A Day In God’s Courts

More and more we are moving into the realm of the mystical, leaving behind the realm of human thinking which keeps us separated from God. It could be asked, “If Christ is in us, how are we then ever separated?” We are separated in our conscious awareness of Him. Soulish thinking creates a gulf between us and God. There is a strange reluctance in our Adamic, soul lives to relinquish that which we are familiar with. The soul life draws back when it is pushed too far out of its comfort zone. This comfort zone is devoid of the presence of the Lord. We could say there is a part in each of us that does not want to get too close to God. To do so means the death of many unconscious wants, and the soul life unconsciously draws back. If we have ever sincerely said “Yes, Lord” with our mouths, yet found an inner resistance that belies those words, we have witnessed the roots of the Adamic nature struggling to stay alive. Jesus said, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” The foxes and birds of the air are indicative of the soul life. The birds and foxes have their places of refuge and comfort. But Jesus said He had no where to lay His head. Jesus had no place outside of the presence of the Father in which to rest. There was no separation between Jesus and the Father. God is leading us into the same “comfort zone.”

Psalm 84
1 ¶  For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. How lovely are Your dwelling places, O LORD of hosts!
2  My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
3  The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King and my God.
4  How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. Selah.
5  How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
6  Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings.
7  They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion.
8 ¶  O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah.
9  Behold our shield, O God, And look upon the face of Your anointed.
10  For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11  For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12  O LORD of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You!

The above psalm reveals to us the path in which God is leading His sons. Verses one and two are having our eyes opened to the spiritual realms of Zion and a hunger created to walk in them. The hunger for more of God always precedes our ability to attain Him. First we hunger, and then we see overcome in us all the subconscious resistance to that hunger. The Adamic nature will cross out our spiritual progress again and again until our hunger is so great we break free of the Adamic nature’s influence. All things have been provided to walk unfettered in His presence, yet His provision remains theoretical until we are driven into appropriation. Rom. 8:14 is quoted quite a bit in Christianity. “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” This verse is too often misapplied. This is an abstract passage without the context of the verses that precede it.

1 ¶  Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
3  For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,
4  so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5  For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
6  For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
7  because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,
8  and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9  However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
10 ¶  If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
11  But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
12  So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—
13  for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

All of the above passages describe the conflict between soul and spirit. They lead into verse 14: “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” This being led is not some generalized categorization of God directing our lives. It is specifically applied to  putting to death the deeds of the Adamic life (vs.13). Being led by the Spirit of God could more accurately be translated being driven by the Spirit of God. It is a violent, determined action in our spirits. We are going to walk unseparated from the presence of the Lord.

3  The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King and my God.
4  How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. Selah.

This realm of oneness with God opens the door to all the fruitfulness of the Kingdom. It is out of this oneness with God that sons are brought to birth. As we break through the flesh imposed separation from the Lord, we immediately stand in fellowship with all of Zion. Here is the proliferation of many sons being brought to glory. Separation from God is also separation from the true body of Christ. In God’s presence we find a “house” in which to give birth and lay our young. The progeny of sons only occurs through a people who have crucified individuality and entered into oneness.

5  How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
6  Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings.
7  They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion.

How blessed is the person in whose hearts are the highways to Zion! Psalm 87 tell us: “The LORD loves the gates of Zion More than all the other dwelling places of Jacob.” God delights in the realm of Zion. How blessed are the ones who find their hearts responding accordingly.

The valley of Baca could more accurately be translated the valley of tears, or weeping. We must all pass through the valley of Baca in our sojourn into Zion. One of my favorite passages of Scripture is from Jer. 50.

 4 “In those days and at that time,” declares the LORD, “the sons of Israel will come, both they and the sons of Judah as well; they will go along weeping as they go, and it will be the LORD their God they will seek.
5  “They will ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces in its direction; they will come that they may join themselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.

It is through the valley of Baca that we begin to seek the way to Zion. It is in Zion that we join ourselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant. Passing through this valley of Baca we make it a spring. There is a way the sorrows of the cross give way to joy and fruitfulness. We are to appear before God in Zion.

9  Behold our shield, O God, And look upon the face of Your anointed.
10  For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

The “tents of wickedness” is mystically the Adamic, flesh realm. The psalmist has passed through the valley of Baca. His cries for completion have come before God (vs. 8). He then says that a day in God’s courts, i.e. His presence, is better than a thousand outside. This level of priority is created in us. It is being created in God’s sons now. It does not come naturally or willingly to the Adamic, soul life. But as this priority prevails in us, we will walk in unbroken fellowship with God and one another.

11  For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12  O LORD of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You!

 He withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly. This “walking uprightly” is not a religious endeavor, but the result of the work God is currently doing in sons. This realm of unbroken fellowship will not be withheld from us. He gladly grants the fellowship of His presence to all those who earnestly seek it.

 

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