Friday, July 18, 2008

Why Gold, why Jewels?

In the outpourings of the Holy Spirit we have noted many miracles, signs and wonders.
Some healings and miracles we understand as they were terribly needed or death was imminent.But the gold fillings and the gold teeth and the gold dust on people and their clothing has been a questioned item.

Also there have been jewels and precious stones appear in folks hands and laps and on floors. What can all this mean? I have accepted it as a sovereign act of God lavishing love on His children until I read about the original temple that King Solomon built . In 2 Chronicles chapters 3 and 4 the description of what was added to the structure in the form of decorating at a cost of over 600 million (600,000,000) dollars is staggering. Everything was covered in the purest gold with precious stones on the walls too. Carvings on walls and doors and elaborate wreathing of gold and silver.

All of that has changed hands as the temple was destroyed. The later rebuilding of temples for the Lord God Almighty were not as wonderful and costly. As I pondered about the reasoning for our modern day happenings in God's people both Jew and Gentile, it came to me that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit and we can expect that He will do things to build us up in body , soul, and spirit. As a gift giver He will lavish on His temples whatever He pleases. The more we spend time in His presence, the more we can expect.

Soaking in His presence for hours at a time is becoming more natural to the church that follows Jesus closely. In soaking in the Glory of the Lord wonderful healings and freedom from addictions come. So it seems that the Lord is comfortable with gold as He paves His streets with it and at times covers us with it as well (gold dust that is). The precious stones are in His walls in the New Jerusalem of Heaven and Jesus has always shared with His own. Expecting signs and wonders because we belong to Him is becoming our way.

Because He possesses what is His and will decorate and care for anyone that truly wants to be so loved and accepted in the beloved, we will keep on spending time with Him. I have a son that has to have infusions periodically. He has to stay still for a few hours to receive the drugs that he needs to help alleviate some symptoms of anklosing spondilitis. As we stay in the presence of our Lord we will experience infusions of His Spirit too. Check your mouth from time to time to see fillings turn to gold or new fillings and gold teeth. I did and I was both pleased and satisfied.

As to the carvings I wonder if the tattoos are part of that as lots of Christians are getting art in the skin using their bodies like a canvas to express their beliefs. One such man is Todd Bentley whose team is heading up the Florida outpouring with the theme 'come and get some'. He sometimes wears a t-shirt that says Jesus loves me and my tattoos.

I hope this answers your questioning heart about gold, jewels and carvings etc. in the believers in Christ Jesus. I felt that some could be missing out on the unusual as they have their Christian beliefs in a box and uncertainty prevents them from indulging in the soaking places around the world. I urge you to try putting on some Christian music and lay comfortably before the Lord and say to Him 'Come Holy Spirit, and pour into me and decorate your temple however You please.' Stay a while and then a while longer in worship and praise and adoration. He will come and love on you His way.

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