Description of Tabernacle
The Tabernacle is the most complete and marvelous type or “picture” of Christ in all of the Old Testament. As we study the Tabernacle, you will want to refer frequently to the picture of the Tabernacle and its courtyard here (click to open and view this PDF document, which you might like to print out so that you can have it handy as you go through the remaining lessons.)
The Tabernacle was approximately 45 feet in length and 15 feet in width. The rear end and the two sides were made of boards, standing upright. Each board was approximately 2 feet wide, 15 feet in height, and 2 inches in thickness.
The Tabernacle itself was divided into two unequal chambers. The larger, outer chamber was about 15 feet wide and 30 feet long. It was called “the Holy Place.” It contained three articles—the Table of Show-bread, the Golden Candlestick and the Altar of Incense. The priests went into the Holy Place daily, performing their duties.
The smaller, inner chamber was approximately 15 feet by 15 feet. It was called “the Holy of Holies.” It contained the Ark of the Covenant with the blood-stained Mercy Seat, overshadowed by two cherubim made of pure gold. This was the dwelling-place of God. God told Moses,
“There I will meet with you, and I will commune [speak] with you from above the mercy seat…” Exodus 25:22
Only the high priest went into the Holy of Holies, and he went in only once a year, bearing the blood of the sin offering.
The Tabernacle stood in a courtyard surrounded by curtains of fine, white, pure linen, about 8½ feet high. The curtains enclosed an area of approximately 175 feet in length and 87½ feet in width.
Inside the courtyard were the Brazen Altar where the daily sacrifices were offered and the brass Laver, filled with water, where the priests washed.
There was but one entrance into the courtyard and this was on the east side. Over the entrance hung a curtain of fine-twined linen in blue, purple and scarlet.
Every detail of the materials and construction of the Tabernacle was according to the pattern which God showed Moses on the mountain. The Bible says,
“Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the LORD had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them.” Exodus 39:43
The Tabernacle was set up for use exactly one year after the Passover, when the children of Israel left Egypt. The Bible says,
“Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.” Exodus 40:34
Everything about the Tabernacle speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ. Anyone who lets the Holy Spirit teach him about the Tabernacle will never be led astray into false cults, but will be sure that Jesus Christ is the way to God—the only way.
Let us look down on the children of Israel encamped at the foot of Mount Sinai. We see hundreds and hundreds of tents—as far as the eye can see. In the center of this vast encampment we see the Tabernacle. The courtyard is enclosed by a “fence” of white linen curtains.
There is only one entrance into the courtyard. Just inside that entrance is the Brazen Altar upon which the sacrifice is burning continually. The Brazen Altar points to Christ—the Lamb of God, who died to take away the sin of the world.
Beyond the Brazen Altar is the Laver where the priest washes his hands and feet daily before he goes into the Holy Place. The priest then goes into the Holy Place to trim the lamps on the Golden Candlestick and to place the bread upon the Table of Showbread. Then he goes to the Altar of Incense and places sweet incense on the coals of fire.
On one day out of the year, the Day of Atonement, the high priest goes into the Holy of Holies, into the very presence of God, with the blood of the sin offering. He sprinkles this blood on the Mercy Seat. There the very presence of God was manifested in a glory cloud which is called “the Shekinah glory.” It was there that Jehovah, the God of Israel, dwelled with His people. God said,
“There I will meet with you, and I will commune with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony…” Exodus 25:22
In the daytime a great pillar of cloud stood over the Tabernacle like a vast umbrella. The pillar of cloud shaded the children of Israel from the burning rays of the desert sun.
In the evening, as the night shadows fell, the pillar of cloud changed slowly into a pillar of fire! In the night time it became a protective light for the children of Israel. How tender is God’s care for His people!
What did the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire represent? It represented the presence of God in the midst of His people. Even the children of the camp understood this. If you were to ask a small child in the camp about the meaning of the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire, he would say, “It means that God is with us.
The Tabernacle was the dwelling place of Jehovah—the God of Israel. It stood in the center of the tents of the twelve tribes of Israel. The courtyard surrounding the Tabernacle was enclosed by a “fence” of white linen curtains, standing about eight feet, nine inches high. No one could see over or under these curtains. (If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to open a larger version of this diagram here.)
The courtyard was rectangular in shape being about 175 feet long and about 87½ feet wide. The “fence” of white linen was held up by 60 pillars, set into 60 brass sockets which were buried in the sand for a foundation. Each pillar was made secure by cords fastened to brass tent pegs. The pillars were all connected to each other by a silver connecting bar.
