God our God is still Sovereign and We Worship Him

There is a great war raging in the universe: both God and Satan seek man’s worship. I am afraid there is no neutrality, though it seems so many have just decided not to care or even to remain like Switzerland. So, it is time to settle the matter now: Worship God. In Deuteronomy the children of Israel were given the ordinance: You shall worship the Lord, your God and Him alone shall you serve. In this message our brother expounded seven points on how to worship God.

We need to worship God by knowing His Godhead confessing that He is God. 

Do you know God as God? Have you realized your nothingness before Him? Who are you, oh man that you answer to God? Has not the potter authority over the clay? I believe this is a difficult point to swallow, isn’t it? We who are so used to demanding fairness and equality. We who are so used to our “rights.” Can we bow our knee and acknowledge that He is God? To worship God is to truly recognize that He is God and that we are men.

We need to worship God according to the divine revelation. 

Have you ever read the story of Cain and Abel and wondered why God was so displeased with Cain when it appeared he simply wanted to worship Him? Consider these two passages in Exodus: 20:22-26 and 32:1-6. In the first, God demands that there be no gods of silver or gold, that the altar be of earth, without any hewn stones and without any steps. In the second, we have gold fashioned by an engraving tool into a calf and the people rising up to play. The first was God’s revelation to Moses regarding the way to worship God. Upon the crude earthen altar they were to sacrifice burnt offerings and peace offerings. The second was the way in which the children of Israel decided to worship in the name of Jehovah and they also sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. Like Cain, the children of Israel had the desire to worship God. Neither brought offerings to pagan gods. They brought forth their offering to God and in the name of Jehovah. However, their way to worship was altogether  out of their natural religious concept and in their soul. Cain brought to God the fruit of his labor. The children of Israel used gold and came before God in a soulish way with music and dancing. Their joy was in their presentation of their offerings not in the pure enjoyment of the Spirit. God’s revelation of how He desires worshippers shows an earthen altar with stones that are not hewn. In the eyes of man, God’s way of worship is uncultured. God’s way allows for no human wisdom, creativity, or power. The true worship of God does not require anything of man’s “talents.” It does not show case great singers, musicians, or orators. The true worship of God has room only for the cross of Christ (the altar), Christ (offerings), and the Spirit mingled with our spirit. At God’s altar there are no steps meaning, there is no hierarchy. No one is better than anyone else. We are all just “little potatoes” enjoying and worshipping God together.

We need to worship God with Christ as the offerings.

In our worship of God we need to bring only Christ. No human wisdom or power. No achievement based on natural ability. Nothing of man’s work and labor. In the proper worship of God we have no other name other than that of Christ Himself. I want to tell you a little story. I was at a job interview at a Christian high school. When speaking of my past experiences, I mentioned being a part of a christian club during my undergrad years. They asked me the name of the club and I said, “Christians at UCSD.” They all laughed and said, “Wow that must have taken a lot of thought.” But that’s what we are isn’t it? And that’s all we are, we are simply believers. The churches in the New Testament had no name other than that of the Lord. The Church in Corinth, The Church in Ephesus, The Churches of Galatia. In Corinth, in Ephesus, of Galatia, those aren’t names, those are designations because that is where the church was. Corinth and Ephesus were cities and within each there was a church. Galatia was a province, and within the province there were multiple cities and thus multiple churches. In the worship of God we should have nothing else other than Christ. We should hold no other name other than that of the Lord Jesus. Yes, being simply called Christians, or being simply the Church isn’t very creative, but God doesn’t need or want our creativity in our worship, He desires true worshippers.

We need to worship God by beholding God and by eating and drinking Christ. Also, we need to worship God by experiencing Christ and feasting on Christ with God. 

God wants us to enjoy Him and to worship Him out of this enjoyment.

We need to worship God in Spirit and truthfulness and in the dispensing of God. 

The genuine worship of God the Father is in the spirit and in truthfulness; the divine reality, experienced and enjoyed by us and constituted into us, becomes the truthfulness in which we worship God with the worship that Hw seeks.

