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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Revival – “I will raise up the tabernacle of David”

REVIVAL   Memory Verse: Acts 3:19

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Life Application: Refreshing comes from God, after repentance.

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Bible Text:

Acts 3:19

Acts 3:19-21

Amos 9:11-15

Acts 15:16-17

Joshua 5:13-16

Isaiah 6:1-5

Acts 19: 18-20

Exodus 30:17-21

Leviticus 6:12-13

Psalm 85:6

Isaiah 57:15

Acts 15:16-17

Psalm 95:1-3

Psalm 100

Hebrews 13:15

1 Peter 2:9

John 4:23-24

1 Peter 4:17

Psalm 24

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Revival is a bringing or coming back to life or consciousness; restoration to vigor or health; a bringing or coming back to style, use, activity, etc; an awakening or increase of interest in religion. God desires for there to be a revival of worship to Him, and there will be a great revival of worship to Him before He returns. His glory (the manifest presence of God) will be experienced in a greater measure by the body of Christ (the church) than ever before. The true body of Christ will have a season of refreshing (renewed, restored, made pleasing) before the return of the Lord.

Acts 3:19-21 NKJV

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”

Before the return of the Lord all the prophesies spoken by the prophets of long ago will be fulfilled..

Amos 9:11-15 NKJV

“ ‘On that day I will raise up

The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down,

And repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins,

And rebuild it as in the days of old; That they may possess the remnant of Edom,

And all the gentiles who are called by My name,’

Says the Lord who does this thing.

‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord,

‘When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,

And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;

The mountains shall drip with sweet wine,

And all the hills shall flow with it,

I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them;

They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them’

They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.

I will plant them in their land,

And no longer shall they be pulled up

From the land I have given them,’

Says the Lord your God.”

Acts 15:16-17 NKJV

“ ‘After this I will return

And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen

down; I will rebuild its ruins,

And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,

Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name,

Says the Lord who does all these things.’ ”

It is the desire of God that His glory fill the earth. In the last days when the glory of God is manifest upon His people (the body of Christ) there will be an abundance of provision (material, physical and spiritual) and harvest (souls). However, we have a part to play in seeing that God’s desire is fulfilled. Sin cannot enter into the presence of God. No matter how much someone may say that they want to experience (and stay in) the glory of the Lord, they will not with sin in their life. Man cannot come into God’s presence without going by Jesus. There is a difference between stumbling upon the glory of God and the glory of God staying upon you, just as there is a difference between a visitation of the glory of God and a habitation of the glory of God.

Exodus 3:1-6 NKJV

“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountains of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.’ So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, a God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then He said, ‘Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.’ Moreover He said, ‘I am the God of your father – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.’ ”

What would have happened to Moses if he had not obeyed God when he ‘came upon’ where the manifest presence of the Lord was? God expected something out of Moses in order for him to draw closer to Him. He expected Moses to regard Him and the ground that he stood upon as holy. It was set apart by the divine presence of God for His purpose. Moses was told to remove his sandals possibly as an acknowledgement of God holiness and authority. We too, when we come into the presence of God must acknowledge His holiness and authority and submit to Him.

Joshua 5:13-16 NKJV

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, ‘Are You for us or our adversaries?’ So He said, ‘No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.’ And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, ‘What does my Lord say to His servant?’ Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, ‘Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.’ And Joshua did so.”

Throughout the ages God has manifested Himself over and over. When God shows Himself, He expects something out of us.

Isaiah 6:1-5 NKJV

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!’
And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean; lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.’ ”

When Isaiah encountered the glory of the Lord, he admitted that he was a sinner and sought repentance. Repentance will keep the presence of God upon us and our lives. In the church, as a whole, there are times that God moves in a mighty fashion and His sweet presence (His glory) fills the place. In order for His glory to stay upon us, our lives, and our church we must take His glory home with us! However, God will not share His glory with the world (soulish things or people). When God visits your church (a visitation of His glory), and goes home with you He expects you to do something – He expects you to change. He expects you to go through your house with the Holy Spirit and ask, “Holy Spirit, does this grieve You?” Listen closely for His answer. When He says “Yes,” repent and get ride of it. Don’t keep it around. Every church in America could use an old fashioned “spiritual burning.”

