Retrieving The Ark Of The Presence

by IAN JOHNSON

The Ark of the Covenant released the presence of God and where His presence was the fear of the Lord was released. This was the reason David didn't take the Ark back to Jerusalem, he was afraid. So he left it at the house of Obed-edom . In the three months the Ark was in Obed-edom's home, he was blessed beyond measure.

"The Lord has blessed Obed-edom's home and everything he has because of the Ark of God." 2 Sam 6:12.

Here's a clue to what is really important in our walk, "His Presence" Its all about Jesus.

When God turns up, our first response is often like David's. We can't handle this I'm "outta here" In the same way that Adam & Eve realised they were naked before the Lord when their eyes were opened to good & evil. David couldn't cope with the glory of the Lord.

His presence has this effect on us. Because it exposes the fruit of the tree of good & evil in our lives.

In John 21 Peter was in the boat hauling in fish that the Lord had granted them, but when he realised it was the Lord he was aware of his nakedness and put on his cloak.

Our response is to hide, but the Lords heart is to have fellowship. That's why its important to break through the barrier of the tree of the knowledge of good & evil and reach out for the tree of life.

The Church in many ways has locked him out; we are living in the days of the church of Laodicea where Jesus is found knocking on the door of His own Church asking to come in.

"Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends. Rev 3:20

The word of the Lord is: "Open the Door I want to fellowship with you"

The main concern of the devil is to keep Christians from seeking a relationship with Jesus!

He doesn't fear religion

He doesn't fear prayer less works

He laughs at your toils

But when you seek Jesus and you abandon your self To the purpose of God

The devil trembles!

Prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God

Teresa of Avila

Much of our prayer and "Times with the Lord" is just religious, Jesus wants to be present and fellowship with us, out of fellowship comes friendship with God.

In John 21 Jesus prepared a meal he said "Come and eat breakfast with me"

If today you are striving to be something great in God, yet you are so weary, this is not God's will for your life. Stop and rest a while with the master. Take the time to lean against his breast and listen to His heart beat!

While others were busy planning for tomorrow! John the Apostle leaned against the masters heart, He picked up the heart beat of love, and became the Apostle of love.

Just rest in his love for you today! You won't miss His will for your life if you snuggle into his heart!

Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light."

God of life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and wear us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies Grey and threatening; when our lives have no music in them and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, we beseech you; turn our eyes to where the skies are full of promise. Our hearts are restless, O Lord, until they rest in you St Augustine of Hippo

We fill our lives with activity designed to take our mind off this one thing, "our thirst for the king". We drink the waters of religion and yet we notice our throats are still unsatisfied. There is a thirst that can only be quenched by the Lord. When we drink from this fountain our hearts are alive!

We taste Thee, O Thou living Bread, and long to feast upon Thee still; We drink of Thee, the Fountainhead, And thirst our souls from Thee to fill. Bernard of Clairvaux

John 7:37-38 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, "If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within."

Jesus is the Ark of the presence;

Like David there comes a time when we realize that we can't go on unless we have the Ark of his presence dwelling with us.

2 Sam 6:12 So David went there and brought the Ark to the City of David

Jesus has been locked out of His Church; Its time to open the door wide for the King of glory to come in.

Ephesians 3:18-19 May you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

He longs to be with us, to lead us in paths that will open our understanding, to reveal His love to us. This is what happens when the Ark of His presence dwells in your heart.

Lead us to the wild solitary spot in our own hearts where we may encounter your gift of fiery love and see the gracious way you look upon us from the cross. Help us to open ourselves to your limitless love, which holds nothing back from us. Francis of Assisi

The whole purpose of our life is relationship with Jesus Christ, to know Him and to be known. All other things fade into a shadow in the light of eternity.

Daniel 11: the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits .

We can't know Jesus if we leave him locked outside the door. But it's not about works: its just as simple as sitting down to breakfast with him and enjoying the fish he's cooked for you.

When Gods people come to truly Know Jesus, Revival comes into their heart. A revived heart is like a virus; given the right set of conditions a whole city can be touched! It's not about you! It's all about Jesus.

When He was on earth and walked as a man, Jesus took time to deal with individuals. His whole ministry revolved around individuals. Not Church or crowds He ministered to individuals. There were always multitudes but He cared about individuals.

All we need to be is available to entertain His approach to us. You are an individual and Jesus loves you, He is calling out to you in a still small voice.

Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart. Teresa of Calcutta

"Come and eat breakfast with me"