God desires true worshippers. The emphasis here is on the persons, it doesn’t say true worship, but true worshippers. In order to be these true worshippers we need to receive the God’s dispensing. As we enjoy the dispensing, we are constituted to be these true worshippers. True worshippers are those in their mingled spirit. The Father will not accept worship in the soul, it must be in our regenerated spirit mingled with the Spirit. Satan seeks man to worship him in their soul, but God will not accept this.

Oh Lord, have mercy on us that we would be these True Worshippers. This is the longing in God’s heart. May we all open to Him that He would have this type of worship from us.

Keep the Feast!

And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, Thus says Jehovah the God of Israel, Let My people go that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness. Exo. 5:1

Feasting with God was essential to the children of Israel’s relationship to God. In the Old Testament, we see that they were required to participate in seven feasts. This message covered three important feasts: The Feast of Unleavened Bread (a continuation of the Passover), the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost, and the Feast of Ingathering or the Feast of Tabernacles. These three feast are crucial for us to understand and enjoy in their entirety for the length of our Christian life.

Following the Passover, the children of Israel were required to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days. During this time all leaven that was seen was to be purged our of their homes. In our Christian experience this means that we must deal with all manifested sin. There is sin that we may not be conscious of, there may be things in us that are wrong, offensive toward God, and until the Lord touches it, we don’t have to worry too much about it, especially not get introspective and go searching for sins and trespasses in our being and in our past. However, the very second that we are made conscious of it through the sweeping and enlightening Spirit we need to deal with it. If we tolerate sin, this will hinder our enjoyment. The fact that it was for a period of seven days signifies that this is a life-long matter, the entire period of our Christian life. Saints, there is only one way to eliminate sin, it is to daily eat Christ as the crucified, resurrected, and sinless life.

Eat! Eat more of Jesus!

The Feast of Weeks, also known as the Feast of Pentecost was the enjoyment of the first fruits of the harvest. This typifies the resurrected Christ as the first fruits for God’s satisfaction. After the Lord resurrected and appeared to Mary Magdalene, she attempted to touch Him. His response was for her not to touch Him because He was first ascending to the Father God. Later that evening when appeared to His disciples He allowed them to touch Him. This shows that between His appearance to Mary and His appearance to His disciples the Lord ascended to the Father. This secret ascension was the bringing of the first fruits to God for His enjoyment. Days later, when the 120 were gathered in the upper room in prayer, the first fruits were enjoyed by them as the pouring out of the Spirit. Today, we are praying for a new revival, this means that we should pray for another Pentecost. This is not a matter of miracles or otherworldly phenomena, but rather it is for a real and practical pouring out of the Spirit of power. For this, we must be those daily enjoying the Feast of Weeks.

Finally, the third feast was the Feast of Tabernacles.

The Feast of Tabernacles typifies, first the coming millennium as a dispensational, joyful blessing for God’s redeemed people, including the overcomers and the saved Israelites, to enjoy with God on the restored earth.

When we are in the New Jerusalem, we will have many eternal and joyful memories of how we experienced God and of how God lived with us; we lived in tents, and He lived in a tabernacle.

May we be those who “Keep the Feast!”

The Blood of the Covenant

The precious blood of Christ satisfies God, is the believers’ access to God, and overcomes all the accusations of the enemy; (Exo. 12:13; Eph. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; Heb. 10:19-20, 22; 9:14; 1 John 1:7, 9; Rev. 12:10-11) we need to go further to see that the Lord’s precious blood is the blood of the covenant.

In Exodus 24:4-8 there are four important matters. The first is the altar. The alter signifies the cross of Christ through which we are redeemed, terminated, and replaced, reconstituted, and rearranged by and with Christ. The second are the Twelve Pillars. Pillars refer to the testimony of the Lord. The two pillars that stood at the entrance of the temple were named Jachin (In him is strength) and Boaz (he will establish). This signifies that God will establish the covenant and it’s strength will be in God. The third thing are the burnt and peace offerings. This is Christ as the only One who is absolute for God and through whom peace will be made between God and man. The fourth is the blood of the covenant.

