Read Matthew 11:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
The kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing. So, the Holy Spirit is dwelling in us, Christians. How did this happen? I would like to talk about how the Spirit of Christ takes our hearts captive and reigns in us.
Jesus says in Luke 17:20 & 21, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed,  nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” God’s kingdom is to come in our hearts. Although God’s kingdom is in our hearts, many evil things also come out of our hearts. So, Jesus says that the state of the heart is more important than washing our hands.
The hearts of people are one of the most significant parts of their bodies. But people cannot understand their own hearts or others’ hearts. Even if science and medicine have developed, they will never figure out the thoughts and emotions of people. But the Bible says that the Triune God is able to figure them out. As a result of the falling of humans, several kinds of sinful nature, especially seven, occupied human hearts: doubt, lies, anger, laziness, greed, sexual immorality, and pride.
By using the sinful nature of people, the devil dominates their hearts and rules over them. But if we repent of our Sin and receive Jesus as our personal Saviour, the powers of Sin acting in the darkness starts to be kicked out of our hearts by the Spirit of Jesus and then we are ruled by the Lord so that we may live peaceful lives.
Human hearts are not only able to be occupied by the things of hell, but also the things of God’s kingdom. So, the Lord enters to conquer our hearts, destroying the seven tribes of Canaan, and in the war of conquest the Lord is enthroned in us as a King. It shows that Jesus Christ is forcefully advancing God’s kingdom.
Just as the seven tribes of Canaan already occupied the land of Canaan, before being conquered by the Lord, dwelling in people’s hearts already are all kinds of sinful nature: (doubt, lies, anger, laziness, greed, sexual immorality, and pride.) The Holy Spirit dominating people’s hearts signifies the Spirit of the Lord forcefully advancing God’s kingdom. Matthew 11:12 says, “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”
In general, God’s kingdom refers to God’s reign. God’s kingdom is the kingdom in which God reigns as a King. God’s kingdom was started by the coming of Jesus to this earth. This is like paratroopers infiltrating the enemy’s camp by parachute.
When creating the heavens and the earth, God gave authority for Adam to have dominion over all the creatures. And God wants to rule the world through the authority that He gave Adam. But the plan failed because Adam sinned. So the authority was invaded by Satan. We know this through what Satan said to Jesus when he tempted Him in Matthew 4:3-11. Satan said to Jesus, “I will give you all the kingdoms of the world and their glory if you will bow down and worship me!” Because he has the authority of all the earth.
At that time, Jesus did not refute the claim of Satan. Therefore, Jesus, like the paratroopers, infiltrated this world that Satan dominated by darkness. Jesus established a strong base camp to attack the enemy, i.e., the devil. The reign of God was to begin in this world. And from there, God’s reign is surprisingly spreading to the end of the world. God’s reign is accomplished in our own hearts, as well as in this world.
We, like the Israelites, were set free from Egypt, all our old-selves died in the wilderness, and the Lord and his angels advanced on our hearts and entered to conquer the land of Canaan. This signifies that the Holy Spirit takes along the truth that we have awakened with our head and He advances it into our hearts. This signifies that the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts and then advances into the centre of the heart.
The Lord always wants to come into our heart in order to advance deeper and deeper into the centre of the heart. When we receive the Lord, He comes into us. But He does not stop there. His goal is to get control over our hearts. It is very important, who gets control over our hearts, whether it be the spirit of the world, or the Holy Spirit. This is a big problem.
The Lord Jesus is a King in the spiritual world, but He comes to this earth in a weak form. He respects our personality and comes to us as a guest. Jesus says in Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Jesus does not use force, but he asks us, “Would you be willing to receive me in your hearts?” When we respond, He thanks us and is highly delighted.
Faith is to walk with the Lord. If we live by recognizing the Lord superficially, our lives will not be changed. But if we do not only receive Jesus as our personal Saviour once, but also continue to receive Him into the deeper place of our hearts, we cannot help but bear fruit. It is necessary that the Lord further advances in our hearts. All troubles allowed in our lives lead to the Lord entering deeper and deeper into our spirits and having control over the deepest place of our beings.
So, we do not need to escape the tribulation. We shall expect a bigger advance and infiltration of the Lord who draws us up from the slimy pit of destruction. We have to expect the work of the Lord who comes into the deepest place of our life and gets control over us. We know that the more we experience troubled times, suffer persecutions, get torn, and go through pain, the more the Lord comes into the deepest place of our hearts.
The land of Canaan, i.e., the Promised Land signifies spirits that are filled with the glory of God. In other words, the Promised Land signifies that Jesus has filled the vessels of our spirits that were created in the image of God. Just as “the meek shall inherit the earth,” the Lord works with the meek (and those who obey God) and comes into the deepest place of our spirits. The Lord advances in us and infiltrates our hearts. He does not only act as a guest, but abides in our hearts as a King. So, we must serve Him as a King. He must be able to reside comfortably in our hearts. The Spirit of Jesus is in us. But, is He really comfortably residing in you?
