LOVE IS GODS GLORY IN YOU
By Dan Luehrs
God is love. 1 John 4:16 (NAS)
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God… 1 John 3:1 (KJV)
One day when I was in a store I felt the presence of the Lord come upon me greatly while I was walking down the isle. Then when I was driving my car the Lord suddenly spoke to me and ask me, “Do you know why I love?” I said no, I do not. I waited for the answer as the Lord let me ponder on the question. Then He went on to say, “Every person is a part of me in spirit. I love them as My own children just as you love your children and I want you to love others just as I love them, you are a part of them like a body and no man ever hated himself.”
We are integrated with one another in spirit because God’s life is in every person and we are to treat others as we would treat ourself. The whole of mankind is a big kaleidoscope that God is seen through. Kaleidoscope means, “Beauty that is seen through.” God’s beauty and glory is meant to be seen through people, as when He created us in His image and breathed His Spirit into man. God’s real beauty is not just seen through the face of a person, but mostly in the heart when the likeness and character of Jesus is seen working through that person. Can you imagine a world without love? It would be a world without God and would be a hell hole like a Nazi death camp.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 1 John 3:16 (NIV)
Jesus laid down His life for us so that He would be one with us. Now because of His great love in us, we are to lay down our lives for the body. But what will this love look like in the body and how will it come to pass? Those who are ready to meet the Bridegroom are about to be changed and bapitised in the most glorious love the world has ever seen. For truly the world will see the love of God in the church as never before.
When I was in Africa I had an open vision and saw a white tent that was made out of garments like a fancy wedding dress with fabric panels coming down the sides of it. There was a inviting fabric door that was opened with the wind of the Holy Spirit blowing it inward. I said to the Lord, “What is this?” He said, “My Chupa, come in!” I slowly moved in like I was floating and I saw no one else in there, but as I moved through the tent it was very ornate with streamers going throughout the tent. It looked as if it went on forever like the room was another spiritual realm to be explored by us. A voice then said, “Do you take Jesus as your only?” I said, “I Do!”
Latter I asked about the tent, and He said that it was a tent of intimacy with greater closeness and greater revelation of His heart. Just as the garden is in our heart so is the tent of intimacy that we can go into anytime. The door is now open for the marriage, anyone can come, but soon the door would be closed and no one could enter.
He has brought me to his banquet hall, and his banner over me is love. Song 2:4 (NAS)
God covers us with His banner of love even as the wedding hall was decorated with streamers and banners that fill the banqueting hall from one end to the other to celebrate our love with Him. This is what I saw in the Chupa that God had invited us into to have intimacy with Him. This hall is actually a place where we are to drink of wine and become intoxicated with one another’s love in most intimate ways. The Young’s translation reads Song of Solomon 2:4 this way. “He hath brought me in unto a house of wine, and his banner over me [is] love.” Prov 5:18-20 says that we are to be intoxicated with the sexual love of our wife and not with some strange women. True worship is being intoxicated with the love of God and is of the finest of wines that we are to become drunk with God’s love for us. We could choose many other things to be intoxicated with, but they would only leave us with addictions, headaches, and more problems afterward.
When we become so filled with the love of God He would have us to share it with the world and seeing them set free through His eyes of love even as we have been. For it is the love of the kingdom of God that will save the world through His love working in and through His people.
In Rick Joyner’s book, The Final Quest he wrote what he felt the Lord had spoken to him about using love as a weapon. “You have learned a little about using My sword. But remember, love is My greatest weapon. Love will never fail. Love will be the power that destroys the works of the devil. And love will be what brings My kingdom. Love is the banner over My army, and under this banner you must now fight.” (End of Quote).
GOD’S TESTIMONY IN US
"And they shall construct an ark of acacia wood two and a half cubits long, and one and a half cubits wide, and one and a half cubits high. -- And you shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you. Ex 25:10, 16 (NAS)
God had Moses build Him a sanctuary in the wilderness so that He could be close to His people and to dwell with them in a tent as the children of Israel did. God’s desire was to be as close to them as possible without His glory consuming them as it almost did when God revealed Himself in fire upon Mount Sinai. So that God would not consume them He had them construct a tabernacle that would insulate His glory from killing them. Once a year the High Priest would go into the fiery glory of the Holy of Holies with animal blood to cover the people’s sin. In the center of this tabernacle they were to place a golden box called The Ark of Testimony or also called The Ark of the Covenant, which had three items in it that would testify to all God’s goodness and faithfulness to them. His word in their midst would guide them and judge them according to His truth. This golden box was God’s witness or testimony of His loving kindness to them.
They made a mercy seat of pure gold that was a cover to the ark, and once a year it had blood sprinkled upon it to protect the people from God’s power killing them, because their sin was now covered. Just as electrical wiring in our homes is cover with a plastic coating to protect us from a fire starting, so does the blood of Jesus protect us from our sin killing us in God’s presence. The blood was the barrier that would protect God’s people from being consumed by His glorious presence. Now the blood of Jesus washes our sins away and does not just cover them so that we can go anytime into His presence into the Holy of Holies. Praise His name!
