Spirit lifted me up

Then he (the angel) led me to the gate, the gate that faces toward the east.  And behold, the glory and brilliance of the God of Israel was coming from the way of the east; and His voice was like the sound of many waters, and the earth shone with His glory.  And it was like the appearance of the vision which I saw, like the vision I saw when He came to destroy the city. And the visions were like the vision I saw beside the River Chebar [near Babylon]; and I fell face downward. And the glory and brilliance of the Lord entered the [ac]temple by way of the gate facing toward the east.  Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner courtyard; and behold, the glory and brilliance of the Lord filled the temple. – Ezekiel 43:1-5

Not only does the Spirit of God get us to the places we need to be to minister to others in the name of the Lord, the Spirit also gets us to the places we need to be for us to better understand God and His glorious purposes for us, His children, which are beyond our ability to imagine.

To follow this thought for a moment, how many men has this heavenly Spirit taken up; filled them with his own influence, and sent them to every country, and nation, and tongue, and people, to testify the Gospel of the grace of God, and to preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ! What spiritual temples have been raised, beautified, and filled with the glory of God! And this light is shining and burning more and more unto the perfect day, when the whole earth shall be filled with the glory of God! – Adam Clarke

These days many Christians speak about the glory of God; the glory of God descending in their churches, in worship services, entering His glory, experiencing His glory. But what is His glory? What do they mean? Is the glory the same as His presence? And is the glory the presence of the Holy Spirit? Do they mean that the Holy Spirit fills their churches tangibly? Do they mean God fills them with His Holy Spirit?

Lord, I long for your presence. It is so good to worship at your footstool. Thank you that on the day of Pentecost, when the Spirit of God was poured out, your presence came to live in and among your people.

May our commitment to keep His temple holy be a strong one. May we not allow idol worship—things to become more important than God to us. May we be quick to turn to the Lord accepting His forgiveness and cleansing when the Holy Spirit points out areas of sin in our lives. May our temple be one set apart for worshipping God only and bringing glory to Him. We will then know the joy of His dwelling and reigning within us, and we will fulfill the purpose of our existence—to fellowship with God and bring Him pleasure!

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