2 May, 2021
March 13, 2021
Have you ever thought about the excitement that Moses had when God instructed him to build the sanctuary as a dwelling place for God? What is interesting is that even though he knew who the most skillful individuals were for carrying out the many building tasks that could be carried out by his suggestions, he dare not deviate one tittle in the plans that God had shown him. Every detail was given to Moses including items like a bell, a pomegranate, a tassel, a fringe, a curtain, or any of the vessels of the sanctuary. We are told that God called him to the mount and covered him with His glory, “that he might see the pattern, and according to it all things were made.” When the law was given on Mt. Sinai, God revealed to Israel the pattern by which they themselves were to copy in their own personal temples that the Holy Spirit could dwell in them. Israel chose their own way and did not follow the pattern given by God. When Jesus came, He became the true temple of the Holy Spirit in every detail of His earthly life according to God’s plan. Jesus was the true pattern. Jesus said, “I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart.” Psalm 40:8. Today, Jesus is our pattern to follow that the Holy Spirit may dwell in our temples. However, we choose to live, whatever comes our way, we are to copy the pattern that has been set before us, Jesus. “Whatever our position, we are dependent upon God, who holds all destinies in His hands. He has appointed us our work and has endowed us with faculties and means for that work. So long as we surrender the will to God, and trust in His strength and wisdom, we shall be guided in safe paths, to fulfill our appointed part in His great plan…” The Desire of Ages, 208, 209.
2 May, 2021
February 6, 2021
Have you ever thought of the fact that Jesus dwells in you? “God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27). “It is through the Spirit that Christ dwells in us; and the Spirit of God, received into the heart by faith, is the beginning of the life eternal.” (Desire of Ages 388). Paul says in Romans 8:10, “If Christ is in you . . . the spirit is alive.” Now if Christ dwells in us through the Spirit then we are partakers of divine nature. Therefore, we, through the power of God in us, can overcome. Listen to this, “Christ has given His Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress His own character upon the church.” (Desire of Ages 671). Just as we accept His death on the cross so our sins may be forgiven. It is our privilege to accept His very life in our heart so our sin may be overcome. Jesus gives us both His death and His life! His life in us through the Spirit is what will make possible victory over sin. “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20). Now with that understanding, read the following statement, think about it, pray over it. “The Father’s presence encircled Christ, and nothing befell Him but that which infinite love permitted for the blessing of the world. Here was His source of comfort, and it is for us. He who is imbued with the Spirit of Christ abides in Christ. The blow that is aimed at him falls upon the Savior, who surrounds him with His presence. Whatever comes to him comes from Christ. He has no need to resist evil, for Christ is his defense. Nothing can touch him except by our Lord’s permission, and ‘all things’ that are permitted ‘work together for good to them that love God.’ Romans 8:28.” (Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, 71).