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Tabernacle Blessing

God says,

“And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.”

Exodus 33:11

Joshua, son of Nun, used to linger in the presence of God at the Tabernacle in the wilderness. 

There is a Tabernacle Blessing

The presence of God is the Tabernacle blessing.  In Joshua’s day you could be in His presence but His presence could not yet be in you. For most, the infilling of the Holy Spirit was yet thousands of years in the future.

I want to speak to you today about the Tabernacle blessing.  This blessing is “love of the Spirit” or what I term, “Divine Love.” What I have realized is that people experience this type of love at different times and in various ways yet they do not understand what it really is.  Most, because they have no theological framework in which to understand it, either do not recognize it for what it is, or dismiss it because they don’t understand it. Unfortunately, in some cases, believers call it of the devil because this experience is beyond the bounds of their current theology.

Divine love, which is simply the nature of God expressed through the Body of Christ is a sacrament.  Google defines sacrament as,

“A religious ceremony or act of the Christian Church that is regarded as an outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual divine grace,…”

However, God is love, therefore revealing God through our entire being to the world is literally our best and highest calling on earth.

To receive and give Divine Love is a natural ability that all human beings possess. God created us with the capacity to fully mesh with Him allowing His nature to transparently move through us.  Divine love is, in fact, the “first love” of the garden of Eden.

Everyone responds to Divine love for God created us for it. It is like finally coming home after being away for longer than we can imagine.  It is where we find peace the passes all understanding and where our shattered psyches become whole again.

The Tabernacle Blessing is everywhere

The experience of the Tabernacle Blessing, “Divine love,” is everywhere in little fragments if  you know what to look for.  It is a strong spiritual bond that sometimes happens instantaneously with someone when you meet.  It varies in intensity from simple brotherly love to a connection so intense that you cannot tell where you begin and the other person ends.  In fact, with extremely strong connections you spiritually know and feel what the other person feels no matter how far apart you are. It is an intersection of your spirits orchestrated by the Holy Spirit in order to bring unity to His body. An example of this is,

“And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.”

1 Samuel 18:1

Absolute love

Divine love engenders total trust.  When you feel the love of God flowing from another brother or sister all your defense mechanisms simply melt and you are an open book.  You feel total acceptance of them and they feel total acceptance of you.  It is as if you are one person and you treat them with the same care that you treat yourself.

What I articulate is a move of the Holy Spirit that, in general, has not yet begun. Tabernacle theology  allows God’s people to recognize and embrace the “Tabernacle Blessing.”  Most people’s present theology is incapable of holding this new wine. Old, inelastic wine skins burst because they cannot expand when the wine begins to ferment. Our present theology is very rigid because many believe they have the things of God figured out. When new revelation comes challenging their doctrinal viewpoints, instead of expanding their understanding of God’s word to encompass His truth, they simply reject it. The theology of Tabernacles anticipates and accepts that God is giving us, as it were, new wine.  As this new wine expands our understanding of His word will also expand.

The Theology of the Tabernacle Blessing

I’ve designed Tabernacles Theology to become “obsolete”.   Tabernacles theology represents a “scaffolding” meant to be discarded as the Spirit of Truth perfects us.  For, when the perfection of the saints comes, that which is partial is done away with. The fact is, the amount of truth that we will come to know through God’s Spirit is much more than our natural minds can ever hold.  What we have now is actually a tiny fraction of what God will reveal to us. Therefore, anything we believe right now is a very rough approximation of the truth and not a static, culmination of it.

Absolute trust in God

Eventually, we will move beyond having to have a wine skin at all. In that day, we will simply move as His Spirit leads us without question, without even needing our natural minds to understand anything at all.  We will come to implicitly trust whatever God says. This is the type of absolute faith that allowed Jesus to walk on water. When God told him to go to his disciples he just started walking. As he came to the shore of the lake he kept on walking. The Spirit of God was leading him and he had complete and utter confidence that if His father said go that direction, even if it meant walking on the water, that was exactly what God wanted him to do.

Imagine living in such absolute trust that we don’t check the scriptures for a “witness” for everything we do.  Envision knowing God so intimately His word resides in our hearts. Visualize living by every word proceeding out of His mouth minute my minute every day of our lives. This, in fact, is the way all Tabernacle Christians will live.  This is also why we are the church of Philadelphia.

Do not seek to encompass God, because that is impossible and no theology can do that. Rather, seek to yield to our Potter’s hands as He molds and shapes all of us.  We don’t know what we shall be, but we  know our Master’s finished product will be perfect.

How can I apply this teaching to my life?  

Set aside an entire day for your Lord.  In the morning, after you’ve eaten breakfast, pray and ask God what He wants you to do. Whatever God says to your heart or your mind, during prayer, do what He says immediately.  Unless what He says has dire consequences, simply do it.  No matter how strange it may seem do your best to obey His voice.

After you have completed the task or tasks God gives you to do, analyze what worked and what didn’t. Don’t be overly critical of yourself.  Realize that you are just experimenting so that you can learn how to be led by His Holy Spirit.  Keep a diary if you wish.  As you do this more and more you will become accustomed to knowing your Father’s voice and it will build trust and confidence with Him.

Shine On by R.I.O