More Psl. 84 (Old Testament)
Devotional: THE TABERNACLE series 1
Thought for the day: His death has given us accessibility to His presence forever
We shall be considering a wonderful topic and it is going to be in a series. Please make sure you read part two of this, it will bless you immensely.
When man was made originally, the man was made to be filled with God's presence, the kind of man that God designed was the man that God would look down from heaven and, see Himself in man and be satisfied. Please go with me.
The agreement of heaven to bring down the will of God was accomplished when man was made. see the Lord's prayer
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:9-11
The three verses above show the original plan of God that Adam could not fulfill. It was left to the Lord Jesus to come and redeem us back as a temple of the Lord. I will talk more about this as we continue in this series.
God was into two plans at creation:
1The earth was made to expand his kingdom, in other words, the earth is an extension of heaven,
2 Bringing the will of heaven down to the earth
These plans cannot be actualized if there is no one from heaven. What God did was to make a suit that was fit to stand on the earth, and impact Himself into the suit. This is awesome, right? Considering this, that means you are a heavenly being living in an earthly suit, you came from heaven therefore you belong to heaven. Let us consider this verse before we round off series one.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:26-28
His image is His person, His likeness is His character. In other words, the man was made in his person to display his character. What now went wrong that man couldn't function in this capacity? Come with me to series two.
Counsel and Homework
Ø Get ready for a mind shift that will launch you into the realm of His presence.
Ø His presence terminates struggle, get set to release all at his feet.
Ø Don't miss any of these series for God has promised to bless you through them.
Father, I have the understanding that I was made in your image at the beginning. I am your tabernacle, today I ask that you dwell in me and make my life your dwelling place in Jesus' name. Amen.
THE TABERNACLE series 2
Thought for the day: His death has given us accessibility to His presence forever
We started from the originality of God to mankind in our first series. We shall continue from where we stopped.
I said in the last series that man was made in His person to display His character. Man was made to have access to the divine will over the earth to establish it. The first assignment given to man shows the strength endowed to man. Adam was able to name everything God made according to what was in God's mind because God was residing in him.
The devil had the understanding of God's plan over the earth since he was on the earth before man was made and he planned to maliciously take over the throne of God in heaven and be like God, a feat which no Angel can attain. Let us check it out:
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Isaiah 14:12-14
Because he was unable to carry out his plan, he was expelled from heaven and sent to earth, and God formed man to oust the devil from his domain on the earth as well, and the devil pledged to pursue man until he lost the tabernacle, glory, image, and likeness of God
In Genesis 3:1-17 what took place was the transaction that has been planned perfectly by the devil, the voice of the snake was turned to the voice of the devil, but Adam and Eve were not sensitive to it. Many vibrant brothers have been brought down in the tabernacle of glory where God placed them because they violated their boundaries; please listen to me, you cannot win a game with the devil: what did the scripture teach us to do to the devil?
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
You must resist where you must and flee where you must, for what is inside of you is much too powerful to be toyed with; the devil is still prevailing over mighty men till now; do not be a bait in his hand. Run from sin; do not let God's image in your life be aborted; live holy.
Ø You are the temple of God made to manifest His glory
Ø Never play with the devil, you cannot win, never play with sin, it sinks glory
Ø Be sensitive, don't allow the devil to bring you down from the pinnacle of glory that God placed you
Father, I received grace to live above sin, I will be conscious of your presence with me daily, I choose to live by your words and never submit to the temptation of the devil. Thank you, Jesus.
THE TABERNACLE series 3
Thought for the day: Be watchful because of the adversaries, never toil with the devil
The man eventually fell out of God's first tabernacle and discovered he was naked; why hadn't he noticed before? Because God was the cover over them. The image of God in man couldn't stay because man was corrupted and thrown out of the garden. See the scripture:
22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. Genesis 3:22-24
What a pity! Man lost his spiritual and bodily status as a result of his disobedience; he could no longer act in God's capacity; yet, God intends for His offspring to live in His tabernacle, but man couldn't attain it again.
Please don't allow the devil to steal what you have. The scripture called him a thief that came to kill, steal and destroy. Don't allow the devil to steal what you have before you realize it. Stay with Jesus. Allow him to have his way in your life.
The devil was on the lookout for anybody who carried the seed of God after the fall of man, and he promised himself that he would continue to kill them so that man would no longer be able to dwell in the tabernacle. Here comes Abel.
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: Genesis 4:4
When the devil observed that the Lord was pleased with Abel, he started looking for a way to kill him because he does not want anyone to return man to God's presence, and the devil inspired Cain, his brother, to kill him and since then, till today, whosoever the devil discovers the Lord is pleased with, he will want to eliminate them.
We talk of Noah that later became drunk, Samson that fell into the hand of Delilah. What about, Joseph that Potiphar's wife wanted to bring down? The devil targets them with one purpose, he does not want a man to abide in God's tabernacle. I hope you have been blessed by this series.
Ø Treasure your glory than your pleasure
Ø With the help of the Holy Spirit, you can abide with God forever
Father, I refuse to allow the devil to conquer me in any way, I will hold onto my faith in Jesus' name.
THE TABERNACLE series 4
Thought for the day: Be watchful because of the adversaries, never toil with the devil.
