SPRING FORTH NOW

Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand and the table with its consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now. When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order. But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.

Hebrews 9:1-12 (NIV)

Life is about choices and whether your choice is perceived to be “right” or “wrong,” it is your choice, your free will, your God-given right to choose. What is both empowering and joyous about my Christian faith is that God intends for me to have the right to choose and if by chance I discover my choice is not right for me, He yet provides me a way by His Son’s sacrifice to be reconciled to His will for my life. Actually, God intentionally places before all of us choices, life and death, blessings and curses, and encourages us to choose life, giving us the free will to choose, and in whatever choice we make also provides a way of escape. Be not deceived, when you take away choice, you take away freedom and as a result oppress, which produces an outcome that cannot be contained, causing eventual uncontrollable outcomes that very well may be chaotic, void, and dark covering everything. God is light that creates and scatters, in that order. When we evoke the presence of God, entering the holy grounds of our choices, we obtain His eternal light, leading and guiding our creative responses while also scattering our darkness. Our assignment is not to force people to choose our choices but instead to introduce people to the God of all choices, which more often is the God of the dos rather than a God of the don’ts. Let God be God, I am confident that God’s light, love, and wisdom will empower them in creating their right response with the assurance of eventually scattering their darkness - God did it for me and He will do it for them, in case you did not get it, that's Reconnecting to Breathe: New Life!

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