Experiencing The Glory
And they brought that which Moses commanded before the tabernacle fo the congregation: and all the congregation drew near and stood before the Lord. And Moses said this is the thing which the Lord commanded that ye should do, and the glory of the Lord shall appear unto you – Leviticus 9:5-6.
During this dispensation, the people of God were required to offer different animal sacrifices. Moses and Aaron went into the Tent of Meeting to meet with God when they came out, they blessed the people and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people.
Moses and Aaron were the only ones allowed to enter the Tent of Meeting. In the Old Testament, the people weren’t allowed to go into the place where the Presence of God dwelt. Only the prophet, priest, and king were anointed with God’s Spirit. The priest could enter the Holy Place near the place of God’s Presence on behalf of the people. Only the High Priest was able to go before God in the Holy of Holies. Prior to the Priest’s entry, they went through a special cleansing process. We as believers no longer have to undergo any special ceremony to enter into His Presence, because the blood of Jesus Christ has made us clean, holy, and righteous. It is through Jesus that we have access to the glory of God, we don’t have to go to a priest or pastor to have access to God.
The people came together in worship and to hear what God was saying through the man of God and as they came together in unity the glory of the Lord appeared. Just as God showed His glory to the Israelites, He has not changed, He will show His glory to the present-day saints.
Because of the pandemic many churches are closed and the members can’t gather together, and those that are open the member choose to stay at home and watch the service on their phones and their computers. In some cases, members can’t attend church, but those that can shouldn’t forsake the assembling with other believers (Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching – Hebrews 10:25). When believers come together to worship, the Spirit of God should come into the sanctuary when the people are on one accord.
If we want the Spirit of God to come in the midst of us, we must get rid of practicing sin, we want the Spirit of God to enter with love and not wrath. Two months and fifteen days after the children of Israel departed from Egypt they begin to complain about not having flesh, Moses prays and God sends them Manna, after eating the Manna they begin to complain about the Manna, God heard their murmuring and complaining and when His Spirit came into the camp, it destroyed a lot the people because of their sin of murmuring and complaining. The Spirit came, but He didn’t come with blessings.
As believers we don’t want to offend God, we don’t want to practice sin, sin comes in many forms, and it’s our responsibility to know the Word of God to be aware of what is a sin to Him! Many times sickness and disease are in the believer’s sanctuary because of known sin practiced and it’s overlooked when the Spirit of God enters He comes with discipline and not blessings. When sin was in the camp of the Israelites when the Spirit of God entered, many died because of practicing sin. No, God does not place sickness and disease on His people, but He will allow the one they serve (Satan) to place sickness and disease on them. Not all sickness is from Satan nor is it because one has sinned. This is just to point out, God’s Spirit will enter the sanctuary with discipline for some and blessings for those in submission to His Word.
It’s not feasible for one to profess to be a Christian and continue to practice sin. When we fellowship we want to be in one accord, practicing living according to God’s written instructions so when His Spirit enters, He enters with blessings. As Christians we want to live a life that will be pleasing to God, we want our sanctuary to be a place where others can come and receive healing and deliverance.
God gives visitation today just as He did in Biblical times, He comes to set the captive free. He comes to empower His people by giving them the gift of the Holy Spirit. He comes to anoint and appoint, He comes to give encouragement and directions. He comes to heal and deliver and He also comes with discipline when professing believers continue to practice sin.
The sanctuary is a place to be reverenced, it’s the place where God will enter, when He enters, we want Him to enter with being pleased with His people rather than rejecting the praise and worship because it’s not real. He’s being worshiped with lip service rather than the heart. God loves His people, but God will not accept sin practicing, it’s against His nature and attributes.
We need to experience the glory of God each time we come together in worship. We need to get rid of the unforgiveness, offenses, the practice of sin, and practice presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. When God enters the sanctuary, we don’t leave the way we came, there’s a change in our thinking, spirit, and heart. Sometimes we receive physical healing, emotional healing, relational healing as well as spiritual healing. When we come expecting the glory, we will experience the glory! When we come together, God will meet us there.