When God breathed Himself into Adam His desired was not just to be close to His people, but to be in them! Adam walked in the garden with God in spirit until the day he chose to sin against the Lord, then death and separation came between him and God. His heart was broken because He had made man to fellowship in spirit with Him, but sin was a barrier that could not be crossed unless there was blood to cover man’s sin. Then and only then would God dare draw close to man, otherwise he would die from such a holy and powerful God. This is why God told Moses to tell the children of Israel not to go up Mount Sinai several times lest God consume them. His glory would have fried them in their sinful state. Look at it this way. If we worked with high-powered electricity and we do not know what we are doing we will get fried! But if I know how to insulate myself I will be protected. The blood of Jesus now protects us so that we can enter the glory of God. Praise His name!
GOD’S ARK OF TESTIMONY
Then you shall bring the ark of the Testimony in there, behind the veil. Ex 26:33 (NKJV)
God has a testimony and it is in us behind the veil of our flesh! Let me explain. The word testimony means to be a witness of what has happened. Our testimony is that God has come into our lives and has changed us through the power of His love.
God wants to dwell with and in His people as a witness, but we do not understand His holy nature that is so opposite of our earthly understanding. His expressed desire is to live through a holy people to manifest His glory upon the earth. So after the fall He chose to dwell upon the mercy seat above the ark of testimony so that His glory would not depart from being with His people. But now He dwells in us, we are the ark of testimony, we are the carriers of the testimony of God!
What is the testimony? According to Hebrews 9:4-5 “…The ark of the covenant [testimony] overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat…”
Inside the ark were God’s testimony of manna, Aaron’s rod, and the word of God. This was and is God’s testimony or witness of His goodness to and in us. The tabernacle in the wilderness is nothing less than a type, or a make up of a human body that God desired to fill once again with His glorious presence as He did Adam in the beginning. So until Jesus came to die for us the Father settled for the wilderness tabernacle just to be close to His people.
MANNA was bread to the children of Israel; manna represented God’s faithful provision of food in the wilderness. To us manna represents Jesus as our spiritual bread of life. “Give us this day our daily bread.” In revelation 2:17 Jesus said that if we would overcome He would give us hidden manna. This is bread that is not available to everyone, but only to those who overcome.
"I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread also which I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh." John 6:51 (NAS)
AARON’S ROD to Israel in the wilderness represented God’s life giving power to something that was dead and showed them that God had chosen and anointed Aaron as His High Priest. To us the rod represents His eternal life and power that is only given through the person of Jesus Christ to His anointed ones. When we received the baptism in the Holy Spirit we became God’s walking temple which carries the testimony of God.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses [TESTIMONY] both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Acts 1:8 (NAS)
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS was God’s law to be obeyed so that God would stay in their midst and they would continue to receive His blessing and not be cursed. To us the word is given as a living person, Jesus, and is not the dead letter of the Law, but is of the Spirit of God.
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. -- In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:1, 4-5 (NAS)
In Him, in us is the Life, the power, and the provision of God; we are witnesses to HIS TESTIMONY, which is His goodness and faithfulness to us. We overcome satan by the word of our testimony, [through the word that is in us]. We are now the tabernacle of God and our heart is the ark of pure gold that holds the testimony of God in us. We testify to the fact that God is true and faithful; we are His witnesses of these truths. And by this testimony that is in us we will be judged by the living word of God. When Israel would not turn from their sin God would judge them by removing His glory from the ark and their lives were miserable with out Him.
This is why the Cherubim were woven into the fabric of the veils that surrounded the testimony in the sanctuary to symbolize that they are the protectors of God’s glory. They also protected the tree of life from Adam and Eve getting to it, because the power of God would have killed them without the blood. But now they are protectors of God’s people because we carry the glory, which is God’s testimony in us.
OUR DIVINE SERVICE
IN THE HOLY PLACE
Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. Heb 9:1 (NKJV)
When Jesus died the veil to the entrance of the Holy of Holies was torn in two so that we His priests had access to the Father at anytime, anywhere we can enter boldly by the blood of Jesus. Even though we have access to the Father at anytime there is still divine service that God requires of us to enter into His presence.
The requirement to entering His presence is found in Palms 100:4 “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Under the Old Covenant the priests had to daily maintain the holy place with oil for the seven lamps, which were to never go out. Then they were to daily change out the showbread with new bread that was upon the altar and only the priests were to eat of this bread that they took from the altar. They were to daily maintain the altar of incense by bringing coals from the brazen altar and offering incense on it.
We are now the living temple of God! God created Adam to be His temple but he choose to sin against Him and the fire of God had to leave him or God would have consumed him. Jesus came to pay the price for our sin, which was keeping us from the glory of God. Now that we are the temple of God there still must be some daily service or maintenance in the temple so that we might enter into the Holy of Holies.
