"Thus says the Lord God, 'On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuild. The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. So they will say, 'This land that was desolate has become like the Garden of Eden and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited. The nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuild the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the Lord, has spoken it, and I will do it.'" (Ezekiel 36:33-36).
A Scriptural Basis for the Glory of God that is among His people
(This article was written by Mike Bickle from The International House of Prayer in Kansas City and is used by permission)
I. David: God’s pattern (witness, prophetic sign) for the redeemed
a. David is a picture of what God will release by the Spirit on the End-Time Church that operates in power through worship that comes from walking out lifestyles of radical loving obedience.
b. David was a wise builder in establishing his sphere of authority to receive God’s blessing.
II. God’s desire is to manifest himself in His people as His Resting place
a. God made humans that He might find His home in them. God will not rest until He finds His home in people who voluntarily live in deep unity with His heart. At present, God is usually striving with His people in their compromise. God describes Himself as resting when His enemies are subdued. The redeemed do this voluntarily in various degrees in this age. When God has a people who corporately live in voluntary love and obedience, then God is partially able to “rest in them” even now, though He will not fully rest in His people until the Kingdom Age. In contrast to this truth, Augustine taught that man cannot rest until he finds his rest in God.
b. God striving with sinful humanity
III. Dilemma: God’s presence manifest in the midst of sinful humanity
IV. Resting place for the Holy Spirit: open heaven (portal of glory)
a. Jesus’ earthly ministry resulted in an unprecedented miracle of 120 people living in deep unity with God and thus with one another. The result is that God found a measure of rest in their midst as seen in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room (Acts 2). In other words, the Holy Spirit opened a portal (large gate) of glory in the midst of people in this age without destroying those He dwelt among.
b. They were a corporate group who sought to walk out Sermon on the Mount Christianity in pursing to walk in full maturity of 100-fold obedience (covenant with eyes, bridled speech, holy use of time and money). Unity (community) is a fanciful ideal without pursuing maturity as Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5:48). Unity with one another occurs easily when the people are striving to be in unity with God in thought, word and deed. The spirit of compromise cannot unify nor bond easily with people. Unity in the Book of Acts was focused more on pursuit of meekness than on theological ideas.
c. The open heaven or portal of glory in Acts 2 was in the same category of blessing promised in Jn. 1:51.
V. David’s revelation of God’s desire to rest in His people (Ps. 132)
a. David understood that God desired to manifest Himself to His people who lived faithful before Him.
b. David bore reproach in his zeal to establish God’s house or dwelling place to rest among His people.
VI. God searches for hearts loyal to Him (individual and corporate)
a. The great “seeker” that we need to focus on attracting is the Divine seeker whose eyes go to and fro across the earth looking for faithful ones.
b. Compromise repels the Holy Spirit who seeks those in whom He may dwell with in a more full way.
c. David was sensitive to the God who seeks to rest in His people. David offers us a different approach to “seeker-sensitive Church life” where the focus is on the Divine seeker and not the human ones.
VII. David’s leadership: seeking a corporate resting place for the Holy Spirit
A. The Holy Spirit rests in context to governmental ministries in unity with God, thus with each other. Psalm 101 is the clearest statement of David’s practical pursuit of a corporate resting place for God.
1. David set his heart in his personal life to live in pursuit of full obedience (Ps. 101:1-4).
2. David set his heart in his corporate life (team ministry) to build within his sphere with the core value of seeking God with full obedience and faithfulness (Ps. 101:5-8).
3. David embraces his part of the cooperation with grace focusing especially on seeking so God would come (v. 2) and so the people would be faithful (v. 6). David’s heart cry for God to come –intimacy with God and a manifest dwelling place (God’s rest)
B. Faithfulness is required by God and people. God requires it to visit in power without having to destroy His people for compromise in the midst of His manifest holiness. Also, people require it to remain together since to neglect faithfulness divides and defiles people seeking to work together.
VII. David’s personal life: in pursuit of full maturity (Ps. 101:1-4)
A. David’s private life of worship and prayer
1. Singing to directly God – Eph. 5:19
2. Praises – gratitude based life of worship
3. Exalting both mercy and justice or righteousness
B. I will behave wisely in a perfect way (v. 2) – pursuit of 100-fold obedience
C. I will walk within my house with a perfect heart (v. 2) – even in my most familiar comfortable setting
D. I will set nothing wicked before my eyes (v. 3) – sustaining a covenant with our eyes (Job 31:1)
E. I hate the work of those who fall away (v. 3) – declaring war on sin with hatred of it
F. It shall not cling to me (v. 3) – David warred against his failures instead of camping out in sin
G. A perverse heart shall depart from me (v. 4) – confidence in eventual victory
H. I will not know (walk in) wickedness (v. 4) – persistent resolve to not walk in sin and compromise
IX. David’s corporate life within the sphere of his “team life” (Ps. 101:5-8)
A. David set his heart in his corporate life within the sphere of his “team life” (Ps. 101:5-8) to build only with people who had the core value of seeking full maturity (Mt. 5:48; 1 Cor. 4:2). This is what David was resolved to establish within his sphere of responsibility for two reasons. First, to attract the Holy Spirit’s presence (God’s resting place) knowing that compromise repels the Holy Spirit’s presence. Second, to unify the people within his sphere knowing that compromise divides, defiles and drains the team of strength and life.
B. My eyes shall be on the faithful that they may dwell with me (v. 6) – choosing a team to serve in the royal court. Jesus, the “greater David,” has these same values
C. He who walks in a perfect way shall serve me (v. 6) – wholeheartedness (as a value in the team)
D. Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor (v. 5) – subtle divisive speech is not rewarded
E. Him I will destroy (v. 5) – resolved to confront compromise in his team with consequences
F. The one who has a proud heart, I will not endure (v. 5) – resolved to confront pride
G. He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house (v. 7) – lovers of truth
H. He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence (v. 7) – removed from the royal court
I. Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land (v. 8) – revelation that leads to courage that leads to decisive proactive leadership without the procrastination and delay of inexperienced and insecure leadershipJ. That I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the LORD (v. 8) – zealous and confident in the necessity of Sermon on the Mount Christianity.