“Enter My Sanctuary”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me. They shall enter My sanctuary; they shall come near to My table to minister to Me and keep My charge” Ezekiel 44:15-16 Hallelujah, beloved child and priest of God! He “who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood,” that is our Savior and High Priest Jesus Christ, has also “made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father” (Revelation 1:5-6). Therefore, because we are His kingdom of priests, we are greatly blessed of our God to be able to da

Come Near To Me To Minister To Me & Stand Before Me

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me” Ezekiel 44:15 Praise God my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, for He has made us to be His Own present day kingdom of priests (1 Peter 2:6-9, Revelation 1:5-6, 5:9-10)! What a privilege! What a blessed favor our God has given us, that we may be so close to Him and be transformed by Him even as we remain, abiding and offering praise in His presence. This verse from Ezekiel puts the whole point of ministering to the Lord in a simple and direct way, saying

Our Reward For Being Faithful - “Come Near To Me To Minister To Me”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me” Ezekiel 44:15 Wouldn’t it be wonderful, and about the best thing that could ever happen to this generation of believers in Christ, if the whole church were to simply, honestly, and profoundly receive and obey our identity as priests unto God, with the understanding of the supreme divine reward and privilege it is when God calls someone to “come near to Me to minister to Me?” Well, this is the truth of Jesus Christ, and of our priesthood through Christ, our

What An Honor Our Priesthood Is!

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The chamber which faces toward the north is for the priests who keep charge of the altar. These are the sons of Zadok, who from the sons of Levi come near to the Lord to minister to Him” Ezekiel 40:46 From our past week’s worth of messages about Zadok, I hope you realize now, more than ever, about the tremendously faithful to God, to the covenant, and to the priesthood history of this family of “the sons of Zadok.” Even in this latest falling away from God, from the people and the priesthood of Israel, which Ezekiel wrote about, hundreds of years after the death of Zadok, it was only “the sons of Zadok” who remained faithful to their God, their cove

Zadok - Part 7 - Solomon Makes Zadok The New High Priest

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The king appointed Benaiah the son of Jehoiada over the army in his [Joab’s] place, and the king appointed Zadok the priest in the place of Abiathar” 1 Kings 2:35 Zadok’s never failing loyalty to his holy call as a priest to God, accompanied by his loyalty to both king and covenant, continued to bless and reward his life, just as our own ministering to our Lord. Jesus as priests of a new covenant in our King continues to bless and favor our lives in His presence and anointing! Now, through this latest act of courage and loyalty, in the face of yet another rebellion, this time from David’s son, Adonijah, Zadok was given the highest favor a priest cou

Zadok - Part 6 - Zadok Took The Oil And Anointed Solomon

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then King David said, ‘Call to me Zadok the priest... and have my son Solomon ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon. Let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there as king over Israel, and blow the trumpet and say, “Long live king Solomon!”’” 1 Kings 1:32-34 Once again there had arisen a plot against David: “Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king” (1 Kings 1:5). Many of King David’s key men went over to the side of Adonijah, including his general, Joab. “But Zadok the priest, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and the mighty men who belonged to David, were not with

Zadok - Part 5 - Zadok’s Son Follows His Father’s Example

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘Are not Zadok and Abiathar the priests with you there? So it shall be that whatever you hear from the King’s house, you shall report to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. Behold their two sons are with them there, Ahimaaz, Zadok’s son and Jonathan, Abiathar’s son; and by them you shall send me everything that you hear.’ So Hushai, David’s friend, came into the city” 2 Samuel 15: 35-37 By following King David’s word, to return to Jerusalem with the ark of the covenant, Zadok was now in a position to further serve David and help restore the kingdom to him. We continue to see in Zadok’s life that king, covenant, and priesthood came first and were purpose

Zadok - Part 4 - Always Faithful To The Covenant, The King & The Priesthood

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Now behold, Zadok also came, and all the Levites with him carrying the ark of the covenant of God. And they set down the ark of God. The king said to Zadok, ‘Return the ark of God to the city. If I find favor in the sight of the Lord, then He will bring me back again and show me both it and His habitation. See, I am going to wait at the fords of the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.’ Therefore Zadok and Abiathar returned the ark of God to Jerusalem and remained there” 2 Samuel 15:24-29 Once again we see faithful Zadok being simultaneously faithful to the priesthood, the covenant, and the king - even as we are called, as the body of

Zadok - Part 3 - A Faithful Priest In The Wilderness & In Jerusalem

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “So David reigned over all Israel; and David administered justice and righteousness for all his people. Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder. Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were priests, and Seriah was secretary” 2 Samuel 8:15-17 I’ll just say, right off the top, the insight I get about Zadok in this text is this: If you are a faithful priest to your King in the wilderness, as Zadok certainly was, then you will most certainly be blessed to reign with your king in glory as a faithful priest. Beloved, be faithful in the wilderness and God will most surely bless you to be fa

Zadok - Part 2 - Bringing The Ark Of God “To The Place That I Have Prepared For It”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and said to them, ‘You are the heads of the father’s households of the Levites; consecrate yourselves both you and your relatives, that you may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel to the place that I have prepared for it’” 1 Chronicles 15:11-12 The next time Zadok appears in scripture is here, when now ruling king David was preparing to bring the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem. And who did the king entrust this awesome privilege and responsibility to? It was Zadok and Abiathar, the faithful priests most loyal to God’s anointed king and covenant. Zadok was David’s most faithful and trus

