no matter how small—without Me, then you tune Me out. For Me to instruct and guide you, I must have you tuned in to My voice.
“A house is completed by installing one component at a time. You cannot install more than one component at a time and you cannot skip over components.
“Any assignment I have for you is also completed by implementing one component at a time. You cannot install more than one component at a time and you cannot skip over components.
“You know how to build a house because you've done it before. But you do not know how to complete the assignments I have for you.
“Pay close attention for my instruction. I will instruct you in different ways.
- Expect thoughts to pop into your head. When they do ask Me, ‘Do You want me to …?’
- Expect Me to show you things through your eyes. I will speak to you through the things you watch and observe with your eyes.
- Expect Me to show you things when you read—in whatever you read pay close attention for My instruction.
- Expect Me to give you instruction through what you hear.”
Have a good day,