Dear Saints of the Living God – Grace and Mercy to you and your family!
There is a verse in 2 Chronicles 16:9, which says,
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”
Can you imagine, the eyes of the Lord is looking back and forth throughout the whole universe to show the enemy, how strong is He… for those whose hearts are committed to Him. We have complicated this so much – the Lord is looking back and forth, not for someone who preaches, nor the one who serves in the streets or in prison – but for those who are loyal to Him.
Preaching and/or serving are good things, but He is looking for someone who stands their ground when a decision has to be made. He is looking for someone who will choose to build His Kingdom and not their own.
Why? He wants to show His strength for you and me, who are Loyal to Him. He wants to provide and meet every one of our need; He wants to move our mountains; He wants to heal every sickness; and He wants to save every one of our children.
It is such a joyful week, as we are going to celebrate the 12 children going to college this fall… and I have been thinking and praying for these kids and asking the Lord to equip them as they venture into their next step of their journey. My prayer is that these children will be loyal to Him, throughout their life.
They are moving into a phase in their life, that they are no more kids – and that the life will lead them like a river- but as they yield themselves to the Lord, He will guide them through this maze.
with that said, I want to jump into the book of Leviticus chapter 23, where it is talking about the feast of tabernacle.
This is a feast where the people were required to leave their homes (permanent residence) and build booths with willows and palm branches, as a reminder of their days in the wilderness. This is a feast where the Lord wants the people to remember His wonderful provision. During the feast of tabernacle, the city of Jerusalem and the temple area were filled with booths made from branches.
At the heart of the feast was a daily procession. The priests will carry golden pitchers and will lead the parade through the city to the pool of Siloam… they all will be singing what is said in Isaiah 12:3, “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of Salvation”
The great crowd of people would parade back to the Temple and the Priests would pour the water from the pool of Siloam down upon the Altar and the people would shout and wave palm branches.
Don’t ask, where are you going with all this, Cyril? we will get there…
The same routine will go on for seven days, but on the last day the routine was repeated with two significant exceptions.
- When the parade of people returned from the pool of Siloam, the Priests would march around the Altar seven times commemorating Joshua’s victory at Jericho.
- The Priests would raise the golden pitcher over the silver funnels as they had done each day previously, but this time there was no water — only an empty pitcher.
This signified the disobedient generation that died in the Wilderness. Instead of a shout and the waving of palm branches as the people had done each day, they now stood in silence. It was to remember the moment of emptiness and meaninglessness. God’s children came to Jerusalem every year, to empty themselves before the Lord. The Lord orchestrated the feast of Tabernacle, to show the people how we should empty ourselves before the Lord. The more we empty ourselves, the more He can fill with His Holy Spirit.
As Ephesians 5:18 says, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit… and that’s not something that we can do – the Lord has to do that for us, when we crave for Him. Unless we empty ourselves, the craving is not going to come.
How do we know if we are filled with the Holy Spirit? Again, we have complicated the whole filling of the Holy Spirit… When you get a chance, I want you to read Ephesians 5, from verse 19 through chapter 6, verse 19… and it has wealth of knowledge hidden…
Here is how the life style of a person who are will Holy Spirit will look like… if we are missing the mark, all we need to do is, empty ourselves, and He will fill it again…
- We will be focusing ourselves more into living a Holy life (Romans 8:13).
- Our ministry will be fruitful (Zechariah 4:6)
- Much greater peace and clarity in our heart towards every decision that we make. (Romans 8:6)
- Our mouth will be filled with edifying praise and frequent worship(Ephesians 5:19)
- Our hearts filled with Gratitude and Thanksgiving (Ephesians 5:20)
- Humility and submission, instead of arrogance (Ephesians 5:21 – 6:9)
- We will become ambassadors for the Lord, boldly speaking the gospel of Good News to others (Ephesians 6:20)
- Even when there is a spiritual attack all around us, because of who is inside us, we will see the victory over every single one of them. (Ephesians 6:10 – 19)
- Our heart will be filled with the spirit of prayer and more importantly we will see more answers to our prayers (Ephesians 6:18)
I am sure there is much more than this list of things, but if you can print this list and post them where you will see them every day – they will act as a guiding principle…
Again, if we are lost, or you feel distant from any of the above, then it is about time to separate ourselves and go to the booth, and find ways to empty our pitcher before the Alter and Ask. Jesus Himself has said, “Ask, you shall receive” (Luke 11:3) – that verse is not about worldly wealth – but to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
As Matthews 6:33 says, “Seek Ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you”
Today morning my prayer for you and me is that, we will yield ourselves to the Lord, find our booth and empty our pitcher…
May the good Lord bless you!