Archive for May, 2009

Scotland’s ancient well now blesses me

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 by Helen

For just a few fleeing moments, too few they were, I sat immersed in a dimension of the presence of the Lord my soul longed for, but never tasted of in this way.

Until now.

Amidst 80 or so others, I sat high on a Scottish Loch affectionately known as Loch Insh. I was in the highlands of Scotland. And here since the 6th century, worship to God had been uttered from mouths of a northern gentile people.

What God had revealed of himself in a little Irish town called Bangor in the 5th century, was now washing upon the shores of Scotland & soon Western barbaric Europe.

Infact the presence of God that was so longed for, yearned for & sought for with every part of the mind, soul & body, was rewarded; & for 400years a well was opened where ‘springs of living water flowed’ in unprecedented levels. It was from this ancient well, that I sat, arrested by the presence of God.

The atmosphere was so clear in this set apart place. The space between heaven & earth was wonderfully thin & so easily connected with. It was almost immediate. I did not struggle to breath as I had in other encounters with the presence of God, but instead quite the opposite! With such ease & lightness, I sucked in great ‘chunks’ of his presence…only sensing with my mind in that moment a very small portion of all I was experiencing.

In fact like a slow release time bomb, I have since become increasingly aware of so much more that was part of those fleeting moments that day at Loch Insh. I can only describe that what was imparted to my body, mind & spirit, has over these days since awoken within me emerging with such wonder.

I tasted that day, the gorgeous, life impacting inheritance left by a people who wanted for nothing else but the presence of God, & were rewarded. It was such a concentrated zone, but where concentrated often means intense & strong, this was clear, filling, light & wonderfully sweet.

What an inheritance to leave the generations that would follow after them!

The Bible describes the presence of God in two ways. There is the general, ever present, filling the earth presence of God. Romans 1:20 testifies that God’s presence “has been clearly perceived ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.”

But God also chose to place his presence in a specific way & location. In the Old Testament it was the Tabernacle & Temple he chose as his dwelling place. In the New Testament he chose the human body of a believer. In both cases, He chose a specific place to dwell.

In Matthew 6:10 Jesus shows his disciples how to pray. He exorts them to pray, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” What is in heaven? God, his kingdom, his will; says this verse. What makes up his kingdom? Hebrews 8: 2 declares, “There He (Jesus) ministers in the holy place, the true Tabernacle of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands.”

Part of what makes up God’s Kingdom is a “Tabernacle of worship”, a holy place built by the Lord where he dwells in praises of his people.

So when we pray as instructed by Jesus, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”, we are praying also for a place on earth where the King of Glory may dwell.

Tabernacles, like his presence, are expressed in two ways, within us & within a geographical location. To reject this idea is perhaps agreeing with Replacement Theology, which suggests we replace everything concerning Israel with ourselves, including rejecting the Old Testament. Jesus did not come to do away with the Law but fulfill it. There is a difference between doing away with something & fulfilling it!

As I experienced the beauty of his holiness that day at Loch Insh, I continued my journey in knowing God & learning what it means for me & my body to become such a place where His beauty might rest & dwell.

The principles & lessons learnt in administering geographical spaces for over some 5 years now in many different countries of the world, have helped me appreciate & grow an understanding of what it means for the King of Glory to consider dwelling within me.

I have needed both ways of Tabernacle, so may I suggest is a growing world of seekers & lovers of Jesus! Perhaps then, we shall also, as many saints who have gone before us, leave a beautiful inheritance for our children & children’s children!

New Passion for Jesus

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 by katy

I’ve been discovering that there’s something that happens in the Tabernacle spaces that is so much deeper than I ever thought. I could never understand what God does in me in those times until I’m out in my life, living out the fruit of being with God in a focused abandoned way. While I’m in there loving on Jesus, He is the object of my attention and my affection. In those places of surrender shifts take place, the hardened ground of my heart is broken up and I go out into my life with His Spirit in a deeper way. Love for Jesus and His wonderful presence is literally taking me over. Lately I have been having Tabernacle experiences not just in the Tabernacle space. I can’t contain what God is doing in me and it spills out. “My heart is stirred by a noble theme”. He has become my obsession and is always on my mind. I am distracted by this lover, this love, this Jesus, ever present. I can’t contain Him or separate Him. These last days God has been increasing my hunger for Himself, He seeks me out regularly. He makes His Tabernacle in me and I walk around my house, region, my life, driving in my car, with my spirit crying out to Him: “I just want to love on you Jesus. I just want to love you more, more, more”. There’s a groaning in me- a sense of losing myself and that I’m but a part of all of creation- laid open before God. He shows me Himself and my passion for Him is freshly ignited and I’m so hungry. He meets with me, drawing me close. He fills me and satisfies me until I’m overflowing with love for Him and I try to move on, to get on with life again…But it seems a hopeless cause these last few days. I’m just seeking Him. Normality is not an option because He’s everywhere and I’m so consumed with His presence. He saturates the very air I breathe. He catches my gaze, my attention and before I know it, I’m just with Him again, surrendering myself, numerous times a day. My dishes are building up but His word is so clear.

Today I was driving home when I found myself being drawn to a friend’s place- it was like I was driving but I wasn’t. I found my friend in her backyard and I approached her saying: “I don’t quite know why I’m here”. She seemed to know why I had come- she had something to show me. She led me through her house excitedly telling me how she had recently been kept up by God cleaning her room until 2.30am… The outcome- a new Tabernacle space and a painting she painted with the Holy Spirit last week. I knew at once that I was drawn to His presence now invited to be there in her home in a new way. I stayed for a while and my friend played me a song God has been using to minister to her of late. I felt privileged to share in God with her and the joy of knowing Him. We celebrated Him together and we (2 grown women) and our little boys danced to the song in her kitchen getting lost in God, His Spirit’s liberty…and how in Him, all things are possible.