Upon the connecting bar of silver hung a curtain of fine-twined white linen. There was only one place of entrance into the courtyard—the “door” of colored curtains on the east side. The one gate or “door” of entrance represents the Lord Jesus. He said, “I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved.” (John 10:9)
In the courtyard with its one door, God is giving us a picture of salvation. Those outside the courtyard are lost; those inside are saved. To be inside the courtyard, in the family of God, is most blessed. It is no wonder that David said,
“A day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Psalm 84:10
The whole purpose of the Tabernacle was to show sinful men how they could approach the holy God and have fellowship with Him.
What is the first thing the sinner meets as he turns toward God? He meets the curtains of white linen, a type of the righteousness which man must have to approach God.
As a man stands before the white curtain of linen, he is faced with the fact that he is a sinner. He does not have the righteousness which God requires. The Bible says,
“We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…” Isaiah 64:6
Apart from Christ, our very best righeousnesses are as “filthy rags.” This is the emblem chosen by the Spirit of God to describe the best of human righteousness, in contrast with what God requires—”fine linen, clean and white.”
God uses this picture of the courtyard with its fine linen, clean and white, to show man his sins and the desperate wickedness of his heart which shuts him out from a holy God.
Shuts him out? No! God has provided a way for sinful man to approach Him. He may enter by the one gate on the east side—the God-provided way! That one way is by the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6
There was but one way of entrance into the courtyard of the Tabernacle. In front of the Tabernacle, facing east, was the one “gate,” composed of beautifully colored curtains. The east in the Scripture is always connected with the rising of the sun. Thus the beams of the rising sun would fall first on the beautiful curtains of blue, purple and scarlet.
What does this one gate represent? It represents the Lord Jesus Christ. Why was there but one gate? Because there is but one way by which the sinner can come to God. The Lord Jesus said, “I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved….” (John 10:9)
How definite are the words of the Lord! There is but one door to heaven—the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says,
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
The gate was a wide gate—some 35 feet wide. It was wide enough so that any or all might enter freely. God is a Savior-God, and when He says, “Whosoever will, may come,” He means it.
The gate was an attractive gate—a beautiful curtain of blue, purple and scarlet. The blue speaks of Jesus as the heavenly One. The purple speaks of Him as the royal, kingly One. The scarlet speaks of Him as the Savior, the One who shed His blood for our sins.
The gate was an accessible gate. We often see gates or doors which are locked or bolted. This gate was closed, but it was never locked. All one needed to do to enter was to reach out with the hand and push back the curtain and enter. It was so simple that a child could do it.
So it is with our great salvation. All we have to do is reach out the hand of faith to the Lord Jesus by believing on Him.
Dear friend, have you entered the one gate of salvation by trusting the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior? Conversion is not an accident; it is a real, personal experience with the Lord Jesus.
In Old Testament times the heathen Gentile nations worshipped many false gods. But God revealed Himself to Israel as the one true and living God. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.” (Deuteronomy 6:4)
God likewise revealed to Israel that there was only one way sinful man could approach Him. There was only one gate leading into the courtyard. Why was there only one? Because God had provided for no more. God is sovereign; He has the right to do as He pleases. God has given Jesus Christ, His Son, to us to be our Savior. He is the way to God—the only way.
The gate was for all: the wealthy and the poor, the prince and the beggar alike. A grey-haired grandfather and a little child might enter it side by side.
The gate of the court was wide so that any or all might enter there.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
God has made it abundantly clear that He loves sinful men and wants them to be saved. The Bible says that God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) Why then do men not step through the one gate of salvation? Jesus said, “You will not come to Me, that you might have life.”(John 5:40)
Some might say, “But I am too bad to come to Him.” Oh, but that gate was not for “good” people; it was for sinners. The gospel is God’s good news to guilty sinners. Jesus is the sinner’s Friend, and He wants to be the sinner’s Savior. He said, “I am the door; by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved.” (John 10:9) “Shall be saved” is the Lord’s word. There is no doubt about it.
It was only one step. One moment the guilty sinner was outside the gate, the white linen curtain was against him, keeping him out. The next moment he was inside, and the curtain was for him, keeping him in.
Receiving Christ as Savior is not a long, tedious process. It is done in a moment. That moment is when the person comes as a sinner to Jesus and receives Him as his Savior.
What a transition takes place in that moment! The sinner has stepped from darkness to light, from death to life, from being an enemy of God to a child of God!
If by chance there is someone reading this who is yet unsaved, let me plead with you to come to God by Jesus Christ. He is the way, the only way, of approach to God. Unless you come God’s way, you will spend eternity in separation from God. But this is not God’s will. He has provided a great salvation for you. Come to Jesus today!
