Friday, September 28, 2012

Beholding God's Beauty

Did you know that we "children of God" (Born-again, regenerated Christians) don't have to worship God as a doctrinal idea in the "outer courts"? 

God is everywhere~ Omnipresent, but His literal manifest presence was in the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle, and He desires for us to behold Him, His manifest presence now too.

When Jesus died for our sins and fallen man's sin nature, the veil between the Holy of Holies and the Holy Place was rent.  Do you know what that means?  It means, not only can you behold God's manifest presence, He beckons you to "enter in"!  Jesus came to restore our relationship with the Father, Himself and Holy Spirit.  Problem is, do we seek to enter in to God's presence or do we seek our life here and now, filling our hearts with all but Him?  Jesus says in Matt 6:33 "seek 1st the kingdom of God and His righteousness..."  But instead we choose to seek after all in this life (to better our life and the lives of our children) "keeping" God in heaven", worshipping Him in the "outer courts" on Sundays.  How He longs for intimacy with you...He sent His only Son who gave His all for that very reason.  That we might be restored to Him in intimacy, beholding His beauty.

A.W. Tozer says it so eloquently....
"God formed us for His pleasure, and so formed us that we, as well as He, can, in divine communion, enjoy the sweet and mysterious mingling of kindred personalities.  He meant us to see Him and live with Him and draw our life from His smile. ...
The Omnipresence of the LORD is one thing and is a solemn fact necessary to His perfection.  The manifest Presence is another thing altogether, and from that Presence we have fled...
The whole work of God in redemption is to undo the tragic effects of that foul revolt, and to bring us back again into right and eternal relationship with Himself. ...
Ransomed men need no longer pause in fear to enter the Holy of Holies.  God wills that we should push on into His presence and live our whole life there.  This is to be known to us in conscious experience.  It is more than a doctrine to be hold; it is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day.  ... The greatest fact of the tabernacle was that Yehovah was there; a Presence was waiting within the veil.  Similarly, the presence of God is the central fact of Christianity.  At the heart of the Christian message is God Himself waiting for His redeemed children to push in to conscious awareness of His presence.  That type of Christianity which happens now to be the vogue knows this Presence only in theory.  It fails to stress the Christian's privilege of present realization.  According to its teachings we are in the presence of God positionally, and nothing is said about the need to experience that Presence actually. ...  Who is this within the veil who dwells in fiery manifestations?  It is non other than God Himself.  ... He (God) waits to show Himself in ravishing fullness to the humble of soul and the pure in heart.  The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for the want of HIs presence. ... the instant cure of most of our religious ills would be to enter the Presence in spiritual experience, ...
God is so vastly wonderful, so utterly and completely delightful that He can, without anything other than Himself, meet and overflow the deepest demands of our total nature(let me ask you, have you ever thought of God as delightful? :)   ... to penetrate, to push in sensitive living experience into the holy Presence, is a privilege open to every child of God.  With the veil removed by the rending of Jesus' flesh, with nothing on God's side to prevent us from entering, why do we tarry without?  Why do we consent to abide all our days just outside the Holy of Holies and never enter at all to look upon God?  We hear the Bridegroom (God) say, "Let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely." Song of Solomon 2:14  We sense the call is for us, but still we fail to draw near, and the years pass and we grow old and tired in the outer courts of the tabernacle.  What hinders us?"  Take from  "The Pursuit of God" by A.W. Tozer

What hinders you, Beloved?

David, a man after God's own heart, had an intimate relationship with the Living God.  He longed to stay in God's house, beholding God's beauty.  Ps 27:4
Why do we seek after all the "lesser things" just like the world?  When we can have God, Himself?  He alone can fill us, satisfy us and complete us.  He made the way, and He beckons us to come.  What's holding you back from seeking God's literal presence?  He does desire you to experience Him, to encounter Him.
Won't you say yes to God today?  Begin to seek Him with all your heart.  Be determined to spend quality time with Him, cutting out whatever necessary to make room in your day for that time.  Surrender your heart and life to Him and ask Him to reveal Himself to you.  If you truly do this, He promises to show up.  He will reveal Himself to you, not only in His written word but in actual experience.  (Jer 29:13)

Please Beloved, won't you hear Him calling out to you today?

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