The blood of the covenant was sprinkled by Moses upon the people. This blood is also that which is sprinkled upon the lid of the Ark on what is known as the expiation cover or the propitiation place. It was here, between the two Cherubim, on the lid of the Ark which held the two tablets of the Ten Commandments within the Holy of Holies, that God came to speak with the High Priest. When the priest entered he must bring with him the blood from the altar to be sprinkled upon the expiation cover or else he would die. Well, the blood, as stated in Matthew 26:28 is the blood of the Lord Jesus who satisfies God’s Righteousness, Holiness, and Glory and gives us access to come forward with boldness to the throne of Grace. Because we can come forward with boldness, we can be those with the highest profession on earth: That have spending time being infused with God so that we may glow with God and shine God into others.

The Lord’s blood is so very precious! His blood has made God our portion. Hymns# 223 stanza 3:

In this portion we have God/ Whom we lost through Adam’s fall;/ By the shedding of Thy blood,/ God becomes our all in all./ In this portion all we have–/ Life and peace, redemption sure;/ All that God has planned and willed,/ In this portion we secure.

Through the blood we enjoy God as our portion and we are ushered into the better things of the New covenant. These better things include all the blessings from the previous message. Included in this are two of my favorite verses in the Bible:

I will also give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you and I will take away the heart of stone out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and My ordinances you shall keep and do.

Lord, do grant me a new spirit and a new heart, a heart that loves You and sees only You.

The New Covenant

In the previous message we saw the five covenants between God and man. Now, in this message we saw the sixth covenant also known as the New Covenant or New Testament. This New Covenant is Christ Himself. What’s the difference between a promise, a covenant, and a testament? Well, a promise is surety that something shall be accomplished in the future. A covenant, is a promise with a legally-binding guarantee. A testament, is a legally-bound contract that bequeathes its contents to whom they have been appointed upon the death of the enactor. Christ Himself is the New Covenant, the contents of the New Covenant, the Enactor of the New Covenant, and the Executor of the New Covenant. Through His death and resurrection He has bequeathed the New Covenant to us. We simply need to receive and enjoy Christ as the covenant through the exercise of the our human spirit. We do this by breathing the Lord in by living a life in which we daily, hourly, and moment by moment call upon the name of the Lord. Oh Lord Jesus!

The New Covenant/New Testament  has four blessings as God’s bequests to us. The first is that God’s laws have been inscribed into our mind and hearts. These laws or law is specifically the Law of the Spirit of Life.

The Triune God has been processed through incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to become the law of the Spirit of life installed into our spirit.

The fact that it is a law means that we don’t need to fight to overcome, we don’t need to war with the law of sin and death in our flesh, it means that there is a realm where there is no sin, no world, no flesh. It means that all victories are unconscious and effortless, spontaneous. Our brother gave a marvelous example. If you are flying from New York to LA you don’t have to put on some running shoes (unless of course you tend to get everywhere late, ha!), run really, really fast, flap your arms, and will yourself into the air and fly to LA. No! How ridiculous. All you have to do is get into the airplane, sit down, put on your seat belt, and ENJOY the ride! Our attempts to overcome, our attempts to be victorious, or even our response, like that of the Children of Israel, to the law of “All that you say we will do” is as ridiculous as that attempt to fly to LA. Forget about it, just get into your the plane of your spirit and enjoy the Law of the Spirit of Life!

The second blessing is that He will be God to us and we will be a people to Him. Where in the world are there a people who hold Him as God? All the world just casts Him aside. But to us, He is God! He is our inheritance. We are His people, His treasure, and His inheritance.