Acts 19:18-20 NKJV

“And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.”

These people showed true repentance and sincerity by burning (getting rid of) their sinful items. What was happening on the inside of them carried over to the outside. When others saw a real change in the ones that had repented the kingdom of God grew.
Many cry out, “Lord, send the fire,” but thy really do not mean it. If they did they would do in the natural what they are asking God to do in the spiritual. Prior to the Passover, the Jewish people would go through their house and search it over from top to bottom for leaven. In the Bible leaven represents sin. If leaven was found, it would be removed. As Christians we need to go through our houses on a regular basis and remove the sin. If we don’t the presence of the Lord will not stay in our homes. The church will be no different than our homes.
I have seen times that God has gripped the heart of young people in a mighty, mighty way only to have it quenched by so called religious adults. Under the convicting power of the Holy Spirit the young people left church services and went home determined to clean out their bedrooms of sinful things. Excited about God they told their parents about what God was doing in their life and what they were going to do. They were going to burn everything they had that could cause the Holy Spirit to grieve. Their sinful (worldly, soulish) CDs, games, tapes, pictures, posters, clothes, books, articles of affection and many other items. More often than not, the parents response was, “No you are not, I paid good money for that.” In order to obey their parents, but still wanting to please God, they would pack the items up in a box and put them in the bottom of the closet or in the back of a drawer somewhere. Time would go by and eventually they would find the box again and begin to take the items back out one at a time. Eventually, the young people were spiritually worse off than they were to start with.

When God tells you (through His Word or His Spirit) to get rid of something, get rid of it. The item needs to be destroyed. Don’t keep it around, even boxed up somewhere. If you do, you will eventually pick it up again. And, please do not give it to one of your worldly friends or co-workers.
In Biblical times you could not go into the holy place or the holy of holies (the presence of God) without first going by the outer court and then the laver. The priest would offer a sacrifice on the brazen altar then he would go to the laver and wash before going into the holy place. The laver was made out of looking glasses that the women had brought out from Egypt. The laver was a place of reflection and sanctification. The water in it represented the Word of God. No matter how many times the priest went into the holy place he always had to wash his hands and feet before going in.

Exodus 30:17-21 NKJV

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base also of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. And you shall put water in it, for Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and feet in water from it. When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to the Lord, they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a statute forever to them – to him and his descendants throughout their generations.’ ”

As Christians, we too, must continually look into the Word of God to see ourselves. We must examine ourselves on a daily basis (throughout the day) with the Holy Spirit. Then we must repent of any sin. As long as we are alive, we have a continual need for repentance – a continual need for the washing of the Word.

Leviticus 6:12-13 NKJV

“And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order on it; and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offering. Afire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.”

The first step to the refreshing (revival) that God promised is admission. We must humble ourselves and admit that we are asleep (or dead), unhealthy, not useful or disinterested and sinful. We will never be revived if we are too proud to admit that we need it. Just as admission is important to salvation, so is admission important to revival.

Psalm 85:6 NKJV

“Will You not revive us again,

That Your people may rejoice in You?”

Isaiah 57:15 NKJV

“For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To revive the spirit of the humble,

And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’ ”

God will revive the hearts of people who are genuinely humble and contrite. When we have a humble spirit we will see ourselves as God sees us, know our weaknesses, put others before ourselves and submit to God. When we submit to God, we yield to His power, His control and His authority. Submissive people are obedient people. Obedience is very important to God. When you truly love God you will obey Him.

Repentance is being sorry for having done wrong. It is regretting that you have transgressed against God. It leads to a brokenness in spirit (contrite heart).

