I Can Go To The Holy Of Holies

Holy of Holies
By: Geron Davis

Lyrics:
In the holy of holies
Behind the heavy veil
Sat the Ark of the Covenant
Where the most high dwelt
And only the high priest
Could enter therein
To offer up a sacrifice
For atonement of sin

But the veil was rent in an instant
Revealing that holy place
For on a hill nearby
And a rugged cross
Justice met grace

Now I can go
Into the holy of holies
I can kneel
And make my petition known
I can go
Into the holy of holies
And although I’m just a common man
Because of God’s redemption plan
I can boldly approach the throne

The blood of sacrifices
Is no more required
For the blood of Christ the spotless lamb
Completely paid the price
And the sacrifice of worship
Will open Heaven’s doors
Allowing us to enter in the presence of the Lord

Now I can go
Into the holy of holies
I can kneel
And make my petition known
I can go
Into the holy of holies

And although I’m just a common man
Because of God’s redemption plan
I can boldly approach the throne

I can go
Into the holy of holies
I can kneel
And make my petition known
I can go
Into the holy of holies

And although I’m just a common man
Because of God’s redemption plan
I can boldly approach the throne

I can boldly approach the throne

Blessing of Promise

APOSTOLIC SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY

PSALM 67

WEEK THREE EXERCISE PAPER

SEPTEMBER 8, 2012

SUBMITTED TO DR. NATHANIEL WILSON

LEADERSHIP THEOLOGY OF MISSION 

COURSE CHM5873

BY

DONALD HAYMON II

Psalm 67:1–7 (KJV 1900) — 1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; And cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. 2 That thy way may be known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations. 3 Let the people praise thee, O God; Let all the people praise thee. 4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: For thou shalt judge the people righteously, And govern the nations upon earth. Selah. 5 Let the people praise thee, O God; Let all the people praise thee. 6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; And God, even our own God, shall bless us. 7 God shall bless us; And all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

In a macrocosmic consideration of the work and intervention of the God of the universe in this present age, the normal psychological hard-wiring of human reflection causes one to study the course of history and its indicators for significance in the future. How did we arrive at our present status, in relation to God? When did it all start? Is there a place or position (geographically, spatially, spiritually, etc.) where God is more readily available to intervene? Does God have a plan and how does it culminate in past, present, and future?

            In a microcosmic consideration of God’s dealings with the world, the spotlight of reflection turns inward. What would God have me do to live in accordance with harmony and fellowship with His Spirit? How can I be sure that there is proper alignment between Himself and myself?

            Thus far in the course “A Theology of Mission,” both considerations (macro- and microcosmically) have been given remarkable satisfaction in that God, although He’s shifted methods through the ages, has never shifted His ultimate goal. That goal, interwoven through Scripture, may be summarized by the phrase “the promise of blessing.” Indeed a “golden thread” throughout the pages of the Bible, this “promise-plan,” not unlike Christ’s unbroken bloodline, though occasionally beneath the surface of the historical fabric, finds glorious prominence in places like Psalm 67. This remarkable Psalm gives dynamic vision to the international mission and importance of Israel’s stewardship of God’s “promise of blessing.” As found in at least eight other Psalms, this Psalm is filled with missionary preaching. 

Verse one states, “God be merciful unto us, and bless us; And cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.” This is a petition for God to do what He did before He even named Adam and Eve, He blessed them! (Genesis 5:2) This is a bold request, and, taken alone, may be perceived as rather selfish or self-serving by the supplicant; however, it is essential for this prayer to be answered for mission to be accomplished, as outlined in succeeding verses.

Verse two bears the effect to verse one’s cause: “That thy way may be known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations.” This is the “faucet effect.” As Lawrence of Arabia explained to the natives when he presented running water to the uncivilized culture, “the magic is not in the faucet!” Essentially, there’s a garden that needs to be watered! There are bodies that need to be bathed! There is dirty laundry that needs washing! The message in verse two to the great benefactor God is this, “Lord, your blessing, all stored up in Heaven’s reservoir, your celestial aquifer, does the dry, thirsty, dirty world no good unless you mediate it to your people!”

            God’s “way” in this context is His salvific provision available to all mankind. There is one “way” to God traceable through all dispensations of the Bible: faith, obedience, and blood. This “way” is translated from a Hebrew word that means road, pathway, or manner. To be ignorant of access to God’s manner is to be forever outside fellowship with Him! God’s blessing provides the linkage between His love for all mankind and Himself. It is crucial to any meaningful missional effort.

Verses three and four say, “Let the people praise thee, O God; Let all the people praise thee. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: For thou shalt judge the people righteously, And govern the nations upon earth. Selah.” This is indeed God’s universal goal, to be worshipped in spirit (gladness and joy) and in truth (due to His righteous judgment). There is no higher, nor worthy purpose to human existence than the ultimate Divine intent for the creation to pay homage, pay obeisance, give praise to the Creator!

Verses five through seven state, “Let the people praise thee, O God; Let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; And God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; And all the ends of the earth shall fear him.” Here we clearly see the culmination of the answered prayer of verse one. The cyclical effect is astounding! When God blesses His mission-minded people (Israel at the point of the Psalmist’s writing), they have a very sobering responsibility to be conduits of that blessing to the world at large. When the world at large is blessed, it becomes liberated to praise God! When the earth enjoys a liberated ecology, it abounds in productive efficiency beyond comprehension! God is praised on every hand, by everything in existence. Everything stands in awe at the might of the God who made it all and knows best how to maintain it all. Truly, all this is due to the penetration of the Gospel into the innermost being of God’s creation. 

