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So Many, Many Lines

It is almost universal in Christianity that people talk about lines.  Lines are a metaphor for boundaries.  Christians have lines about almost every topic in life and these lines are based upon how they interpret scripture.  It might be said that many believers define themselves by their lines.

Lines are a modern day name for “traditions of men” which the Pharisees taught.  Their traditions were meant make sure that no one even came close to violating the law and the prophets.  However, in the end, their lines did not help them very much because they demanded that their Messiah be crucified.

Do not try to bend the spoon

If you have ever watched the movie entitled “The Matrix”, you may remember a particular scene where a young boy tells the hero (Neo) “Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth. …There is no spoon.”  The amazing truth, the answer to the question of “where do you draw the line?” is that “there is no line” in the classical biblical sense.  Here is a truth,

“The only line that matters is the line that the Holy Spirit draws for the individual at the time that the individual needs it. “

For instance, you do not need to have chapter and verse for everything that happens? If you feel in your spirit that God is doing something good within the people that are doing strange things, simply accept it.  If you can see the fingerprints of your Father on strange manifestations then praise God for it.  Do you believe that the “greater works” than Jesus did are going to have chapter and verse?  How could they possibly be greater?  Will these greater works just be more of the same or will they be something brand new and wonderful? Though these greater works do not go against scripture, we don’t find chapter and verse for all of them.

Get comfortable with uncertainty

Walking by faith is uncertainty.  We cannot define a faith walk down to a set of rules that apply uniformly to every situation we encounter.   We cannot know from day to day how God will lead us to deal with the variables we encounter.  All we know for certain is that we must trust the voice of our Father.  People cry “we have the word of God!”  Actually, that is an illusion. 

While we do have the perfect oracles of God, we only live by the doctrines of man.  We live by differing approximations of the truth.  The problem is we so firmly believe our doctrine, we cling to it rather than accepting Him.  It is called legalism and dogma and it is an idol. You either worship it or you leave the church.

The next BIG thing

Tabernacles is the next and perhaps even the final big truth that will be revealed in this church age.  It’s an even a bigger shift then occurred when Pentecost was reintroduced to the church in 1901.  Therefore, though it is here already, most people cannot see it or even wrap their minds around it.  The first century church experienced the spiritual fulfillment of all three feasts…they were Tabernacle Christians. 

This is why some of the stuff the apostles wrote does not make sense to us. Many of us have only entered into, at most, the spiritual fulfillment of two feasts.  Many Baptists cannot grasp speaking in other tongues, so too many Spirit filled people have a difficult time grasping Tabernacles.  All the scriptures are there, but they lack the experience to bring them into focus.

Wow, have I got something to show you!

The first step in bringing people into the Tabernacle experience is to let them know it is available to them.  It is a good gift that our Father wishes to give to us and is available to all who ask. Share the revelation of Tabernacles so that others can begin to wrap their minds and hearts around it.  Almost every place that the apostles spoke about love, they were talking about Tabernacles, which is Divine Love.  This makes sense because, in ourselves we cannot rise to the level of love that they spoke about. The reason we can’t love in this way is that it is an experience that is given from God above. You can’t live it without having received it.

There are no lines, except what the Holy Spirit draws at the time He draws them

In conclusion, lines are simply another form of legalism.  When Christians are young lines are good like training wheels are helpful as children learn to ride a bike.  However,  a child’s goal is to be able to ride the bike without assistance. Likewise, our goal is to walk in the Spirit so as not to need the training-lines anymore.  How will we do that?  Lines will no longer be needed because, through the finishing work of the Tabernacles experience, God Himself will tell us where and when to draw the line in every situation we encounter.

We The Kingdom by Tasha Cobbs Lenard