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The cherubim were standing at the south end of the Temple when the man went in, and the cloud of glory filled the inner courtyard. This is the cloud that followed the Israelites throughout their journey to the Promised Land, the cloud in which Moses received the Ten Commandments.
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Exodus reads: "The Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
Notice the quality of motion inherent in the Presence and glory of God: The cloud was sent "that they [the Israelites] might travel. God in His goodness takes us to a destination—but we won't arrive at our promised land if we fail to move when the cloud moves. I've been around charismatic renewal 51 years—since I was 7 years old—and have seen all the movements and their emphases come and go. For more than 40 years the emphasis in renewal circles has fallen primarily on personal blessing, personal healing and being filled with the Spirit.
Now the cloud of glory has moved from renewal, physical healing, inner healing and a focus on self not into revival, but into something much more than that.
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It's not that God will stop doing all these things to help and heal the individual, but the cloud has moved and the emphasis has shifted onto the kingdom of God. By that I mean the focus is now on the will of God done on earth in signs and wonders to win lost souls. In this paradigm, we live beyond ourselves for a purpose greater than ourselves in order to affect and change the world around us by ministering the powers of heaven come to earth.
Previously we've been about receiving, being healed and being blessed. These things will continue, but the order of the day is now the kingdom of God. We may want to camp out on some past experience, but it's time to move, pack up our things and our households, and put all the issues of life—blessings, problems, loves, hates, fears, joys, hurts—behind us so that we can make the move. The emphasis has shifted. We'd like to remain where once the cloud rested, but the season has ended.
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As a result some of us cry out, "Take me back to Egypt. I was comfortable there," or we wonder what happened to the last move of God that so blew us away. The cloud takes us to unfamiliar places that we're not prepared to face unless we've determined to come out to the door of our tents with our backs to the problems to focus on the glory and then pack everything up to move with God.
We must either trust Him or go back to slavery. Motion and change for the Israelites meant that the glory cloud led them out of Egypt—a place where they understood the way of life, every meal was certain and they knew where they would sleep at night. It was a familiar but comfortable misery. God took them out of slavery directly into a place of exposure, danger and risk where they could survive and win only if they trusted God.
Unless the Lord provided, they couldn't even feed themselves. God moved Israel from a comfortable slavery in Egypt into an uncomfortable freedom.
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In a similar way, God constantly moves us out of our comfort zones and out of spiritual slumber in order to keep us awake and alive—to do us good. If we don't grow, we die. There's a destiny for us to step into that will overshadow all other issues in life. Revival ends when God moves and His people don't follow because they've camped out on what He used to be doing—or because they've surrendered it but they don't see or accept what He is doing now. As a result they resist the shift and miss the glory.
We have entered into a strategic time when we must move beyond the focus on personal healing and restoration—which has been the emphasis for most of my life—to a focus on the kingdom of God.
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The cloud of glory has moved into the age of the kingdom of God, an age in which we must cross boundaries and minister the power of the kingdom of God to a world that doesn't know Him. If you don't pack up everything and move with it, you will stink up your house and die. About the author: R. Great Resources to help you excel in ! Prayer helps you overcome anything life throws at you.