YOU BECOME WHAT YOU WORSHIP
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Guarding that purity of heart to host God’s manifest presence is vital. Stewarding His presence changes everything because you become what you worship. That is the key to success. Partner with His manifest presence because then you can release His presence. If you can listen to what your Father says, you will never be shaken.
Credits: Teaching by Leslie Crandall, BSSM First Year 2015/2016
‘YOU BECOME WHAT YOU WORSHIP’: BSSM LECTURE NOTES
THE REWARD OF WORSHIP
“Thus the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem ceased, and it was discontinued until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.”
Sometimes you forget about something and then a prophetic word comes and you are suddenly reminded to build again. We need to know which outside voices we need to listen to, and which ones we must refrain from giving any authority.
Your heart needs to be given to the flame of the Lord. You need to do everything you can to protect the flame of God in your heart. In the Old Testament, they built the temple to protect the Arc of the Covenant. We need to build a temple to protect the altar of worship. Our heart’s focus should always stay on God to let His flame stay burning in our hearts.
Surround yourself with people who speak words of life to your Spirit to help you keep your flame alive. It is not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit that God will build your temple.
In the Old Testament, the temple had the writings and the learnings. It is similar to your mind, soul and body. During this season at BSSM, you are building up your emotional capacity to host the presence of God.
Ask yourself this important question: “What is the wall that steals the flame in your heart to fully host His presence?” If you partner with emotions that prevent your flame from burning, you need to break those things.
If you see that there are cycles in your life that start (lust, self-hatred, etc.) that surface every now and then or during a specific season, they might be showing you that you have belief systems that are wrong and that have become strongholds in your life that you need to deal with.
USE WISDOM WHEN YOU BUILD YOUR TEMPLE
The very first thing that the Israelites restored in Jerusalem was the sheep gate and that was the access place for worship. When you leave BSSM, you need to keep this access for worship open.
Your inner life needs to have the ability to live a supernatural life.
“When they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of many waters, like the voice of the Almighty, a tumult like the noise of an army; and when they stood still, they let down their wings. A voice came from above the firmament that was over their heads; whenever they stood, they let down their wings. And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it. Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around. Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.”
“After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.””
These beautiful verses in the Bible display God’s glory. In Ezekiel 1, it states: “Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it.” When we worship God, we display the rainbow around God’s throne and ultimately we will see Him and become like Him when we worship!