February 3, 2017
Entering the Presence of God

In Old Testament times in the Tabernacle and later the Temple, the ark of the covenant was kept in a special place, walled off from view by a thick veil. The ark symbolized the presence of God among His people, and no one was allowed to come before it except for the high priest on the Day of Atonement. That all changed with Jesus. When He was crucified, the veil in the Temple was ripped in half from the top to the bottom.

Jesus wants us to come through the veil and into His presence. He wants us to be with Him, to live with Him, to breathe His very Spirit. In Him we live and move and have our being. He wants to order our steps so that every fiery dart of the enemy will be deflected. He wants us walking in His blood trail so that the demonic hounds of hell cannot sniff us out to destroy us.

It’s time to admit that the Christ life manifested truly in us cannot be realized by mere religious tradition, no manner how sincere, until we acknowledge that we are in a state of rebellion against the King and are headed full speed away from Him. We will see clearly that religion has become integrated into our secular society, and has been digested to the degree that the values the last generation held are disregarded as obsolete.

We must confess that our society has redefined, retarded, and repackaged our Christian values and filtered them back to the church, watered down, neutered, and lifeless—leaving Christians in a state of passivity, void of the desire to sacrifice and suffer for Christ, lacking holiness and passion. Substituting book of Acts faith for religious flattery in God’s eyes is packaged poison: it looks extremely good externally, but it will kill you if you swallow it. Without a holy fear of God burning in our bones, we are left with dull senses for the person of Jesus Christ and tone-deafness to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

God is waiting for you to come through the opened veil into His presence, to go beyond so the world will truly know you have been with Jesus. The Father is listening for the heartbeat of Christ in you. When He hears it, all Heaven will be authorized to move on your behalf. I urge you to enter into His presence through the veil today.

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