Archive for August, 2007

Setting up a Tabernacle, a space for God to dwell with us: A conversation of a self-confessed perfectionist with her Lord

Saturday, August 18th, 2007 by Impact Munich

Should I be one to make a Tabernacle, Lord?

 “The Lord said to me, ‘Your son Solomon will build my Temple and its courtyards, for I have chosen him as my son and I will be his father.’” 1 Chronicles 28:6

 Yes, but that’s Solomon.

 “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus…And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father.’” Galatians 3:26, 4:6

How do I do it?

 “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately.  Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind.  For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought.  If you seek him, you will find him.  But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.  So take this seriously.  The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary.  Be strong, and do the work.” 1 Chronicles 28:9-10

 Then David gave Solomon the plans for the Temple and its surroundings, including the entry room, the storerooms, the upstairs rooms, the inner rooms, and the inner sanctuary-which was the place of atonement. (v.11)  “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was written under the direction of the LORD.” (v. 19)

 What if I fail, or get it wrong, or don’t hear you correctly?

 Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you.  He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.” 1 Chronicles 28:20

 “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Phil. 1:6

What happened next…

As my husband and I pursued God with this idea, we realized that He had set plans for a Tabernacle in our home before we had even thought of the idea.  Our living room was a sumptuous room, with deep purple walls, a lush red carpet, and lots of bronze and jewel tones.  All of our most beautiful things were in this room, works of art, candles, beautiful mirrors and wall hangings.  God had planted a vision of a room in our hearts before the idea of a Tabernacle was even a thought.  I’m glad He chose to do it that way; it took “me” out of the picture, gave me no chance for pride that I was building the Lord a place.  It was His from the beginning; He made sure it was decorated remarkably like the Old Testament Tabernacle, colors and everything.  He made sure it was full of things that reminded me of the Beauty of the Lord, the Master of Creation, the Lord of Heavens Armies, and the King of Kings.

 I thought it would be a fearful thing, a place of awe and reverence, the throne room of a King.  It is.  But it is also a comforting place, like a guest room for my family; a place to hang-out with a good friend.  It is a room for quiet and contemplation; a room for candlelight and soft music; a room for a good cry on the shoulder of the One who can do something about it.  It is sometimes even a room of laughter, and dancing, and fun. It is always a room of worship.

 Why I expected anything less, I don’t know.  It is, after all, the dwelling place of our multi-faceted Lord and God, the all-encompassing Lord of life, our Good Shepherd and friend, our Savior, our Abba.  He loves us.  That is why He wants to dwell with us.  Doesn’t that kind of love just drive you to your knees, make you smile, make you cry?  It does me.  He is good.  He is faithful.  He is, above all, WORTHY.

His Space

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007 by Helen

In 2006 when we set about establishing a Tabernacle in Munich, Germany, the Lord reminded me of the most important aspect of the Tabernacle; it was HIS space, not mine. Because it is HIS space, I simply began to ask him what he wanted in it. The first word he said to me was “Karlstatt”. This is the name of a large retail store chain in Germany selling everything from furniture to pencils. The store that come immediately to my mind was on the other side of town on Leapoldstrasse. So I ventured off having no idea of what I was to buy, but i went declaring it was “my shout.” Well what unfolded from there was a step by step, item by item discovery as I went shopping with Him. This process took a few weeks & was distinctly one step at a time being led by the spirit of God & what witnessed in my spirit not my preferences or fashion tastes. Several times I was faced with his choice or mine? I had to lay down what I thought or wanted. It was his space not mine!  The end result was a small room with a color theme of blood red (which he later pointed out to me was significant as this Tabernacle was on Daucherstrasse, to road to the only major Nazi death camp in Germany during in World War 2. Nothing but the blood of Jesus can wash away our sin). It was sparsely filled, no chairs only 2 white-blue blankets, 3 red pillows, a large red luxurious mat, a simple white candle, anointing oil, a specially chosen plant in likewise white pot, box of tissues, specifically chosen & mixed music 24/7 & a bible. Simple. Elegant in appearence & His. He honored this with his presence & sojourners rested, prophecised, wept & worshipped him there.

Soaking

Monday, August 6th, 2007 by Mark

Today is my birthday and I got to spend an hour in the Tabernacle. As I entered I spent some time praising and then felt to lay down. As I laid there I felt a wonderful sensation on my arms and my whole body, it was like I was soaking in something. Just feeling His warm embrace and His loving attention. It was wonderful! Thank you God. When it first happened I felt a bit guilty like I should be doing something! Praying or hearing His voice. But no I felt His pleasure at just allowing Him to minister to and Bless me, this I believe ministers to Him. Lord my time in the Tabernacle is yours, what ever you want.

Abandoned

Saturday, August 4th, 2007 by Mark

Abandoned

Today we had an awesome time in the Tabernacle, Helen, Joel-Mark and I were all down there and we just started to dance as we worshipped. It was wonderful as the worship was just so abandoned, so free.

Afterwards I was reflecting on the time and how free and abandoned it was and I believe I got a download from God about how powerful in the Spirit our worship had been. Great God you can use us in that way anytime it was fun and free and a great thing to do together as a family.