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

Why should we have the attitude of Jesus?

He didn’t give-up, He just gave

• Fueled by joy (Hebrews 12:2 – For the joy set before Him)
• We can use that same joy (Philippians 4:4 – Always be full of joy).

We should make the most of every opportunity given to us

• Colossians 4:5 – making the most of every opportunity
• Ephesians 5:16 – Making the most of your time

We should not only think of ourselves

Philippians 2:4
Let each of you look out not only for his own interests but also for the interests of others.

It’s not a crime to think of yourself, just make sure you are giving time to think of others. I believe thinking of others is thinking of yourself

Matthew 6:33 – … and all these things will be added unto to you

Let’s have the attitude of Jesus and take every opportunity to think of others

Go to resource page: He Came Down

Matthew 6:14–15
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

It’s interesting that these verses follow the Lord’s prayer.

To me, this shows great importance to the power of forgiveness.

It is one of the ways that bring “Heaven on Earth” or Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Read – Matthew 18:21–35

To some, this may sound like a threat! But it is simply the consequences of not allowing forgiveness to do its work.

Forgiveness starts its work in us.

We must know that we have sinned allowing God’s mercy to restore us through forgiveness – This servant, I believe, didn’t think he did anything wrong, or at least that it wasn’t his fault.

In return, he couldn’t forgive his servant as well. Which created bondage for both?

If I hadn’t allowed myself to accept God’s grace through forgiveness, I would not know what to do with my parent’s request to forgive me.

Matthew 18:18–19
“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again, I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

We have the power to bind and to loose

My parents released me from the bondage I had with them and in return, I was able to call my biological mother and release her.

Jesus came to restore all things. And He did that by dying on the cross which forgave us of all our sin’s. Plus, now that we are in Christ Jesus, we have been given that same ministry

2 Corinthians 5:17–19
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Forgiveness is the fuel to this ministry of reconciliation!

But we first need to know that we have sinned and need His forgiveness. This will empower us to forgive those around us, no matter what they have done to us.

Forgiveness is the heavenly power that can restore all things.

Romans 14:17
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.