The Holy Spirit jealously desires to fill us daily with the oil of the Spirit so that we may burn brightly with the love and joy of Jesus. Have you ever wondered why on the day of Pentecost the disciples had tongues of fire burning on them? It is because they and we have now become the burning light of God’s sanctuary in the earth. We are to be set on fire with the glory of God in the earth as we maintain His presence throughout our day so that His love would illuminate from us into a dark world. This fire is never meant to go out but to burn brighter and brighter unto the full day when Jesus is revealed in and through us. (See Prov 4:18).
Our daily prayer is to be, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Jesus is our bread of life as we partake of Him in the holy place of our heart. In Revelation 3:20 Jesus invites us to come and dine with Him in our heart and to fellowship in the secret place of His heart. God wants to feed us with the finest delicacies of His word so that we become like what we eat, God Himself! The priests were to eat of the bread that sat in the glory of God all day, thus becoming what they eat in His presence. This is why the bread was called, “The Bread of His Presence.” “Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar?” 1 Cor 9:13 (NKJV). The New Testament teaches us that we believers are a kingdom of royal priests and kings unto our God! Our divine service in this temple that we are, is to eat the bread of life, the manna that came down from heaven - Jesus. Partake deeply my fellow priests and kings for yours is the kingdom of God!
Our daily divine service requires us to offer up smoke and where there is the fire of His glory there is smoke. Our praise and worship unto our holy God will bring us into His Shekinah glory, which represents the incense of our prayers that the priests were to offer up to God. Shekinah means, the dwelling place of God’s glory. That is what the church should be, God’s glory. Our worship does not bring God down to us, but causes us to ascend into His realm of the Holy of Holies, in which Jesus entered in as a forerunner before and has sat down upon His throne where we are to be seated in Him. Jesus wanted this glory back that He had with the Father before He came to earth. (See John 17:5).
HAVING BOLDNESS TO ENTER
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus. - let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith… - …for He who promised is faithful.
Heb 10:19, 22, 23 NKJV
When Jesus died the veil of the temple leading into the Holy of Holies was torn in two so that any priest [believer] could now enter the holiest place of all, which is the heart of God. God is faithful to let us come into His presence daily if we will take the time to get there and stay there to just to soak in His presence just like the Showbread did so that we can feed the nations with His life giving power.
The key of Christianity has to do with us staying filled with His presence; if we chose not to draw near to Him on a daily basis we insult the Spirit of grace and become fools because He has paid the way for us to enter with His own blood. He has given us the keys to the kingdom which is His heart, but most Christians will not even take the time to enter and sit at His feet to behold His beauty because they are too busy or they do not know that it is available for them. Imagine that you bought a brand new house for your grown son or daughter and handed them the keys to the new home and told them that it was theirs. Then a month later you ask them how they like their new house, but they respond. “Oh I am just too busy to look at it, but thanks anyway.” How would you feel? Insulted! That is exactly how God feels when He has made a way for us to come anytime in His presence but we are just too busy building sand castles that will not last.
We now have the keys to the throne room of God, which is the power plant of the universe. This is now available to us at anytime because He is in us! We can ask anytime for the grace of God to help us through any situation and to change us into His likeness or we can intercede for anything in the world that might be on our heart.
Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? Heb 10:29 (NKJV). God calls our busyness willful sin and pride of the highest order, which will have a day of reckoning with Him. “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, (that we can enter in to His presence) there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.” Heb 10:26-27 (NKJV).
"…The Lord will judge His people." It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Heb 10:30-31 (NKJV)
The Lord has made a way for us to enter into His presence, anytime, anywhere yet some only enter in on Sundays and others never choose to at all. Please let me show you what we will miss out on when we choose to neglect God.
LOVE IS: HIS KINGDOM IN US
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Ps 16:11 (NKJV)
In His presence is fullness of joy! The world tells us that if we have the best it has to offer we will have joy, but the truth of the matter is, we will only have sorrow because nothing of this world can fill the void in our heart except God. We are spirit being and not spirit doings or havings! To be happy we must fellowship with Jesus, eating and drinking in His presence. Righteousness, peace, and joy come from sitting in the presence of the Holy Spirit. He will not give us depression, sadness, and fear because that is not apart of His kingdom, but it is of the devils kingdom.
At the time of this writing I had a dream about the Ark of God. In my dream I saw the Ark of Tesimony with the two Cherubim with wings made of gold atop the mercy seat. The glory of the Lord was like a whirlwind going up to heaven between them. Then Lord said to me, “The Cherubim’s wings represent the people of God that know how to ride the winds of God and they know how to ascend quickly into the heavenlies.”
As we wait in the presence of the Lord we will soar like eagles into the heavenly realm of intimacy. “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isa 40:31 (NKJV). As we seek first the kingdom of God all things will be given to us both in heaven and earth, and to them who overcome by seeking His presence will sit with Him on His throne. All of our needs will be met as we sit in His glorious presence. May the love of God overtake you and draw you into His fire as you ascend into His realm.
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