The Third blessing is that we will know the Lord. This knowing is not the outward recognizing (gk ginosko) but it is an inward subjective knowing (gk oida). In our spirit we have our intuition, the inner sense of life allows us to intuitively know the Lord. There are three ways that we may know God. The first is we may know God by His acts or His doings. This is an outward way of knowing God, and we can see that the Children of Israel knew Him in such a shallow way. Then, the second is that we may know God by His ways or His principles. This is on a deeper level and requires a more intimate fellowship with God. Abraham in his intercession for Lot demonstrated this type of knowing. The third and most deepest way we may know God is to know Him by Himself, that is in His life and nature. This is to know God intuitively.

The fourth blessing that God will be propitious to our unrighteousnesses and our sins He will by no means remember anymore. Christ made propitiation for our sins and has reconciled us to God. Through His precious blood He has resolved all of our problems and opened the way for us to enter into the enjoyment of God on a daily and continual basis. Thus, we can enjoy an organic salvation in His life.

What a marvelous testament God has bequeathed to us!

Five Covenants Between God and Man

God made five major covenants with man. The first is regarding the seed of the woman, given to fallen man in Genesis 3:15. The second, was between God and Noah of which the rainbow is a sign. The third was between God and Abraham. The fourth between God and David, and finally the last is the law as a covenant between God and Israel, His chosen people.

In the first covenant, God came to Adam just after the fall with a question: Where are you? This was the beginning of the glad tidings. Even though the Lord had told Adam, if you eat of the tree you shall surely die, the covenant, and gospel message given in Genesis 3 is that the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent. After such a marvelous word, Adam called his counterpart’s name “Eve” which means living. Adam was the first believer! For he believed the gospel message preached to him by God Himself.

In the second covenant, was given to Noah. The rainbow is a marvelous sign that we see in various parts of the scripture. The rainbow signifies the faithful God who will keep His word to HIs chosen people. This rainbow is around God’s throne. It is made up of three primary colors: blue, red, and yellow. The blue (the sapphire), signifies God’s righteousness. The red (the fire), signifies God’s holiness and the yellow (the glowing electrum) signifies God’s glory. These three colors represent what Christ is to us in resurrection, He is our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. As we enjoy Christ, we become the rainbow. In eternity, the New Jerusalem (who, if you recall, IS NOT A PHYSICAL CITY) has foundations who appearance is a rainbow. The covenant that God enacted with Noah was a promise that the Faithful God would transmit Himself into His chosen people to make them the holy city New Jerusalem as the counterpart of the Lamb.

Saints, we simply need to allow God to fill us with His presence of righteousness by giving Him the full opportunity to work in us as the fire of holiness for His splendor of glory through us.

The third covenant was given to Abraham. God promised Abraham that through his seed all the families of the earth would be blessed. Paul writes that the promise covenanted to Abraham is the Spirit. Thus, the seed of Abraham is the last Adam who became a life-giving Spirit. In this One are all the spiritual blessings and realities.

The fourth covenant was promised to David. The Lord Jesus Christ is both the Root and the Offspring of David. He is the sure mercies shown to David. Through Him as the resurrected seed of David we can enter into the reality of God’s New Testament Economy. Through this covenant, the Triune God is dispensed into His redeemed people. Try to wrap your mind around this:

The resurrected Christ as the life-giving Spirit is the transfigured descendent of David, the seed of David, the seed of the kingdom, dispensed into us to make us the sons of the kingdom, ringing in life to live in the reality of the kingdom so that we may be translated by Him and return with Him in the manifestation of the kingdom as the corporate smiting stone to annihilate the kingdoms of the world and become a great mountain, the kingdom of God that fills the whole earth.

Finally, the fifth covenant was the law decreed on the mountain of God in Exodus. The given was not meant to be a set of guidelines or commandments for man to keep. “Rather, [God’s] intention was to bring His people into His presence so that He could reveal Himself to them and impart Himself to them through His speaking to them.” Since the children of Israel were unable to apprehend God’s intention, He made enacted the covenant so that they would see that the requirements were too high and thus they would never be able to fulfill them. If we look closely we can see what a complete and utter failure they were in their attempts throughout the Old Testament to fulfill God’s commandments and ordinances. (cf. Paul’s experience in Romans which I believe matches our own.) Thus, the law becomes a child-conductor to Christ. If we walk according to our mingled spirit, the law is spontaneously and unconsciously fulfilled in us through the operation of the law of the Spirit of Life.

