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TITLE: STARTING TO BE OBSESSED WITH SANCTUARY
By Mary Lindow
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Is it fatigue from fleshly efforts?
Is it weariness with well doing?
Is it the beginning of a matter?
THE AWAKENING OF THE NEED FOR SANCTUARY.
A place of refuge, a safe harbor.
Asylum, shelter, a place of safety.
A holy place set aside for worship and rest.
THE LORD IS ALLOWING MAN TO HAVE THE JOY AND SHOCK OF COMING TO THE END OF HIS
MEANS OF PRODDING AND PRODUCING UNTIL HE FALLS INTO A HEAP AT THE FEET OF THE ONE
WHO HAS THE KEY TO THE PLACE OF HOPE AND REST!
He. The King of tranquility and Divine purpose has the place of Sanctuary carved out in a definite place.
THE PLACE OF WORSHIP.
But the time is coming--it has, in fact, come--when what you're called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter.
"It's who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That's the kind of people the
Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship.
God is sheer being itself--Spirit.
Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits,
their true selves, in adoration." John: 23-24
THE CATALYST OF APOSTOLIC ORIGINS BEGAN WITH A "PLACE" OF SANCTUARY.
Those waiting for the Move of the Spirit of God in an upper room.
Hiding from the world and its pressures and threats!
Waiting, worshiping, asking the heart questions of,
"Why are we here?
What are we waiting for?
Who is this all about?"
We are Again in the same place.
AND FINALLY AGAIN WE ARE SIMPLY RESTING IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE LORD HAS
BROUGHT US TO END OF THE OLD WINE SKIN OF THE PAST.
He is preparing the way of His Power with a place of personal introspection and heart searching until we see that we must be truthful in our worship of Him. We must come into agreement with His Spirit and the way that He desires to move among those who know Him and among those who do not.
Old things are passing away.
Behold. He does a new thing.
AS WE BECOME OBSESSED WITH THE IDEA OF NOTHING TO PERFORM, nothing to take to task,
nothing to self generate but only to "marinate" and saturate in, we see the promises He has made begin to be realized.
SO OFTEN AS OF LATE, IN PLACES OF MEETING AND GATHERING OF HUNGRY SAINTS, THE HOLY
HUSH OF HEAVEN HAS FALLEN WITH SUCH SWEETNESS AND SIMPLICITY!
All the fancy trappings of "noisy worship strategy" pale compared to this heavy rich perfumed presence
that descends on those who will wait upon the Lord and grow stronger.
HEAVEN LONGS TO KISS THE EARTH AGAIN.
The King of Heaven is descending with an unexplainable and definite wave of stillness. It is His manifested Presence.
In His Presence, His sanctuary, is fullness, completion, needs met, and joy.
COME. LET US BE MAGNIFICENTLY OBSESSED WITH HIM.
Self is the blurred veil that hides the face of God from us. It can be removed only in spiritual experience, Never by simple instruction.
-- A. W. Tozer
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