Acts 15:16-17 NKJV

“ ‘After this I will return

And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins,

And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,

Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name,

Says the Lord who does all these things.’ ”

The tabernacle of David was a tent that housed the Ark of the Covenant. The manifest presence of God was seen there. We are to be the earthly tent that houses the manifest presence of God. The people joyfully worshiped God in the tabernacle of David. We too, are to joyfully worship God.

Sacrifices of praise are to be continually offered up from us.

Psalm 95:1-3 NKJV

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God,

And the great King above all gods.”

Psalm 100 NKJV

“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,

And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations.”

The name “David” is a Hebrew word meaning “beloved.” The tabernacle of David is a type of the worship of the bride of Christ, the church. As the bride of Christ we are the beloved of God and we are the earthly house (tent) that should show forth the glory of God. The church is to joyfully offer up sacrifices of worship, praise, thanksgiving.

Hebrews 13:15 NKJV

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise

to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

1 Peter 2:9 NKJV

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous Light.”

The church , the body of Christ, is to be the restored tabernacle of David, a place where God is worshiped in spirit and in truth.

John 4:23-24 NKJV

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who

worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Worship is a spiritual act, while praise is a physical act. The Bible lists seven types of praise and they are all physical activities. Anyone and everyone can praise God, however only the redeemed can worship God in spirit and in truth. When the church removes the sin from within they will be able to worship God in spirit and in truth. Then they will see the glory of the Lord (the manifest presence of God) in their midst. Then the world around them will see the glory of the Lord in them and they too will seek the Lord.

1 Peter 4:17 NKJV

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God…”

As Christians we must evaluate our lives (our actions, our words our deeds, our attitudes, our thoughts…) and allow the Lord to search us to see if there is anything evil or wicked in us.

Psalm 24 NKJV

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,

The world and those who dwell therein.

For He has founded it upon the seas,

And established it upon the waters.

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?

Or who may stand in His holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,

Nor sworn deceitfully.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord,

And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,

Who seek Your face.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!

And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!

And the King of glory shall come in.

Who is the King of glory?

The Lord strong and mighty,

The Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!

Lift up, you everlasting doors!

And the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory?

The Lord of hosts,

He is the King of glory.”

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Review

1. What does revival mean?

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2. What does manifest mean?

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3. Prior to Jesus’ return…

* There will be a great revival of ___________ to God.

* The __________________ _______________of God will be experienced in a greater measure by the body of Christ.

* The true body of Christ will have a season of __________________.

* All the _________________ spoken by the prophets of long ago will be fulfilled.

4. If we repent our sins will be blotted out and ________________ will come from the presence of the Lord.

5. It is the desire of God that His glory fill the earth. What does “His glory” mean?

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6. In the last days when the glory of God is manifest upon His people (the body of Christ) there will be an abundance of what?

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7. What will keep a person from staying in the manifest presence of God?

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8. Man cannot come into God’s presence without going by _____________.

9. What does visitation mean?

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10. What does habitation mean?

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11. What is the difference between a visitation of the glory of God and a habitation of the glory of God?

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12. When we come into the presence of God must acknowledge His ________________ and ______________________, and submit to Him.

13. What was happening on the inside of a person carries over to the outside. What does that mean?

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14. We must examine ourselves on a daily basis with the ____________ ____________.

15. Admission is __________________ to salvation and to revival.

16. What does admission mean?

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17. When we have a humble spirit we will …

* see ourselves as ________ sees us.

* ___________ our weaknesses.

* put ___________ before ourselves.

* ______________ to God.

18. What does submissive mean?

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19. We are to continually offer up _______________ of praise to God.

20. The body of Christ is to be the restored ____________________ ______ _____________, a place where God is worshiped in spirit and in truth.

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From Royalty to Servanthood – From Worship To Works

 

 

FROM ROYALITY TO SERVANTHOODMemory Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:14-15

 

Life Application: Your works must be done out of your love for God.

