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Be Filled with
the Fullness of God
Many religions have what they believe are holy sites or buildings, but the
God of love has chosen you to be His dwelling place, if you are willing. The
God who created the universe is not impressed with our buildings and
shrines. This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is My throne and the earth
is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is
a place that I may rest? “For My hand made all these things, Thus all these
things came into being,” declares the LORD. “But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.
(Isaiah 66:1 – 2) The Lord is looking for a person who is humble before
Him and who takes His word very seriously, even to the point of obedience.
God and His love will live inside of this person.
were created for love. You are made in the image of the God of love. Your
purpose is to give love and receive love. God made you in His image so that
you could experience His love. God desires to have the most intimate
relationship with you possible. That is, you in God and God in you, united
in love. This is why Jesus came to earth so that He could restore our
ultimate purpose of a holy relationship with God.
Jesus prayed that the same love that God the Father has would be in you.
"And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love
with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them." (John 17:26)
When Jesus says “I have declared Your name”, it means that He
has made God known to the people. It means that He revealed God’s character
and His power, and He continues to do so. Jesus revealed God as His Father
and your Father. This means that God wants to be your eternal Father, and He
wants you to accept the position of His child.
Jesus walked the earth His mission was to reveal the heart of His Father,
the God of love. God sent His Son to reveal His love. It is through knowing
God, heart to heart, that we come to experience His love. Your mission is to
experience and reveal the love of God; just as Jesus did. Jesus continues to
reveal the Father through His body, the church, which includes you if you
For this reason I bow my
knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in
heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches
of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner
man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being
rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints
what is the width and length and depth and height; to know the love of
Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness
desires to fill us with the fullness of Himself. In the passage above we see
the process of how Christ enters into us. First we must receive power
through the Holy Spirit to have the ability to receive Christ into our
heart. This is God’s grace whereby He does the work in you. Second is the
entrance of Christ into your heart by faith. We always receive from God by
grace through faith. Grace is God’s part and faith is our part. The Holy
Spirit in you is proof of God’s love for you. By this we know that we
abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. (1st
Your faith is
proof of your love for God. However, faith with out works is dead, so faith
without obedience is not faith. Obedience to God proves your faith.
we make a home for Christ in our heart through faith and obedience, He
begins to give us revelations of the greatness of His love, the width,
length, depth, and height of His love. Notice that we are to know the
love of Christ which passes knowledge. There are two different Greek
words used here, the word for knowledge means to just know about it
in your mind. The word used for to know means to “know absolutely”,
to feel, perceive, and experience. This means that we are not to just know
about God’s love we are to experience it. This kind of love is the most
awesome experience we can have; it is the very presence of God in us. This
is the greatest pleasure that you are created to experience. As we continue
to walk in this kind of love, we become filled with all the fullness of God.
Love creates an atmosphere where God can dwell. This is what all of the
saints have experienced. This is God’s desire for you.
Experiencing this kind of love causes us to know the God of love in greater
and greater revelation. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love, works in us as
we cooperate by obeying the commands He gives us from the Lord. Jesus says
He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he
who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest
Myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You
will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered and said
to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love
him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. (John 14:21-23)
Our love for Jesus is proven by keeping His Word. The word “keep” means to
guard with your eyes so that it is not lost. The ultimate way that we keep
God’s word is by focusing our mind on His word to the point of obedience.
The fruit of obedience is God revealing Himself to you.
Obedience is the key to revelation.
The word manifest in the scripture above means to appear in person,
to reveal. Jesus promises to reveal Himself to the one who keeps His word.
He also promises that He and the Father will come and make their home with
the person who keeps His Word. If you want to have a supernatural revelation
of Jesus then determine in your heart to do everything He tells you. This
means that when the Holy Spirit tells you to do something, do it. Blessed
are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8 8) As you
cooperate with the Holy Spirit you will become more sanctified, which causes
God to live in you more fully, which causes you to experience God and His
love more fully.
God’s desire is to make you His holy home and to fill you with all the
fullness of Himself. Many of you are feeling the Lord calling you into a
more holy and intimate relationship with Him. Many of you feel a deep desire
to be filled with all the fullness of God. It is the Lord Himself who gave
you that desire, this is His desire also.