The Tabernacle of Moses
God first spoke His law to the people; then He called Moses to come to the top of Mount Sinai. The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me into the mount…and I will give you tables of stone.” On these two tablets of stone God had written the Ten Commandments with His own finger.
For six days Moses sat in silent thought. Suddenly, on the seventh day, God spoke to Moses out of the cloud, “Speak to the children of Israel…and let them make Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.”(Exodus 25:2, 8)
Jehovah God, the God of Israel, who had redeemed them from the bondage of Egypt and given them His law to live by, was now going to dwell among His people. The “sanctuary,” or dwelling place of God among His people, is called the Tabernacle. God showed Moses the pattern of the Tabernacle and gave him specific instructions regarding the building of it. God said,
“According to all that I show you, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall you make it.” Exodus 25:9
The importance of a subject in the Bible can be measured by the space given to it in God’s Word. The Tabernacle is of such great importance that 50 chapters are given to explaining its pattern, construction, and service. This is amazing when you consider that only two chapters are given to the subject of creation.
God revealed to Moses every detail of the construction of the Tabernacle. Nothing was left to Moses’ imagination. Moses simply followed God’s exact instructions. More than 20 times in the book of Exodus we read, “as the LORD commanded Moses.”
Five names are used in the Bible to describe the Tabernacle. It was called “a sanctuary” because it was set apart for God. It was called “the tabernacle” because it was the dwelling place of God among His people. It was called “a tent” because it was the temporary dwelling place of God. It was called “the tabernacle of the congregation” because it was where God met with His people. And it was called “the tabernacle of testimony” because it was the place where the two tablets of stone were kept.
What was the purpose of the Tabernacle? The purpose of the Tabernacle was to show and teach a sinful people how they could approach a holy God and be accepted by Him.
Every part of the Tabernacle points to Christ. The sacrifices and the service of the priests all point to Christ. He is the Way—the only Way to God.
God told Moses to speak to the children of Israel that they might bring Him an offering of materials to be used in building the Tabernacle. No one was compelled to give anything. Moses was to receive offerings only from those who gave willingly out of their love for God. God said,
“Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering: of every man that gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering.” Exodus 25:2
God gave Moses a list of the materials that were to be used in the Tabernacle. These materials are all “symbolic.” A symbol is something that stands for or represents something else.
In the Bible God often speaks to us in the language of symbols, and it is wisdom on our part to apply ourselves to learn the meaning of the symbols. All the materials used in the Tabernacle speak of Christ.
Gold speaks of deity and that which is wholly of God. Christ is “God manifest in the flesh.”
Silver speaks of redemption—Christ’s death on the cross for our sins.
Brass or bronze speaks of God’s judgment against sin. On the cross, Christ bore God’s righteous judgment against sin.
Blue Linen speaks of Christ’s deity. Blue is the heavenly color, and Christ is the heavenly One—the One “who came down from heaven.”
Purple Linen speaks of Christ’s royalty, His kingliness. He is “the King of kings” and “the LORD of lords.”
Scarlet Linen speaks of Christ’s humanity and His death on the cross.
Fine Linen or white linen speaks of Christ’s perfect righteousness as a Man.
Goats’ Hair speaks of Christ’s holy separation from evil.
Rams’ Skins Dyed Red speak of Christ’s devotedness to God. He was “obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Badgers’ Skins were the exterior cover of the Tabernacle. They speak of Christ’s ability as a Man to withstand temptation and evil.
Shittim Wood (acacia wood) speaks of Christ’s holy humanity. He was a Man in whom there was no sin.
Oil, used in the lamps, speaks of the Holy Spirit. The Tabernacle had no “windows.”In the things of God, the Holy Spirit is the only source of light.
Spices for Anointing Oil speak of the precious fragrance of Christ. Everything about Him was a precious fragrance to God.
Onyx Stones (precious stones) were woven into the breastplate which the high priest wore. They speak of the saints of God who are ever on the heart of Christ.
Before and After In Christ
Before we became Christians
Now that we are Christians
The Bible describes us as:
From the moment we receive Christ into our lives, we have a new relationship with God, and a new life. Here is how the Bible describes us now that we have Christ in our life. We are:
Before and After In Christ
February 19, 2008 by bonlou
This pansy started out as an dried up, dead looking, unattractive seed. Then the Lord made it into this beautiful flower. What a transformation!
Quiet often when people are saved they are left to themselves and no one comes along beside them and explains how they are different and what has just happened.
We will look at ourselves from God’s point of view before and after we were saved. Below are the actual words of God and not man’s ideas of mankind.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death,
We were spiritually dead.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
We were eternally separated from God because we were all sinners.
