on me, breathe of God
me with life anew
may love what thou dost love
do what thou wouldst do
I am Holy Spirit
walk with me
me hear what the Lord is saying
Spirit you are welcome here
us have a moment of silence to wait upon the Spirit.
O God, You are God;
Early will I seek You;
soul thirsts for You; I
flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the
To see Your Power and Your
David declares that his flesh longs for God while his soul thirsts.
Isaiah meanwhile in 26:9 says that with his spirit he will seek God. So
we have the flesh longing for God, the soul thirsting and the
spirit seeking. It is noteworthy that in Moses'
accounts of the Tabernacle we find: the outer court,
which is symbolic of the Flesh; the Holy Place,
which is symbolic of the soul; and the Holy of Holies, which is
symbolic of the spirit.
Longing takes one to the Outer Court;
thirsting takes one to the Holy
Place; and seeking leads one to the Holy of
So as we
long for God we go into prayer, which is the place where God begins to
deal with and crucify the flesh. It is a place of struggle where, as we
get on our knees each day, all we can think about at first is our
guilt, our failures, our great needs. We repeat ourselves over and
over, and God seems a million miles away. We wonder if we're
accomplishing any- thing. We want to fall asleep, to take a break-any-
thing. What we don't immediately realize is that
the longer we are on our knees, the less of the flesh remains. A death
begins as we are on our knees. As soon, as God finishes crucifying the
flesh, a breakthrough comes-you feel it-and suddenly your prayer
becomes real. A river gushes out of your inmost being, and your words
The presence of God comes in,
and something real happens to you. You may even begin to weep. That
breakthrough may take a half hour, an hour, maybe longer. It will take
as long as needed, depending on where you are with the Lord, what your
relationship is with Him. He must deal with the idols and the sins in
your heart. Any Isaacs in your heart must die (which is what God was
determining with Abraham). If you haven't prayed for a long time, you
can't expect a breakthrough after the first minute or two.
Remember, this is a daily
matter. The break-through doesn't come once for all time. "I die
daily," Paul says in I Corinthians 15:31. There will be a struggle each
time we go into this kind of prayer. The presence and the anointing
don't come today because you died twenty years ago. They come today
because you died this morning. God does not use leftovers. The
way you will know when the breakthrough comes is that guilt will
disappear. The absence of guilt means you have broken through. You have
sought Him and found Him.
point, then, will come the "thirsting" for Him. Your soul will thirst
for Cod. David said in Psalm 42:1-2,
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
so pants my
soul for You, O God.
thirsts for God, for the living God.
when shall I
come and appear before God!
And that is exactly what
happens to us. Our soul
thirsts to come before the
living Cod; it thirsts for His presence.
imagery is perfect. A deer seeks water for two reasons; one, because he
is thirsty and, two, because he is being chased by another animal. He
knows that his scent will be lost if he gets into the water. He will be
safe. So it is with us believers. We thirst for the presence of God
because it satisfies our souls and because no enemy can touch us. The
devil cannot find us. That's why David also wrote, ''You are my hiding
place" (Ps. 32:7).
So when you
and that water for which your soul has been longing, praise will erupt
in you. You will know that you are in the Holy Place, where praise is
genuine. There will be none of the matter-of-fact and routine ''praise
the Lord; thank you, Lord." It will become real. Every part of your
being will be thanking Him - even for those things that an hour ago you could
not thank Him for. Everything a become beautiful.
Let us take
another closer look at what this means, the connection of the temple
the tripart human and the triune God. Again the temple is made up of
the outer Court the inner court and the Holy of Holies. In
the outer court the sacrifices are burned. The inner court and the Holy
of Holies is separated by a curtain. Now it might be helpful to know
about this curtain which was probably close to 6 inches (15 cm) thick.
In the Holy of Holies the Spirit of God resides with the commandments.
We are also tripart, Body (flesh) Soul (mind and Heart) and
Spirit. Now, many confuse soul and spirit but we must separate then.
The only thing that can be said is that they are both part of the
inner-man, the part that leaves the flesh behind upon death. Now
finally the triune God. Father – creator, mind. Jesus,
flesh, spirit manifestation of the living God in the flesh.
Spirit. Strangely enough If we consider these points we find a
progression of faith as well. We often can believe that there is some
God, Then we find Jesus and are saved by his sacrifice. We then live a
new life through the spirit. But why is this all important.
Let us begin with the temple,
as most of you know only the high priest was allowed to go into the
Holy of Holies and then only once a year. The Priest wore special robes
with bells attached and a rope was often tied around His waist, for you
see entering the Holy of Holies was a dangerous thing.
priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin
offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also
suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own
If the priest
were not pure and did not bring the sacrifice or anointing the
tabernacle properly he would fall dead. Only the
high priest was allowed in and only once a year. Can you imagine having
But let’s move
ahead to today’s scripture and this is the amazing part when it all
This is the cross and today we
will look at what immediately followed Jesus’ atoning death on the
cross because it indicates a idea that was so important in the early
church. And is missed by so many in the church today. You see the early
church as seen in the book of acts and beyond lived the resurrection
life and the life of the Spirit. It is often said that Acts in the
Bible Should have been entitled the Acts of the Holy Spirit. But many
today stop there at the cross
From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all
the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama
sabachthani?"--which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling
one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put
it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.