You are God’s holy temple.
I believe that the tabernacle which Mosses was commanded to build symbolized
God’s favorite dwelling place, which is you. The entire old covenant is
symbolic of the reality of the new covenant. We can gain multitudes of
revelations and insight from the Old Testament, which applies to the New
Testament. The tabernacle had three parts and so do people. The outer court
symbolizes a person’s physical body. Inside the outer court is the holy
place, which symbolizes a person’s soul or heart. Inside the holy place is
the most holy place this symbolizes a person’s spirit, or conscience. There
are many examples of the tabernacle, which relate to a person being God’s
dwelling place but I will just focus on just a few points here.
outer court contained the alter and the washbasin. It was the place of
sacrifice. This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your
generations at the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the Lord, where
I will meet you to speak with you. (Exodus 29:42) This is where the
animals were offered up as sin offerings for the people. This was symbolic
of the sacrifice that Jesus was to make on the cross once for all. So also
our physical body is the place of sacrifice in our life. I beseech you
therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a
living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service
(Romans 12:1) Much of our obedience has to do with bringing our physical
body under the control of the Holy Spirit.
Inside the outer court just before the entrance to the holy place was the
washbasin where the priest would wash before entering. As the priest
prepared themselves through sacrifice and washing to enter into the holy
place so to do we to enter into God’s presence. Whenever you enter into
God’s presence, the first thing that happens is that you are reminded of any
sin that has not been dealt with in your life. As you repent and accept the
sacrifice Jesus made for your sins, you are moved into a greater
manifestation of His presence, you come into the holy place.
holy place is symbolic of our heart or soul. The tabernacle was called the
tent of meeting, meaning it was the place to meet with God. We meet with the
Lord in our heart. It is the place of ministry unto the Lord and the place
we commune with Him. You must enter through your heart into God’s presence.
Since your heart is the place you worship your God it can also be the place
where we have idols set up to false god’s. God wants us to love Him with all
of our heart. That means we must remove anything from our heart that draws
our attention away from loving Him fully. This is also where we must make
sure that nothing is hindering our love to another person.
Inside the holy place is the table of the bread of the presence, the golden
lamp stand, and the alter of incense. The bread represents the Word and we
know that Jesus is the Word. Jesus is called the bread of life. Only He can
give us the bread that satisfies our spiritual hunger.
golden lamp stand has seven branches for seven oil lamps. The lamp stand was
the only source of light in the holy place. The oil represents the Holy
Spirit. The seven lamps may represent seven manifestations and revelations
of the Holy Spirit in a believer, love, wisdom, understanding, counsel,
power, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord; see
The priests had instruments for trimming and refilling the lamps. They were
to keep the lamp burning brightly continuously. In the same way, we must
always check our hearts to see if there is any hindrance to the flow of
God’s love in our heart. Anything that keeps the fire of God’s love from
burning brightly in us hurts our relationship with God and people. Anything
that keeps us from experiencing the fullness of God’s love also keeps us
from being filled with all the fullness of God. The light also represents
revelation. The greater we walk in obedience to God’s love the greater will
be our revelation of Him. Allowing God’s love to burn brightly in us will
affect the people around us by touching them with light, revelation and
Just before the entrance to the most holy place was the alter of incense.
The offering of incense represents prayer. Prayer is a ministry that takes
place in our heart when we respond to God’s heart. Out of the abundance of
the heart the mouth speaks. The most effective prayers are God breathed and
come from His desires to manifest His glory on the earth. Just as Jesus
spoke God’s words on earth so must we. God has chosen to use us as partners
to accomplish His will on earth. We are to pray the Father’s will, to be
done on earth as it is in heaven.
Separating the holy place from the most holy place was a veil. When Jesus
was crucified the veil in the temple was torn in two. This symbolized that
we could now have a restored relationship with our God. Now we have access
to the heart of God and He has access to our heart. It could be that the
veil in man’s heart came about when Adam sinned, causing a separation
between God and man; and soul and spirit.
most holy place, or holy of holies was where God dwelled in the tabernacle.
