The Holy of Holies…

   

‘Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself…’ 1  Corinthians 6:19

Currently I am half way through reading a book by John Eldredge called ‘Waking the dead’ which is about looking at the biblical relevance of the Heart. It’s by no means a huge revelation to hear that the heart is so important to our lives with God, that the bible as a whole is full with verses and passages all focussed on our hearts- but by no means is it any less important to hear these wonderful truth again and again and again…and again! 

In the chapter ‘Ransomed and restored’ it says this:

“The year is 1450 B.C. Somewhere in the deserts east of Sinai, a band of runaway slaves have pitched camp. In the middle of the camp, the nomads have erected a tent of goat hair and skins- a design given to them by God himself when He talked face-to-face with Moses on the mountain. The tabernacle had two parts, the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. It was in the Most Holy Place that the presence of God would come.

And just as Adam was a pattern of the one who was to come, just as the sacrificial lambs offered by the Jews in the tabernacle foreshadowed a greater sacrifice to come, so the tabernacle itself was a picture of something even more amazing.

Each person knows that now his body is the temple of God. 

So where then is the Holy of Holies? Your heart .

It blows my mind to know that God would choose to dwell in my carnal heart, to dwell in the very depth of who God has made me to be…but it shows me how important it is to be persistent in coming to the cross and being made new every day- multiple times a day! 

The step on from this is the realisation that we often believe the lie that our hearts are corrupt, broken beyond compared due to our sinful nature- but don’t we know that God does not dwell where there is evil:

“You are not a God who take pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell” Ps.5:4

So what make this happen? Something drastic must have changed to be able to be the dwelling place of God? 

It is when we surrender to Jesus. We are made new. We are a new creation. We have been re born.

The challenge is to believe it, to remember it, to give ourselves back to God and allow Him to give you a new heart and find Him dwelling there. 


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Not all those who wander are lost…

  

 

One of my favourite, most clung too quotes throughout my Christian walk has been from C S Lewis who said ‘Sometimes the longest way round is the shortest way Home’  

That has been found to ring true in my life- that God in His infinite wisdom and mysterious ways has walked with me hand in hand down a path that hasn’t and doesn’t always make sense.

Why do a degree in Fine Art if you want to be in full time ministry? Because God said so. Because creativity is the greatest and most fulfilling thing He ever gave me. Because God is much more than arithmetic. Because God is a creator.

This week I received the news that I have achieved a 1st class degree and in one week I start my new role as Pastor…maybe studying art makes no sense in connection with pastoring a church- but maybe the longest way round is the shortest way home, and maybe not all those who wander are lost. 

“If I know the way home and am walking along it drunkenly, is it any less the right way because I am staggering from side to side! ” – Leo Tolstoy