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Forty Days with the Lord – Day 1

Welcome to “Raising God’s Army” where we’re training Christian soldiers for spiritual warfare. My friends, I want to thank you for joining me. Today we begin “40 Days with the Lord”. I’ve named this series after the 40-days that Moses spent on the mountain with God. Exodus 24 tells us that God called Moses to join him on Mount Sinai where he spent forty days and forty nights giving Moses the specs for the Tabernacle, the priests and their clothing, and the required sacrifices. The scripture says, “And Moses went into the midst of the cloud and got up onto the mountain, and Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.” God was dropping some serious knowledge on Moses.

Fast forward to the time of Jesus. In Chapter 1 of the book of Acts we see that, after his resurrection, Jesus spent forty days with the disciples, “speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). Just like when Moses spent forty days learning from God, the disciples spent forty days getting the straight download of information about the Kingdom of God. Before the crucifixion, Jesus spoke in parables. After his resurrection, he spoke plainly. It was during that 40 days that he poured into them all of the deep things.

In keeping with Christ’s time spent with the disciples and God’s time with Moses, I will take the next forty days to share some of the deeper truths of Christianity with you. Let’s grab some of those deeper truths and let the Lord speak to us through the Holy Spirit so we can grow in our faith. As soldiers in God’s Army, we’ve got to desire the meat of the word. We can’t stay as babies drinking milk from a bottle. Just as our physical bodies need solid nourishment, so our spirits need the meat of God’s Word.

I’m going to spend the next 40 days, just a few minutes a day, to throw down some truth for you to grab on to. Then, take time to seek the Lord and meditate on these truths. Let the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, guide you in your understanding of the Kingdom of God.

So today, I’ll start out with some quick notes on how Jesus restored man’s relationship with God. Looking back to Israel after God led them out of Egypt, God took up residence on Mount Sinai. While there, he made it clear to Moses that the people were not to set foot on the mountain or even touch it. He said, “Tell the people not to step foot or even touch this mountain. If they do, they will surely die.” Man was not in a state where they could approach God. The same was true in the tabernacle. The tabernacle had three sections. There was the outer court, the inner court (the holy place), and then the Most Holy Place. There was a very heavy, thick veil separating the Most Holy Place are from the Holy Place. God was separated from man.

 On the mountain and in the tabernacle, man could not be in the presence of God, but look what happened when Jesus died on the cross. The moment Jesus died, if you look in the scriptures, the veil just split in half and fell away from the Most Holy Place. Do you know why that happened? Because with Jesus’ sacrifice our sins were forgiven, and there is no more a separation between us and God. In fact, we have the Holy Spirit residing in us.

So that’s what I’m going to give you today. Of course, as I mentioned in my Easter service, I encourage you to read five chapters of Psalms and one chapter of Proverbs each day for the next 30 days. If you do that, then by the end of that 30 days, you will have read through all of Psalms and Proverbs. Let me tell you, it’s full of blessings. Now you may get one day where nothing really stands out to you in the readings, but just by the act of reading it, God is planting his word in your heart.  David said, in Psalm 119, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you”. In another spot he said, “Where withal shall young man cleanse his way? By taking heed to the Word of God.” Again he says, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light into my path.”

Saints, I highly encourage you to spend some time in Psalms and Proverbs over the next 30 days and tune in with me for five or so minutes each day for 40 days to get a little snippet of something to look into and pray about. Pray that the Lord blesses you with the deeper understanding of the Kingdom of God. “Ask and you shall receive. Knock and it shall be opened to you.”

That’s my word today, saints. God bless you!

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