James 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
We were actually enemies of God. I didn’t realize that myself.
Romans 8:7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,
We were not only enemies but were actually hostile toward God, and helpless.
2 Corinthians 4:3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,
We also were blinded by Satan to the gospel.
2 Timothy 2:26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.
Satan held us captive to do his will. We were working for him, but we probably didn’t realize that.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.
Everyone has sinned at some time.
John 8:34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.
We were powerless on our own to overcome sin’s hold on us. It owned us.
1 Corinthians 2:14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
We were unable to understand the things of God.
John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
We were incapable of living a spiritually fruitful and meaningful life.
Ephesians 2:12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
We were without hope. No hope for the future, and no hope of accomplishing anything on our own in this world.
God had to reveal himself to us in order that we could be saved. We were hopeless left on our own. He had to open our eyes of understanding and allow us to hear and understand the gospel message. He gave us the faith we needed to respond and we were saved. Then he ushered us into his family and gave us eternal blessings.
When I go over this and think about all God has done for me in allowing me to become a believer and all the benefits and blessing that go along with it I am humbled and forever grateful. I see where I was and what God saved me from. It is scary to realize that I could have stayed in the “before,” state and my fate would have been eternal hell. What a Savior! God’s love surpasses any that we know, and his grace is abundantly poured out on us time and again.
After we became a Christian our position in Christ changed dramatically. Here is how God see us now.
Colossians 2:13 -14 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
We were forgiven of all our sins. Christ bore them on the cross for us.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
We became a new creation in Christ. That is something we need to understand. We are truly a new creation, and we can live out a new life here and now.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
We had a new spiritual birth. We were born again. We became babes in Christ. And, we have a new home in Heaven.
1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
We were baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.
We were sealed in Jesus Christ, and given the Holy Spirit.
John 10:28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
We were given the gift of eternal life and we cannot lose it. We are in God’s hands.
Romans 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
We have been adopted into God’s family. We need not to fear.
Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
We are a citizen of Heaven. We are in this world but we are not of this world.
Romans 6:22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.
We are now freed from sin and a slave of God, with many blessings.
Colossians 1:13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
We were delivered from darkness to light.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
We can defeat any problem because God will not allow any difficulty that can overwhelm us.
Romans 5:3-5 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
We can now realize that God uses our problems and trials as opportunities for our spiritual growth.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
God has chosen us and blessed us to be different and special so that we can glorify him for what he has done for us.
These are just some of the blessings we have been given when we came to know Jesus as our Lord and Savior. I pray as you read this over and meditate upon it you will see how much God has changed us from what we were before.
Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
We can be more than conquerors through Christ in anything that comes our way in life. That includes panic attacks and agoraphobia.
We need to ponder this question: Am I living like a believer or an unbeliever? Stay tuned.
Joyce Meyer | Sống Vượt Trên Cảm Xúc – Audio book
Have You Made the Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit-Filled Life?
by Dr. Bill Bright
Every day can be an exciting adventure for the Christian who knows the reality of being filled with the Holy Spirit and who lives constantly, moment by moment, under His gracious direction.
The Bible tells us that there are three kinds of people
1. Natural Person
(Someone who has not received Christ.)
“A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
2. Spiritual Person
(One who is directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit.)
“He who is spiritual appraises all things…We have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:15).
3. Carnal Person
(One who has received Christ, but who lives in defeat because he is trying to live the Christian life in his own strength.)
“And I brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to carnal men, as to babes in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still carnal. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshy, and are you not walking like mere men?” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)
God has provided for us an abundant and fruitful Christian life
Jesus said, “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22, 23).
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
The Spiritual Person
Some spiritual traits which result from trusting God:
The degree to which these traits are manifested in the life depends upon the extent to which the Christian trusts the Lord with every detail of his life, and upon his maturity in Christ. One who is only beginning to understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit should not be discouraged if he is not as fruitful as more mature Christians who have known and experienced this truth for a longer period.
Why is it that most Christians are not experiencing the abundant life?
Carnal Christians cannot experience the abundant and fruitful Christian life
The carnal person trusts in his own efforts to live the Christian life:
- He is either uninformed about, or has forgotten, God’s love, forgiveness, and power (Romans 5:8-10; Hebrews 10:1-25; 1 John 1; 2:1-3; 2 Peter 1:9; Acts 1:8).
- He has an up-and-down spiritual experience.
- He cannot understand himself – he wants to do what is right, but cannot.
- He fails to draw upon the power of the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life.
(1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Romans 7:15-24; 8:7; Galatians 5:16-18)
The Carnal Person
Some or all of the following traits may characterize the Christian who does not fully trust God:
(The individual who professes to be a Christian but who continues to practice sin should realize that he may not be a Christian at all, according to 1 John 2:3; 3:6, 9; Ephesians 5:5).
