February 08, 2017
Aaron shall carry the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment over his heart when he enters the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually. Exodus 28:29
Aaron was the High Priest and, as such, had a very, very serious task. He was to enter into the presence of the Lord in the Holy of Holy's and represent the people before God. There, intercession would be made for the people that their sins would be forgiven. This happened at the ""mercy seat.""
All of this, of course, was a symbol and picture of Christ and what he would do in the coming days. Christ, our high priest, would enter in and give His blood for our pardon. He carried our names on His heart as He entered there on Calvary--a sacrifice which would buy our eternal pardon.
There is no application that makes us exactly like Christ in His unique role except this: we are now ""kings and priests"" and our main responsibility is to bring people to God. It is us now interceding on behalf of others and telling them the good news of what Christ has done for them. We are His ambassadors as “though God were entreating through us” to reconcile people to God.
In prayer now, we can walk each day into the Throne room and intercede for people. Notice the parallels:
Who has God placed in your life to intercede for them? Are their personal names on your heart? No one else may take up that responsibility. Are you entering the throne room on their behalf? And, will you do it until you die or they come to Christ?
George Mueller prayed for two childhood friends until his death, believing that God had placed them there and they would be saved as a result of prayer offered to a ""prayer hearing and prayer answering God.""
One of the men was saved at Mueller's funeral. The other came to Christ six months after his death.
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January 22, 2020
The omnipresence of God is a reality (that God is everywhere all the time). “Where can I go from Thy Spirit?” David said (Psalm 139). And, since the coming of Christ and Pentecost, which was the sending of His indwelling Spirit to all who believe, the true follower of Christ is assured that Christ will never leave them nor forsake them personally. Once the Spirit comes to reside in the believing heart, He is there permanently.
But, it is possible to have our head turned by the world, the flesh, and the devil. We can quench and grieve the Spirit who lives within us. We can ignore Him or resist His leadership. If we do so, we will lose the conscious awareness of His presence. We will begin to operate on our own, not walking by the Spirit, and the results are always disastrous. We get what our humanity brings. Like an unseen guest standing in the shadows, He is still present, but not prominent.
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