April 6, 2016
WOFCF Bible Explosion
The Path to His Presence
Point #1 The Aaronic Priests knew something we do not (Lev. 16)
The covering smoke was the priest’s last-ditch fail-safe system to protect his living flesh from the consuming holiness of Almighty God. The Aaronic (pronounced “air-ron-nik”) priests knew something about God that we need to rediscover today. They knew that God is holy and mankind is not. They knew that living flesh would instantly die if it encountered the unshielded, uncover glory of God.
So when they went behind that veil, there had to be enough smoke in that room (from the cloud of incense) to hide everything from view; even though they had followed every requirement, covered themselves with blood, and stayed up all night reading the Scriptures. The way they knew the covering cloud was thick enough was if they couldn’t see anything either. The priest had to fulfill all his duties, including the sprinkling of blood, by feel instead of by sight. The covering cloud was a reassuring sign to the man that he had a good chance of seeing the light of day again. (another interesting Scripture is found in Rev. 8:1).
Thank God we can now can come liberally before His presence with no physical or institutional barriers. We can enter the joy of the Lord anytime and anywhere!
Point #2 He must increase, but I must decrease (Jn. 3:30)
If we decrease, then God can increase. Less of me means more of Him. John the Baptist was wise enough to acknowledge the true Giver of all gifts and abilities. He said, “A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven” (Jn. 3:27b). Basically, if there is less of me, then there is room for more of Him. The more of me that dies, the closer He can get.
The Bible says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Rev. 12:11). Are we avoiding death? Do you want God’s blessings on your life? The greatest blessing doesn’t come from God’s hand; it comes from His face in intimate relationship. When you finally see Him and know Him, you have come to the source of all power.
Point #3 We want life, but God is looking for death (Lk. 15:10)
Revival must begin in the local church before it can reach into your community. If you are hungry for revival and want the fire of God, we must become the fuel of God. Jesus sacrificed Himself to win our salvation, but He has called each and every person who wants to follow Him to do what? To lay down their lives and take up their cross and follow Him. According to Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word for “cross,” stauros, means “symbolically, exposure to death, i.e. self-denial.”
Elijah didn’t ask for God’s fire to fall down the altar until he had loaded it up with fuel and a worthy sacrifice. We’ve been praying for the fire to fall, but there’s nothing on the altar! If we are hungry for the fire to fall into our church, then we need to just crawl up on the altar and say, “God, whatever it takes. We lay ourselves on the altar and ask You to consume us with Your fire, Lord.”
God’s logic is very different from man’s logic. Have you ever faced a time of decrease in your life? How did it feel? Did you experience God’s power and presence increasing in the midst of or following that time?
Think of a Bible character who wanted to please himself/herself and not God. Now think about areas in your own life where you are trying to win the favor of people. In what areas are you trying to please yourself?