Zadok - Part 1 - Always Loyal To God’s Anointed King And Priesthood

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me” Ezekiel 44:15 From this portion of Ezekiel, it appears that the only priestly family from the entire Levitical priesthood, who remained loyal to God, when “the sons of Israel went astray from Me,” was “the sons of Zadok.” This is not surprising to me, for when we trace the roots of this family back to Zadok himself, what we see is a never failing testimony of one man’s utterly loyal faithfulness to God’s anointed king and priesthood throughout his life. Zad

Loyalty To Our Priesthood and Covenant

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But the Levitical priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the sons of Israel went astray from Me, shall come near to Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me” Ezekiel 44:15 There had been a falling away from God by the people and priesthood of Israel, with only the Levitical family of “the sons of Zadok” remaining faithful. These loyal-to-God sons of Zadok were rewarded by God for their faithfulness to Him by being made the most privileged of all priests, the priests of the inner court, blessed to “come near to Me to minister to Me.” This is the exact same highest of blessings that all truly born again Christians

Speaking To Me From The House

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house. Then I heard one speaking to me from the house” Ezekiel 43:5-6 Here is yet another great and awesome reason for all true Christians everywhere to embrace and realize their own priesthood to God - because God speaks “from the house.” If we truly desire to hear our God, then there is no better thing for us to do than to occupy our priesthood in His presence, being as near to our Lord, our Good Shepherd, as possible so that we, His sheep, may indeed hear His voice. Our Lord Jesus has declared this to us, saying “My sheep hear My voice, and I

Then I Heard One Speaking To Me

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house. Then I heard one speaking to me” Ezekiel 43:5-6 If we truly want to hear the voice of our Lord speaking words of life to us, o priest of God, then let us allow the Holy Spirit to lift us up and bring us into the inner court where we will assuredly behold the glory of the Lord filling the house. For it is here, in God’s presence, as we minister to Him that “Then I heard one speaking to me.” This word from Ezekiel perfectly mirrors what we are told about ministering to the Lord in the New Testament book of Acts. The apostle Paul (then still

The Glory Of The Lord Filled The House

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house” Ezekiel 43:5 What a beautiful progression the Holy Spirit unfolds for us through Ezekiel’s words here. Ezekiel, himself, was a priest of God, who subsequently received a prophetic call from God. So Ezekiel, in many ways, was the perfect prophet and spokesperson for God, to call God’s people towards a truly holy inner court priesthood unto the Lord. Step one in this passage is “The Spirit lifted me.” Step two is “and brought me into the inner court.” Step three is “and behold, the glory of the Lord.” Which brings us to step four, “the glor

And Behold, The Glory Of The Lord

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house” Ezekiel 43:5 When we follow the Holy Spirit’s leading, to go into our inner court, as priests ministering to our Lord, we are blessed to “behold, the glory of the Lord.” Yes, allow the Spirit of God within you to lift you up into your inner court and you will “Behold,” which means “Look at this!” Yes, you will behold the glory of the Lord when you enter your “inner room” (Matthew 6:6) as a priest unto God. This is exactly what Paul described, as he was writing about our new covenant in Jesus Christ in 2nd Corinthians, chapters three and f

The Spirit Lifted Me Up And Brought Me Into The Inner Court

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house” Ezekiel 43:5 What the prophet Ezekiel was blessed to experience, in his great vision of a restored temple and a holy priesthood to God, which fills the last eight chapters of his book, you and I are blessed to experience every single day in our priesthood to God! The Holy Spirit of God lifts us up and brings us into the inner court, the inner room within us, where we are privileged and blessed to minister to our Lord in His presence. The apostle Paul wrote to the church of the Galatians that “God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into

Jesus Our Covenant Shepherd Feeds Us Himself

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them himself and be their shepherd. I will make a covenant of peace with them” Ezekiel 34: 23&25 Jesus, our Good Shepherd, feeds us Himself! This prophetic word from Ezekiel, chapter 34, is similar to the word we have been looking at lately from Ezekiel chapter 37. Both mention “My servant David” and “a covenant of peace.” Both words also point to our priesthood in our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is both our “covenant of peace” and “My servant.” In this case, God was rebuking the false shepherds of the house of Israel, saying “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves!

God Has Replaced Our Moshab With His Mishkan

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “David My servant will be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever. My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people” Ezekiel 37: 25-27 Hallelujah, my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, for our Lord has made His “dwelling place” with us! Yesterday I shared a bit with you about the Hebrew meaning of the word “dwelling” in this text. “Mishkan” is the word used and it means: a dwelling place, tabernacle, and resting place. Oh praise God that He is a

Dwelling With God In His Dwelling Place

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “David My servant will be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever. My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people” Ezekiel 37: 25-27 Praise our Lord God that He has set His sanctuary in our midst forever specifically so “My dwelling place also will be with them!” God WANTS to dwell with us, His Own new covenant people, and all of this scripture from Ezekiel is true for us right now in Jesus Christ, Who presently dwells within us as our King and H

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