The statistics says that an infant in the womb of the mother feels about 30% of the sounds and feelings that the mother hears and feels from outside. So, if her mother has unpleasant thoughts, scary thoughts, and hateful thoughts, those bad things poisonously impact on the infant. Therefore, how about the Lord who is in us? What do you think? How does the Lord dwelling in us feel the thoughts and feelings that we have?
The Lord feels more than the thoughts and feelings we have because He is very sensitive. If we cannot hear the voice of the Lord, you can try to pray and say into your heart, “Lord, are you really there?” Then maybe the Lord will say to you, “Yeah, well, I’m here.” If you ask the Lord, “Lord, why are you there?” Then, you may hear His answer, “Because I love you.”
When we are hot-tempered and angry, we should know how much the Lord is shocked by those behaviours. We need to know how much the Lord gets torn. When we are angry with people that are closest to us, the Holy Spirit will be pained and will be stifled.
The reason why many people do not enjoy having a deep and intimate relationship with God is because He is so sensitive. The Lord’s Spirit abiding in us feels hurts and pain from even the little things. The Lord does not dislike and hate us, but He has a lot of pains and damage.
There is a Korean song titled “Nearer to God.” I will sing it. “I will walk closer to you, God. My Lord, who is standing in midst of pain. How great is my Lord’s unchanging love. I will worship you Lord forever.” Whenever I think of the Lord who is suffering, my heart gets torn and I used to shed a lot of tears.
When we are angry, hateful, burst into a rage, and judge other people, those emotions become spiritual realities and then they stab and hurt the Lord within us. He is blood-soaked within us and gets torn. And the Lord grieves in us, “Son or Daughter, why are you stabbing me? Why do you hurt me? You said to me, ‘I love you.’ And then you received me into you. Why do you inflict pain on me?”
When we are angry and judge others, the Lord is shocked and suffers from our bad behaviour, but when we are afraid and discouraged, his heart breaks. He feels great pity, “Why do you not look at me? If you rely on me, you could overcome your fear. That is nothing for me. You do not trust me, do you?”
And there is another thing that makes the Lord sad. He suffers and says to us who watch the evil cultures of the world and enjoy its cultures. “Why do you bring dirty things to me? Am I not in you? Do you not know that God’s Spirit dwells in you? (I hate worldly cultures.) I hate the things that are dirty, lewd, and indecent. When you put them in me in order to give pleasure to you, I am oppressed and suffer from them.”
Do you know how the cultures of the world are evil? 1 Corinthians 6:16 & 17 say, “Do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.” The Lord feels a thousand times more than what we feel. When we accept the obscene cultures of the world and enjoy them, the Lord tells us He is suffering and mourning.
There are a lot of lamentations of Jesus in Christians. When we hate our enemies, in fact, it seems to beat the Lord with a stick (and pierce Him with a spear). When we hate and judge those who afflict us, in fact, it seems to nail the Lord again.
We seem to be afraid because of the environment, but, in fact, it makes the Lord sad. We seem to enjoy the dirty cultures, but, in fact, it is to pour the Lord dirty things and give Him pain. It is the very Jesus who is suffering. Let your spiritual eyes open and see how much the Lord is suffering and is feeling pain.
Faith does not suddenly grow from one breakthrough event, but when the lifestyles are changed, it is possible. The Lord will be pleased by our positive words, expressions, actions, and decisions. So, these things may increase the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
When we hug our children and speak well of our husbands or wives, and others, we know that the Lord is pleased with such things. So, we should behave in order to increase the anointing of the Holy Spirit by making the Lord glad with our mature attitudes. If we merely love our wives or our children without Jesus, we need to know that it is nothing but human affection.
It is very important that we have an intimate relationship with the Lord. We need to sincerely and carefully serve Him to increase the anointing of the Holy Spirit. We must be sensitive in order to walk with Him. He is pleased with each of our words and our thoughts and deeply gets control over us, but he sensitively feels deep pain caused by our trivial words and actions.
Therefore, for us not to lose the Lord, who is dwelling in us, we always need to be careful to speak and act by being conscious of the Lord. If we speak and move too quickly, we cannot help but make mistakes. It is not the attitude of the Lord’s servants. We do not speak and act with a loud voice, but we must be careful to observe the feelings of the Lord at all times in all our words and actions.
Please, consider the Lord’s heart and thoughts. ‘Is it okay for me to say this? If I act like this, is the Lord comfortable?’ We do not need to consider the thoughts of other people, but we always should consider His heart and thoughts. When we ask Him and act, “Lord, did I do okay?” We can have an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit within us.
Those who talk loudly (and are angry) may receive power, but they will find it difficult to enjoy an intimate relationship with the Lord. Do not quench the Holy Spirit. You will have a relationship with the Lord at all times. If you made a mistake or there is anything that causes hurt, you must always apologize and will be forgiven by the Lord.
In order to comfort the heart of the Lord who is pained and injured by our words and actions, it is better to choose servant’s life and focus on Jesus as the centre of our affection, select a meek life, do not defend ourselves, accept unfairness, give thanks in silence, refuse the worldly splendour and glory, and sensitively and carefully serve the Lord.