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Tabernacles: An Intro

Tabernacles is one of the three Fall feasts. Have you ever noticed that God tends to do certain things in one season, but allows other things to rest for a while? God is on His own timetable and His own calendar. Time is different to God – after all, He sits outside of time. Because we sit in a box called “time,” the passage of time appears as a straight line. We don’t know what awaits us tomorrow or next year. We only know the current moment.

God has already set all things in motion. In fact, this is a mind-blowing thought, but in God’s time, everything is already done. He is watching our will interact with His sovereign plan, creating destiny. Because He sits outside of time, time is circular and cyclical to Him. The cycle of the earth around the sun; the cycle of the seasons each year, the cycle of rain – all of these are examples of how time is to God. So it follows that we are studying the cycle of the feasts, which mark out the times and seasons for God’s people, and reveal a g…

Tabernacles: Season of Joy

God has a pattern that unlocks His promises and brings us into His presence. In the Old Testament, we see that God the Father designed seven feasts, as expounded upon in Leviticus 23. They all point to Jesus and the things that will happen in the New Covenant. These seven feasts are God’s own holy days with specific instructions given for their observance. They’re also known as “holidays”, and each individual holiday has a special way it is celebrated. Let’s look at one special holiday in particular: the feast of Tabernacles.

The overall theme of the feast of Tabernacles is a beautiful picture of the unity of the saints and the true Church coming forth. On this special holy day, every Israelite had to leave their dwelling place and assemble together in small, humble booths for fellowship and worship. They had one common purpose in mind: to keep the feast of the Lord in its season, and to celebrate the ingathering of the wines and oils. God had provided, and the purpose was the celebrat…

A Clean Slate

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve, whether the god’s which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land ye dwell: BUT AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD!” –Joshua 24:15

When we are faced with our decisions in life, our choices affect our outcome. The decision to believe in Jesus Christ and make Him the Lord of your life is the most important decision you will ever make. This decision affects where your soul will spend eternity – in heaven with Jesus, or in hell, which was intended for the devil and his fallen angels.
The Blood…the DNA The children of Israel were being given a choice we will all be faced with at some point. Who are you going to serve? Are you going to serve the idols of your ancestors, or will you serve the Lord, who changes your DNA to be engrafted into the family of God? In this question to the children of Israel, they were given an option: ser…

Where is your place of vulnerability?

Human beings were created for fulfilling relationships with each other and with God. Relationships can greatly influence many aspects of our lives – even our destiny. Relationships are the currency of the kingdom. I want to go deeper into how relationships can create wrongful control of our soul that become ungodly. I am going to show you how to receive deliverance from ungodly relationships through Jesus Christ.

“When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachal was barren. So Leah conceived and bore a son and she called his name Reuben;  for she said ‘The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now, therefore, my husband will love me.’ Then she conceived again and bore a son, and said ‘Because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also, and she called his name Simeon.’ She conceived again and bore a son and said ‘Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have bore him three sons.’ Therefore, his name was c…

The Passover

Waiting Today, most loathe over the idea of waiting. Waiting equals boring. Waiting means reflection, a recalling of the present situation of human purpose, meaning, and dignity. In the quiet moments of human existence, beating hearts come to realize that without God no purpose or meaning exists. But with a God, who just might be holy and righteous, human dignity resonates to the thinking person as lost and unworthy. Waiting, therefore, is often detested as an unpleasant experience that requires a quietness that could haunt the conscience with the questions of life and death.

The Bible speaks of waiting differently. Waiting, for whatever reason, should be utilized and happily endured. While in Egypt for 430 years the Israelites waited for Yahweh to fulfill His covenantal promise to bring them to the promised land. Often in Scripture waiting is equivalent to hoping, a time to hope in the Lord while waiting for His provision (Is. 40:31). The day of the Passover was both a time of waitin…

The Ultimate Passover Lamb

For a New Testament believer who is not of Jewish origin, the whole concept of Passover can sound foreign. In the past, hearing the word “Passover,” images of Matzo Balls in the grocery store were conjured up in my mind. The whole idea of the word “Passover” for believers may be unfamiliar. Passover is a feast designed to foretell the coming of the Messiah in a physical way. Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection is the fulfillment and crown of this Old Covenant feast. Learning about Passover reveals many things about God’s nature.

As New Testament believers, our foundation for learning about Passover starts with Jesus Christ the Messiah, Lord, and King – the Lamb who was slain before the foundations of the earth.
Salvation through Him AloneWe are saved by faith in Christ alone. The foremost priority of the church is to bring others to a saving knowledge of Christ. When we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouth that Jesus is the Lord and that God raised …

Passover: The Timing

God’s principles and instructions lay in His Word, the Holy Bible. All the mysteries to heaven and earth are known to God, and He reveals some of them in the Bible. The more we learn about God’s principles and instructions, the wiser we will become, and our lives will transform. What does this have to do with Passover? I’ll tell you.
The way we do things and the way God does things are vastly different.  In the Passover, it was the Father’s instructions to His people and their faith in those instructions that spared their children’s lives, freed them from horrible slavery, and showed them miracles that many believers would hear about for centuries to come. It is in honor of these principles of obedience, trust, and blessing that Passover is observed. Most importantly, Passover is observed in honor of a Person – Jesus Christ, the Messiah. He is the Lamb that was slain before the foundation of the earth, and the Deliverer of His people from death, hell, and the grave!