In conclusion, Psalm 67 is thought to have been sung at the Feast of Weeks down through the generations leading up to the celebration of the same holy day following Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. This was one and the same as the Day of Pentecost initial outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit upon “all flesh!” Could there be any coincidence, or is this Psalm truly a timeless message of the hope that both applies to today, as well as awaits Divine international dealings after the “Jacob’s Trouble?” Resoundingly, it is a measured, purposeful, and timely “song” which reminds the ready reader that God’s “promise-plan” is secure!

Elements Bible Study 4.1 Worksheet – Lifestyle

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Hello, fellow students of the Word!

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 7:30 PM (MT) we’ll be studying material associated with the above link live on http://www.facebook.com/cacdenver.

You’ll want to download the file and have it nearby for reference, fill-in-the-blank, and for jotting down personal notes.

Yours for knowing the Elements of Christian living,

Pastor Don Haymon II

 


 

Transformational Leadership – Lesson 2

Lesson 1 Outline
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THE TRANSFORMER’S ROLE – LESSON TWO
“And all of us, as with unveiled face, because we continued to behold in the Word of God, as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord Who is the Spirit.” –2 Corinthians 3:18 (AMP)

Transformational Leadership – Lesson 1

Lesson 1 Outline
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THE TRANSFORMER’S CHALLENGE LESSON ONE
“And all of us, as with unveiled face, because we continued to behold in the Word of God, as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord Who is the Spirit.” –2 Corinthians 3:18 (AMP)

What Will Exile Do to Me?

What Will Exile Do to Me?

Face it. Any time of disruption, conflict, difficulty, for those who are called according to God‘s purpose, is not an accident. God is working. He, by design, puts us through these things to prove us. He wants us to move in the positive direction!

Scripture references to guide you through this chart:

FEAR ZONE

Acts of fear

Emotions of fear

Blindness of fear

Slippery Footing of Fear

GROWTH ZONE

Control has always been God’s business (Isa 42:5)

Temperance, self-control (Pro 25:28)

Turning worry into real worship (John 4:24)

Communion with my Bible (Psa 119:105)

Thought control (2 Cor 10:4-5)

A closer relationship with God is worth everything (Psa 95:6)

DISCIPLE ZONE (WITNESSES GO!)

I love my neighbor as myself (Mat 19:19)

I reach for and focus on things that are ahead (Phil 3:13-14)

My talents and gifts are from God, so I employ them for the needy (1 Pe 4.10)

I’m known for my contagious, hopeful attitude (Phil 2.16)

Fear is a thing of the past (Heb 13.6)

Self-denial and cross bearing are my lifestyle (Matt 16:24)

Thankfulness has overtaken anxiety (Eph 5.20)

God’s ways are higher, including the Divine Design of Exile! (Isa 55.9)

The Real Grinch

(Who Tries to Steal Christmas)

Taking a little liberty from the Dr. Seuss legacy, I’d like to ask, have you ever heard of Whoville? It’s the fictitious town that is “terrorized” by a Scrooge-of-a-man by the name of the Grinch. He is constantly on a warpath, an adversarial mission, to eliminate, do away with, the concept of Christmas in the little town beneath the mountain on which he lives. Spoiler alert: As the story unfolds, he grows tender towards the idea of Christmas after encountering a little girl who is brave enough to face him down. The end finds him completely turned from foe to friend as the townsfolk celebrate a renewed liberty towards the holiday.

“Get real,” you may say! I’m glad you encouraged me! There is a reality behind this children’s story that carries a weight that is of eternal importance. In case you were not aware, there is a real adversary to the message that Christmas seeks to convey. Once allowed, the message of Christmas is transformational and powerful in a life-changing way. This adversary, this antagonist, is worlds worse than Dr. Seuss could ever imagine and he is totally nonfiction. He was the one responsible for the temptation of Eve in the garden of Eden. His curse included God’s statement in Genesis 3:15. “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” This scripture is referred to by scholars as the “PROTEVANGELION.” This Greek word defines the Bible’s very first reference to the gospel message. Satan is declared a defeated adversary even from the very beginning of the Bible.

Now, turning to the last book of the Bible we read, “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born” (Revelation 12:4). This is a symbolic reference indicating Mary as the mother, and Jesus as the baby. The dragon is the mortal enemy.

Praise God for Christmas, the Christ child is born! However, there is someone in the universe who is very unhappy about the arrival of our Great Redeemer. You guessed it–none other than Satan, Lucifer, the fallen angel himself. He patiently awaits the arrival of the Messiah, knowing his opponent will ultimately be his Conqueror. He pounces at the very moment that Christ is born as we see clearly in the Christmas story. Herod, under the influence of Satan, was the one who called for the death of every baby boy born in Bethlehem. (Isn’t it amazing the consistency and accuracy of the flow of the Bible? It’s awesome to know the end of the story!) Satan, the real Grinch, is at war to this very day making every effort, hurling every insult, and destroying every semblance of godliness wherever he is permitted to do so.

Is there a prevailing Protagonist? Yes! Here He is! “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. [11] And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:10-11).

Jesus succeeds in opposing all the assaults and resistances of the Enemy! He even prevails in and through the lives of those who are 100% dedicated to Him. All who are serious about the Gospel call are those who, armed with the Gospel message of Christmas, are victorious at the end of the day!

The Gospel of Christmas is literally focused like a laser beam in Acts 2:38. Take a moment and read it for yourself. If you comply, and receive the Promise, you will find that all the old Grinch, Satan himself, can really do is make a lot of noise and scare a few fainthearted souls. He is indeed the powerless loser! Jesus is victorious and He reigns supreme. His Spirit is alive and well today!

Pastor Don Haymon II

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