The third truth gives us the only solution to this problem…
Jesus promised the abundant and fruitful life as the result of being filled (directed and empowered) by the Holy Spirit
The Spirit-filled life is the Christ-directed life by which Christ lives His life in and through us in the power of the Holy Spirit (John 15).
- One becomes a Christian through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, according to John 3:1-8. From the moment of spiritual birth, the Christian is indwelt by the Holy Spirit at all times (John 1:12; Colossians 2:9, 10; John 14:16, 17). Though all Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, not all Christians are filled (directed and empowered) by the Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit is the source of the overflowing life (John 7:37-39).
- The Holy Spirit came to glorify Christ (John 16:1-15). When one is filled with the Holy Spirit, he is a true disciple of Christ.
- In His last command before His ascension, Christ promised the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to be witnesses for Him (Acts 1:1-9).
How, then, can one be filled with the Holy Spirit?
We are filled by the Holy Spirit by faith; then we can experience the abundant and fruitful life which Christ promised to each Christian
You can appropriate the filling of the Holy Spirit right now if you:
- Sincerely desire to be directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 5:6; John 7:37-39).
- Confess your sins. By faith thank God that He has forgiven all of your sins – past, present and future – because Christ died for you (Colossians 2:13-15; 1 John 1; 2:1-3; Hebrews 10:1-17).
- Present every area of your life to God (Romans 12:1, 2).
- By faith claim the fullness of the Holy Spirit, according to:
His Command: Be filled with the Spirit. “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
His Promise: He will always answer when we pray according to His will. “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14, 15).
Faith can be expressed through prayer…
How to pray in faith to be filled with the Holy Spirit
We are filled with the Holy Spirit by faith alone. However, true prayer is one way of expressing your faith. The following is a suggested prayer:
“Dear Father, I need You. I acknowledge that I have been directing my own life and that, as a result, I have sinned against You. I thank You that You have forgiven my sins through Christ’s death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I now thank You for directing my life and for filling me with the Holy Spirit.”
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If so, ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit right now and trust Him to do so.
How to know that you are filled (directed and empowered) with the Holy Spirit
Did you ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit? Do you know that you are now filled with the Holy Spirit? On what authority? (On the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word: Hebrews 11:6; Romans 14:22, 23.)
Do not depend upon feelings. The promise of God’s Word, not our feelings, is our authority. The Christian lives by faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word. This train diagram illustrates the relationship between fact (God and His Word), faith (our trust in God and His Word), and feeling (the result of our faith and obedience) (John 14:21).
The train will run with or without the caboose. However, it would be futile to attempt to pull the train by the caboose. In the same way, we, as Christians, do not depend upon feelings or emotions, but we place our faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God and the promises of His Word.
How to walk in the Spirit
Faith (trust in God and in His promises) is the only means by which a Christian can live the Spirit-directed life. As you continue to trust Christ moment by moment:
- Your life will demonstrate more and more of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23) and will be more and more conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
- Your prayer life and study of God’s Word will become more meaningful.
- You will experience His power in witnessing (Acts 1:8).
- You will be prepared for spiritual conflict against the world (1 John 2:15-17); against the flesh (Galatians 5:16-17); and against Satan (1 Peter 5:7-9; Ephesians 6:10-13).
- You will experience His power to resist temptation and sin (1 Corinthians 10:13; Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 1:19-23; 2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 6:1-16).
By faith you can continue to experience God’s love and forgiveness.
If you become aware of an area of your life (an attitude or an action) that is displeasing to the Lord, even though you are walking with Him and sincerely desiring to serve Him, simply thank God that He has forgiven your sins – past, present and future – on the basis of Christ’s death on the cross. Claim His love and forgiveness by faith and continue to have fellowship with Him.
If you retake the throne of your life through sin — a definite act of disobedience — breathe spiritually.
Spiritual breathing (exhaling the impure and inhaling the pure) is an exercise in faith that enables you to continue to experience God’s love and forgiveness.
- Exhale — confess your sin — agree with God concerning your sin and thank Him for His forgiveness of it, according to 1 John 1:9 and Hebrews 10:1-25. Confession involves repentance – a change in attitude and action.
- Inhale — surrender the control of your life to Christ, and appropriate (receive) the fullness of the Holy Spirit by faith. Trust that He now directs and empowers you; according to the command of Ephesians 5:18, and the promise of 1 John 5:14, 15.
Adapted from Have You Made the Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit-Filled Life? by Dr. Bill Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. © Cru. All rights reserved.
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