Take Me Into The Holy of Holies

Take Me Into The Holy of Holies by Dave Meyer

The title comes from the song written and copyrighted by Dave Browning/Chappell Music

Not all of you know that I have been on a weight loss program and my goal is to get down to 220 pounds and stay there! One of the things I am learning is that stress is a major factor in weight gain and keeps you from losing weight. 

Everyone has stress in their life. For some it is the stress of work and the demands of the job. With others the major stress is taking care of the children, keeping them healthy and happy, not an easy job!  Many seniors find the stress of finances to be a major stressor. They get paid once a month and out of that must come everything from apples to zoo visits. Perhaps a better way to say it is from A to Z. The stress of making those decisions and having to do it repeatedly will wear you down and heap pounds on as well.

It is up to each of you to identify the stress that is causing you to be out of balance in your life. Being out of balance causes a lot of different challenges in your life. Not the least of which will be spiritual. When your life is filled with constant stress it is hard to pray, to read the Word of God, hard to meditate on the things of God. Recently Pastor John and I have been talking about the art of being quiet before the Lord. He has mentioned this several times from the pulpit. I have found it very hard to just be quiet before the Lord. I want to sing, worship, pray, tell Him all my challenges, anything but be quiet. 

The Lord has brought me back to Psalm 91:1 (ESV) 1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I believe that Scripture teaches that the shelter (called the Secret Place in the King James Version) of the Most High in the Old Testament is the Holy of Holies.  

If you look at what was in the Holy of Holies, you will find that there is nothing in there other than the Mercy seat, which sits on top of the Ark of the Covenant. They were beautiful, pure gold with outstretched wings of Seraphim guarding the mercy seat. While the beauty and majesty of the place is overwhelming, it is not a place meant to be used for dwelling. In fact, the High priest was only allowed to enter this place once a year and then only with an offering of blood.

So, what was the Psalmist saying to those of us who read The Word today? To those who desire to know God in a more intimate and personal way, the psalmist is saying to sit up on the lap of our God and stay!  I mean no disrespect to Jesus or the mercy seat in saying this, however, it is true. Jesus wants us to crawl up in His lap there on the mercy seat and cuddle with Him and listen to what He has to say to our hearts.  

Is this new to you? Is it too far fetched for you to believe? Are you saying in your mind and heart this is too far out there, it is sacrilege! I ask only one thing of you. Where else would you be able to crawl up on Jesus lap? Is there a different throne room than this or perhaps you think there is a living room where it would be more appropriate? I challenge you to read the Word and find a place in scripture where we can be so intimate with our Savior.

Dressed for the Wedding

Dressed for the Wedding by Dave Meyer

In the old days, dressing for the occasion was a given. Even in one of His parables Jesus told of a man who came to a wedding without the proper clothing.

Matthew 22:11-14 (ESV)
11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”  

For many, many years those of us who grew up in the Pentecostal tradition took this as a warning of how we would be treated if we were not perfect as the Father is perfect.  We were not sure of our acceptance into heaven. Would we be welcomed, or would we be cast out because we were not good enough? All of us loved the Lord, we wanted to go to heaven, we were praying and reading the word every day, all were active in church and serving the Lord in every way we could. Still there was in the back of our mind that message Jesus had given that our entrance into heaven would not be decided until we reached the day of reckoning and stood before Jesus and were judged for the things we had done in this life.

Earlier this month my wife and I went to a Pastor’s Cluster in Burien. During the worship time the words to an old hymn that had the music up dated was sung.  As we were singing the last stanza the words hit me like a sledgehammer: “When He shall come with trumpet sound, oh may I then in Him be found; dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.”

The Lord was saying to me, “Dave when you stand before My throne, are you standing dressed in your righteousness or Mine?”  I started to weep, my heart was broken because He was saying to me, “If it is yours then you will be cast out, if the righteousness you are dressed in is My righteousness then you will be faultless!  My eyes are watering even as I think about now. His righteousness is perfect, I am coming to Him with His righteousness, it is perfect, it is acceptable, I will be faultless!  My friends, the same goes for you! Take this revelation and ruminate on it.

My Hope

My Hope by Dave Meyer

I want you to take just a moment to consider something before you read on. Answer this question: What is the worst thing that could happen to you ever?

What did you think about? An auto accident? Perhaps a terrible illness or unfulfilled dreams? However, I want you to think eternally. What could possibly be the worst thing that could ever happen to you?

In my devotions recently, this passage struck me:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

–Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV)

I know these blogs are meant to be an encouragement to the readers. In this passage today, what appears to be a sharp discouragement and a warning to those who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, is a word of encouragement to those who have ears to listen.

In the Essential Guide to Healing by Clark and Johnson, Bill Johnson affirms that all gifts of the Spirit MUST be used in a motivation of love. What Jesus is saying to us today is simply this– are we working for God in a motivation and spirit of love? In our “Dare to Listen” class Pastor Debbie has emphasized the same thing. We must walk and operate the gifts in love.

If you reread the verse above, you will see that these people had been doing great works in Jesus’ name but Jesus says, “I never knew you.” Don’t you wonder how they could be doing miracles in the name of Jesus and not be known to Jesus? I do. Especially considering Luke 9:49-50 (ESV) says, “John answered, ‘Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Do not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you.’”

Therefore, the harsh words Jesus spoke about the ones who were doing great works in His name have not been operating in love, rather they are proud of their ability and doing it for their own good and not for the Kingdom of God.

They have taken the good things of God and like the people of the Old Testament used them for their own self-interest. You ask, is that possible? Yes, we have seen it in our lifetime, someone has been used of God and falls into sin, the work they did was not pleasing to God and He caused it to fall apart.

Now you are saying, “That is supposed to encourage me!?” YES! All of us are human and being tempted by the world, the flesh, and the devil. But there is a way to overcome the temptations. When they come remind, yourself the Word of God which says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV), “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

God has promised us that He will help us! His Spirit will guide us and protect us so that we can hear “Well done good and faithful servant, . . . enter into the Joy of your Master.” Matthew 25:21 (ESV).

Fasting for Joy

Fasting for Joy by Dave Meyer

These 21 days of fasting are not meant to be a burden but to help you in the beginning of the new year to seek the Lord. Recently, I heard Pastor John say, “Fasting without prayer is just starvation.” As you fast and pray these days, remember, you are renewing your strength! more “Fasting for Joy”

What is God Doing?

When you first meet someone, often they ask you “What do you do?” While we do not want to be defined by our occupation, it is a very common means of getting to know someone. Over my lifetime there have been many answers to that question. At one time I was a member of a bull gang at a paper mill, another time I was an administrative assistant, yet again a pastor, a teacher, a mechanic, a carpenter, electrician, school bus driver, and on and on. Truth be told, I did what I had to do, when I had to do it. The major work of my life has been “Servant of Jesus Christ.”

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Water

“Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.”

These words, from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner (text of 1834) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, are the cries of a man on a ship that is adrift on the sea close to Antarctica. He is not holding out much hope for himself or the others on the ship.

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