Ps Clinton Phillips 15th December 2013 (Exodus 25:31-40, John 15:1-2, John 8:12, Romans 8:5, Romans 9:17)Clinton Phillips, December 15, 2013
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Recap last sunday. Encounter us. Wilderness is for your encounter with God. God is challenging us to place more priority on our relationship with God - do His process, not our process. God is generous and kind, but He is calling us to a higher calling.
Today: The Lampstand Ex 25:31-40. Revelation, Illumination, Burning continually. In the Holy Place, there is no light, only from the lampstand.
John 15:1-2. I am the vine you are the branches.
The number 7 completeness and finished. number 6 is the number for man. Lampstand - 6 branches on the outside, with the one in the middle - everything that we do has to come out of a place of connectedness with God who is the center.
God is about producing more fruit in our lives. Even then He trims us and prunes us, so we can produce more fruit. The menora was lit from the place of sacrifice.
You and I cannot cause the light to shine in our lives - we have to remain connected to the cross - it's the work of the cross that ignites me and motivates me. The cross is not just a piece of jewelry, but it is the power of God, the source of our life.
Take time in the presence of God.
Acts 2:3. Tongues of fire settled on people. Menora - tongues of fire. Little lights. That's why God says that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. That's why there such opposition against us. The enemy wants to put this light out.
Isa 11:2. God wants to fill us more than we think. When God speaks to us, we often tell him why he can't. Today, have an expectation that God will fill us.
The lampstand parallels the Holy Spirit: The spirit of The Lord, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of The Lord. Note that these are in pairs. The Holy Spirit is available to each and every one of us. The process is about each one of us. The Holy Spirit wants to teach us these things: wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and the fear of The Lord.
This week - take time to spend time with God to learn these things. Let the Holy Spirit guide you how he wants to teach you these things. Make it like a really important date.
John 8:12. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.
Jer 1:11-12. "I am ready to perform my word". What do you see? This week, God will ask you this question - what do you see? When you feed that back to God, then He will engage you. The almond branch, the first one to bud and the first tree to fruit. God's priority, first fruit, first life. The word He has spoken over you He is ready to perform. No matter what is dead in your life, and there's been no fruit in your life, God is wanting you to know today, He is going to cause the fruit to come. A change of season. God is going to add fruit to that.
Rom 8:5 - we need to be the people who choose. We need to make a choice here, to live either for God, or for the flesh. If we focus on just what we want, it's going to make our christian walk so hard to do.
Rom 9:17. For this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show my power in you. Today.
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31And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. 32And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: 33Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick. 34And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. 35And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick. 36Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold. 37And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it. 38And the tongs thereof, and the snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold. 39Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels. 40And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount. (KJV)
1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (KJV)
12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (KJV)
5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (KJV)
17For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. (KJV)