 

Bible Text:

Ezekiel 44:17-18

Psalm 141:2

Psalm 100:4

Ezekiel 44:10-16

Matthew 7:21-23

1 Corinthians 3:14-15

John 4:23-24

1 Chronicles 16:29

Exodus 5:1-3

Exodus 19:3-6

Deuteronomy 10:8

1 Peter 2:9

Hebrews 13:15

1 Chronicles 16:29

John 17:21

John 17:22

Isaiah 29:13

Mark 7:6-7

Acts 2:11

Acts 2:14

Acts 2:38

Acts 2:41

Worship and intimacy with God did not (and does not) occur in the outer court. Everyone was allowed in the outer court. There was a lot of “work” going on in the outer court. Everyone could see this part of the tabernacle. It was a place of sacrifice and a place of cleansing. The priest “ministered” to the people in the outer court.

Works require your body [Outer Court]

Praise (worship) requires your soul (mind, will, emotions) [Holy Place]

Intimacy requires your spirit [Holy Of Holies]

The holy place was one of two parts of the tabernacle hidden in a tent. In the holy place, the priest walked by the light produced by the holy spirit. The altar of incense was in this part of the tabernacle. The holy place was a place of prayer, praise, worship and communion. Pure and obedient worship took place here. The priest “ministered” to the Lord in the holy place. Only those who were ministering to the Lord were allowed in the holy place. The holy of holies was the second part of the tabernacle that was hidden by a tent. It was there the very presence of God came to dwell. Once a year the high priest went into this part of the tabernacle and God communicated with him. When the priest went in to minister to God, it had to be the way that God had instructed them.

 

Ezekiel 44:17-18 NKJV

“And it shall be, whenever they enter the gates of the inner court, that they put on linen garments, no wool shall come upon them while they minister within the gates of the inner court or within the house. They shall have linen turbans on their heads and linen trousers on their bodies; they shall not clothe themselves with anything that causes sweat.”

The priest could not enter any way he liked. There was a certain way to enter then and now. Today, God does not communicate with us only one time a year. He communicates with us all the time in our spirit. In the holy place the priests ministered unto the Lord by burning a sweet smelling incense. The holy place was not a place for “fleshly” works. The incense represents our prayer, praise and worship rising up to God as a sweet smelling incense.

 

Psalm 141:2 NKJV

“Let my prayer be set before You as incense, the lifting of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”

Many times we lump thanksgiving and praise together. However, thanksgiving and praise are not the same thing.

 

Psalm 100:4 NKJV

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,

And His courts with praise,

Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”

Enter into God’s gates with thanksgiving….Be thankful to Him.

Enter into God’s courts with praise….Bless His name.

Thanksgiving– A giving of thanks. An expression of thanks.

Thank– To say that one is pleased and grateful for something done.

Praise– Saying that a person is good; words that tell the worth or value of a thing or person; commendation.

Worship– Great honor and reverence paid to someone or something regarded as sacred. Expressing honor and reverence. Great love and adoration. To consider extremely precious; hold very dear; adore.

Servant– A person devoted to a service.

Service– Helpful act or acts; aid; conduct that is useful to others.

At one’s service– Ready to do what one wants. Ready or available for one to use.

Of service– Helpful; useful.

 

A popular teaching going around in the Christian world is that “worship is works” and “works is worship”. Not so, works (that won’t be burnt up) are a “by product” of intimacy. Worship (ministry to God) and works (ministry to people) are not the same thing. Worship is expressing great love to God. Out of the intimacy of our worship will come works. A person can work for God and not worship Him at the same time. People can work for God with sin in their life. People can even work for God and not love Him.