May these five covenants become our experience.

Let THIS Mind be in You

But if the servant plainly says, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free; Then his master shall bring him to God and shall bring him to the door or to the doorpost, and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him forever. Exodus 21:5-6

Romans 1:1~ Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus…

Philippians 1:1~ Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus…

Colossians 1:7~…Epaphras, our beloved fellow slave…

Colossians 4:7~ …Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow slave…

Titus 1:1~ Paul, a slave of God…

James 1:1~ James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ…

2Peter 1:1~ Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ…

Jude 1~ Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ…

Revelation 1:1~ The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to Him to show to His slaves…sending it by His angel to HIs slave John…

Revelation 15:3~ …They sing the song of Moses, the slave of God…

Revelation 22:3~ And there will no longer be a curse. And the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His slaves will serve Him.

If I were to write down all the instances of the use of the word “slave” just in the New Testament in reference to the believers this blog post would get to be just a little too long. But, just take a look at the above verses. The same mind dwelt in these saints as dwelt in the Lord Jesus Himself. Paul write to us that we should “let this mind be in us.” This mind is the mind of Christ as a slave of God. The mind that was willing to forego HIs magnificent, glorious form of God to take on the lowliest form, that of a slave. The mind that girded Himself and washed the feet of the disciples. The mind that was obedient unto the horrendous death of the cross. He did this because He has both the spirit, love, and obedience of a slave.

But, how do we let this mind be in us? How do we humble ourselves? How do we consider others more excellent than ourselves? How to we give ourselves to be sacrificed for others? First by letting Him serve us. Luke 12:37 states: Blessed are those slaves whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Truly I tell you that he will gird himself and will have them recline at table, and he will come to them and serve them. This is the kingdom! To live the kingdom life, we must first allow the Lord to serve us with Himself as our portion so that in turn we would become those who “wash one another’s feet” that is through the water in the word and the ministry wash away all the hinderances to the fellowship.

One particular aspect of the Slave of God that I especially appreciated was the matter of the ear being bored through with an awl. This typifies that a slave’s ear is open to hearing his master’s speaking. Too often we hear only what appeals to us or hear things that were not said. However, what we need is to have an open hear that we would hear the Lord’s speaking to us without our subjectivity and preference interfering. I recall the story of Samuel in the Old Testament. When he was still only a boy, he heard God’s speaking in the night. He didn’t realize God was speaking to him at first. However, Eli realized it and told Samuel to respond: “Speak for your servant is listening.” May we also have this listening ear a slave. May we pray, “Lord, speak whatever you want to me. Lord do whatever is in your heart concerning me. Whatever it is, oh Lord, do that. Don’t let me have my preference. Don’t let me hinder Your speaking!”

If we would allow the Lord to make us His slaves, and reproduce His life in us, what a glorious wonderful church life we would have. In fact, God’s purpose would be carried out in us because for this what we need is to have the spirit, love, and obedience of a slave. Saints, just let this mind be in you.

Five Blessings for His Loving Seekers

Through the function of the Word of God, God’s loving seekers receive five amazing, awesome, astounding blessings: That of light becoming life, that of being watered and of absorbing God, that of inhaling God, that of enjoying God as their portion, and that of enjoying God’s countenance and the shining of His face.

First, light becomes life. Light and life are always in direct proportion to one another. With God there is life and this life shines as light. With us, we receive God shining, God as light and this becomes life in us. This life is our supply. This life keeps us living the God-man living. This life is our joy and salvation. This divine light is the divine life of the Son operating in us. This light is what overcomes all the darkness within and without! In Malachi 4:2 we see that the sun arising with healing in its wings. This is the light becoming our heavenly life supply. The result is that we leap about like well-fed calves. Thus our experience is like the hymn that says: “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation and in that day shall ye say Praise the Lord!”

