" I wish I had the same feeling, the same faith that I had when I first received the holy spirit!" It was God's greatest purpose and pleasure to fill us with His presence, we are never alone. We are constantly filled with His presence, regardless of our feelings, or what we see. Walking by faith is to KNOW that we possess the full amount of the Holy Spirit ALWAYS. His whole presence, His whole body, mind, soul and purpose completely are within us. We cannot lose a foot, a hand, or a share of the person of the Holy Spirit. There are no words to express whatever is not material and not perceptible to our sense of sight. If we do not feel His presence, if we do not see or feel His touch, that does not mean He left us. When we hold onto sin, the light is yet inside the darkness, we just need to release it's POWER and the dark departs. There are no words to communicate His virtue, His presence, His quality, His true friendship, purpose and desire to make Jesus the throne within our hearts upon which no other idol sits. The pleassure of a luxury spa day in an expensive spa does not last. The cost does nothing to purify and cleanse the soul. We were chosen by God and regarded as His treasure, not for our exterior appearance, but because our interior soul is His precious dwelling place. Going to His word, is to take a free trip to God's spa. Last night I watched "One night with the King" A movie that vividly brings the story of Queen Esther alive. Esther was required to stay in a spa for an entire year before she was chosen. She was bathed for six months with oils of myrrh and another six months with perfumes(Esther 2:12). Preparing her to come into the presence of the King, she was made to wait an entire year while seven ministering attendants took care of her every need. Over a year Esther had time to think of what whe would say, and what she would wear when she was called before the King. In the movie it was clear that the King found her mind, body and soul attractive. Her true beauty, her captivating essence was deeper than her appearance. Esther was a Jew that recited God's word to the King and His choosing of her as his queen was a testimony to what she treasured most, her relationship with God. Becoming the beauty that God recognizes as a personal treasure is to discover the hidden treasures of His word. Inner beauty glistens in the presence of the Holy Spirit, who delights to find a soul willing to seek God's word as if it were rubies and gold. God chooses us as we were found, covered in fear, doubt, shame and He makes us new creatures in Christ. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, (she) is a new creation," Paul wrote, "the old is gone, and the new has come!"
2 Corinthians 5:17 - Amazing Makeovers occur when we choose to spend a spa day with the indwelt Master makeover artist, the Holy Spirit - the one sent by our Father, as Jesus promised. Open 24 hours a day, the price of admission has been paid in full. Thank you Father! AMEN