#14 The Vault Testimony

Posted Jun 6th 2009, 01:20 by The Vault on Christian Living


#14, The Vault Testimony
The Vault, June 6, 2009
A few people have approached me to ask me about The Vault, wondering what it means and where this idea to write about it came from. I think it is time to share the testimony. Have you lost a job recently? Experienced demotion? Received a test result from the doctor’s office that makes you want to run and hide? Prayed for a child who doesn’t see God like you do? 
Revelation chapter twelve tells us that in the last...

Read More
 

#13, The Crown of Truth

Posted May 11th 2009, 08:02 by The Vault on Christian Living


#13, The Crown of Truth
The Vault, May 11, 2009
 
After Christmas, my eleven-year-old daughter Judah found thin gold wire with shiny foil stars on it and bent the wires into a crown. She giggled and tossed it at me one morning. “Here you go, Mom. I made something for you.” She was just having fun and didn’t realize that I was reading the Odes of Solomon and there were two outstanding verses about crowns that I could not stop thinking about: 
The Lord is on my...

Read More
 

Tonight Before I Sleep

Posted Apr 17th 2009, 08:28 by The Vault on Christian Living


#12,  Tonight Before I Sleep
 
Friday . . . even in the morning I am keenly aware of my need to rest after this long week of work, to perhaps gain a few extra hours of sleep on Saturday morning; to chisel out some time this weekend to enjoy my seventh day of rest.
 Tonight, as I wash my face before bedtime, I look into the mirror. Woe! I stare into my eyes and I can see my Father—I see my Father’s eyes. I bear...

Read More
 

His Banner Over Me is Champion Love

Posted Apr 6th 2009, 09:27 by The Vault on Christian Living


 
#11, His Banner Over Me is Sacrificial Love
The Vault, April 6, 2009
What treasures are in The Vault? Love, love, love. Such love always begins in God for God is love.
This portion of The Vault is taken from the last chapter in The Odes of Solomon. These odes are affectionately written by our elder brothers and sisters in Christ from the first century church and provide rich flavored food and thirst-quenching drink to our last-days church of the 21st century. This ode, in particular, expresses...

Read More
 

#10, The Crown on My Head

Posted Mar 30th 2009, 08:57 by The Vault on Christian Living


#10, The Crown on My Head
The Vault, March 30, 2009
 
The next several Vault messages will be taken from the Odes of Solomon, which I’ve personally found to be the richest treasure of songs and poetry ever written since Jesus’ resurrection. They’ve come to us today from one single ancient document written in the Syriac language, evidently translated from the Greek which has not yet been found. The exact date and origin of these odes are not documented, but historians agree that...

Read More
 

#9, The Cave of Thorns

Posted Mar 11th 2009, 08:15 by The Vault on Christian Living


#9, The Cave of Crowns
The Vault, March 11, 2009
 
And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head (John 19:2).                                 
 
The place of rest refreshes me. The Father’s banner of love is above me but I can no longer see his face. So I leave the bed of lilies and, compelled by something unseen yet felt within my heart, I return to the path that first led me into The Vault.  Through the trees and fountains of paradise, I...

Read More
 

#8, The Lord, My Mirror

Posted Mar 1st 2009, 10:09 by The Vault on Christian Living


#8, The Lord, My Mirror                                                                                                
The Vault, March 1, 2009
 
I am standing in the center of a bed of lilies! I twirl and fall backward upon their softness and inhale once more. Fragrant white sheets cuddle my frayed nerves. I rest in the Spirit of the Lord, inside His perfection, the satiny field of His bounty. 
I wait.
Thoughts come. God thoughts!!
“I love you! I love you!”
Again! Again! Tell me again!
“I love you! I love you! I love you!”
I laugh out loud and he laughs with me. I...

Read More
 

#7, Rest in the Lilies

Posted Feb 22nd 2009, 12:00 by The Vault on Christian Living


#7, Rest in the Lilies
 
My beloved is mine and I am his.  He delights in the lilies (Song of Solomon 2:16).
 
I approach The Vault, travel weary and covered in dust from the world below. 
“What do you seek?” asks the doorkeeper in the yellow gown.  Her hair is golden like the glory of God. 
While she appears clean and refreshed, I know that I am disheveled in body and soul.  I wonder if she will understand my heart . ....

Read More
 

#6, The Seal

Posted Feb 18th 2009, 07:33 by The Vault on Christian Living


The Vault #6, The Seal
For that seal is the birthmark that reveals that your father is God and your heritage is heaven (Ephesians 4:30, NASV).
 
The doorkeeper pulls back the veil that once draped my earthen face—lifts it as a bridegroom lifts the veil away from the face of his bride on their wedding day.  The veil surrendered, the heavens about me take new life, new form! Fresh fragrance--orange and pomegranate blossoms—fill my head until my eyes leave the...

Read More
 

#5, The Basin of Mirrors

Posted Feb 17th 2009, 08:33 by The Vault on Christian Living


The Vault #5, The Basin of Mirrors
The basin and its stand of bronze he made out of the bronze mirrors of women who were on duty at the entrance to the Tent of Presence (Exodus 38:8, TNEB).
 
I am eager to enter The Vault—nearly dancing in my shoes in anticipation!  There are treasures arranged for me there today—I know it!  I’m eager to see the revelation of The Ancient of Days who long ago hid ancient resources and reserved them for...

Read More
 

#4 The Lord is On My Head Like a Crown

Posted Feb 15th 2009, 03:18 by The Vault on Christian Living


#4  The Lord is On My Head Like a Crown
Oh, Lord!  Your angels worship you and I worship you—as a true worshiper, I come!  Just as I am, I come!  Your cross before me, I come!  In Spirit and in Truth I come!  For You have crowned me and appointed me over the works of Your hands.
You, O Lord, are upon my head like a crown, and I shall not be without You.  They wove for me a crown of...

Read More
 

God Thinks About Me

Posted Feb 11th 2009, 07:00 by The Vault on Christian Living


Above the vault, over their heads there appeared, as it were, a sapphire in the shape of a throne, and high above all, upon the throne, a form in human likeness.  I saw what might have been brass glowing like fire in a furnace from the waist upwards; and from the waist downwards I saw what looked like fire with encircling radiance.  Like a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day was the sight of that encircling radiance; it...

Read More
 

I Can See The Vault

Posted Feb 8th 2009, 08:07 by The Vault on Christian Living


#2, I Can See the Vault
“Above the heads of the living creatures was, as it were, a vault glittering like a sheet of ice, awe-inspiring, stretched over their heads above them (Ezekiel 1:22 The New English Bible).”
 
I can see The Vault through the eyes of Ezekiel.  On a high platform in the heavens, a sapphire throne is erected, intense with light.  I stand at the foot of that platform and turn to look behind me.  What is that noise?
Far below...

Read More
 

The Mystery Hidden in Christ

Posted Feb 7th 2009, 08:03 by The Vault on Christian Living


Friend of mine (for only friends are invited here), before you enter The Vault, let me explain something--or try to explain something. Paul wrote to his friends in Ephesus, "When you read (my letter to you) you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed."
Paul was full of wonder because God had suddenly brought to light the mystery which for...

Read More