Second, the Word of God becomes the refreshing water to us. In Revelation we see that on either side of the river of water flowing from the throne is the tree of life. This tree is the life supply in the water. As believers, we are living plants rooted into Christ. Our roots, with all the tender root hairs, absorb the refreshing water and the nourishing life supply. What we absorb is God Himself as our daily life supply. By spending time with the Lord, especially in the mornings, to be revived and refreshed through prayer and the word we receive this divine life supply.

Third, the Holy Spirit is the Holy Pneuma or Holy Breath. God’s word is God breathing out. So when we come to the word with a spirit of prayer, with an open and pure heart, we breathe in God’s exhaling. As Christians, the Word of God is not doctrines or scientific principles, or historical accounts, or psychological theories, the Word of God is God’s very breath, meant to be enjoy by us in spirit.

Fourth, the highest blessing in the entire universe is God Himself. Through the Word of God, God becomes our portion. In 2Corinthians 13:14 Paul blesses the Corinthian believers with the Love of God, the Grace of Christ, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit. This is God as the believers’ portion to be enjoyed by them in a real, living, and practical way. This matches the fifth point which is the concordant blessing to the children of Israel in Number 6:24-26. In this blessing we have God’s countenance and shining face. His countenance is the expression of God’s person. You’ve heard the expression, “If looks could kill,” right? It is obvious when someone is displeased or happy with what another is doing. In the same way, when we have God’s countenance, we have an intimate knowledge and experience of God’s will and pleasure. His countenance becomes a salvation to us. Paul writes to the Corinthian believers not to “grieve the Holy Spirit.” The Spirit within us is God’s countenance. We also have God’s shining face. When Moses was on the mountaintop, he was in God’s shining presence. He was thus infused with God’s shining and Moses’ face also shone. When Stephen was being stoned in Acts 6 it states that his face was radiant. Paul tells us that we all with unveiled face must behold and reflect the glory of the Lord. This happens when we have His shining face and we remain under the pleasant, delightful shining of God’s face.

May these five blessings become our daily experience.

God is Light

The first message already covered the matter of the condition of our heart when coming to the law, the Word, the Lord. Message three just burned it into my being. Matthew 5:8  states: Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Well, this matter of having a pure heart, a heart fully, wholly, solely focused on God Himself, is of utmost importance. It determines everything. You see, the blessing is that the pure in heart shall SEE God. The nature of God’s expression is light! That means having a pure heart determines whether we receive, have, and walk in God as light.

When we have a pure heart and have our entire being in the realm of light, we have the shining of the divine light. The shining of the divine light makes old things new. This shining becomes truth. Without the shining of the divine light, all things are vain, unreal, insubstantial, and inaccessible. When we come to the Word of God, if we do not come with a proper heart, a pure heart, then the Word will not be light to us, rather it will just be the killing letter. To receive light from God’s Word requires that our heart be pure, our eye single, and that we be open to receiving the light. Do not resist the light! This is God’s operation in us, this is God’s move in us. We need to be a people who welcome God’s light and God’s shining in us.

I must confess that too often I shy away from God’s light. Too often, I am like those spoken of in Isaiah 50:10-11. These ones kindle their own fire and walk by the light of their own firebrands. These firebrands, this human kindled fire are simply light that comes from our own feelings, thoughts, concepts, introspection, etc. This is not genuine light and the end is worse than the beginning for in the end Isaiah states they will “lie down in torment.” Oh Lord! Have mercy on us that we would not be those manufacturing our own spiritual light. Instead grant us the patience that we would be those who trust in Jehovah because it is only in His light that we see light.

If we are loving seekers and have the proper attitude and condition in our heart, than the Word of God becomes a realm of light to us. This means that we not only receive light when we come to the word but we live within an atmosphere of light. This is the difference between having a lamp in a darkened room and living under the sun and an open sky. We should desire and aspire to be those living in the realm of light and not be content with merely receiving light periodically.