There are differe…

Christ is our Passover

Technology moves faster than light. Our technological advances continue to provide medical breakthrough that surpasses the preceding generation’s line of intelligence and ability. We have come so far in medical expertise that most Americans live under the notion that doctors, not God, are the true physicians of the soul. Our obsession to receive all answers of life from “the experts” drives our sense of security. We blindly ride on the assumption that this life is so far from death we have no need to trouble ourselves with God. To drive home the unfortunate conclusion: for many Americans, technology moves faster than God.
Jesus, not technology, is the true Physician of the soul.  Only Jesus can diagnose and cure the eternal disease common to every person. Jesus offers organic produce that you can’t find at Whole Foods.

Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. (John 6:…

5 Steps for Getting and Keeping Victory

God sees you not from your current condition, but from your future state!  Things have a way of settling in on us and we can become in bondage to them. This is called a stronghold. Other times, addictions to sin are present that are unable to be broken by willpower alone because demonic forces have entered in. When this happens, we need deliverance to break the yoke of bondage!
A stronghold is a cyclical pattern of thinking that generates harmful behaviors. Our behavior reveals what exists on the inside.  Unhealthy coping methods start off as things like eating for comfort, drinking to numb ourselves, etc. Over time, these negative coping methods become crutches and mental strongholds develop to rationalize the existence of the “crutch.” We should not be relying on any other power besides the supernatural grace and power of the blood of Jesus Christ! As more time passes, these strongholds strengthen and turn into an addiction, and the will of the person becomes less and less in contr…

What is Deliverance?

What is Deliverance?Deliverance is the supernatural transference of God’s people from a place of oppression to a place of freedom. 

It can happen to a person individually by a move of the Holy Spirit, or deliverance can occur for Gods people corporately all at once. When the children of Israel were set free from their slavery in Egypt, it was by God’s sovereign intervention. They were snatched out of a place of oppression and sent to a place of great freedom. Through Moses, God proclaimed to His people that He was going to set them free, and then He did. Have you ever been given a promise from God?

The Bible says God’s people were so overwhelmed in their hearts from slavery and their suffering that they could not even believe freedom would ever happen. I have been in that dark place, and I’m sure you have, too. Sometimes we are so downtrodden from the weight of our circumstances that we cannot imagine things will ever be any different. This is how the people of Israel were in their ca…

The Right To Freedom

One of the fundamental rights of the believer in Jesus Christ is freedom.  Sin has distorted every aspect of the human experience from the beginning of time. Sin is the reason for wars, poverty, slavery, and is the answer to the philosophical problem of evil in the world. Sin is when people exercise the power of their free will to do something God doesn’t want them to do. But Jesus has given us power!

Adam made it possible for mankind to choose to do evil, but Jesus Christ made it possible for mankind to choose to do good. When He died on the cross, rose from the dead, and went to the right hand of the Father, He broke every power over our lives.

The enemy will always try to blind you and distort your view of the love of God through tragedy, damaged relationships, broken promises, and disillusionment. God’s love is able to reach you this day, and He will pull you out of the deepest pit of your life and set you on the solid rock to stay. The roadway to overcoming and restoring what is …

Overcoming Adverse Influences

When we think of overcoming problems in our life, we usually focus on things like depression, anger, addictions, impulsiveness, hate, unforgiveness, loneliness, lust, anxiety, etc. And if nothing major stands out, we assume everything is all right. When was the last time you thought to yourself that you should be more loving to others? The tendency is to assume that we’re always loving as long as we aren’t unloving or have blatant hatred in our hearts. Or when have you decided to ask forgiveness for those things you haven’t done? Again, our fallen way is to assume we don’t need to express humility unless we have wrongfully hurt someone.

However, a more subtle deception slowly leaks into our lives; and before we know it, we have to call for help because there is a flood. Culture can be a leaky faucet that slowly trickles into our lives which may end up causing a flood of misconceptions about reality. Culture can also be a good thing. Culture can enrich our lives, giving us a heritage …

Overcoming Adversity

The plans God has for your life are far greater than the plans you have for yourself.  He has significant plans for your life, your church, your city, and the nations. The way we choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition are pivotal. On the agenda of God, you are significant.“For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
[Jer 29:11… NIV]

In order to fulfill the plans of God and become “who” God has pre-ordained you to be, you will go through a “process.” A process can be defined as “a series of actions, changes or functions bringing about a desired result.”

The result is: you will be who God says you are, do what God says you will do and have what God says you will have.
The entire process of growth and fulfillment of destiny hinges on a critical factor:
The way we choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition. Like the Apostle Peter who delivers t…

Pray In The Spirit

We have to engage the enemy that attacks us using the proper weapons.  But sometimes we are so overwhelmed we don’t even know what to pray. There are times when words fail and human intelligence fumbles with the articulation of what it is we need. When life knocks the breath out of you, God understands the words contained in a single tear. When words fail, we can rely on the Holy Spirit to pray through us. Relying on the Spirit to pray “builds up” your spirit man in the places where you need it most.
“We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” Romans 8:26-27

When we pray in the Spirit, the Spirit of God intercedes for us according to whatever God's will is. 
Back up a little. The verse says that the Holy Spirit searches our hearts. Since the Spirit of God searches our …