 

Ezekiel 44:10-16 NKJV

“’And the Levites who went far from Me, when Israel went astray, who strayed away from Me after their idols, they shall bear their iniquity. Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, as gatekeepers of the house and ministers of the house, they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall before them to minister to them. Because they ministered to them before their idols and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity, therefore I have raised My hand in an oath against them,” says the Lord God, ‘that they shall bear their iniquity. And they shall not come near Me to minister to Me as priest, nor come near any of My holy things, nor into the most holy place; but they shall bear the shame and their abominations which they have committed. Nevertheless I will make them keep charge of the temple, for all its work, and for all that has to be done in it. But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer to Me the fat and the blood,’ says the Lord God. ‘They shall enter My sanctuary, and they shall come near My table to minister to Me, and they shall keep My charge.’”

In the above passage we see that there are two different types of ministry. One ministry is to people (works) and the other one is to God (worship). One day there will be people standing before God who have done many wonderful “works” for Him, but who did not have an intimate relationship with Him. They did not know Him and He did not know them.

Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ ”

Some Christians will have their “works” burnt up in the end. Some good work is actually not work that will stand in the end. What was the motive behind the work? Did you do it out of love for God, or to please yourself or man?

 

1 Corinthians 3:14-15 NKJV

“If anyone’s work which he has build on endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

God is looking for people who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. God is not seeking people to “worship” Him with their mouths or even with their hands. Worship is a matter of the heart.

 

John 4:23-24 NKJV

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Worship to God was not a suggestion from God, but rather a commandment.

 

1 Chronicles 16:29 NKJV

“Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”

The Hebrews were delivered from captivity so that they could worship God. We too, are delivered from captivity so that we can worship God.

 

Exodus 5:1-3 NKJV

“Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.’ And Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go.’ So they said, ‘The Lord God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go three day’s journey into the desert and sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.’”

God desired that all the people delivered from captivity (Egypt) would be priests unto Him.

 

Exodus 19:3-6 NKJV

“And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountains, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles‘ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’

These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

Because of disobedience and sin, not all of the people were allowed to become priests that ministered unto Him. God chose the tribe of Levi to minister unto Him.

Deuteronomy 10:8 NKJV

“At that time the Lord separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister to Him, and to bless in His name, to this day.”

At the moment of the death of Jesus, the veil between the holy place and the most holy place was torn into. From that moment on we all have access to the Father through the Son. Each believer became a “priest” at Calvary.

1 Peter 2:9 NKJV

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

We were chosen by God to be a priest. We were chosen to be His own special people. As a priest we are to proclaim His praises. We are to offer up sacrifices of praise.

Hebrews 13:15 NKJV

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

1 Chronicles 16:29 NKJV

“Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”

To say that worship and works are the same thing is like saying that marital intimacy and children are the same thing. They are not. The way God created it, marital intimacy is a very beautiful, intimate relationship between a man and his wife. Out of that relationship children are produced. When a Christian has an intimate relationship with God something will be produced (fruit / works / service ), if we do not abort it. When a man and woman have an intimate relationship with each other they become one. When Jesus prayed in the garden, He asked that we might become one with God like He was.

John 17:21 NKJV

“…that they may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You: that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

Jesus did not pray that we would do “works” for God- He prayed for us to have the same intimate relationship with God that He had. Jesus and God had a very intimate relationship.

John 17:22 NKJV

“And the glory which You gave me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.”

When a Christian has an intimate relationship with God, they become one with God. They do not become God- they take on God’s heart. They love what God loves and hate what God hates. They receive God’s burden for souls. They desire to have “spiritual births.” They desire to bear good fruit. They desire to do things (works) out of love, because they see the need or the person through God’s eyes. God will place a “seed” within you when you have an intimate relationship with Him.

In the natural realm there are some people that bypass the intimate relationship required to produce, and they adopt. It is true in the spiritual realm also. In the spiritual realm there are people who don’t want an intimate relationship with God. They don’t want to “become one” with God. They don’t want to spend the necessary time in God’s presence to become “pregnant” with God’s burdens and to “birth” what He has placed within them. These people work for God, but they do not know God. Some people are married “in name only” and they never experience the intimacy required to become pregnant and birth children. There are some people that are Christians “in name only.” They never experience the intimacy that God desires to have with them.

