I have recently just completed Beth Moore’s 10-week Bible study on the Tabernacle. Over the past several weeks, my love for Christ has grown abundantly. As I learn more about Him, who He is and what He has done, I trust Him more, love Him more and live for Him more. After each and every lesson, the Spirit revealed new things to me. I was challenged and convicted and left in awe. In the past, the Old Testament has intimidated me. However, this study has helped me to be encouraged and has opened my eyes to the fact that understanding the Old Testament gives me a better understanding of the New Testament, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and the dwelling of the Holy Spirit within me as a believer.
Since the beginning of humanity, the Lord has desired to dwell among His people. When that perfection was destroyed in the garden of Eden because of sin, He established a plan to create that dwelling once again. Beth Moore states, “God graced the tabernacle in the wilderness with His glory; but the true Tabernacle He had planned would enclose not simply God’s glory, as awesome as it is, but God himself.” Because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross we can fellowship and have a relationship with Christ himself. (WOW, He loves us SO stinking much it’s crazy!) Much too high a price has been paid for any person not to have an invitation to salvation. Everyone, everyone, everyone has been paid for. When we accept Christ as Lord of our lives, we are given His Spirit, who lives inside of us. We are essentially how he dwells among the people of this world. We have a big responsibility, we are here for the purpose of revealing His holy presence to a lost world.
I write these posts for myself. I think it is important to reflect in writing what God is doing and revealing to you. However, my hope is that my struggles and my challenges are relatable to those who may read. My prayer is that there is someone out there that needs to hear what I am writing. I do not know who is reading this, but I know someone may need to be reminded, or maybe be told for the first time in their life, that, “you are fearfully and wonderfully made.” The Lord created your inmost being, and He knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). He knows you and loves you like no other ever could. Like I can’t even begin to describe how much He loves you because I can not fully fathom it myself. He wants His spirit to dwell in you, will you let Him in?
1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 states, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.”
This is a verse that you may have heard before, and it was not new to me going into this study. I have recited this verse time and time again, however I see it in a new way. This verse causes me to ask myself this question, is MY body and MY soul, an environment where the Spirit of the Lord can thrive?