So what is the proper attitude and condition with which we must come to the Word in order to live in this realm? We must be of a contrite and trembling spirit. We must be those who can humble ourselves before God having no confidence in ourselves. We need to seek the Lord with all of our heart. We must not allow any hinderances or frustrations to crowd out the Word in our hearts. We must remove the rocks: hidden sins, personal desires, self-seeking, and self-pity. Our eye must be single, having our treasure in one place and with our sight focused on only one thing. And finally, we come full circle, we must have a pure heart, a heart with one single purpose and one single goal that of accomplishing God’s will for God’s glory.

Love, Betrothal, and Marriage

“The subject of the entire Bible, the content of God’s economy, and the secret of the entire universe are the divine romance between God and His chosen and redeemed people.”

The Bible is a romance, God is a courting God, and we must have a responsive, personal, private, intimate, affectionate , deep, tender, all-consuming, loving relationship with the Lord. He must be our unique Beloved. He must have our best and first love. We must be absolutely for Him alone.

The law was God’s engagement covenant with His chosen people. Through His enacting of it, He betrothed us to Himself, separated us from all others.

God loves us not for who we are, or what we do. God simply loves us without reason. What God is seeking are those “crazy,” “blind,” lovers who are willing to simply tell Him, “Lord Jesus, I love You” a thousand times a day.

In a nutshell, that was the message.

Personally, I know I love the Lord. However, I don’t think it is all that much different than how I love my family, or my dog, or to lay around in a hammock under the shade of a mulberry tree on a beautiful sunshiny spring day and read a book.

This message was exposing. God does not seek such blasé lovers. God’s love toward us is real, burning, jealous. He loves us as a Husband loves his wife. Maybe we’ve become too jaded about this as well. Or quite possibly I just don’t understand it, but I was encouraged that I just need to open to the Lord and pray:

“Lord, in these days, rekindle my love for You.”

The Condition of Your Heart

Close your eyes and picture this:

God upon His throne. Below it an expanse like a paved work of sapphire, clear and beautiful like a heavenly blue summer sky. God sits with a smile upon His face and says to you that you were brought here upon eagles’ wings. That you are His personal treasure. That you are a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Then, He invites you to gaze upon Him and feast with Him.

Warming scene, eh?

How about this one:

The same throne, but you only know it is there. You are unable to see it through the deep darkness that surrounds you. Out from everywhere, you hear thunder and lightening. Smoke permeates the atmosphere. You see and feel the presence of death and you are gripped by fear and trembling.

Not so warming.

Which scene would you rather be in? These are the two opposing situations that are seen in Exodus 19-24. Both of these scenes surrounded the children of Israel as Moses was given the Ten Commandments, the Ten “Words” of God. Whether we are in the positive scene under the sapphire expanse or in the negative scene, mired in deep darkness depends solely upon the condition of our heart.

Brace yourselves, the Ten Commandments are not a list of do’s and don’ts. They aren’t a measuring rod to determine how great a Christian you are, or how big of a failure. The Ten Commandments reveal who God is and more specifically who God is to us. Through His words, we know who He is and through the Lord Jesus as the unique Word of God, we have access to all that God is. In order for the law to become living to us, we must take care of our heart. We cannot be law-keepers, but must be loving seekers. When our heart is right toward God the law of God exposes, subdues, and guards us on the one hand and ministers and dispenses God into us on the other so that we can partake of God’s riches and become the same as God in life, nature, and expression. Through God’s ministering and dispensing we are able to fulfill God’s desire, that is to have a people as His testimony.

May the Lord have mercy on us that we would be like the Psalmists, those who love God, seek God, dwell with God, behold His beauty, are infused with the riches of God, enjoy the riches of life, are supplied with God to keep His word, treasure the law of God, taste the sweetness of the law, hope in the word of God, and muse upon it. When we become this type of person we are true worshippers of God, those who behold Him and eat and drink with Him.