Monday 17th September 2018 - Daily Reading:
Ephesians 2:19-22 The Holy Spirit in the Church 1 by Brenda Critchley

In this passage in Ephesians we read that Jesus Christ himself is the chief cornerstone and in him we are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. So we, as a body of believers, are in the process of becoming a home for the living Holy Spirit of God. God is building in the church a home for himself to come and live. This is not just when we meet together on a Sunday or at other times, but also as individuals. God is doing the building but we must co-operate, we must yield so that he can shape us together to make a home for his Spirit to live.

When you visit someoneís home you know immediately if you are welcome or not. Is it clean and nicely presented? Have the owners made an effort to put other things aside to make room for you? Do you feel welcomed and drawn in, or do you feel you want to get out as soon as possible and make some excuse next time not to go? Well, put yourself in Godís place. Take a good long look at your own life and your part in the life of the church. Is there an attitude of welcome, of trouble having been taken, of time spent in preparation for this Visitor to come?

There are things that draw the Spirit towards and things he draws back from; things about us that make him feel welcome and things that repel him. So, in this short series of thoughts I want to focus on what these things are.

Today Iím just asking - is your heart ready to make more room for the Holy Spirit of God to come in and make a home in you? Letís make sure each of is in that place of being ready to receive him.

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