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Battling Defeat, Exile, And Judgment

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Battling Defeat, Exile, And Judgment

Jeremiah 2:13 NKJV

“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

The people of Israel and Judah had abandoned God by their unfaithfulness. They were dishonest and disloyal to God, they had not kept their promises to God and they had neglected their duties to Him. To top it off, they withdrew their fellowship with God.

Jeremiah 2:4-8 NKJV

“Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: “What injustice have your fathers found in Me, That they have gone far from Me, Have followed idols, And have become idolaters? Neither did they say, ‘Where is the Lord, Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, Through a land of deserts and pits, Through a land of drought and the shadow of death, Through a land that no one crossed And where no one dwelt?’ I brought you into a bountiful country, To eat its fruit and its goodness. But when you entered, you defiled My land And made My heritage an abomination. The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’ And those who handle the law did not know Me; The rulers also transgressed against Me; The prophets prophesied by Baal, And walked after things that do not profit.”

 

Jeremiah 2:19 NKJV

“Your own wickedness will correct you, And your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing That you have forsaken the Lord your God, And the fear of Me is not in you,” Says the Lord GOD of hosts.”

Israel and Judah’s unfaithfulness caused God to withdraw His protection and support from them. The result was defeat, exile, and judgment. Despite Jeremiah’s pleading and all of the warnings the people would not turn back to God.

Jeremiah 3:6-10 NKJV

“The Lord said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: “Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot. And I said, after she had done all these things, ‘Return to Me.’ But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the Lord.”

Jeremiah 5:22-25 NKJV

“Do you not fear Me?’ says the Lord. ‘Will you not tremble at My presence, Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? And though its waves toss to and fro, Yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it. But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart; They have revolted and departed. They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the Lord our God, Who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.” Your iniquities have turned these things away, And your sins have withheld good from you.”

Defeat, Exile, and Judgment

Defeat takes on many different faces and has many different facets in your life. In First Samuel chanter four, we are shown one example of how abandoning God will lead to your defeat.

1 Samuel 4:1-11 NKJV

“..Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines, and encamped beside Ebenezer; and the Philistines encamped in Aphek. Then the Philistines put themselves in battle array against Israel. And when they joined battle, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men of the army in the field. And when the people had come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the Lord defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord from Shiloh to us, that when it comes among us it may save us from the hand of our enemies.” So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from there the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, who dwells between the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted so loudly that the earth shook. Now when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, “What does the sound of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews mean?” Then they understood that the ark of the Lord had come into the camp. So the Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God has come into the camp!” And they said, “Woe to us! For such a thing has never happened before. Woe to us! Who will deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? These are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness. Be strong and conduct yourselves like men, you Philistines, that you do not become servants of the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Conduct yourselves like men, and fight!” So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and every man fled to his tent. There was a very great slaughter, and there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers. Also the ark of God was captured; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.”

Eli was unfaithful to God by neglecting his duty as a father and as the high priest. He knew that his sons were evil and vile, however he did nothing to correct them. He allowed his sons to continue in their sin, even while performing their duties as priest.

Defeat can be failure to realize a goal that God has for you or it can be your enemy gaining a victory over you.

1 Samuel 4:3 NKJV

“And when the people had come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the Lord defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord from Shiloh to us, that when it comes among us it may save us from the hand of our enemies.”

Israel began to be like all the heathen people around them. Their plan was to take the ark of the covenant into battle with them. They had began to view the ark of the covenant superstitiously – they began to worship the object rather than the One that the object represented, God Himself. The presence of the ark gave the people a false sense of security.

1 Samuel 4:5 NKJV

“And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted so loudly that the earth shook.”

The Philistines defeated Israel in the battle, despite the ark of the covenant being with them. Many men died in the battle and those left alive fled the battle.

1 Samuel 4:10 NKJV

“So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and every man fled to his tent. There was a very great slaughter, and there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers.”

The defeat was so great that the ark of the covenant was captured by the Philistines.

1 Samuel 4:17 NKJV

“So the messenger answered and said, “Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has been a great slaughter among the people. Also your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead; and the ark of God has been captured.”

Abandoning God will lead to a separation from His presence.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

When we are separated (exiled) from God’s presence we cannot experience His many blessings for us. God does not leave us – by our sin we voluntary leave His presence. God did not turn His back on Israel, they turned their backs on Him. Abandoning God will ultimately lead to your judgment. Instead of God’s protection and blessings you will receive His punishment.

Overcoming Defeat, Exile, And Judgment

It is God’s desire to do good for His people and to shower them with blessings, however your sins will cause good to be withheld from you. It will also lead to the enemy gaining the upper hand in your life. We must not abandon or forsake God. And we must not replace Him with other things or people.

Jeremiah 2:13 NKJV

“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

The Bible gives us clear instructions for overcoming defeat from the enemy, exile and judgment. In Second Chronicles chapter seven God tells us that when He has withheld blessing and protection from us, because of our unfaithfulness and sin, we should do the following four things: humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from wicked ways.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NKJV

“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Humble

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NKJV

“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

The first thing that we are to do is to humble ourselves. When we are truly humble we will see ourselves as God sees us. That includes seeing our sin for what it is. You can never be forgiven of something that you don’t believe is a sin.