It is the place of God’s presence in us, our spirit. In the most holy place
was the Ark of the Covenant. Inside the Ark of the Covenant was the law that
was given to Moses, Aaron’s rod that budded, and some manna. In the new
covenant, God writes His laws on our heart, we receive instruction through
the Holy Spirit. Live buds and almonds had sprung forth from Aaron’s rod, a
dead stick. This represents the power of God as the source of all life,
including the source of life in us. Your spirit is what gives life to your
soul and body. It is the breath of God in you. The manna represents God’s
supernatural provision of all that we need. The testimonies of what God has
done for you are stored in your spirit. They are part of His covenant of
provision in your life.
top of the Ark was the mercy seat, this is considered to be the place where
God’s presence would rest. This is a very important key in being filled with
all the fullness of God because mercy or compassion is God’s love. Mercy is
also associated with God’s glory. When God shows His mercy His glory is
revealed. As a temple of God you are to carry the glory of God. And there
(at the tabernacle) I will meet with the children of Israel, and the
tabernacle shall be sanctified by My glory. (Exodus 29:43)
This is God’s desire for you, that His glory fills your spirit, soul and
body to overflowing. Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting,
and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle (Exodus 40:34). God
wants you to be a vessel of His glory shinning through you and touching
other people. Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the
Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And
deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory
will be seen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1 - 2 1)
Exodus chapters, 33 & 34 we see that after the children of Israel had sinned
against God, Moses interceded for them. Moses wanted God’s presence to
continue to go with them. Moses also asked to see God’s glory. Then the Lord
said, “I will
make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the
Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will
have compassion on whom I will have compassion” (Exodus 33:19).
Then God revealed His glory to Moses by revealing His name and His
character. And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the
Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in
goodness and truth (Exodus 34:6).
word merciful is the Hebrew word rachûm, which means
to be full of compassion. This is a revelation of God’s love. We know
that God is love, and we know that God is full of compassion. Beloved,
let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born
of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is
John 4:7 - 8 7).
If we are to
be filled with the fullness of God, we must also be full of love,
compassion. I believe the love described in the New Testament, agape, is
love in the form of compassion.
command to love God and people, who are created in God’s image, are the two
greatest commandments given from God to man. “You shall love the Lord
your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength,
and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)
These commandments describe the purpose that God has given man. The whole
Bible is about these two commandments. Keeping God’s word, obedience, causes
us to know God and experience His love. But whoever keeps His word, truly
the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. (1st
When Jesus was asked who a neighbor is He told the story of the good
Samaritan in Luke chapter 10. The conclusion of the story was that he who
showed mercy (compassion) was a neighbor. Here again we see the connection
between love and compassion. The cost of love is high, it cost the giving of
yourself, but the more of yourself you give in love the more you will be
filled with the presence of God. 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. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity (compassion) on him, how can the love of God be in
Anything in your heart that causes you to withhold love from God or another
person also restricts the presence of God in you. If you have any anger
against God, that is pride, and you are in great danger. Pride and anger
both create a place in your heart for Satan. “Be angry, and do not sin”:
do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil
(Ephesians 4:26 – 27). If you have any
unforgiveness or anger, because you are holding on to an offense, then you
are hindering God from filling you. If you are withholding mercy and
compassion from anyone then you are withholding love from them.
you are making judgments against people thinking that they do not deserve
your love then you are withholding love from them. Jesus says that we must
even love our enemies. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping
for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons
of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be
merciful (compassionate), just as your Father also is merciful (Luke
we love God we must love His People also. If anyone says, “I love God,”
yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his
brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he
has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. (1st
– 21) Our
love for one another is very important to God because He is not only
preparing you to be His holy dwelling He is also preparing the bride of
Christ. The bride of Christ is the church, which is all believers together
in holy unity connected by love for each other.
is preparing all believers in Jesus Christ to form one great tabernacle for
His dwelling. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners,
but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus
Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building,
being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you
also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit
(Ephesians 2:19 – 22). This is Jesus prayer for you… "I do not pray
for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their
word; "that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You;
that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent
Me. (John 17:20-21)
see a picture of the church as the “New Jerusalem” in the book of Revelation.
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first
earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the
holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a
bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying,
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and
they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more
death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former
things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:1 – 4)
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus
Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 1:21)
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