Throughout the New Testament, we learn that none among the prophets and great men of God could take us back to the first tabernacle despite their commitment. David had this understanding and he sang it in song in the bible passage below. He said something that interests me. Let's look at verse 10
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
His court is the best place to be. King David said essentially, "Even if I cannot have access to your tabernacle I will prefer to be a gatekeeper, just to make sure I am close to your house."
One of the reasons for building the tabernacle externally was the fall in Eden, but God still desired to live among men. That was why he ordered Moses to build an ark on the wilderness journey. The Ark stood as God in the camp. By this, God could be among His people. Later, the Holy of holies was built with cotton so that men would not be able to behold the glory of God and die, and with this, the priest could only enter once in a year after he had offered a sacrifice for his sin and those of the people. See the scripture
7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: Hebrew 9:7
The high priest couldn't take us back to the original tabernacle made by God. And so man wallowed in sin and confusion. If you remember when we started this series, I said that for God to actualize His purpose of making man His tabernacle he sent a man from heaven, by his breath but when Adam fell, all others were from the linage of the blood of Adam.
For the work of God to be done, another man had to come down from heaven.
I need to let you know that this was all because of you. His love is immeasurable, and He wants us back to Himself. Come with me to the next series.
Ø Desire to stay with God and behold His face
Ø Never allow the devil to take you away from his presence again
Father, thank you for your sacrifices in my life, thank you for your love, help me to appreciate your love now and always in Jesus' name. amen
THE TABERNACLE series 4
Thought for the day: Jesus was the sinless tabernacle that came down from heaven.
When the man couldn't attain the original intention of God, Jesus came with the Spirit of the Father to bring man back to God.
See the scripture And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. Revelation 21:3
Jesus is the tabernacle that came down to make you stand in God's presence eternally. He bought you with his own life and He came to the earth with all of God.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: John 17:22
Jesus came with the fullness of the glory at Eden to be able to bring us back to God. See another scripture
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians 2:9
All of God was put in Jesus. He became the second Adam that came to set things in order, to make things right. The devil is already aware that Jesus had been sent to the earth. As we know the devil sighted Him and was looking for a way to eliminate Him. Don't forget I shared with you how the devil was killing glorious people because he does not want anyone to take us back to the place and position set for us by the Father. This was detailed in my book entitled, "Stone or bread".
The devil started making every effort to eliminate Jesus. The devil was doing that because of you; he doesn't want you to have a taste of salvation; he doesn't want you to experience the glory of His tabernacle again. The devil wanted to stop Jesus. He tried temptation, Jesus didn't stop. He tired physical accusation, Jesus kept gaining more ground. And so the devil went on to persuade the elders of the land to kill Jesus. But if the devil was aware of what would take place after The Lord Jesus' death, he wouldn't have crucified Him.
The devil will tempt you in many ways, he will use every device he has to fight you to be killed. Many people are falling for this and some don't rise again. Don't be a bait in the devil's hand.
I was reading through the theme text again and I discovered that King David prayed earnestly for the coming of the Saviour. Let us consider verse two.
2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God
David says his soul is longing, fainting and crying for the living God. Why? He wanted to see and experience the glory of the tabernacle. He made a sacrifice of prayer. These are men, that sacrificed all to see us enjoying what they didn't enjoy in their own time. We must not allow all their sacrifices to be in vain.
As I stated in the previous series, the devil was plotting to kill Jesus, but he had no idea that it was part of the plan. Man had already died, he couldn't pay for his sin because it was too great, and he couldn't be saved from the dead unless someone went to the place of the dead to bring him back to life. The devil poured out his rage on Jesus because he saw that God was pleased with Him. Jesus died to pay for man's sin and bring him from deadness to life.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrew 9:27-28
He offered His body as a sacrifice to be able to sanctify our body, to become a holy tabernacle to offer an acceptable offering to the Lord. His death gave us life, He delivered us from death, which was a blow to the devil and Jesus went to the tabernacle of heaven to offer the last sacrifice of sin by His blood. See the scripture:
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once at the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrew 9:19-26
He came to the earth with all of God, He went to heaven with all of man. He sacrificed all in the holy temple and since then we received access back to the Father. Our body became the tabernacle of God, a place where God would dwell. We will talk more of this in the next series.
Every sacrifice needed has been offered by Jesus and through his sacrifice, God was able to descend into our lives again and make our lives His dwelling place. Praise the Lord.
But you can decide to appreciate His love or toil with it. God is calling individuals to surrender all to Him and if you have given your life to Jesus, don't go back from Him.
See the scripture:
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; Hebrew 2:3.
There will be no other sacrifice; you must comprehend that your life is now a tabernacle for the Lord, and you cannot use it in your own way. See these scriptures:
Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. I corinthians 6:19
I want to appeal to you to live a life worthy of The Person who called you. Never allow His death to be in vain in your life.
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Corinthians 3:16
Allow the reality of this to sink in: you are a transformed person who lives the life of Christ and never submits to the devil's plot. I see God helping you in Jesus' name.
Ø Be watchful and give the devil no chance.
Ø Don't start with the devil what you don't want to continue with Him.
Ø Jesus has paid the price for sin, never go back to sin again.
Ø No other sacrifice for sin; appreciate the sacrifice that Jesus made and live in His perfect work.
Ø Do not toil with His work of salvation.
Ø He has paid the sacrifice once, don't crucify Jesus the second time.
Father, thank you for sendin Jesus to die for me. I declare, King of glory, that your death will not go in vain in my life in Jesus' name.