A person that knowingly walks in sin could be considered a person that thinks they are better than God. Instead of being a humble person they become proud.

Proverbs 6:16-19 NKJV

“These six things the Lord hates,

Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

A proud look,

A lying tongue,

Hands that shed innocent blood,

A heart that devises wicked plans,

Feet that are swift in running to evil,

A false witness who speaks lies,

And one who sows discord among brethren.”

Pride is an abomination (something that causes disgust or hatred ) to God. He will rebuke or resist the proud, but He will give grace to the humble.

Psalm 119:21

“You rebuke the proud—the cursed,

Who stray from Your commandments.”

James 4:6 NKJV

“…God resists the proud,

But gives grace to the humble”

 

Pray

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NKJV

“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

The second thing that we are instructed to do is to pray. Prayer is simply talking or communicating with God. We are to go to God and express to Him that we are sorry for what we have done (or not done) and that we want to do what is right in His sight. This is referred to as repenting.

Psalm 32:1-5 NKJV

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,

Whose sin is covered.

Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,

And in whose spirit there is no deceit.

When I kept silent, my bones grew old

Through my groaning all the day long.

For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;

My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.

Selah

I acknowledged my sin to You,

And my iniquity I have not hidden.

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Selah”

God already knows our sin, but we must confess, or admit, it to Him. He knows that sin will lead to eternal death and destruction – that is why He desires for you to see your sin for what it is and to confess it to Him.

1 John 1:9 NKJV

“ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”

Repenting has two parts: feeling remorse that you have sinned against a holy God and turning away from the sin. Repenting is not feeling sorry that your were caught in a sin. Many times a person might be sorry that their sins found them out, but not be sorry that they have sinned against God.

Seek God’s Face

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NKJV

“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

The third thing that we are to do is to seek God’s face. There is a big difference between seeking God’s face (His presence) and seeking His hand (blessings). We should seek God for who He is, not what we can get out of Him. He is our loving Father, the very creator of the universe, not a magic genie at our beck and call. God loves us and He delights in giving us things, but that should not be our reason for seeking Him. More than anything He wants an intimate relationship with you.

Exodus 33:17-23 NKJV

:So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”

And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”

Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”

Moses had seen God’s hand at work in their lives and he had experienced some wonderful times in God’s presence, but he desired an even greater intimacy with Him. Moses sought God, not what God could do for him. If we will seek God with all our heart and soul we will find Him. He will reveal Himself to us in ways that words cannot adequately describe.

Matthew 7:7-11 NKJV

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

Deuteronomy 4:29 NKJV

“But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

God tells us that if we seek Him with all our heart and soul that we will find Him. One definition of seek is to search. Seeking God is an active endeavor, not passive.

Luke 15:8-10 NKJV

Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

In the parable of the lost coin, a woman has ten coins and she looses one in the house. She lights a lamp and begins to search for the coin. She was very diligent in her search. She swept the entire house in her efforts to find the coin. She was very careful to look underneath things and in the dark corners. The woman valued the coin and she was willing to search until she found it. The same could be said for our search for God’s face. We must open the light of God’s Word and begin our search. We must be diligent in our search. Our effort must be steady and earnest. If we value God’s presence we will not be passive – we will be willing to search with all our heart and with all our soul until He is found.

Turn From Wicked Ways

The fourth thing that we must do is to turn from our wicked ways.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NKJV

“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Wicked ways can be described as morally bad actions, directions, or manner. Morals are generally based on what a person or group of people think is right, good or acceptable. And that is where the problem comes in. When the law of God is forsaken and replaced by personal option everything is acceptable.

Proverbs 21:2 NKJV

“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.”

One thing that has helped in the moral decline of man is the renaming of sin. Instead of calling something a sin, it is now called choice, an alternate lifestyle, or a disorder. We must turn from what man thinks is acceptable and align our beliefs up with God’s Word. We must conform to God’s standards. Lawlessness will prevail when everyone does what is right in their own sight.

 

Dear Father,

Thank-you for Your love and mercy and for the covenant that we have with You. When blessings and protection have been withheld from us because of our unfaithfulness and sin we have the promise that if we humble ourselves, pray, seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways that You will hear us. You will forgive our sin and You will heal our land.

May we truly humble ourselves and see ourselves as You see us. Remove all pride from us and may we walk humbly before You. Thank-you for the grace that humility brings.

Fill us with a desire for a more vibrant prayer life. Convict us of sin and bad habits in our lives and may we be quick to repent. Thank-you for the eternal life that forgiveness through Jesus Christ brings.

May each of us have an overwhelming desire for more of You and Your presence. Cause us to seek Your face and not only Your hand. Like Moses we have seen Your hand at work in our lives and we had experienced some wonderful times in Your presence, but that is not enough – we long for a more intimate relationship with You. Cause us to seek You, not what You can do for us. Thank-you for the promise that if we will seek You with all our heart and soul we will find You. Reveal Yourself to us in ways that words cannot adequately describe.

May we align our beliefs up with Your Word and may we conform to Your standards. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we do what is right in Your sight not ours.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

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

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

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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 and home  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 they 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 and believers remove 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.”