ENJOY YOUR FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
YOUR FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
HAS LOADS OF BENEFITS
WHEN WE PRAY, WE STAY CLOSE TO THE ONE WHO LOVES US
Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”
FELLOWSHIP with mankind is one big idea GOD had in mind when HE created Adam, an intelligent, free moral agent who could make choices. First Adam would till the land and make it fruitful thereby extending forcefully the borders of the garden to swallow up everything else that was contrary to the order in the garden.
Dominion! ruler-ship! multiplication! ….that was the assignment, And
DAILY, at the cool of the day, there would be a POWERFUL visit from heaven and I’m sure those were the sweetest moments of all.
It is critical that we go out and win in life, in business, in studies and whatever other spheres of influence that are before us.
YOU SHALL GO FORTH LOADED WITH THE SWEETNESS THAT COMES FORM QUALITY MOMENTS SPENT WITH GOD IN HIS PRESENCE!
YOU WILL BE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR WHEREVER YOU GO TODAY
2 Corinthians 2:14-15
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
Adam fell, the garden was lost, the visits were withdrawn – the saddest thing about being outside of the garden, even beyond the hard work, sweat, thorns, thistles, animosity from snakes, scorpions and wild animals, I’m pretty sure, was the loss of that daily intimate fellowship with GOD.
And note that GOD did not withdraw his Glory out of anger, but it was an act of kindness so that Adam and Eve would not be destroyed by His Holiness in their sin. Nothing unholy is able to stand in HIS PRESENCE.
BUT all this satanically induced separation of the first couple from their Maker did not erase in GOD HIS DESIRE for fellowship with HIS treasured creation – Mankind!
The idea of having a place and time where people could gather and just give attention to HIM and allow HIM to move among them and enjoy HIS Goodness was CENTRAL to the coming of a Savior.
Even as Israel went out of Egypt GOD was still musing on the idea of having them all to be HIS TREASURED POSSESSION.
Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be MY TREASURED POSSESSION. Although the whole earth is mine,
GOD was dreaming of a house. HIS HOUSE. It would be more than just brick and mortar.
1 Peter 2:4-5
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 IT WOULD BE A GATHERING OF NATIONS THAT THEY MAY EXPERIENCE WHAT WAS LOST – HIS GLORY.
For I know their works and their thoughts. And the time is coming when I will gather all nations and tongues, and they will come and see My glory.
1.1. WHERE GLORY IS EXPERIENCED NEEDS ARE SWALLOWED
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
1.2. WHERE GLORY IS REVEALED MIRACLES ABOUND
Who among the gods
is like you, Lord?
Who is like you—
majestic in holiness,
awesome in glory,
1.3. WHERE GLORY DESCENDS HUMAN CRISES ARE CRUSHED AND FAITH IS FUELED
What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
AND I DECLARE: As you walk with GOD – signs and wonders shall not be scarce in your day!
1.4. WHERE GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS ARE HEARTILY OBEYED THE GLORY WILL NOT FAIL TO APPEAR
They took the things Moses commanded to the front of the tent of meeting, and the entire assembly came near and stood before the Lord. Then Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded you to do, SO THAT THE GLORY OF THE LORD MAY APPEAR TO YOU.”
1.5. WHERE THE GLORY OF GOD IS REVEALED THERE IS GREAT JOY!
Moses and Aaron then went into the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and THE GLORY OF THE LORD APPEARED TO ALL THE PEOPLE. Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, THEY SHOUTED FOR JOY and fell facedown.
1.6. WHERE THE GLORY MANIFESTS ALL DEMONIC DIRT AND DEPRESSION FLEES – JOY ENTERS FORCEFULLY
For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was great joy in that city.
1.7. THAT SAME GLORY THAT WAS PRESENT IN CREATION – NOW RESTS IN YOU AS YOU FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS
2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
2 GOD’S DREAM HOUSE WOULD BE A GATHERING PLACE FOR EVEN THOSE LEFT OUT OF THE COVENANTS OF PROMISE
Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,
3 IN THAT HOUSE THEY TOO WOULD EXPERIENCE JOY
Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
4 IT WOULD BE A PLACE OF ACCEPTANCE
….. wiping away centuries of rejection and being outcasts!
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
Will be accepted on My altar;
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
Many nations surrounding Israel had long observed the Blessedness of Israel’s close fellowship with Jehovah and they desired to be part of it. They often came from afar just to observe, admire and wonder. Much more so in the time of King Solomon.
GOD had planned it that way, as a bait for the nations to desire HIM above all the idolatry that had captured their imagination for centuries. GOD gave them a prototype in Israel of how wonderful it is to live in the Glory.
See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the NATIONS, who WILL HEAR ABOUT ALL THESE decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” What other NATION SO GREAT as to have their gods near them THE WAY THE LORD OUR GOD IS NEAR WHENEVER WE PRAY TO HIM? And what other nation is SO GREAT as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?
5. IT WOULD BE A PLACE WHERE THEIR INNER TURMOIL AND SADNESS WOULD GIVE WAY TO JOY.
and give them joy in my house of prayer.
IT IS UPLIFTING TO RECOGNIZE THAT:
As you go about the business of your day, the time spent in His Presence will affect positively everything you do. People who will interact with you are Blessed. You carry a very real Spiritual Fragrance that will neutralize the putrid stench of demonic emissions and untold problems.
Go forth in Power
Go forth in Glory
Go forth in Beauty
GOD is in you, You are in Him
The World is waiting!