Pastor Kris White continued our series REclaimed: Old Things Made New on Sunday, March 13th at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas by discussing how God is calling us to Stand in the Gap for others.
REclaimed: Standing In the Gap
In this week’s message, Pastor Kris White continued our REcalaimed series by sharing about the symbolism of the furniture within the tabernacle. She began her message by explaining the importance of the Golden Altar of Incense.
This altar is where God commanded the priests to burn incense on the every morning and evening, the same time that the daily burnt offerings were made. The incense was to be left burning continually throughout the day and night as a pleasing aroma to the Lord. It was made in equal part of four precious spices: stacte, onycha, galbanum and frankincense. This mixture was considered holy. God commanded the Israelites not to use the same formula outside the tabernacle to make perfume for their own consumption; otherwise, they were to be cut off from their people.
The Golden Altar of Incense symbolized two very important things:
- It was a symbol for Christ’s intercession with us.
- It was a symbol of the prayers of the saints.
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” (Ezekiel 22:30, NKJ)
After reviewing the symbolism of the Golden Altar of Incense, Pastor Kris began her message by explaining the question that God had for His people during a time of despair. He asked, “Who will stand in the gap before me for this land?”
In England there is a famous phrase that they use as an audible or visual warning to rail passengers to take caution while crossing the horizontal, and in some cases vertical, spatial gap between the train door and the station platform.
God has been asking us to “MIND the GAP” for ages. Throughout the Bible, God has a partnership and interaction with people who would “STAND in the GAP” (or intercede) for other people. The word intercede contains a two part meaning:
- Inter (between)
- Cede (go)
Be a bridge and breach the GAP by filling the space.
Pastor Kris used the acronym GAP to describe three ways God has been calling us to “STAND IN THE GAP” for others:
- G: God’s Heart – Pastor Kris shared the story of the Good Samaritan, and she mentioned that, in order to stand in the gap, we have to have the compassion of Jesus. We need to see people beyond what they may do or say to us.
- A: Aroma – It’s amazing how smell can trigger a memory and can change the atmosphere. In 2 Corinthians 2:14-15, God calls us “the fragrance of Christ.” He calls us to use our aroma to change the atmosphere around us. What the devil intends something as something to break us, God can use that very same thing to release an aroma.
- P: Prayer – Did you know God’s been collecting your prayers? If you are asking, “how do I stand in the gap?”, the answer is simple: You pray! God has given us the strength and ability to stand and fight to reclaim the promises of God!
God has called us to be a BRIDGE. We stand in the gap, and we fill the space. You may not be able to reach everyone, but when you reach, they reach. Who has stood in the gap for you in the past? Who is God asking you to stand up for and mind the gap for them?
You can watch the full message from Pastor Kris below:
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