There are times that a man and his wife cannot bear children together. When this occurs, usually there is some unseen physical or even emotional condition that interrupts or stops the natural process of producing. There are some people (and churches) who enjoy intimate times with God, but they do not allow the “seed” that He places within them to grow.

These people (and churches) abort what God places within them. They are not barren, they are wasteful. When you are barren you cannot produce, but when you are wasteful you choose not to produce.

When a person becomes “one with God” the natural process is to produce (good fruit/works/service). When a Christian does not produce there is something wrong. Usually it is a “heart” problem. “Heart” problems will cause people not to spend time in true intimacy with God. A “heart” problem can temporarily interrupt or totally stop the spiritual process of producing. We were not saved to serve or work. We were saved to love. God saved us so that we could have an intimate relationship with Him. Out of that intimate relationship He will place in us a desire to be His hands, His feet, His mouth to a dying world. In the tabernacle, in the Old Testament, there were many people “working” in the outer court, but their hearts were far from God.

 

Isaiah 29:13 NKJV

“Therefore the Lord said: ‘Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths

And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me,

And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men’ ”

Mark 7:6-7 NKJV

“These people honors Me with their lips

But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me,

Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men”

God wants your heart so He can give you His. In Acts we see an important truth. When we worship (minister to God), He will put His desires and burdens within us. Then He will fill us with the desire to work (minister to others), and He will give us the words to say. Then the Holy Spirit will bring in the harvest. The people converted will have an encounter with the Holy Spirit, not with man.

* The Holy Spirit filled the believers to praise God.

Acts 2:11 NKJV

“…we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”

*The Holy Spirit filled Peter with a desire to preach a sermon. The Holy Spirit

put His words in Peter’s mouth.

Acts 2:14 NKJV

“But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, ‘Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be know to you, and heed my words.”

Acts 2:38 NKJV

“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

*The Holy Spirit brought forth conversions.

Acts 2:41 NKJV

“Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

As you fulfill your royal priesthood duties, ministering to God, He will fill you with a desire to be His servant, to minister to others. As you do your part, ministering to others, the Holy Spirit will do His part. He will bring fourth true conversions.

Review

1. Worship and intimacy with God did not occur in the __________________ court.

 

2. What went on in the outer court?

 

3. The _______________ place was a place of prayer, praise, worship and communion.

 

4. The priest “ministered” to the _______________ in the holy place.

 

5. God came to ________________ in the holy of holies.

 

6. What did the priest do once a year in the holy of holies?

 

7. God communicates with us all the time in our _____________________.

 

8. In the holy place the priests ministered unto the Lord by burning a sweet smelling _____________________.

 

9. The incense represents our ________________, _________________, and ___________________ rising up to God as a sweet smelling incense.

 

10. What is ministry to people?

 

11. What is ministry to God?

 

12. Some good work is actually not work that will stand in the end. Why not?

 

13. God is not seeking people to “worship” Him with their mouths or even with their hands. Worship is a matter of the _________________.

 

14. What is a commandment?

 

15. The Hebrews were delivered from captivity so that they could _________________ God.

 

16. At the moment of the death of Jesus, the veil between the holy place and the most holy place was torn into. What does that mean to us?

 

17. Believers…

* were ______________________ by God to be a priest.

* were chosen to be God’s own ____________________ people.

* are to _________________ God’s praises.

* are to offer up ____________________ of praise.

 

18. Jesus prayed for us to have the same ______________________ __________________________ with God that He had.

 

19. When a Christian has an intimate relationship with God…

* they become __________ with God.

* they take on ______________ heart.

* they love what God _______________ and hate what God hates.

* they receive God’s _________________ for souls.

* they ___________________ to have “spiritual births.”

* they desire to bear ______________ ________________.

* they desire to do things (works) out of love, because they see the need or the person through ____________ eyes.

 

20. God ____________________ us so that we could have an intimate relationship with Him.

 

 

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