Good Morning Gorgeous,
It’s a brand new day. A fresh new start!
A new day to rise and lock eyes with Jesus.
A new day to rise and be ready to go where He is calling.
My personality is to move, to go, to start endeavors, and to create and try new things.
And that part of my personality spills over into ministry opportunities as well.
I want to run, race, jump right into kingdom work.
And as I grow in Him, He is teaching me the importance of surrendering every opportunity, every dream, every vision, and every good work of my hands over to Him.
Some of the ideas I have are goooood, but not HIS assignments for my life.
And if the assignment is not from Him, I don’t want it.
I want to follow the glory cloud. Pausing and resting where it stops and then rising and moving when it moves.
In the Old Testament, the glory cloud was a manifestation of God’s Presence that the Israelites could see! It was a cloud by day and a bright cloud of fire by night.
Now on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony; from evening until morning it was above the tabernacle like the appearance of fire. So it was always: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that the children of Israel would journey; and in the place where the cloud settled, there the children of Israel would pitch their tents. At the command of the Lord the children of Israel would journey, and at the command of the Lord they would camp; as long as the cloud stayed above the tabernacle they remained encamped. Even when the cloud continued long, many days above the tabernacle, the children of Israel kept the charge of the Lord and did not journey. So it was, when the cloud was above the tabernacle a few days: according to the command of the Lord they would remain encamped, and according to the command of the Lord they would journey. So it was, when the cloud remained only from evening until morning: when the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they would journey; whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud was taken up, they would journey. Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey. At the command of the Lord they remained encamped, and at the command of the Lord they journeyed; they kept the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord by the hand of Moses.
Numbers 9:15-23 NKJV
The Israelites moved when the Lord moved. Stayed when the Lord stayed. They waited on Him.
On the Lord.
Sometimes it was a day, a few days, or a month.. And Sometimes it was a YEAR.
Sometimes, they barely were able to catch a breath, and it was time to get going. They barely put their things down, the tent had just been pitched, the family finally settled and God was on the move again! And so even when they were tired or wanting to stay longer, they MOVED.
And other times, they pitched their tents and stayed so long that the seasons changed! They waited and waited and waited without any Word or movement. The cloud stayed still. Did God forget to move? Should they just venture on anyway? No even when the waiting was LONG, they WAITED.
That type of obedience requires total surrender.
Surrender to His will over ours.
Surrender to His ways that are higher than ours.
Surrender to His perfect plans even when they make little or no sense.
Surrender of our mind, will, and emotions all over to a goooood, goood Father who has every detail planned out. We only need to rise when He calls and rest when He gives rest.
But the Israelites had a glory cloud! The sign was visible! Yes, but how do you think it felt when the glory cloud was still day after day, month after month, a year nothing. No new news! They may have gotten restless, agitated, unsure if God forgot about them in the desert.
And we have the glory cloud! The glory was the manifest Presence of God.
Because of Jesus and His sacrifice of His own blood which paid the price, defeated death and sin, and cleansed us fully and completely, we have the Most Amazing, Holy Inheritance!
We are the very temple of the Glory Cloud!
Check on how He set that up going from glory to glory!
The Glory Cloud was with the Israelites on their journey hovering over the tabernacle which was the portable temple of God.
When a physical temple was built during the reign of King Solomon, the Glory cloud( Presence of God) would manifest in the Holy of Holies which was the innermost place of the temple. The high priest would offer a special sacrifice once a year for the remission of sins, he would also go through a cleansing process, and then he would be able to go in and meet with the Presence of God.
When Jesus died on the cross and said, “It is finished.” The large, thick curtain which separated the Holy of Holies TORE in half from top to bottom! And the centurion watching said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
And the veil was torn! No more separation!
No more mediating through a high priest!
No more animal sacrifices!
No more hustling to be good enough!
Our belief in Jesus, makes us righteous and HOLY enough through Him alone, to HOUSE the GLORY CLOUD!
The Lord Himself takes up residence in our hearts. The Holy Spirit lives inside of us and the Lord speaks directly to us: His spirit to our spirit!
Let us become attuned to His Voice.
Let us learn to be still before the Lord and Hear what Holy Spirit has to teach us, show us, and demonstrate to us.
And let us wait on Holy Spirit instructions in all matters large or small.
I desire with my whole heart to raaace into a new endeavor planted on my heart. And that desire may be totally from God. But it could also be my own excitement and just plain old good idea. It may even be a GREAT idea. But if the GLORY isn’t on the idea, I don’t want it.
And that is a new way to interact with the Lord. Instead of praying for Him to bless our ideas and put His favor on them, let us be a people that are willing to sacrifice our ideas in exchange for His better ones!
You can TRUST a God that has again and again and again lavishly provided for His people. He has proven His faithfulness again and again. So, let us just trust His waye, His plans, and be willing to move or wait based on the Words the Lord is speaking to us in this season. And be willing to Move at a Word and to Stay at a Word. Let us be so attuned to His voice that we know when the Glory Cloud begins to move!
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are so so so amazing! I don’t have proper words to describe Your goodness and Your mercy and Your faithful leading. I am in awe of how You make everything fit together. How You had perfect plans for the remission of sins and the redemption of Your people all along! You move us from glory to glory, from victory to victory, always preparing us for the next space You have planned for us. Help us to wait on You. Help us to be prepared to go when You say go.
In Jesus’s Name,
Blessings and total devotion to God’s Will be unto you!
And if you came across this post and you haven’t yet accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, may I encourage you that by choosing Him you receive eternal life in heaven, BUT ALSO abundant life NOW. Following Him is the most precious adventure you have ever taken!! All you have to do to get started is to pray and receive Him as Lord. The Bible says to confess Jesus Christ as Lord and believe with your heart the precious gospel message that Jesus taught. Repent of your sins which means simply to ask Jesus to forgive you and then choose to walk away from them and go in the New Direction that God is calling you to. Confess or speak that you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for you, that He was resurrected from the dead, and ascended to heaven. And that you recieve Him as your Lord and Savior. That you are sorry for your sins and you recieve His FULL and complete forgiveness for every wrong you’ve ever committed. And that you are choosing to follow Him now and leave the ways of the world behind for the things of Jesus!!! And if you mean that with your heart, you are saved and set free to live a new life free of sin! The Bible says you are now a brand new creation! Old things have passed away and new things have come!!! The Bible also says that all of heaven rejoices whenever a person is saved!!!! Just imagine the party being held in heaven on your behalf right now!!