How do we worship & celebrate in the very presence of God?

2 Samuel 6:1-15

The story of the Ark brought back to Jerusalem is a prophetic picture of lessons learned and victories proclaimed.

What was the ark?

2 Samuel 6:2

By the Name

The ark represented the very presence of God. “Name” here therefore represents everything God reveals Himself to be. The ark was the center of the nation’s worship and the most sacred of its possessions.

What did the Ark contain?

(The Ten Commandments – God’s Moral law would last forever. Aaron’s rod – God’s chosen One. A pot of manna – life sustaining food.)

It is so important that we have a heart of worship which is an expression of full surrender and a stand of reverence (honor and respect) in the glory.

If we live out this heart of worship nature, the house and everyone in it will be blessed by the Lord God Himself

2 Samuel 6:11

If we don’t then even our good intentions will fall to the ground with no real fruit

2 Samuel 6:5-10

With a heart of worship, we cultivate a dynamic devotion where we love the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength

We continue to worship and celebrate in His glory until we have break through!

2 Samuel 6:12-15

And when we have breakthrough worship we get supernatural blessings and promotions

2 Samuel 6:18-19; 2 Samuel 7:12-16

How can we have a great awakening in the world if the church is asleep? And how can we show the world what they were created to be if we are not living out our calling as worshipers of God?

John 4:23-24

A revival of worshipers can only spread to the world from a starting point, the children of God

Go to the resource page: Worshiping in the Glory

My wife was writing me one day from school. She had a friend that had some deep theological questions. He had a strong faith but a lot of questions. And it seemed like every answer I gave was not good enough.

A couple of weeks later I fell upon the passage in Ephesians 3, which focuses on a love that surpasses all knowledge or understanding.

Paul prayed a prayer for spiritual strength to the believers of Ephesus. This prayer is so intense and full of golden nuggets. So lets see how these golden nuggets inspire us to dive into a love that surpasses all knowledge…

Ephesians 3:14-21

Reformers like Calvin called Christian gatherings “Coram Deo”—“in the presence of God.” During the Great Awakenings, Puritans spoke of revival as “the manifest/recognizable/transparent/undeniable presence of Christ.

When we gather together to Pray for revival, this is an invitation—to something wonderfully beyond God’s “essential presence” (that is, He is always with us), and beyond His “cultivated” presence (that is, as the believer grows to know and walk with God daily).

The apostle Paul prayed for believers to know a revival that brings about an intensification of the presence and power of Jesus Christ.

​In this prayer, Paul prays

1) that Christ would dwell—more literally, “be at home”—in their hearts by faith, that is, that He would move from being an acquaintance to being the center of their church family; Ephesians 3:17

This love conquers the lies of who the world says you are or should be (physical)

Our house is fit for the King

2) that they would grasp God’s love at a spiritual level, beyond intellectual or theological knowledge; and Ephesians 3:18-19; John 8:32

This love conquers all knowledge that would limit you from access to heavenly wisdom. (mentally)

3) that they would be filled with God’s fullness (full measure, plenitude, completed), that is, that the Holy Spirit would reveal the things of Christ (John 16:1-12) more fully, achieving God’s fuller work in each life—unhindered, unquenched, ungrieved. Ephesians 3:19; Colossians 2:8-9

This love conquers emptiness (spiritually)

We are complete in Him… we are not defined in what we do, or our current circumstances (sicknesses), or our past failures (sins; once a sinner always a sinner).

We are more than conquerors! Romans 8:37

Go to the resource page: A Smart Love

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We have a good Heavenly Father, who turns us into royalty with Jesus so we can live our lives reflecting his servant kingship to the world.

2 Timothy 2:11-13 

Die with Him; live with Him 

Galatians 2:20 

I am sure we have all had death knocking at our door in one way or another, literal or even circumstantial. I have had both – life of a drug addict… but i have also experienced life in his presence. 

John 10:10 

In Christ, what was once dead, now has life and life to the fullest 

Endure with Him; reign with Him 

Ephesians 2:4-6

Once a king, always a king 

Read the story about Micaiah the Prophet. A story of a king not living out his legacy.

We can stand in confidence of who heavenly father says we are, not what our circumstances say

Deny him; He will deny us 

Matthew 10:33

This is not a threat, it’s a promise! Because our Heavenly Father is faithful. 

You can’t earn his faithfulness, but you can deny it. – the two thieves crucified with christ is a great example of this.

Draw near to God and he will draw near to you 

If we are faithless, He remains faithful 

Because he cannot deny himself.  You matter to him, because he matters to you. Just accept that he is doing great things, through you and with you. 

Matthew 6:33 

You are doing this… therefore, if it matters to you; it matters to him. Let’s proclaim this in our lives, because we have a faithful father, who is good, merciful and loving!

Go to the resource page: If it Matters to You

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If it Matters to You; It Matters to Him