Church of the Living Word

We’re Leaving Tabernacles to Live in His Presence
By Matt Walkoe   October 11th, 2017

As we conclude the Feast of Tabernacles, our commitment must be to continue living with the Father, tabernacling in His presence throughout the upcoming year.

Nehemiah chapter 9 gives us a picture of how the Jewish people related to the Father. No matter how badly or how often they failed, or how the Father dealt with them, they were always able to confess their sin and return to Him. No matter how unfaithful they may have been; God always remained faithful to His promises.

We should believe for a similar relationship to the Father. Regardless of our failings, if we confess our sins and seek Him, He will forgive us and restore us. God is a loving Father who does not hold a grudge. Simply say to Him, “I messed up! Please forgive me and fulfill Your promises over me.” God does not go back on His promises. He will never lose His lovingkindness for His people.

There is no place in our relationship to God for condemnation or separation. Whatever you have done, it is reversible. Just open your heart and return to Him. There is absolutely nothing in God’s creation that can separate us from His love (Romans 8:37-39), but sometimes we separate ourselves from Him by accepting condemnation. However, if we turn and seek Him, He is committed to reward us (Hebrews 11:6). If we believe God’s love, we will be able to live in His presence continually.

The Jewish people celebrate the eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles as a time when God invites us to stay for an extra day, for a more intimate celebration with Him. It symbolizes remaining in His presence, even after the Feast is concluded. We rejoice in the eighth day! No matter how far we have reached into the Lord’s presence during this Feast, it is only the beginning. We need to see greater manifestations of God’s presence in the earth. Let’s live in the Feast of Tabernacles throughout this whole year!

Scriptures: Nehemiah 9:23-27; 1 John 1:9; Romans 8:38-39; Hebrews 11:6.

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