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Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2009 04:44:57 -0700 (PDT)
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Is God Our Dwelling Place? 
 by Donna Hutchison Parker

Moses said it more than once: "The eternal God is your
dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting
arms" (Deuteronomy 33:27a ESV). "Lord, you have been
our dwelling place in all generations" (Psalm 90:1).

Our dwelling place. Not a place we visit occasionally
on a Sunday morning and forget about the rest of the
week. Not a place we retreat to only when things go
terribly wrong with our lives, then leave and ignore
when we feel better.

Our dwelling place. Our home. Our safe room. It is our
light in a vast darkness. The place where we're loved,
nourished, sheltered, taught and encouraged. Our base
of operations and the place of peace. It is our
Father's house and our Father's heart.

Our dwelling place? What can we do to make it ours—to
be able to live in that blessed safety? The New
Testament talks about all spiritual blessings being "in
Christ." The New Testament talks about only one way to
get into Christ. "For as many of you as were baptized
into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:27).

If we have followed our unchanging Father's plan of
salvation, he has added us to his Church. If we have
put on Christ in baptism, we are in Christ. If we
continue to walk in the Light, surely we can rejoice as
we say, along with Moses, the eternal God is *our
*dwelling place!

"And the world is passing away along with its desires,
but whoever does the will of God abides forever" (1
John 2:17).

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