Becoming a living sacrifice where God can reside opens the door in our lives for restoration and revival. Dive deeper into the Tabernacle of the Old Testament to discover how God’s perfect order and design is still relevant today in our lives. Let the Tabernacle teach you how to become that living sacrifice we all so desire.
“And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.” Exodus 25:8-9
“and said to them: “Hear me, Levites! Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place.” 2 Chronicles 29:5
Description of the Tabernacle
Comprised of The Outer Court, The Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place
In the Outer Court:
-Altar of Burnt Offerings/sacrafice: We are required to bring our best to the altar; in the Old Testament they had to bring a spotless offering – not second best. Today, Jesus is our spotless offering.
In the Holy Place:
-Table of Showbread
-Altar of Incense
In The Most Holy Place:
-Ark of the Covenant
To become a living sacrifice and experience complete restoration as described in Exodus 25:8-9 we must surrender all at the altar. The altar is a place of dying which is symbolic of the cross. At the cross comes a cleansing, a place where we can let the burdens of our heart roll away. When we come to the altar we must not hold on to offense or unrepentance. We must be broken and go with expectation of restoration.
Living for God is easy IF we are completely surrendered. The Brazen Altar is where this process happens.
Restoration occurs when a decision is made that you will live for God. When you make this decision to give God your best you are able to step onto the altar as the offering He desires. Become restored back to the place where you first met God through the redemptive blood of Jesus. There your confidence in God is restored.
The blood of Jesus covers all sin and weaknesses. If your faith is anchored at the cross, you believe there is supernatural power to pull down strongholds. Be aware however, distractions are a barrier to restoration. We must quit giving our energies and focus in the wrong area.
God did not make you a CEO, or cashier, or mechanic – He made you to be a sanctuary. A sanctuary holy and totally committed to Him. The world will attempt to pull you in and distract you from your calling. Walk with God continuously each day to prevent this.
When we give our all at the altar we set an example for those around us. We must begin with us so we can walk as a holy sanctuary onto God. If we give our best to God, it will be contagious. Not only in our churches but in our circle of influence.
God wants to liberate us from oppression, fear and anxiety. Give God your anxiety or your fear at the altar and liberate yourself.
Before Jesus comes back to take His bride, there’s miracles that need to happen yet. Miracles come from releasing the power God has given us through the Holy Ghost. Those in the church that have the Holy Ghost, have the power to set people free. Why would you leave at altar call when there are lost souls, broken and in despair, when you have power God has provided to liberate.
To experience revival in your spirit, we must rearrange our priorities. We must want to do what God wants, and to be saved, we must be a sanctuary of the Holy Ghost. Answer the following questions to help evaluate your spirit:
Pray for Wisdom
Pray today for the Lord to help you get your tabernacle in order. Ask Him to help you put yourself back on the altar so you can die to your old self.
Lord I know whatever I put down at the altar becomes ashes and no longer suppresses me. I’m ready to get on the altar and experience restoration. I’m ready to be made whole. I accept the power of the cross, of the altar and of dying to myself. Lord most of all, let me finish well! Let me be a holy sanctuary for you to dwell.
Exodus 25, 2Chronicles 29:5, Genesis 35:5, 1Corinthians 1:18, Isaiah 53:5, 1Peter 2:@4, 2Corinthians 5:17, Hebrews 11:1, Matthew 9:28, Luke 8:50, Mark 5:34, Matthew 9:30, Acts 20:24, Isaiah 53:5, 1Peter 2:@4, 2Corinthians 5:17, Hebrews 11:1
ref: summarized sermon Pastor Michael Hook 11/15/15