49 The rest
said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him."
50 And when
Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in
two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.
tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were
raised to life.
came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the
holy city and appeared to many people.
54 When the
centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake
and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely
he was the Son of God!""
Here is a
verse that many miss and is a challenge of faith
broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised
to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they
went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
But it is not
the most significant part of the verse 51 is very important in
understanding the transfer of the holy of Holies, the transfer of the temple of God. As this 15 cm curtain
is torn the Holy Spirit, the actual presence of God is opened for all.
Let me repeat
As this 15 cm curtain is
torn the Holy Spirit, the actual presence of God is opened for all.
By tearing the curtain God,
Jesus open the presence to all, not just the high priests and we may
all approach the Holy of Holies the Holy Spirit. We may all seek God’s
face. We may all present ourselves to him and let him reveal and
convict and force us to our knees and bellies in prayer and worship.
This is absolutely incredible and essential to the priesthood of all
believers. Our only mediator is faith and Jesus for He becomes are High
holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on
Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
becomes the High priest but more then that and this is the most
incredible part, He is also the blood sacrifice.
And by that will, we have been
made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for
all. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious
duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never
take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one
sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that
time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one
sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: "This
is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I
will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their
minds." Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no
more." And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any
sacrifice for sin.
There is no need for anything
else. Jesus allows us to approach with him the Holy of Holies, and as
we approach there it comes here into us into our own Holy of Holies
into our own Spirit. Deep calls into Deep. Spirit of God joined with
your spirit and coming to Harmony. Wow!!!
But there is a
hitch. You see the Holy Spirit resides where the covenant resides. If
we do not have the covenant written in or Soul the spirit cannot reside
and this is why we keep the commandments, so we may fully approach God.
Just as with
the temple the flesh must be burned outside we must leave our fleshy
lives our flesh problems our fleshy desires our fleshy sin outside to
Daily we lay
the sacrifice through prayer. Daily we enter the temple and the triune
God enters us. Daily we may now stand before God and seek his Face as
Moses did. And as we bring the worship and praise to Him. As we walk
into the temple we find we can not carry the burdens of the flesh and
they fall away. What freedom we have what glorious freedom.
getting all this? Do you understand?
We are not
finished there though, because we have to also assume that just as the
Holy of Holies had a curtain so do we. We too must remove the curtain
so that the Love of the Holy Spirit may energize us and that may flow
from our Spirit to others.
something we must do. We must give permission for Christ to enter us.
We must allow Him into our inner court and into our Holy of Holies and
so I ask you to Tear the curtain as Christ and Spirit tore the curtain
of the Temple
Let us call
the spirit and let us pray
Now if you want the Spirit communication that we have
been speaking of tear the curtain as a symbol of our opening ourselves
to the Holy One
Now the Holy
you remember that in Psalm 63:2, David spoke of wanting to see Cod's
''power and glory"; That comes with the third stage, the seeking and
dying to self that must come before the anointing. This is found in the
Holy of Holies, symbolic of the spirit. It is the place where you say
nothing, you do nothing. You don't pray. You don't sing. You receive. That's
the place David meant when he said in Psalm 42:7,
calls unto deep at the noise of your water falls;
all Your waves and billows have gone over me.
In the Outer Court,
my mouth was talking to God. In the Holy Place, my Soul was talking.
In the Holy of Holies, my spirit talks Deep calling unto deep. This is
where prayer without ceasing is born where you bask in the glory of
God. You are not longing. You are not thirsting. You are drinking. ''Be
still, and know that I am God," David wrote in Psalm 46:10. You are so
full that you cannot talk. Words are inadequate. You are totally in His
presence. You are not interested in what He can do for you; you are
interested in knowing Him.
me assure you that, as you enter the Holy of Holies on a daily basis,
it becomes more natural, quicker. It may not take you a half hour to
break through; it may take five minutes. You may only have to call out
His name, ''Lord," and there it is. Also, the more time you remain in
the presence of God, the more that presence will rub off on you. The
thicker it will get, you might say. For example,
the first time you break through, you might come out of your room and
say to your wife, ''Hello, darling," and she will know as you talk that
you have been in the presence of God. A week later, say, as you have
been spending more and more time with the Lord, you will walk out and
before you say anything, she will feel the glory. You won't have to say
anything. With Peter the apostle
this reached the point where people expected to be healed when his
shadow fell upon them (Acts 5:15).