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Amazingly enough, despite the odds, it was an activity that was necessary for the Israelites to be continually led and blessed by God. By staying in God’s will, they were guaranteed protection and help. Believe it or not the same is true for us except that we are under a different covenant. The one that was solidified by the death of Jesus on the cross. Hebrews 8:1-7 ESV says, “Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man. For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer. Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law. They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.”
Thank God for the sacrifice of Jesus because that whole process just seems impossible to live through. So where does the Holy Spirit speak to us. You will never guess, but the answer is in our temple. No I am not referring to the place right above your ears. Let me explain. I love to walk in what is now Disney Springs. You might know it as Downtown Disney, however it is a place where people can go an experience a little Disney magic without the Disney ticket price. As an outdoor area with free parking, samples, music venues, shopping and free frequent performances and activities, Disney Springs has always been a go to place for my relaxation and mediation. Strange you say, but it has everything I enjoy. People, beauty, fun and food. I tend to go there when I need direction. I always see Jesus there. I hear of Him in the music while watching the performances. I see Him in the art gallery that I frequent during my visits. I experience Jesus there in conversation with myself and others. Not to mention, I receive lots of revelation there. I am very at home there. There I am at peace. There I am certain that I am with God. Hebrews 8:10 NIV speaks to what I mean by our temple.
“This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Priscilla Shirer author of Discerning the Voice of God says, “Desiring and doing God’s will is not our responsibility to discover. It is His responsibility to reveal.” That’s a powerful statement. It is pure genesis. It’s a load off. Jesus’s yoke IS easy. So, the question is where does God’s laws come to mind for you. Maybe it is at church. It could be at the gym or in the shower. Where does God successfully write them on your heart? Maybe that place is at yoga practice or during your fitness class. Maybe you have two temples. Maybe just one. One day, I was walking at Disney Springs with my father. It was a beautiful, sunny and breezy Sunday afternoon. I took him to the art gallery and showed him the different Disney paintings and figures that represented Jesus to me. I was telling that I keep purchasing them in different ways as to not offend my husband or appear to be a Disney fanatic.
He turned to me and said, “So this is your temple.” I looked at him and whispered to myself. I guess so. This is my Temple. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thank you, Jesus.
Thanks for reading. Please check back for Part 2 of Where Does God Speak? God Bless You.